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

Snack and Story Time: THE PEACH PIT PARADE

by Mindy Baker

The Peach Pit Parade: A World War 1 Story by Shana Keller and illustrated by Margeaux Lucas is a great discussion starter for elementary age children and filled with fascinating history. It takes place in the WWI era. Polly's father goes to fight in the war, and the story shows how life in America changed drastically. Families like Polly's made sacrifices to help the war effort. They planted victory gardens and collected scrap metal. They used less fuel and had meatless Mondays and wheatless Wednesdays. When chemical warfare was introduced, peach pits were needed to make filters in gas masks. Polly makes a difference by organizing a parade in her community to collect peach pits. Her fictional story is based on historical truth and will inspire you to make a difference in your own community today. Includes back matter with helpful science and history details.


The Peach Pit Parade by Shana Keller, illustrated by Margeaux Lucas

  1. What is war? When was World War 1?
  2. What are some of the ways that Polly's life changed because of the war?
  3. What are some of the things that Polly and the other US citizens did to help the soldiers?
  4. What did the US make with the peach pits and how did this help the soldiers?
  5. Polly and her community made a difference by working together. What is one way you can help make a difference with your community?

Do: Make a Peach Smoothie.

  • 2 cups frozen peaches
  • 1 -2 cups shaved ice
  • 1 cup peach juice 
  • 1 container peach Greek yogurt
  • 1 banana
  • 2 Tbsp honey (or more...as you like it)
In a blender, chop the ice until snow cone consistency. Add the rest of the ingredients and blend. Add more juice to thin if so desired. Pour into glasses, add a straw, and enjoy!

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