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 Time: LOVE IS KIND

by Rebecca J. Gomez

Love is Kind by Laura Sassi, illustrated by Lison Chaperon, is a book that illustrates what real love looks like in a story about Little Owl and his quest to buy his Grammy a gift for her birthday. Little Owl wants to buy her a heart-shaped box of chocolates, but a series of events ruins his plans. How will he show her how much he loves her if he doesn't have a gift in hand? Love is Kind is the perfect book to pair with a sweet treat, especially if you plan to share that treat with someone you love. Just remember, love is about much more than treats!

Read: Love is Kind


  • In what was does Little Owl show love to others throughout the story?
  • What is one way you have shown love today?
  • Talk about a time when it was hard to be loving.
  • Who are some people you love a lot?
  • How can you be loving to people around you, even if you don't know them well?
  • What is your favorite kind of chocolate treat?

Do: Enjoy a chocolate treat with someone you love. Here are a few ideas that are perfect for summer time:

  • Chocolate dipped ice cream! You can go out for this special treat or do it at home. Here is a simple recipe for an instant chocolate shell to pour over ice cream. 
  • Make chocolate dipped strawberries. Yummy! Here's how. 
  • Make chocolate dipped pretzels with family and friends. Stick on in a bowl of ice cream for a bit of crunch!
  • Make ice cream sundaes with your favorite chocolate toppings. Some options: crushed m&ms, peanut butter cups, and chocolate cookies.
Tip: If you don't like chocolate or can't eat it, try white chocolate instead. Or come up with another tasty treat share with someone you love.