Picture Book Pair for a Fun Fall Story Time

by Rebecca J. Gomez Pairing two or more picture books with similar themes can open up a world of discussion possibilities, and those discussions are great ways to connect with your children or students. It can be fascinating to see how different authors and illustrators approach different topics and themes. Pairing books with similar themes during story time will help children learn that everyone sees the world a little differently, and it's good to see other people's perspectives. Read : Leaves by David Ezra Stein and The Leaf Thief by Alice Hemming, illustrated by Nicola Slater Discuss :  What is the main theme in each of these stories? How are these two books different? How are they similar? What were Bear and Squirrel both confused about?  Have you ever been confused or curious about something in nature? Talk about it! What is fall like where you live? Do you see leaves changing, then falling from the trees?  What other books about fall or leaves have you read? Are any of

Summer Challenge Week Four - RED, WHITE, and BLUE!

It's week four of the Summer Challenge, and hopefully you're having a blast sharing great books, having good discussions, and getting active with your kiddos. Maybe you've gone out for ice cream, built a sand castle, or went for a sailing adventure in an inflatable raft! If not, don't worry. You can join in on the fun any time! 

The Fourth of July is fast approaching, so this week's challenge is Red, White, and Blue! We hope that this week's theme will inspire you to read some books about the American flag and have some red, white, and blue fun of your own. You could make an an American flag cake decorated with whipped cream, blueberries and strawberries. Or maybe color a picture of the American flag. Or make your own flag out of construction paper and paint! Whatever you do, make it fun, and be sure to tell us about it in the comments or share your posts on social media with the #RDDSummerChallenge hashtag!

Recommended titles:

America's Flag Story by Karen S. Robbins, illustrated by J. James - This simple rhyming book has some fun flag-themed activities in the back pages.

The Star Spangled Banner by Peter Spier - This book is the full text of the USA's national anthem, beautifully illustrated by Peter Spier.

The Story of the "Star Spangled Banner" by Patricia Pingry, illustrated by Nancy Munger - A simple history of the American flag. 

Happy reading!