Across the USA Reading Challenge Bundle
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You've probably heard about the tremendous benefits of reading with your child. But did you know art has a powerful impact as well? If you or your child have ever struggled with self-regulation (e.g., staying calm amid frustration), consider adding art back into your day.
Timberdoodle's Across the USA Reading Challenge Bundle pairs art with reading to spark creativity and capture imaginations. Your children can color as you read, while they listen to an audiobook, or just to celebrate the finishing of another book!
Build a Giant Poster Coloring Book: United States Map
Twenty-four individual pages include capitals, fun facts, and whimsical images of regional landmarks to color. Each page is unbacked and perforated for easy removal. Once you've colored all your pages, simply tape them together to create a 44" x 47¼" map!
Across the USA Reading Challenge Ebook
With your purchase of the Across the USA Reading Challenge Bundle, we include a Timberdoodle-exclusive ebook that lists 15-30 book suggestions per state - over 1300 suggestions total! These suggestions are mostly geared for preschool through about 6th grade and are intended as starting points to find one per state that suits your family. We've included as many as possible that are available via ebook so that you can take advantage of your library's electronic lending or your Kindle device. Of course, many titles will be of interest to teens or adults as well, or choose your own titles!
Do your children know the enormous diversity experienced across the states?Suggested books include biographies, adaptations of nursery rhymes, tours of states, adventures coincidentally set in particular regions, and so on. Watch for Who Was Rosa Parks? (AL), Blizzard (RI), Little Red Riding Hood of the Pacific Northwest (WA), Little Britches (CO), On the Banks of Plum Creek (MN), Because of Winn Dixie (FL), The Legend of the Bluebonnet (TX), and hundreds and hundreds more!
Have You Completed the Reading Challenge?
We'd love to see what books you've read! Email us a picture of your reading list to email@example.com and we'll send you a fun completion certificate!
I so wish we had purchased this earlier in the summer, lol. We got it towards the end of August so we didn't have much time but we were still able to complete the first challenge and enjoyed reading lots of great stories!
So this is sort of two reviews rolled into one. The Summer Reading Challenge is Amazing! I love the whole concept and i think I’ve had just as much fun reading the books as my daughter has. The book suggestions are wonderful. We are definitely going to hang on to the list to keep reading even after she completes the challenge. I think it’s great that the company throws in a little incentive for completing the challenge...great motivation.
Second part...the map poster book. I really love the book, it has so many fun facts, however, when you go to put the poster together it just doesn’t line up quite right. In some places there are letters missing right along the edge. This really bummed me out I still hung it up and it looks great but would be much nicer if it lined up how it should.
The idea is to color the pages and hang them up, we decided to laminate it first and then we can color with dry erase markers.
Overall I’d recommend this bundle for the experience but just know that if you have OCD you’re going to have a hard time with the poster book.
We decided to do this challenge for our three oldest (8,7,& 5). My 8 year old finished it on his own, reading picture books through chapter books. He lives coloring in the maps (small and wall sized) as he finishes a state. My 7 & 5 year olds are still working on their lists- we are aiming for 30 books by the end of next week! My kiddos are also learning the states and capitols now, so everything fits nicely together. Thanks Timberdoodle!!!
We learned so much during this challenge!
We've really been enjoying this challenge, and I LOVE the concept of reading books set in different states. My 5 year old love maps and travel, so this really suits him, and I think the goals are excellent and realistic. We've found a few good books not on the lists, but there are some really solid recommendations here. My only quibble is that there is a lot of repetition in the style of books, particularly for the lower age groups. (ABC books, "Good Night (city)" etc.) Also, a few books feel like the ages recommendations are off (text heavy chapter type books for 5-6 year olds, and the Jason Chin books, which are very science-y picture books, listed as for 8-12 year olds) but as Timberdoodle says in the intro, they couldn't possibly do a full review of every book, I'm sure these age recs come from a standardized system somewhere, and every kid and family is different, so I don't really fault them for any of this. Just take it as a recommendation to look beyond the little kid books even for little kids.