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

Read, Discuss, and Do with THE WORLD'S LONGEST SOCK


Here at Read, Discuss, Do! we like socks. Colorful socks. Stripey socks. Socks with fun patterns or silly phrases. But no socks are better than a pair of warm, cozy socks on a cold winter day!

Except maybe the world’s longest socks!

The World’s Longest Sock by Juliann Law is a tall tale (long tale?) about two people competing to make the world’s longest sock. Told from the perspective of a world record judge, this story goes back and forth between Nina in Chile and Chuck in New Zealand, who are determined to win the world record. But as the socks get longer, time goes by, and lives change, Nina’s and Chuck’s perspectives change too. Who will win the world record? Read the book to find out! It’s an amusing story with charming, colorful illustrations that are sure to keep readers engaged.

Read: The World’s Longest Sock by Juliann Law


  • Early in the story, were you “team Nina” or “team Chuck”? Why?

  • Did the story end how you expected?

  • Have you ever been determined to win a competition, like Nina and Chuck? How did it work out?

  • Do you have a favorite pair of socks?


Design your own “world’s longest sock”! You can download and print this free sock template or draw your own. You can use crayon, colored pencil, paint, or even strips of yarn or fabric to design your sock. Tip: If you are going to use paint or glue, print (or draw) your sock on sturdy paper, such as card stock.

Here are some other activities you may want to try:

  • Try your hand at knitting, crocheting, or other kind of yarn craft.

  • Have your own “longest sock” contest. Dig through your sock drawer and see who in your family has the longest sock!

  • Make a sock puppet! Here’s a video for a simple DIY sock puppet. This is a great craft to try with a sock that has lost its mate.