Thursday, July 21, 2011

Friendship Books

I had the wonderful chance to visit with my best friend from 4th and 5th grade over the weekend. I hadn't seen her in at least a decade, if not longer. So when I found out she was visiting her family in town this past week, I was delighted to connect with her again. Seeing her and her lovely family caused me to reflect on childhood friendships and how special they remain in our memories. As I think back on some of our memories together, I remember how fond we were of reading books like Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh, The Secret Garden by Francis Hodgson Burnett, and Mandy by Julie Andrews Edwards. While those books are generally for older readers than this blog is dedicated to, there are many wonderful books about childhood friendships in the picture book collection just waiting to be shared with a child and his or her first friend. Here are a few staff favorites:
Alex and Lulu: Two of a Kind

Alex and Lulu: Two of a Kind by Lorena Siminovich
Meet best friends Alex and Lulu. Alex loves having noisy, exciting adventures, and Lulu likes painting and making things. Even though they are different, they always have fun together. Until Alex begins to worry that they might be too different, that they might actually be opposites! Discover what opposites really are in this quirky story that celebrates differences.

Bella & Bean
When Bean constantly distracts her while she tries to write, Bella finds her poems taking unexpected and silly twists, till she realizes she has written a wonderful poem about her best friend.

Mary and Clare do everything together at preschool, but Mary's birthday celebration puts a strain on the girls' friendship.

Kathy feels lonely and betrayed when her best friend goes away for the summer and has a wonderful time.

Budgie & Boo

Budgie grows flowers and Boo grows vegetables, and they are the best of friends.

Chester's Way
 Chester's Way by Kevin Henkes
Chester and Wilson share the same exact way of doing things, until Lilly moves into the neighborhood and shows them that new ways can be just as good.

Best friends Lily and Salma disagree over their preferred foods, but after trading sandwiches to see how they taste, the girls change their minds.

Dog and Bear: Two Friends, Three Stories
Three easy-to-read stories reveal the close friendship between Dog and Bear.

Best Friends
When the light in the classroom incubator burns out, two friends are brought together again as they act to save the lives of the unhatched chickens.

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