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 Two: Inspire Creativity with Interesting Inventions

Welcome to week TWO of the Read, Discuss, Do! Summer Challenge! Stories about creative people and interesting inventions are a good way to encourage creative thinking in your own kids. That's why we are hoping this week's theme will encourage you and your kiddos to do some creative thinking together! What kinds of things will your brains come up with? There are endless possibilities!

Ideas for books to read:

  • BE A MAKER by Katey Howes, illustrated by Elizabet Vuković is a book about the possibilities that exist when you set out to make something, especially making an impact on the world around you.
  • IF I BUILT A CAR by Chris Van Dusen is a super fun and creative rhyming book in which a little boy describes the car he would build if he were to build a car. It's a great book for getting kids to think way outside the box!
  • THE CRAYON MAN: THE TRUE STORY OF THE INVENTION OF CRAYOLA CRAYONS by Natascha Biebow, illustrated by Steven Salerno is a fun and colorful non-fiction book about something most kids probably take for granted--their box of crayons!
  • FROM HERE TO THERE: INVENTIONS THAT CHANGED THE WAY THE WORLD MOVES by Vivian Kirkfield, illustrated by Gilbert Ford. This book is geared toward the older readers, though it may capture the interest of younger kiddos with its vivid imagery. It's a non-fiction book about familiar and unfamiliar inventions that have allowed people to move across air, water, and land. 

Ideas for things to discuss:

  • What does it take to be an inventor?
  • What is your favorite invention?
  • How might you and an inventor use some of the same skills? 
  • If you could invent anything, what would it be? 
  • Do you ever wonder about how an everyday object was invented? What can you do to find out?

Ideas for things to do: 

  • Make "inventions" out of Lego bricks or loose parts.
  • Visit a museum. 
  • Do an internet search or look for books about specific inventions your child is interested in.
  • Set up a Rube Goldberg machine in your family room
  • Make paper airplanes.
  • Draw ideas for imaginative vehicles or machines.
We'd love to hear about your family's inventiveness this week. Share in the comments or on social media using #RDDSummerChallenge.