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

What is Read, Discuss, Do?

Read, Discuss, Do! exists to help you extend the magic of story time beyond the last page!

Reading with a child is a magical thing. It's fun. It helps create and maintain human connection. It helps young readers build their vocabulary, learn literacy skills, and develop empathy. Imagine taking that magic and supercharging it! You can, and you don't have to be a librarian or reading teacher to do it. All it takes is three simple steps:

Read a book. Talk about the book. Do a simple activity inspired by the book.

Simple. No need to search Pinterest for "story time ideas" and end up lost in a sea of boards, lists and links dedicated to library and classroom story time ideas. 

That is why I started Read, Discuss, Do! To offer simple (often book-specific) ideas that can be used by anyone--parents, caregivers, educators, and librarians--to make the most out of reading with kids.

So, take a look around. Hopefully you will find some ideas and inspiration to read, discuss, and do with the young readers in your life.

Happy reading!