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

Snack and Story: Books and Treats to Share with Your Dog

by Tina Cho

Most children naturally love dogs, and so reading books with dog characters is a great way to foster a love of reading. Children can also read to their dogs or other pets.  If they don't have one, they could read to a stuffed animal. My students like doing that in our classroom. 

Some kids read to dogs with a purpose. I came across this Instagram story about a boy who reads to shelter dogs who are waiting to be adopted. He doesn't like to see them lonely.

And just as kids and adults like to snack and read, dogs can too. Here's an easy homemade dog treat recipe that my sisters uses: Peanut Butter Dog Treats from The Cookie Rookie.

Why not share a snack and a story with a pet (real or stuffed) in your life? Here are some books about dogs to get you started:

The Pigeon Wants a Puppy by Mo Willems

Cool Dog, School Dog by Deborah Heiligman, illustrated by Tim Bowers

How Rocket Learned to Read by Tad Hills

Charlie Goes to School by Ree Drumond, illustrated by Diane deGroat

If You Give a Dog a Donut by Laura Numeroff, illustrated by Felicia Bond

Harry the Dirty Dog by Gene Zion, illustrated by Margaret Bloy Graham

Can I Be Your Dog by Troy Cummings

Rescue and Jessica by Jessica Kensky, illustrated by Patrick Downes

Gobi, a Little Dog with a Big Heart by Dion Leonard, illustrated by Lisa Manuzak

Hello Goodbye Dog by Maria Gianferrari, illustrated by Patrice Barton

Tina's sister's dogs enjoying