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


The final week of the Read, Discuss, Do Summer Challenge is "back to school," and Hello Goodbye Dog by Maria Gianferrari, illustrated by Patrice Barton is the perfect choice for a school-themed story time! Read this charming story, talk about hellos and goodbyes, and imagine some hello-goodbye scenarios of your own. 

If you don't have this book handy or can't find it at your library, check out this publisher-approved read aloud from Reading is Fundamental.