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 End-of-Summer Party!


Do you have your party hat on? It may be the end of the End of Summer Challenge, but the fun isn't quite over! We've got some fun stuff planned for the next several days, with a GIVEAWAY as the grand finale. 

In case you've missed out on the Summer Challenge, it's not too late to check out the themes and join in the fun with your own little readers. But don't worry. Participation is not required in order to enter the giveaway. 

If you did participate in the challenge, even if you didn't get through all the themes, we'd love to know about it! And to thank you, we'd like to offer you a printable certificate. You can download a blank one here or email us (readdiscussdo@gmail.com) to request a personalized PDF!

And now for a round-up of all of the themes. We hope that you will continue to use these as inspiration for discussion and connection in the future. 



  










If you enjoyed all of these story time ideas, check back regularly for more great Read, Discuss, Do! ideas. Or better yet, sign up for our newsletter so you don't miss a thing. We have so much planned for the next several months, including author interviews, reading tips, book lists, and, of course, simple story time ideas to help you connect with the young readers in your life. In the mean time, enjoy the celebration! Here's a schedule of events:

Saturday, August 21: Summer Challenge highlights from around the web
Monday, August 23: 12 Easy Art Projects with author/illustrator Patricia Keeler
Tuesday, August 24: Tips for connecting with kids through books beyond the summer
Wednesday, August 25: GIVEAWAY! 

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