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

Not Yeti: A Read, Discuss, Do! Review and Craft

Submitted by Mindy Baker

Not Yeti,
written by Kelly DiPucchio and illustrated by Claire Keane, is a humorous picture book about Yeti. Yeti is not like other monsters. He does kind things like sing to whales, bake banana bread, make inspirational quotes, and compliment others (even the weeds). Because he is different, the other monsters do not treat him well. They do not invite Yeti to their party. But although Yeti is disappointed, he decides to have a party of his own. It is attended by the whales, turtles, and other creatures he has been kind to throughout the story. This book gently, but powerfully shows children a way to deal with situations in which they are excluded. 

READNot Yeti by Kelly DiPucchio



  1. How is Yeti different from the other monsters in the book?

  2. How do the other monsters treat him?

  3. Have you ever had this happen to you?

  4. How did Yeti handle not being invited to the party?

  5. Does this give you any ideas for how you could respond in a similar situation?



DO: Make a Yeti 

You will need:

  • Index cards

  • Tissue paper

  • Scissors

  • Glue

  • Googly eyes

  • Optional: Make this craft into a magnet (Cut magnet squares from magnent tape with adhesive backing). Or punch a hole and loop a string to hang your Yeti somewhere where you will see him.


1. With scissors, cut the index cards into the shape of the Yeti.

2. Crumple the tissue paper and glue to the cards. (You may have to trim, tuck, and form it a little)

3. From cardstock, cut out the ears, bow tie, and face shape. Attach with glue.

4. Glue on the googly eyes. 

5. Talk to your Yeti! Put him somewhere to remind you to be kind to others!