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 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.