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Will You Be My Friend?

October 15, 2019

Friends are for people of all ages, but learning about them can be hard.

Not too long ago, I had the idea that I should read about friends in story time. Friends are something that everyone can have and enjoy, so I thought it might be a great, easy topic. Well, about a week after I had decided this, two new books came into the library, and I loved both of them. I felt like the entire story time was coming together wonderfully, and I was so excited about it! Well, let me tell you, when performing a story time, one should probably go through the entire program at once, reading the books together and making sure they all go together nicely... Here are the two books I had chosen:[[nid:5715]][[nid:5721]]

Needless to say, I had accidentally turned this sweet preschool story time into a story time about eating our friends. Whoops! (P.S.-These two books are both adorable and hilarious, and I love them so much, even though they don't fit together without making people a little frightened.)

Friends are wonderful things in each person's life. They lift you up and make you smile, even when smiling feels hard-unless you eat them, I suppose. They are something that everyone can use at just about any point in their lifetime.

Another one of my favorite books about friends is Be a Friend by Salina Yoon. A couple of years ago, I got to meet Salina Yoon at a Children's Book Festival and watch her give a presentation on Be a Friend, and she did it dressed as a mime. She was absolutely amazing and inspiring talking about how everyone needed a friend, regardless of how they lived their life, and I'll forever love this book because of her. [[nid:5718]]

Now, another great book about friends comes with a unicorn because who doesn't love a good unicorn story? A New Friend for Sparkle by Amy Young is the second book after A Unicorn Named Sparkle, and it is the sweetest. Sparkle is worried that his new friend Lucy has another friend and doesn't want to lose her. This is a great story for learning that having more than one friend is a good thing. [[nid:5719]]

The last book I want to share is The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend by Dan Santat. An imaginary creature has been waiting and waiting on an island for his new friend to chose him. He's gotten passed up time after time after time. Finally, he goes off on an adventure to try to find a new friend to claim him. Finally, he finds a perfect match, and finally gets a name-Beekle. This story is so important because it shares how finding friends can be hard, especially when you're looking for the perfect one, but that you have to keep trying so that you can find the best match. [[nid:5716]]

Friends are for everyone, no matter who you are. How about checking out one of these books to read and laugh with your friend?


Candice is a Children's Library Associate at the Looby Branch Library. She enjoys gardening, reading children's books, rainy days, and cheese. She spends much of her time at the library, but she's not mad about it. Check out when and where you can attend Story Time!