Reading Road Trip: A Visit to a Museum

If you’ve been traveling along with us this summer, we’ve arrived at STOP SIX of our Read, Discuss, Do! Summer Reader Road Trip. It’s a museum adventure! If this is your first week with us, you can still grab our map  and join us for an epic summer reading adventure. You can find other  printable resources here . For this week’s theme, the focus is on books that include a museum as a backdrop or any nonfiction and/or other educational book that catch’s your child’s interest. Art, science, math, history…you name it! What museums are in your area? If possible, take your children to visit a local museum and learn something new. If not, use the library as your museum and look up facts about topics of interest. READ : Any books that features a museum, or any nonfiction or educational book. Featured Book : Dakota Crumb Tiny Treasure Hunter by Jamie Michalak and illustrated by Kelly Murphy. This is a picture book about a tiny mouse that hunts for treasure at night in a huge museum. With the t

Summer Challenge Week Six: Caring for Creation

Welcome to week SIX of the Read, Discuss, Do! Summer Challenge. This week's theme is Caring for Creation. Now, that may seem like a bit of a downer topic, maybe a little less fun than some themes we've had in the past. But it's not meant to be heavy-handed or preachy or boring. No, we hope this week's theme encourages you to read beautiful, fun, hopeful books that will encourage you and your little readers to take the best care of our home as you can. 

Ideas for books to read:

  • THE MESS WE MADE by Michelle Lord, illustrated by Julia Blattman. This book is a rhythmic, beautifully illustrated story about the problem of trash in the oceans, how it became such a problem, and how we can change it.
  • ONE PLASTIC BAG by Miranda Paul, illustrated by Elizabeth Zunon. An inspiring story about the a woman who started a recycling program using the plastic bags that were littering her community.
  • BUTTERFLIES BELONG HERE by Deborah Hopkinson, illustrated by Meilo So. This book is a little longer, so it's ideal for older readers. It tells the story of a young girl and her efforts to help the monarch butterfly, and how her efforts help her to grow and change too, just like a butterfly! 
  • CROSSINGS by Katy S. Duffield, illustrated by Mike Orodán. This is a really cool nonfiction book about ways that different communities have created safe crossings for the local wildlife. 
Ideas for things to discuss:
  • What does it mean to care for creation?
  • What are some things that you do to help take care of the earth?
  • Do you ever see litter on the ground? How does that make you feel?
  • How do you like to get out and enjoy the natural world?
  • What would you do if your back yard or favorite park got filled with trash?
  • How can you make it fun to recycle or reuse things you would otherwise throw away?
Ideas for things to do:
  • Take walks to help instill an appreciation for the natural world.
  • Pick up litter in your neighborhood.
  • Make an art project out of repurposed materials. 
  • Plant a native garden in your yard to support local pollinators and other wildlife.
What are your ideas for a "caring for creation" story time? We'd love to hear about them! Share in the comments or on social media using the hashtag #RDDSummerChallenge.