I’ve read some great books lately and have added them to my book database.  I don’t know if this will be a weekly post, but every so often when I’ve read and added new books, I’ll post about them.  Remember to follow this blog to be kept in the loop about these new book discoveries!

 

We Are (Not) Friends, Anna Kang

How I discovered this book:

I came across a post in a mom’s Facebook group asking for book recommendations for a child who was upset because he was shorter than other kids his age.  Another mom recommended You Are (Not) Small by this author.  I added this book to the database, and was intrigued by this author.  I looked up her other books and  was thrilled to find this one that addresses a problem so many kids have.

Why I recommend it:

The first words of the book are innocent enough: One character approaches two others and asks “Can I play with you?” Ah, a friendship triangle ensues.  You can immediately see that one is happy and the other not so sure about this new friend.  I like that the author has allowed the art to portray this and allow parents to have a side bar with their child about how everyone is feeling.  The unhappy friend tries to make the new friend leave.  My daughter thought this was hysterical while also understanding the difficulties.  The book goes a step further and the unhappy friend suddenly finds a commonality with the new friend, and now the one who was welcoming and happy before feels left out.  This book nicely shows (not tells) how complex emotions are and how our feelings can change very quickly.  Anyone can feel left out at different times.  The only thing I don’t love about this book is at the end a distinction is made: “We are best friends” “And this is our new friend.”  I avoid using terms like “best” friend because I want my daughter to not favor one friend over another.  I think that is part of what leads to hurt feelings and conflict.  But that’s something I can discuss with my daughter as we read…how calling one person their best friend may hurt the other’s feelings.  This book joins an Elephant and Piggie favorite in my “friendship issues” section.

 

My Three Best Friends and Me, Zulay, Cari Best

How I discovered this book:

My daughter picked this up at her school’s used book sale, and immediately liked it.

Why I recommend it:

At its core, this is a book about friendship where friends help one another and each has her own strengths and struggles.  An adult looking at the book can immediately tell one girl is blind, but it’s not clear to children.  Throughout the story, Zulay reaches into her desk and feels a cane she will have to learn to use, but she doesn’t want anything that will make her different.  In the end, the cane enables Zulay to run a race with her classmates, and it becomes an extension of her.  I don’t think the book ever uses the word blind, or mentions vision at all…blindness doesn’t identify who the girl is, it is just one part of her.  This is one of those books that a parent may search for and be unable to find since not even the title has an indication of the subject matter.  I am happy to add this to the database to help others discover this great find.

That’s it for now.  Remember to follow this blog to be kept in the loop about great books for kids!

 

 

 

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