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

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.