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Sep 26

Children's Corner: Power of Friendship

Posted on September 26, 2022 at 10:59 AM by Michael Lang

What’s one of the most powerful thing on earth? Love? Words? Bad breath?... Those are all acceptable answers, but as you might have guessed by the title, we are talking about the “Power of Friendship”! Friends can make you smile when you’re feeling down, know when you need a hug, and who has your back through good and bad times.

A new school year means new friends and keeping up with the friends you have. A great book is a great way to break the ice with a new friend. You can also catch up an old friend with what you have been reading!

We are here to share with you (our friends) some great books about the Power of Friendship. Maybe you’ll like these books and share them with your friends too! Just don’t share the bad breath…

Illustration of a blue-black cat on a skateboard with a turtle in front of figure holding moving box

DB 97274 Pete the cat and the new guy by James Dean

Pete the Cat and his animal friends welcome their new neighbor, who discovers his own special talent. Commercial audiobook. For preschool-grade 2. 2014.

An illustration of a porcupine sitting with his side and one eye facing the reader.

DB 96200 I need a hug by Aaron Blabey

A little porcupine just wants a hug, but all the other animals shy away from his prickly spikes--except a snake. Commercial audiobook. For preschool-grade 2. 2015.

Illustration of a fish of all different colors with sparkly scales.

DB 89911 The rainbow fish by Marcus Pfister

Shunned by the other fish when he refuses to give away even one of his beautiful scales, the Rainbow Fish visits a wise octopus to get advice on sharing and friendship. Translated from the original German edition. For preschool-grade 2. 1992.

A girl sitting on a jack-o-lantern with a dog next to her in front a Victorian house and fog.

DB 96783 Ghoulia by Barbara Cantini

Ghoulia, a lonely little zombie girl, lives in Crumbling Manor with her Auntie Departed and spends most of her time playing with Tragedy, her beloved albino greyhound. But when Halloween rolls around, Ghoulia hatches the perfect plan to make a friend. Commercial audiobook. For grades K-3. 2017.

Illustration of a narwhal with a smile and a jellyfish next to it.

DB 100815 Narwhal, unicorn of the sea by Ben Clanton

A happy-go-lucky, waffle-loving narwhal and a cynical, no-nonsense jellyfish forge an unlikely friendship and share adventures while exploring the ocean together. Commercial audiobook. For grades K-3. 2016.

Illustration of two girls standing back to back, one holding a book the other holding a beach ball.

DB 64440 Ivy and Bean by Annie barrows

Adventurous seven-year-old Bean does not want to be friends with quiet Ivy, the new girl across the street. But when Bean's trick on her eleven-year-old sister Nancy backfires, Ivy comes to Bean's rescue with a secret hiding place. Soon Ivy and Bean are having fun together. For grades 2-4. 2006.

A girl holds a shovel, another girl holds an open box, and a boy and girl stand next to a pony.

DB 97332 Beat the clock by Herman Parish

In celebration of the one hundredth birthday of Oak Tree Elementary, Amelia Bedelia's town throws a party. They even plan to dig up and open a time capsule that was buried for an entire century!Commercial audiobook. For grades 2-4. 2019.

Illustration of two boys and a girl protecting baby sea turtles so they can hatch and get to sea.

DB 104413 The islanders by Mary Alice Monroe

Spending the summer with his grandmother on South Carolina's Dewees Island, eleven-year-old Jake finds two friends who are also struggling with family issues, and together they try to save a sea turtle nest from predators. Commercial audiobook. For grades 3-6. 2021.

A girl leaning on a fence with wind blowing, holding onto a duck feather as ducks fly overhead.

DB 104528 How to be brave by Daisy May Johnson

When her mother, the world's leading expert on ducks, goes missing, Calla North must outwit the headmistress at her new boarding school to find her mom, with the help of a few new friends and a motley crew of resourceful nuns. For grades 3-6. 2021.

Two girls holding books, standing facing each other against Karachi, Pakistan shadow cityscape.

DB 103624 A thousand questions by Saadia Faruqi

Told in two voices. Mimi, who for the first time is visiting her wealthy grandparents in Karachi, Pakistan, and Sakina, daughter of the grandparents' cook, form an unexpected friendship. Commercial audiobook. For grades 4-7. 2020.

A tall boy holding books and a shorter boy wearing a basketball jersey look at each otherwi.

DB 107932 Falling short by Ernesto Cisneros

Best friends Isaac and Marco face various challenges in sixth grade, such as Isaac getting better grades, Marco winning a spot on the basketball team, and both seeing their efforts make a change in their respective family lives. They hope their frie-ndship and support for one another will be enough to help them from falling short. Commercial audiobook. For grades 4-7. 2022.