Your Family, Your Library Podcast: How to Be a Friend (Episode 6)

By Skokie Staff Youth Services

These books tackle all sides of friendship--from how to meet firends to how to keep them close, or knowing when to turn the page.

  • All Kinds of Friends

    2018 by Rotner, Shelley

    A lovely and touching exploration of the myriad ways friendship can manifest.

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  • Boy + Bot

    2012 by Dyckman, Ame

    A boy and a robot strike up a friendship despite their differences.

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  • You Will Be My Friend!

    2011 by Brown, Peter

    Lucy, a young bear, starts her day determined to make a new friend, but her enthusiasm leads to all sorts of problems. Just as she is about to give up, an unexpected friend finds her.

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  • Meesha Makes Friends

    2021 by Percival, Tom

    Meesha loves making things, but struggles to make friends until her mother takes her to a party where she meets Josh, a boy who wants to make friends, too.

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  • My Best Friend

    2020 by Fogliano, Julie

    A perfect encapsulation of the heady thrill of finding a wonderful new playmate who just "gets" you. Names are just details when you speak the same la la la language.

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  • In a Jar

    2020 by Marcero, Deborah

    When Llewellyn, a little rabbit who collects ordinary things in jars, meets a young rabbit named Evelyn, he joins with her to capture the extraordinary.

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  • Evelyn Del Rey Is Moving Away

    2020 by Medina, Meg

    Evelyn Del Rey is Daniela's best friend. They do everything together and even live in twin apartments across the street from each other: Daniela with her mami and hamster, and Evelyn with her mami, papi, and cat. But not after today; not after Evelyn moves away.

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  • Friends: Making Them & Keeping Them

    2015 by Criswell, Patti Kelley

    With colorful illustrations, quizzes, and advice aimed at helping younger readers make, keep, and be a good friend, this is a great choice for opening up conversations about how to be social.

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  • The Survival Guide for Making and Being Friends

    2014 by Crist, James J.

    Filled with personal anecdotes, quizzes, tips, and advice, this book is an excellent resource for kids who want to build confidence around their social skills.

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  • Stargazing

    2019 by Wang, Jen

    Growing up in the same Chinese-American suburb, perfectionist Christine and artistic, confident, impulsive Moon become unlikely best friends, whose friendship is tested by jealousy, social expectations, and illness.

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  • Friends and Frenemies: The Good, the Bad, and the Awkward

    2015 by Castle, Jennifer

    A good choice for tweens and young teens, this book helps work through common issues around friendship that arise within this age group. Includes interactive elements, anecdotes, and honest advice from older teens.

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  • The Art of Showing Up: How to Be There for Yourself and Your People

    2020 by Miller, Rachel Wilkerson

    We live in an age where you probably have more 'friends' online than in real life. Miller charts a course to kinder, more thoughtful, and more fulfilling relationships. She reminds us that 'you can't show up for others if you aren't showing up for yourself first.'

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  • Text Me When You Get Home: The Evolution and Triumph of Modern Female Friendship

    2018 by Schaefer, Kayleen

    A personal and sociological examination--and ultimately a celebration--of the evolution of female friendship in pop culture and modern society.

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  • Big Friendship: How We Keep Each Other Close

    2020 by Sow, Aminatou

    Two of the nation's leading feminists and hosts of the hit podcast Call Your Girlfriend make the bold and compelling argument that a close friendship is the most influential and important relationship a human life can contain--helping you improve as a person and in your relationships with others.

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