Reading Road Trip: Construction Zone

Welcome to stop two on the Reading Road Trip! If you’re just joining us, be sure to download the roadmap so you can follow along. Also, sign up here for a chance to win a prize pack at the end of the summer! The reading road trip continues this week with a drive through a construction zone! Unlike construction zones in real life, which can slow us down or bring us to a full stop and add a lot of frustration to a journey, this construction zone is all about bringing a little construction-themed fun to the summer! So we hope you take some time this week to spend a little “building” time with your kids, reading books with a construction theme—whether that be books about building with blocks or bricks, toys or giant cranes. Continue reading for story time ideas and a construction themed reading list. Read : Books that fit the theme of “construction zone,” however you want to interpret it! FEATURED BOOK: Billions of Bricks by Kurt Cyrus Billions of Bricks by Kurt Cyrus is a book about b

Read, Discuss, and Do with THE WORLD'S LONGEST SOCK


Here at Read, Discuss, Do! we like socks. Colorful socks. Stripey socks. Socks with fun patterns or silly phrases. But no socks are better than a pair of warm, cozy socks on a cold winter day!

Except maybe the world’s longest socks!

The World’s Longest Sock by Juliann Law is a tall tale (long tale?) about two people competing to make the world’s longest sock. Told from the perspective of a world record judge, this story goes back and forth between Nina in Chile and Chuck in New Zealand, who are determined to win the world record. But as the socks get longer, time goes by, and lives change, Nina’s and Chuck’s perspectives change too. Who will win the world record? Read the book to find out! It’s an amusing story with charming, colorful illustrations that are sure to keep readers engaged.

Read: The World’s Longest Sock by Juliann Law


  • Early in the story, were you “team Nina” or “team Chuck”? Why?

  • Did the story end how you expected?

  • Have you ever been determined to win a competition, like Nina and Chuck? How did it work out?

  • Do you have a favorite pair of socks?


Design your own “world’s longest sock”! You can download and print this free sock template or draw your own. You can use crayon, colored pencil, paint, or even strips of yarn or fabric to design your sock. Tip: If you are going to use paint or glue, print (or draw) your sock on sturdy paper, such as card stock.

Here are some other activities you may want to try:

  • Try your hand at knitting, crocheting, or other kind of yarn craft.

  • Have your own “longest sock” contest. Dig through your sock drawer and see who in your family has the longest sock!

  • Make a sock puppet! Here’s a video for a simple DIY sock puppet. This is a great craft to try with a sock that has lost its mate.