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

Meet the Team!

Rebecca J. Gomez loves reading stories as much as she loves writing them. She prefers to read aloud to a live human audience, but her dogs will do in a pinch. She's the co-author of four picture books and the author of one (so far). When Rebecca's not reading or writing, she likes to bake, create artsy stuff, watch movies, play video games, garden, do puzzles, hike in the woods, and cook hearty meals for her family. She lives in Nebraska. 

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Laura Sassi has a passion for telling stories in prose and rhyme. She is the author of six picture books including the best-selling Goodnight, Ark,  Goodnight, MangerDiva Delores and the Opera House Mouse, which won First Honor Book for the 2019 Best in Rhyme Award; Love Is Kind, which was a 2020 Anna Dewdney Read Together Award Honor Book; and Little Ewe. Her next book Bunny Finds Easter releases in February 2022. She writes daily from her home in New Jersey and finds special joy in sharing themes of compassion and kindness through her picture books and at school visits and other book events. She’s excited to be a contributor at Read, Discuss, Do!

Mindy Baker, author of Mouse’s Christmas Gift, Zonderkidz 2018, resides in Indiana with her family where she is a high school Spanish teacher. Through her writing, she hopes to plant seeds of truth in the hearts of her readers. You can connect with Mindy at


Marci Whitehurst is a high school Speech and Drama coach and writer who enjoys sharing light and love through words. She writes for agricultural magazines and for children. Marci lives with her family on a ranch in Montana. You can find her at