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

Story Time Idea: HAWK RISING


Amazing Animals week continues with a story time idea for Hawk Rising by Maria Gianferrri, illustrated by Brian Floca. This lyrical picture book tells the story of a father hawk hunting to feed his family, as a curious child watches with fascination. Enjoy the story, talk about the birds you've seen in your neighborhood, then enjoy some "hunting" of your own. 

Other books for bird lovers: Whoo-ku Haiku: A Great Horned Owl Story, also by Maria Gianferrari, illustrated by Jonathan Voss and The Hawk of the Castle: A Story of Medieval Falconry by Danna Smith, illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline.