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

Summer Challenge Round-Up (and giveaway winners)

Thank you to everyone who participated in the 2023 Summer Challenge. We hope you had a lot of fun reading and connecting this summer. Now that the Summer Challenge is over, we will get back to our usual schedule of posting every other Wednesday. 

The giveaway winners are Julia M. (Scavenger Hunt Prize Pack) and Samantha C. (signed copy of TWO TOUGH TRUCKS GET LOST. Congratulations, and thank you for entering! 

Our regular schedule will resume next Wednesday, August 30. In the mean time, here is a round-up of all the 2023 Summer Challenge themes. Enjoy these book recommendations and story time ideas any time of the year!

Week One: Time To Chill

Week Two: Interesting Inventions

Week Three: You're Super, Hero!

Week Four: A Sporting Good Time

Week Five: Beat the Heat

Week Six: Caring for Creation

Week Seven: Adventure Awaits!

Week Eight: Hit the Road, Jack!

Week Nine: Song and Dance

Week Ten: Books and Movies

And for an extra bit of fun, here is a story time idea perfect for the back to school season: