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

Snack and Story: Trail of Fruit Rings

By Mindy Baker


Need something fun to brighten up your day? Try this book that is a unique combination of graphic novel-like artwork in black and white combined and blended with bursts of vibrant color artwork. The story is set up as a journal that chronicles an alien’s (the unicorn) 100 days on Earth in the home of a little girl and her family. In the end he recommends that more of his kind come to Earth for a vacation!


READ: Invasion of the Unicorns by David Biedrzycki


While you read the story, snack on some "fruit rings" cereal. Save some for a fun activity after reading and discussing the book!



  • What do you think unicorns might eat?
  • Can you think of a food/fruit for every color of the rainbow?
  • In the story, the unicorn keeps a journal. What would you write in a journal about today?

DO: Trail of Fruit Rings Activity


Version One:

All players close their eyes and count to twenty while one player hides. The player who hides is pretending to be a unicorn. He must leave a trail of fruit rings for the other players to follow so they can find him.


Version Two:

Take turns hiding a unicorn stuffed animal or figurine and leave a trail of fruit loops to follow to help the other players “find” the unicorn.