Stories about Friendship

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There are many ways to celebrate the art of friendship. Share one of those breakaway necklaces or create bracelets that last.  Go ride the latest roller-coaster or even see the newest movie to hit theaters. There’s even an entire day dedicated to it! August 7 is Friendship Day. Who knew?! You can also celebrate the bond of friendship by checking out these titles for preschool and school age children at your library.

Each Kindness

Chloe and her friends shun the new girl, Maya, who eventually stops coming to school. When Chloe’s teacher gives a lesson about how even small acts of kindness can change the world, Chloe realizes how much better it could have been if she’d shown a little kindness towards Maya.

Hokey Pokey

Ever since they were Snotsippers, Jack and the girl have fought, until one day she steals his bike and as he and the Amigos try to recover it, Jack realizes that he is growing up and must eventually leave the “goodlands and badlands of Hokey Pokey.

Leonardo the Terrible Monster

Leonardo is truly a terrible monster-terrible at being a monster that is. No matter how hard he tries, he can’t seem to frighten anyone. Determined to succeed, Leonardo finally finds a nervous little boy and scares the tuna salad out of him! But scaring people isn’t quite as satisfying as he thought it would be. Leonardo realizes that he might be a terrible, awful monster, but he could be a really good friend.

Little Blue and Little Yellow

Little blue and little yellow share wonderful adventures. One day, they can’t find one another. When they finally meet, they are overjoyed. They hug until they become green. But where did little blue and little yellow go? Are they lost?

Ruby Lee and Me

Mrs. Smyre is like no other teacher anyone has ever seen around these parts. She’s the first African American teacher. It’s 1969, and while black folks and white folks are cordial, having a black teacher at an all-white school is a strange new happening. For Sarah Beth, there are so many unanswered questions. What is all this talk about Freedom Riders and school integration? Why can’t she and Ruby become best friends? And who says school isn’t for anybody who wants to learn–or teach? In a world filled with uncertainty, one very special teacher shows her young students and the adults in their lives that change invites unexpected possibilities.

Spirit Week Showdown (The Magnificent Mya Tibbs)

Nine-year-old Mya is excited about participating in School Spirit Week, even making a pinky promise with her best friend Naomi to be her partner, but when she accidentally gets paired with the biggest bully in school, Mean Connie, Naomi is mad at Maya for breaking her promise, so she must learn to work with Mean Connie and try and get her friend back.