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Styling Librarian- Friendship Book Suggestions

IMG_1014I recently have had a few parents and actually a student requesting books for children with social challenges such as issues with anxiety and making friends.

I thought I’d share a few books I recommended here for friendship books, tried to provide the parents with a few non-fiction making friends specific books, a few picture books with friendship skills naturally integrated into the book, and a few novels with friendship embedded within as well. I pulled many books, shared them with students, parents, and then also put together a book display in one area of the library on friendship.

Making friends by Cassie Mayer 158.2 MAY – Goodreads Summary: “Books in this series introduce children to the character values that embody citizenship. In ‘Making Friends,’ children view various situations that demonstrate ways to make friends and the importance of being a good friend. Playful, engaging illustrations are used to reinforce students understanding of the concepts.”

How to be a friend: a guide to making friends and keeping them by Laurene Brown and Marc Brown 158.2 BRO – Goodreads Summary: “Find out: * who can be your friend * how to show someone you would like to be friends * how to handle bosses and bullies * the best ways to be a friend and ways not to be a friend * ways to settle an argument with a friend.”

Making Friends by Janine Amos and Annabel Spenceley 302 AMO – Goodreads Summary: “Sometimes making friends is easy. Sometimes, however, we don’t know how to start. If we want to join in, we need to tell people what we want.”

Scaredy Squirrel makes a friend by Melanie Watt – Goodreads Summary: “That lovable little worrywart is back. And he’s as scaredy as ever! In his latest adventure, Scaredy Squirrel sets out to make The Perfect Friend. And once he’s spotted a perfectly safe candidate (with no teeth), Scaredy’s ready. Armed with a name tag, mittens, a mirror and a lemon, he’s prepared to make The Perfect First Impression. But just when every detail is under control, Scaredy’s Action Plan takes a surprising — and “toothy” — turn. Will he survive this ordeal? Will he find his kindred spirit? Will he discover the true meaning of friendship? Read Scaredy’s nutty story to find out …”

You will be my friend! by Melanie Watt – Goodreads Summary: “Lucy wants to make a friend today! But it’s harder than it looks. Will Lucy give up before she finds a friend? Will YOU be Lucy’s friend?”

Better than you by Trudy Ludwig and Adam Gustavson – Goodreads Summary: “Jake’s bragging is really starting to get to his neighbor Tyler. Tyler can’t show Jake a basketball move, a school assignment, or a new toy without Jake saying he can do better. Tyler starts to wonder:  Is something wrong with him? Is he really such a loser? Is Jake really better than him at everything?  Or is Jake the one with the problem? With the help of his uncle Kevin, Tyler begins to understand that Jake’s bragging has nothing to do with Tyler’s own abilities and that puffing yourself up leaves little room for friends.”

The Invisible Boy by Trudy Ludwig and Patrice Barton – Goodreads Summary: “Meet Brian, the invisible boy. Nobody ever seems to notice him or think to include him in their group, game, or birthday party . . . until, that is, a new kid comes to class. When Justin, the new boy, arrives, Brian is the first to make him feel welcome. And when Brian and Justin team up to work on a class project together, Brian finds a way to shine”

Big Al by Andrew Clements and Yoshi – Goodreads Summary: “Poor Big Al! He just wants to make friends. And in the whole wide blue sea you can’t find a nicer fish. But because Big Al is large and scary-looking, the little fish are afraid to get to know him. What can he do? He tries everything he can think of — from disguising himself with seaweed to burrowing under the ocean floor so he’ll look smaller. But something always goes wrong, and lonely Big Al wonders if he’ll ever have a single friend. Then one frightening day, when a fishing net captures the other fish, Big Al gets the chance to prove what a wonderful friend he can be!”

Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson and Earl B. Lewis – Goodreads Summary: “Each kindness makes the world a little better. Chloe and her friends won’t play with the new girl, Maya. Maya is different–she wears hand-me-downs and plays with old-fashioned toys. Every time Maya tries to join Chloe and her gang, they reject her. Eventually, Maya plays alone, and then stops coming to school altogether. When Chloe’s teacher gives a lesson about how even small acts of kindness can change the world, Chloe is stung by the lost opportunity for friendship, and thinks about how much better it could have been if she’d shown a little kindness toward Maya.”

I’m Here by Peter H. Reynolds – Goodreads Summary: “I’m here. And you’re there. And that’s okay. But; maybe there will be a gentle wind that pulls us together.  And then I’ll be here and you’ll be here, too.”

