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

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.