This post is sponsored by Disney Book Group.
Summer looks different for everyone this year.
Pools are closed, vacations are cancelled, and camps are shut down.
However, just because this summer is a little (or a lot!) strange doesn’t mean that it can’t be a ton of fun. I’m thrilled to be partnering with the great folks of the Disney Book Group to share a bit about one of our favorite book series of all times by one of our favorite authors of all times: The Trials of Apollo series by Rick Riordan.
This summer, I challenged my family to do some at-home escaping into a world that’s free of anything virus-related (woo-hoo!) but full of adventure, excitement, and heroism. Our goal is to re-read the series before the newest (and final!) book is released this October.
We’ve created these super-cool The Trials of Apollo bookmarks for you, too. Just grab them down below. Use the bookmarks to go along with this summer’s reading and to encourage conversation about the book series and make some predictions about what’s coming next.
That’s right! The fifth and final book of the series, The Tower of Nero, will be released on October 6, 2020!
I’m thrilled to be giving away an entire The Trials of Apollo prize pack to one lucky person so that you can do the same thing. In fact, the prize pack will include the 4 books in The Trials of Apollo series, plus Camp Half-Blood swag including a drawstring backpack, t-shirt, hat, and decal! Don’t forget to enter at the bottom of this blog post.
Here’s the skinny. . .
Trials of Apollo Series: Free Bookmarks for Superfans & GIVEAWAY!
About The Trials of Apollo series:
The Trials of Apollo is an exciting, hilarious, and poignant series about Apollo, an arrogant god turned hapless human who must restore five ancient Oracles and battle a triumvirate of evil Roman emperors in order to regain his place in Mount Olympus. Recommended for ages 10+
Books in the series:
- The Hidden Oracle
- The Dark Prophecy
- The Burning Maze
- The Tyrant’s Tomb
- The Tower of Nero: final release coming October 6, 2020!
First, we want to get our kids reading this summer.
And we can do that by mixing up the way we’re doing it! Consider:
1.) Reading the book outside
Who says you have to read in the same old place at the same old time? Read outdoors!
Read on your back porch. Read in a lounge chair. Read in the pool. Read on the trampoline.
Taking a book outside is a great way of mixing it up a bit while enjoying some sunshine. And no one appreciates the sun more than Apollo!
2.) Taking turns reading chapters aloud
Divide the chapter or switch turns page by page. Simply take turns!
One person takes the ‘mic’ while the others follow along. Listening to different people read increases fluency and allows readers to improve their own reading. It really does!
3.) Setting aside time as a family to read
Whether it’s first thing in the morning or the last activity of the day, or any time in between, reading as a family is a super idea. Set aside time as a family to read!
Putting emphasis on reading together stresses the importance of reading. Reading is that important–put it on your family calendar!
4.) Listening to the audiobook while on a family road trip
Listen to the audiobook while on a family road trip.
Follow along in the book as you listen. Maybe as you hit the highway to visit relatives, your whole family can catch up on the Trials of Apollo series!
If you have a reluctant reader, listening to books being read is a great way of taking the pressure off of kids while allowing them to appreciate and enjoy the story.
5.) Printing out these awesome, free The Trials of Apollo bookmarks for superfans
Print out these awesome, free The Trials of Apollo bookmarks for superfans and challenging each other to identify each object and explain how it connects to the book.
How to use your bookmarks:
- Print the bookmarks and cut them apart
- Punch a hole in the top of each bookmark and add a ribbon
- Color the first two bookmarks — get creative!
- Challenge one another to explain how each and every item relates to TheTrials of Apollo series. Don’t worry if you’ve only read one book and you aren’t sure. Once you read the series, you will know how and why each object relates and connects. Talk about a super conversation starter and comprehension check-in!
To get your free bookmarks:
Simply put your email in the box below and your bookmarks will arrive in your inbox!
Now? Who wants to win the books and Camp Half-Blood swag?
Simply fill out the giveaway form below:
Fyi: This post is sponsored by Disney Book Group and @ReadRiordan, but as always, my opinions are my own, influenced only by my experience as a parent and educator.Cheers, and happy reading during this incredibly exciting journey! fyi: Some of the links in the post above are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. Forever and always I recommend only products or services I use personally and believe will add value to my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” For more information, please see teachmama media, llc. disclosure policy.