Are you a good friend? Check out these reads about friendship available at the Abington Community Library.
• Young children will love “Nerdy Birdy,” written by Aaron Reynolds with pictures by Matt Davies. This picture book introduces a bird whose glasses are too big and whose wings are too small. Somehow he just does not fit in. Will he find a friend that will accept him for who he is?
• Sometimes an animal can be a best friend. The gentle story of “Harry & Hopper,” written by Margaret Wild with illustrations by Freya Blackwood, deals with the difficult subject of losing a beloved pet.
• Be able to say, “I’m sorry.” Cooperate. Be considerate. Tell them they are good at something. These are all great ways to be a friend, as shared in “How to Be a Friend” by Laurie Krasny Brown and Marc Brown.
• When a baby hippo was left alone and stranded after a tsunami, it seemed like he would not survive on his own, even in an animal sanctuary. But when Owen the hippo met Mzee the 130-year-old tortoise, an unlikely friendship formed that would inspire people around the world. Read “Owen & Mzee,” told by Isabella Hatkoff, Craig Hatkoff, and Dr. Paula Kahumbu with photographs by Peter Greste.
• The remarkable friendship between Helen Keller and her teacher Annie Sullivan has captured the hearts of children for generations. In the picture book “Annie and Helen” by Deborah Hopkinson and Raúl Colón, learn how their story began, including excerpts from Annie’s own letters.
• Chloe Jones was not the one who decided to move her whole family from Boston to New Delhi. And she definitely did not decide to go to a school where she would be the only blond American. But in “Chloe in India” by Kate Darnton, Chloe soon meets another girl, Lakshmi, who also does not seem to blend in. This is the story of their friendship.
• Eight-year-old Steve Satlow is thrilled when Jackie Robinson moves into his Jewish neighborhood in Brooklyn in 1948, although many of his neighbors are not. “The Hero Two Doors Down” by Sharon Robinson is based on the true story of friendship between a boy and a baseball legend.
• Brianna Justice thought she was ready for middle school. But it turns out being president of her sixth-grade class is nothing like leading the fifth grade. And worst of all, she feels like she is losing her two best friends for good. Middle-schoolers who enjoy humor in their books will love “President of the Whole Sixth Grade” by Sherri Winston.
Laura Gardoski is head of youth services at the Abington Community Library. Reach the Abington Journal newsroom at 570-587-1148 or firstname.lastname@example.org.