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 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!