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

Ten Clever and Creative Book-themed Projects

It's time for a round-up post! In the spirit of cleverness, creativity, and helping you save time, we've gathered some of our favorite book-themed projects and listed them here for your enjoyment. Some of these are from here at Read, Discuss, Do! Others are from our own websites, and others we have discovered around the web. We hope this list of book-themed projects will you and your kiddos get creative during story time and beyond. 

1. What About Moose? - Megaphone craft.  Kids can make a megaphone like the one Moose uses in the book, then act out the story.

2. Little Ewe: The Story of One Lost Sheep - Paper Plate Sheep Craft. Make the sheep, then talk about the story. You could even have your child play the part of the shepherd and find the sheep after you hide it somewhere.

3. When Your Llama Needs a Haircut Wacky Hairstyle Collage. A fun way to get wacky and creative at story time. 

4. One is a PiñataMake Mini Piñatas. This craft is adaptable according to your kiddo's age and skill level.

5. You're The Hugs to My Kisses - postcard story time activity. In case you need an excuse to send a postcard to someone special.

6. A Color of His Own - Chameleon Watercolor Project. Experiment with watercolor paint after reading a great book!

7. Diva Delores and the Opera House Mouse - Feathered Fan craft. A wonderful craft to lead into book-themed creative play.

8. Not Yeti - Tissue Paper Yeti craft. This yeti craft is too adorable to resist!

9. The Very Hungry Caterpillar - Paper Chain Caterpillar Craft. A fun follow-up to story time to get little ones practicing some fine motor skills. 

10. Little Blue Truck - Craft and Creative Play. Another fun way to combine story time with creativity and play.