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 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: