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

Story Time Idea: CROSSINGS by Katy Duffield

A story idea that will complement this week's "wilderness" Summer Challenge theme! Read Crossings: Extraordinary Structures for Extraordinary Animals by Katy Duffield, illustrated by Mike Orodán. Talk about the various structures in the book, and what animal you would choose to protect in this way if you could. Then build your own "crossing" out of blocks or other materials.