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 Scavenger Hunt GIVEAWAY

The end of the Summer Challenge means it's time for a GIVEAWAY! If you've been following since the beginning of the summer, you should know about the Summer Challenge Scavenger Hunt. If you haven't been keeping up, now's a good time to catch up for your chance to win books!

One winner will receive a prize pack including THREE books that we featured over the summer. A second winner will win a copy of TWO TOUGH TRUCKS GET LOST by Corey Rosen Schwartz and Rebecca J. Gomez, illustrated by Hilary Leung.

How do you enter? Simple! Complete the scavenger hunt tasks (see the list of tasks below) and send your answers to readdiscussdo@gmail.com. You can download and print the form and send a picture of it to us, or you can type the responses into an email. 

The rules? You must have completed at least one item on the scavenger hunt list. Each item equals one entry, so the more you do, the more chances you have to win! How you interpret each thing on the list is up to you. We are pretty flexible here at Read, Discuss, Do! Also, you must be at least 18 years old and have a valid U.S. mailing address to enter. Get your responses to us by Friday, August 18. Be sure to put "Scavenger Hunt" in the subject line of the email. We will announce the winner the following Monday.

Can you read at least one book for each weekly theme? Fill in as many titles as you can for a chance to win more books at the end of the challenge! Each answer equals one entry. Fill in the bonus section for even more chances!

  1. Time to Chill
  2. Interesting Inventions
  3. You're Super, Hero!
  4. A Sporting Good Time
  5. Beat the Heat
  6. Caring for Creation
  7. Adventure Awaits!
  8. Hit the Road, Jack
  9. Song or Dance
  10. Books and Movies
Bonus: How many of these bookish activities can you do? Write a short description for each one that you did. 

  1. Eat a book-themed snack
  2. Make a craft or art project
  3. Send a postcard
  4. Draw a map
  5. Read with a buddy
Have fun and good luck!