Calling all demigods and mortals, it's time to kick your Summer reading into gear with The Trials of Apollo series by Rick Riordan! This latest series featuring Greek gods, demigods, and a mortal named Lester has it all: action, comedy, suspense, and poetry. We are sharing all about the series including what to expect in the highly anticipated fifth book, along with ways to create Camp Half-Blood at home.
This post is sponsored by Disney Book Group for some epic summer camp fun and The Trials of Apollo Giveaway. All opinions are my own.
The Trials of Apollo
The Trials of Apollo series is the latest installment in the world of demigods from author Rick Riordan. Unlike the other books though, this time Apollo, the arrogant god has been turned into a mere mortal. Apollo aka Lester Papadopoulos is tasked with restoring the five ancient Oracles and battle a triumvirate of evil Roman emperors in order to regain his place in Mount Olympus.
Apollo narrates his adventures with Meg and other familiar faces from Camp Half-Blood. He likes to begin each chapter with a poorly written poem, because he lost his godly writing abilities when he became human. Although he maintained his sense of humor, he does get knocked off his high horse once or a million times. You're human Apollo, things are going to be different buddy!
If your children are fans of Rick's previous series like Percy Jackson and the Olympians they will love this one. Just like the other demigod books the action starts almost immediately in Book 1: The Hidden Oracle. From there all the way to Book 4: The Tyrant's Tomb, you are in for a ride.
What about those who have already dived in and are adventuring with Apollo? Summer is the perfect time to read the series again in preparation for the final book: The Tower of Nero, which releases this October! My kids and I are so excited to see how it ends and if Apollo can pull off this impossible mission.
Complete The Trials of Apollo Series Order:
- The Hidden Oracle
- The Dark Prophecy
- The Burning Maze
- The Tyrant’s Tomb
- The Tower of Nero (coming October 6, 2020 pre-order now)
Discover more about the world of Apollo and Rick Riordan's other books at ReadRiordan.com.
Why We Love The Trials of Apollo
Did I mention we are back in the world of demigods and mythological creatures? The action, the educational moments, the fun, what's not to love? Like I said above, this time things are a little different. Apollo/Lester is just like you and me: a mortal with no godly powers and a bad driver's license picture.
Kids will see themselves in Lester, Meg, and the others. They can relate to their struggles to fit in, trying their best, and trying not to get eaten by monsters along the way. I've also always enjoyed the fact that these books are diverse. Representation matters and Rick includes characters from all kinds of backgrounds and situations. My kids, your kids, and kids all over the world can see themselves represented in these books with heroes and heroines that are just like them.
Camp Half-Blood At Home
We all wish we could visit Camp Half-Blood. Since there are no gryphons or city buses to take us there, why not bring Camp Half-Blood home? Create your own Trials of Apollo right in your backyard!
It's easy to set up these trials using inexpensive items you have lying around or found at your local discount store. For this version of Camp Half-Blood, you need the following materials:
- Hula Hoops
- Jump Ropes
- Hopper Balls
- *If your children like to ride bikes, skateboards, or have access to a pool, feel free to add in more activities. Then you can sit back knowing you have the best at-home Camp Half-Blood on the block.
For our Camp Half-Blood at home, I set up several areas for the kids to train like a Demigod. First up is a racing course to test for speed. You need to be fast to outrun giants.
Then it is onto the hopper balls. This helps build up leg strength while squatting in case of monstrous tomb explorations. Hey you never know what is waiting for you around the corner from your house!
Hula Hoops. Dance-offs could totally be a thing against some of those undead Roman army guys. Just saying!
Finally jumping rope. This is a practical skill for learning how to time your jumps over lava or holes in the ground. At Camp Half-Blood at home we have to prepare for everything right?
When the training ends, the reading begins. Relax around the campfire, no sacrifices to godly parents necessary, and enjoy your favorite treats while getting lost in The Trials of Apollo series. Now is the perfect time to catch up or refresh your memory before Book 5: The Tower of Nero hits shelves October 6, 2020!
The Tower of Nero
Will the Greek god Apollo, cast down to earth in the pathetic moral form of a teenager named Lester Papadopoulos, finally regain his place on Mount Olympus? Lester's demigod friends at Camp Jupiter just helped him survive attacks from bloodthirsty ghouls, an evil Roman king and his army of the undead, and the lethal emperors Caligula and Commodus. Now the former god and his demigod master Meg must follow a prophecy uncovered by Ella the harpy.
Lester's final challenge will be at the Tower of Nero, back in New York. Will Meg have a last showdown with her father? Will this helpless form of Apollo have to face his arch nemesis, Python? Who will be on hand at Camp Half-Blood to assist? These questions and more will be answered in this book that all demigods are eagerly awaiting.
Summer Reading Bingo Free Printable
Take Apollo, Meg, and their friends with you all summer long. Challenge your Demigods and mortals alike with this Summer Reading Bingo! I suggest as a prize, picking up more Rick Riordan books. See the complete list here: ReadRiordan.com.
Download your Summer Reading Bingo now!
The Trials of Apollo Giveaway
To help kick-off your child's summer reading adventures, enter for a chance to win The Trials of Apollo Books plus official Camp Half-Blood merchandise! The winner will receive 4 books in The Trials of Apollo series, plus Camp Half-Blood swag including a drawstring backpack, t-shirt, hat, and decal.
*Open to US residents only
Trolls World Tour Dance Edition
Before you get the party started, grab these Trolls World Tour Free Party Printables. Then pick out the most colorful outfits you can find. Finally, pop in the dance party edition of the film and get ready to move it, shake it, and dance your heart out.
read more: Trolls World Tour Quotes To Make You Smile
This special dance edition includes an interactive dance party mode that invites viewers to learn dance moves while get watch the film, lyrics to sing-along with your favorite songs, and even special surprises too! We are all about learning the moves, because if you haven't already tried to dance along with this soundtrack are you even a human? Only robots could not get caught in the infectious melodies of Just Sing, Crazy Train, and my fave- Don't Slack.
Dance Party Mode – As Queen Poppy makes her way across the lands, this on-screen experience encourages the viewer to sing and dance along as they customize their own musical journey. With sing-along and dance elements, interactive pop ups and more, it’s sure to be a world of fun!
Tiny Diamond Goes Back To School – In this exclusive original short film, journey back to school with Tiny Diamond as he tries to figure out how to be the cool kid and ‘fit in’.
Trolls Dance Academy – Compilation of How-To-Dance pieces from Dance Party Mode
Trolls World Tourist Map – Cloud Guy provides a quick “tourist guide's” view of the six realms that make up Trolls Kingdom.
- Trolls Village
- Lonesome Flats
- Vibe City
- Volcano Rock City
- Techno Reef
Deleted Scenes with intros by Director Walt Dohrn, Producer Gina Shay, and Co-Director David P. Smith*
- Cooper's Destiny
- Let's Go Save the World
- Bicycle Built for Two
- Meet the Bounty Hunters
- Making New Friends
- Cloud 9
Trolls Perfect Harmony– Hear from the star-studded cast of Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake, Anderson .Paak, George Clinton, Kunal Nayyar, James Corden and the filmmakers about the history of music featured in the film. From classical to country to rock, pop and techno, the cast and filmmakers reveal their favorite types of music.
Trolls World Tour Backstage* – A behind-the-scenes making of featurette showcases Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake, Rachel Bloom, Ron Funches, George Clinton, Mary J. Blige, Sam Rockwell and Kenan Thompson as some of the talent behind the Trolls and the process of bringing the them to life.
- Opening Act
Feature Commentary with Director Walt Dohrn, Producer Gina Shay, and Co-Director David P. Smith
* Exclusive to 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray™ & Digital
Trolls World Tour Giveaway!
One lucky winner will receive a Trolls World Tour prize pack featuring a copy of the movie and trolls swag! Winner will be chosen using rafflecopter and notified via email.
This post is in partnership with Nickelodeon and Paramount Home Entertainment, all opinions are our own.
PAW Patrol: Mighty Pups Charged Up
PAW Patrol is a must watch in our house. My son loves the way the pups use their powers to fight the bad guys and solve problems. He even tries to get our husky in on the action at home. And the latest PAW Patrol fun is no exception.
Uh oh! A new superpower replicating baddie known as Copycat is taking up residence in Adventure Bat. It is up to Ryder to charge up the Mighty Pups with the mighty meteor. This gives them all-new secondary superpowers. With these news abilities and paw-some charged-up hover vehicles they set out to save the day!
With this epic new DVD collection, fans can follow the Mighty Pups on daring rescue missions as they use their new superpowers and vehicles to save Adventure Bay from the Copycat. Dun, dun, dunnnnn.
PAW Patrol: Mighty Pups Charged Up DVD
PAW Patrol: Mighty Pups Charged Up includes all these episodes! Get ready for hours of play with:
- Mighty Pups Charged Up: Pups Vs. the Copycat
- Mighty Pups Charged Up: Pups Stop a Big Bad Bot
- Mighty Pups Charged Up: Pups Vs. the Dome
- Mighty Pups Charged Up: Pups Stop a Humdinger Horde
- Mighty Pups Charged Up: Pups Save a Mighty Lighthouse
- Pups Save a Cat Burglar
- Pups Save the Runaway Kitties
PAW Patrol Mighty Pups Charged Up Giveaway!
One lucky winner will win a copy of PAW Patrol Mighty Pups Charged Up! Winner will be chosen on June 2, 2020 and notified via email.
Blue's Clues & You
I remember figuring out Blue's Clues with my sister when I was younger and then my kids of course had to watch the show too. It's too cute to miss! We even have a lot of Blue's Clues books. When Nickelodeon decided to bring back Blue I was thrilled. It has always been a great show for children and the world needs more adorable blue puppies!
Blue's Clues and You DVD
Blue's Clues & You! includes all these episodes and features below plus American Sign Language flash cards!
- Meet Josh!
- Happy Birthday, Blue!
- Playdate with Magenta
- Big News with Blue
- How to Play Blue’s Clues Song
- Josh & Blue’s VLOG!
- ABC Song, Hide & Seek + Dancing!
- Holiday Shopping, Mailtime, Nursery Rhymes & More!
- Garden Sing Along, Touring School & Mailtime with Blue’s Clues!
- Soccer Tricks, Gopher Game & Color Song!
- American Sign Language Lesson, Nursery Rhymes & Mailtime!
- Planets Song, Find The Snail Game & Mailtime!
- American Sign Language Word of the Week
- Blue’s Clues
Blue’s Clues & You! will be available from Nickelodeon and Paramount Home Entertainment exclusively at Walmart beginning on June 2, 2020.
Blue's Clues and You Giveaway!
One lucky winner will win a copy of Blue's Clues & You! Winner will be chosen on June 2, 2020 and notified via email.
Downton Abbey Blu-ray, DVD, & Digital Bonus Features
- Deleted Scenes
- Cast Conversations – Exclusive roundtable interviews with the cast.
- Upstairs Cast
- Downstairs Cast
- The Royal Visit – A look at how the royal visit proved to be an ambitious event both on and behind the camera.
- True to the Twenties – Fans of Downton Abbey are charmed by the sheer grandeur of the aristocracy in the early 20th century. Learn how Downton Abbey maintains a reputation of being true to the time period.
- Welcome to Downton Abbey – A behind-the-scenes look at the grandeur of Highclere Castle and how it serves as a cornerstone in the Downton Abbey franchise.
- The Brilliance of Julian Fellowes – Writer Julian Fellowes has created a story and beloved characters that resonate with people across the world. This piece celebrates Julian’s brilliant creativity and reveals his approach to bringing Downton Abbey to the big screen.
- Downton Abbey Series Recap* – Whether you’re new or just need a refresher, this series recap will catch you up on the story so far.
- Feature Commentary with Director Michael Engler
*available on Blu-ray and iTunes
As a mega fan of the series, this film felt like an extra-long episode that was a joy to watch. The bonus features expand on the fun giving us even more insight into the lives of some of our favorite characters. My top picks are Welcome to Downton Abbey and Cast Conversations. If you saw this in theaters without any knowledge of the show, start with the Downton Abbey Series Recap then watch the film again!
Downton Abbey is available on Digital now and on Blu-ray & DVD December 17, 2019!
Downton Abbey Giveaway
One lucky winner will receive a Blu-ray combo copy of Downton Abbey!