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 NINE: A Wilderness Adventure

Welcome to week NINE of the Summer Reading Challenge! This week may inspire you to get out, explore the outdoors, and have a little (or big) wilderness adventure of your own! You could go for a walk at a local park, take a boat for a spin, hike a trail, maybe even go camping in the woods. And if staying home is your thing, why not plan a future adventure or have an imaginary one right in your living room? Whatever you do, we hope you enjoy being adventurous with your readers.

Suggested titles:

One Summer Up North by John Owens, a delightful wordless picture book that follows a family as they explore the Boundary Waters on the border of Minnesota and Canada.

Squeak! by Laura McGee Kvasnosky, illustrated by Kate Harvey McGee. This book is a chain reaction story about various animals waking up to greet the day. Charming and beautifully illustrated. Let it inspire you to get out and explore nature.

Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak. This classic inspires the imaginative adventurer in all of us.