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. Read: The Peach Pit Parade  by Shana Keller, illustrated by Margeaux Lucas Discuss: What is war? When was

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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.

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