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

Meet the Team!

Rebecca J. Gomez loves reading stories as much as she loves writing them. She prefers to read aloud to a live human audience, but her dogs will do in a pinch. She's the co-author of four picture books and the author of one (so far). When Rebecca's not reading or writing, she likes to bake, create artsy stuff, watch movies, play video games, garden, do puzzles, hike in the woods, and cook hearty meals for her family. She lives in Nebraska. 

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Laura Sassi has a passion for telling stories in prose and rhyme. She is the author of six picture books including the best-selling Goodnight, Ark,  Goodnight, MangerDiva Delores and the Opera House Mouse, which won First Honor Book for the 2019 Best in Rhyme Award; Love Is Kind, which was a 2020 Anna Dewdney Read Together Award Honor Book; and Little Ewe. Her next book Bunny Finds Easter releases in February 2022. She writes daily from her home in New Jersey and finds special joy in sharing themes of compassion and kindness through her picture books and at school visits and other book events. She’s excited to be a contributor at Read, Discuss, Do!

Mindy Baker, author of Mouse’s Christmas Gift, Zonderkidz 2018, resides in Indiana with her family where she is a high school Spanish teacher. Through her writing, she hopes to plant seeds of truth in the hearts of her readers. You can connect with Mindy at mindybakerbooks.com


Marci Whitehurst is a high school Speech and Drama coach and writer who enjoys sharing light and love through words. She writes for agricultural magazines and for children. Marci lives with her family on a ranch in Montana. You can find her at