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

Summer Challenge Week Five: Beat the Heat

Welcome to week five of the Read, Discuss, Do! Summer Challenge! This week is all about beating the heat, so we've come up with a mix of books that are to help you think cool thoughts, and hopefully inspire you to get out (or stay in) and enjoy cool, refreshing day.

Suggestions for books to read:

ONE WINTER UP NORTH by John Owens. This is a wordless book about a family's vacation in the Boundary Waters during winter. A refreshing read for a hot summer day!

DO LIZARDS EAT ICE CREAM? HOW ANIMALS BEAT THE HEAT by Etta Kaner, illustrated by Jenna Piechota is an amusing and informative book about ways that various animals cool off in the heat. 

POOL PARTY by Amy DuchĂȘne and Elisa Parhad, illustrated by Anne Bentley. This book is a simple, colorful, fun book about one of summer's simple pleasures: a day at the pool!

WATERSONG by Tim McCanna, illustrated by Richard Smythe. What's more refreshing than water? This book's lyrical text about a fox taking shelter during a storm is a delight to read aloud!

Check out our list of 12 Books about Water for some more refreshing reads.

Suggestions for things to discuss:

  • What are some ways you like to beat the heat?
  • Do you prefer hot weather or cold weather? Why?
  • What is your favorite cold treat? Is it something you can make for yourself?
  • When you go swimming, do you jump right in or take it slow?
  • Describe the perfect "beat the heat" party.

Suggestions for things to do

  • Go swimming!
  • Head outdoors for a run in the sprinkler or a water gun battle.
  • Make sun tea or lemonade to enjoy in the shade.
  • Stuck indoors? Splash in the tub!
  • Play a game of catch or "hot potato" with water balloons.
  • Make snow cones or homemade popsicles. 
How do you plan on beating the heat this week or the rest of the summer? We'd love to hear about it! Share in the comments or on social media with the hashtag #RDDSummerChallenge.

Also, don't forget about the Summer Challenge Scavenger Hunt! Those who participate will have a chance to win books at the end of the summer.


Marci said…
Hot Potato with water balloons sounds like a fun activity for any age! These are some great books!