The Meanest Thing to Say by Bill Cosby and Varnette Honeywood – Goodreads Summary: “Michael Reilly has introduced a new game to Little Bill and his friends. You get twelve chances to say something mean to another kid–and whoever comes up with the biggest insult is the winner. Insults start flying: “Jose hops with the frogs in science lab!” “Andrew eats frogs for dinner!” “Little Bill shoots baskets like a girl!” Little Bill tries to think of really mean things to say in retaliation. But Dad teaches him a strategy that enables Little Bill to save face while remaining the nice kid that he really is!”

photo 1What if…? by Anthony Browne – Goodreads Summary: “Joe is nervous about his first big party, and as Mum walks him along the darkening street to his friend’s house, his imagination starts to run wild. They search for the right place, looking through the windows, wondering “What if…?” while making surprising discoveries along the way.”

Penguin on Vacation by Salina Yoon – Goodreads Summary: “Penguin’s tired of the snow and cold–so he decides to go on vacation! But where should he go? And what new friends will he meet along the way?”

milliesspecialsomethingMillie’s Special Something by Tania Cox, illustrated by David Miller – Goodreads Summary: “Big, bad Reggie loves to scare Millie. It’s fun. But not for Millie. It’s frightening! Her friends each have a special something to make them feel brave. So why doesn’t she? Or does she?”

Yoon and the Jade Bracelet by Helen Recorvits, Gabi Swiatkowska – Goodreads Summary: “It is Yoon’s birthday and all she wants is a jump rope so she can play with the other girls in the school yard. Instead, Yoon’s mother gives her a Korean storybook about a silly girl who is tricked by a tiger. Yoon also receives a jade bracelet that once belonged to her grandmother. The next day at school, a girl offers to teach Yoon how to jump rope, but for a price: she wants to borrow the jade bracelet. When Yoon tries to get her bracelet back, the girl swears it belongs to her. Yoon must use the lessons learned in her storybook and her “Shining Wisdom” to retrieve the precious keepsake.”

Willow Finds a Way by Lana Button, Tania Howells – Goodreads Summary: “Willow is thrilled the whole class — including her! — is invited to classmate Kristabelle’s fantastic birthday party, until the bossy birthday girl starts crossing guests off the list when they dare cross her. There are many books on bullying, but Willow’s story offers a unique look at how to handle the situation as a bystander.”

A Year with Marmalade by Alison Reynolds – Goodreads Summary: “This is a story about friendship. It’s about losing old friends and making new ones. It’s about change, which isn’t always a bad thing… When Maddy’s family relocate for a year, she must leave behind her cat, Marmalade, and her best friend Ella. The story of the growing friendship between Marmalade and Ella is set against a backdrop of the changing seasons.”

The Problem with Being Slightly Heroic by Uma Krishnaswami and Abigail Halpin – Novel – Goodreads Summary: “Dini and Maddie, very best friends, are back in the same country at the same time! Better still, Dolly Singh, the starriest star in all of Bollywood, is in America too. Dini’s only just returned from India, and already life is shaping up to be as delicious as a rose petal milk shake. Perfect. Then why can’t she untie the knot in her stomach? Because so much can go wrong when a big star like Dolly is in town. All Dini has to do is make sure Dolly has everything she needs, from a rose petal milk shake to her lost passport to;a parade? And an elephant?
Uh-oh; It’s time to think. What Would Dolly Do? If Dini can’t figure it out, Dolly might take matters into her own hands;and that will surely lead to the biggest mess of all!”

Stink and the great guinea pig express by Megan McDonald and Peter H. Reynolds – Novel – Goodreads Summary: “When three guinea pigs from the local pet shop make a great escape, Stink Moody and his friends Webster and Sophie spring into action. TA-DA! The Fantastic Fur Friends round up the little hairballs and bring them safely back to Mrs. Birdwistle’s shop, where they discover — OH-LA-LA! — guinea pig pandemonium! Time for the Great Guinea Pig Giveaway! Stink and company hit the road in a crazy quest to find good homes for 101 squealing, whistling, chirping, wiggly piggies.”

The Year of the Dog by Grace Lin – Novel – Goodreads Summary: “This funny and profound debut novel by prolific illustrator Lin tells the story of young Pacy who, as she celebrates the Chinese New Year with her family, discovers this is the year she is supposed to “find herself.””

What is your friendship book to share with children?

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