Picture Book Pair for Sharing Love and Friendship

  Picture book pair posts are about showing how 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 and experiences the world a little differently, and it's good to see other people's perspectives. Today is Valentine’s Day, and that has everyone talking about love! But not just romantic love. The love of friends and family is a big topic too! Yes, this time of year love is a hot topic, but it’s a good topic to read and talk about all year long. So today we’d like to share two lovely books with a theme of love between friends. But love isn’t the only thing these two books have in common. They also both feature bears! In Love is in the Little Things by Stella J. Jones, illustrate

The Read, Discuss, Do SUMMER CHALLENGE!

It's the official launch day for Read, Discuss, Do!'s new home on the web! Thank you for dropping by! We are all set to kick off the fun with a SUMMER CHALLENGE aimed at getting you and the young readers in your life (offspring, grandkids, day care tots?) engaging together through book-inspired discussions and activities! 

This is not your ordinary summer reading program. There's no need to keep a log or count pages or track minutes spent reading. This challenge is all about sharing books and engaging in book-related fun while strengthening connections between readers and, yes, keeping your kids reading through the summer. What better way to prevent the "summer slide"? 

Your challenge then, should you choose to accept it, is as follows: 

  • Look for the weekly theme, shared each Friday from June 4 to August 13. The themes will be shared here on the website, in our newsletter and on social media (Instagram and Twitter).
  • Each week, READ a book (or several) inspired by the theme with the children in your life. We'll recommend a few titles each week, but they are only suggestions. 
  • DISCUSS the books you read! Some general discussion topics could be: favorite characters, alternate endings, favorite part of the story, favorite illustration, if/how you can relate to the characters or situations, etc.
  • DO a fun activity each week inspired by that week's reading. These activities are totally up to you and can be as simple as drawing a picture or as epic as going on a real life adventure. 
  • Share the fun on Instagram and Twitter using the hashtag #RDDSummerChallenge.
Plan to join in the fun? Let us know in the comments! At the end of the summer challenge you'll earn a certificate for you and your young readers and have a chance to enter a giveaway. Commenting on this post is not required, but we would love to hear from you.

Have fun reading, discussing, and doing! 



Love this, Becky! Such a great idea!
Karen Condit said…
This is great! Way to shake up the usual summer-reading-log idea. The "doing" is the best part...beside the reading ;)!