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

Acrostics and Diamantes from our readers

It has been fun to see the poems that some of our readers and their children have been writing over the past two weeks as part of the Parent and Child Poetry Challenge! Here are some of the poems they have shared with us, and a few of our own. First up, acrostics!

By Nic and Harry (and Mom)

This one is by Rebecca and her daughters, inspired by a scene in THE TWO TOWERS by J. R. R. Tolkien:


by Julia McMullen, Samantha Coté, and Rebecca J. Gomez

Oh, how I've longed to gaze upon these grey-skinned
Legendary beasts, earth-shattering steps
In time with the ominous drum. I crouch to steal a glimpse, they
Plod along, and, but for our quest, this scene would hold me
Here. But Frodo urgest me
Away from this view, from the stew left
Uneaten in the pot.
No one back home will believe this
Treasured tale from a hobbit's adventure.


Two acrostics by Elizabeth E.:

Sweet relief from


Ever going

Existence and


Some time after winter

People smiling with glee

Rays reach from the sun

It warms up the tree

Nature leaps from the soil

Green covers all we see

We have a few diamantes to share too!

By Nic and Harry (and Mom)

by Jude

By Joseph

By Marci Whitehurst

Thank you to everyone who shared poems with us. Don't forget to write shape poems this week! We hope to have several more reader poems to share at the end of the month!