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Terrible Things Can Happen to You!

By Chloe Grant, Read to Them staff


After hearing so much about Flora’s love for The Illuminated Adventures of the Amazing Incandesto, we thought we’d try our hand at replicating one of the bonus comics - Terrible Things Can Happen to You! Check it out!


Terrible Things Can Happen to You!

Your Reading Program is Ending


Holy Baguma readers, our time with Flora & Ulysses is coming to a close! If you’re anything like us you’re likely wondering, “What am I supposed to do now?” Well fear not! Our team has come up with a couple of tips to help you navigate this terrible thing.


Tip #1: Make Sure You’ve Engaged With All of the Resources Read to Them Offers


Did you know that Read to Them has specially curated resources to enrich your reading program? Have you used them yet? If not, now is the perfect opportunity to dive in before it’s too late! First up is all of the fun that is jam packed into our Family Fun Pack. In there you’ll find a bingo card of activities and tons of other Flora & Ulysses content. Next are our digital resources! Have you read all of the other blog posts? Played any Kahoots? Participated on the Flipgrid? Or entered our contest? The clock is ticking, folks! Lastly, Read to Them staff has a blog full of engaging content for our supporters to enjoy. Don’t forget to read the latest Into the Wardrobe posts.


Tip #2: Pick Your Next Book


This tip is crucial. One of the best ways to minimize the fact that your reading program is ending is to set your sights on future texts. That way the moment you finish Flora & Ulysses, you’ll have your next story to dive into. You may be asking yourself hmmmm, how do I pick my next book? Well don’t worry, friend, we’ve got you covered. Behold a list of next book suggestions!


  • Gypsy Rizka – Lloyd Alexander

  • The One and Only Ivan – Katherine Applegate

  • The Chicken Squad – Doreen Cronin

  • The Care and Feeding of a Pet Black Hole – Michelle Cuevas

  • Olga and the Smelly Thing from Nowhere – Elise Gravel

  • Vilonia Beebe Takes Charge – Kristin L. Gray

  • Harold’s Tail – John Bemelmans Marciano

  • Pax – Sara Pennypacker

  • Nuts to You – Lynne Rae Perkins

  • Figgs & Phantoms – Ellen Raskin

  • Gooseberry Park and the Master Plan – Cynthia Rylant

  • Appleblossom the Possum – Holly Goldberg Sloan

  • Liar and Spy – Rebecca Stead

  • Three Times Lucky – Sheila Turnage

  • Squirrel in the House – Vivian Vande Velde

  • Toaff’s Way – Cynthia Voigt


Tip #3: Celebrate the time you spend with Flora & Ulysses


Lastly, as we reach the final pages in our book, we encourage you to savor each one of them. Look back on your time with this story and reflect on what your favorite part was. That could mean your favorite part of the story, your favorite activity you did alongside the book, your favorite memory that came out of reading this story, or whatever other favorites you’ve identified along the way. While we know how terrible it is for our reading program to be ending, we are also so glad we got the chance to read with you. Now, let’s turn our frowns upside down and celebrate these last few days together!


There you have it folks, three tips to round out our three weeks with Flora & Ulysses. We hope you’ve enjoyed the first ever Read to Them edition of Terrible Things Can Happen to You! and that you’re feeling prepared for this program to end. Happy reading!