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Friendship

Books about friendship and the relationships we form.

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The Day the Crayons Quit

By: Drew Daywalt
Publisher: Philomel
Level: 6-7

Crayons have feelings, too, in this funny back-to-school story illustrated by the creator of Stuck and This Moose Belongs to Me — now a #1 New York Times bestseller!

Poor Duncan just wants to color. But when he opens his box of crayons, he finds only letters, all saying the same thing: His crayons have had enough! They quit! Beige Crayon is tired of playing second fiddle to Brown Crayon. Black wants to be used for more than just outlining. Blue needs a break from coloring all those bodies of water. And Orange and Yellow are no longer speaking—each believes he is the true color of the sun.

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A Christmas Memory

A Christmas Memory

By: Truman Capote
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Level: 12-13

Seven-year-old Buddy inaugurates the Christmas season by crying out to his cousin, Miss Sook Falk: “It’s fruitcake weather!” Thus begins an unforgettable portrait of an odd but enduring friendship between two innocent souls–one young and one old–and the memories they share of beloved holiday rituals.

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The Book About Tony Chestnut

The Book About Tony Chestnut

By: Laurie Monopoli
Publisher: Hug-A-Chug Books
Level: 0-5

The much-loved children’s song, Tony Chestnut, comes to life in, The Book About Tony Chestnut, an interactive, whimsically illustrated children’s picture book with accompanying CD.

Tony Chestnut is joined in this story, by a stellar children’s cast of characters including Eileen, Neil, Pat, Bob, Russell and Skip, who are all from the hit song. Join the kids on an encouraging childhood adventure in friendship and quest towards playground unity — laugh along with the hysterical antics of Tony Chestnut as he anxiously tries to resolve his little sister’s true-to-life, social …

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A Sick Day for Amos McGee

A Sick Day for Amos McGee

By: Philip C. Stead
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
Level: 6-7

The story is about the zoo keeper who gets sick and is unable to visit his zoo friends. This  book  won a Caldecott medal.

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Freckle Juice

Freckle Juice

By: Judy Blume
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Level: 10-11

Nicky has freckles — they cover his face, his ears, and the whole back of his neck. Sitting behind him in class, Andrew once counted eighty-six of them, and that was just a start! If Andrew had freckles like Nicky, his mother would never know if his neck was dirty.

One day after school, Andrew works up enough courage to ask Nicky where he got his freckles. When know-it-all Sharon overhears, she offers Andrew her secret freckle juice recipe — for fifty cents. It’s a lot of money, but Andrew is …

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The Sandwich Swap

The Sandwich Swap

By: Queen Rania of Jordan Al Abdullah
Publisher: Hyperion Books for Children
Level: 6-7

Lily and Salma are best friends. They play together and stick together through thick and thin. But who would have ever thought that ordinary peanut butter or plain old hummus could come between them? Lily and Salma don’t quite understand each other’s tastes, but does that mean they can’t be friends? They understand far better than a lot of gown ups that these things hardly matter and that friendship is the most important thing of all.

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Fudge-a-Mania

Fudge-a-Mania

By: Judy Blume
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
Level: 10-11

Peter Hatcher’s summer is not looking good.
First of all, Peter’s brother Fudge — the five-year-old human hurricane — has a plan: to marry Peter’s sworn enemy, Sheila Tubman. Disgusting! Could anything be worse?
Yes. Peter’s parents have decided to rent a summer house next, door to the Tubman’s. Which means Peter will be stuck with Fudge and Sheila the Cootie Queen for three whole weeks!
Will Peter be able to survive the summer? It may not be the vacation of Peter’s dreams, but, as millions of Judy Blume fans know, it won’t …

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Missing Sisters

Missing Sisters

By: Gregory Maguire
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Level: 12-13

Twelve-year-old Alice, an orphan who has never been adopted because of her physical handicap and difficult personality, is shocked to discover she has an identical twin sister living nearby.

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Fancy Nancy: Tea Parties

Fancy Nancy: Tea Parties

By: Jane O'Connor
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Level: 8-9

Fancy Nancy knows how to throw quite a bash. From what to serve, how to decorate, and which fun-filled activities to do with guests, this party-planning guide provides all the tips readers need for hosting any kind of tea party.

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Umbrella Summer

Umbrella Summer

By: Lisa Graff
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Level: 12-13

Annie Richards knows there are a million things to look out for—bicycle accidents, food poisoning, chicken pox, smallpox, typhoid fever, runaway zoo animals, and poison oak. That’s why being careful is so important, even if it does mean giving up some of her favorite things, like bike races with her best friend, Rebecca, and hot dogs on the Fourth of July. Everyone keeps telling Annie not to worry so much, that she’s just fine. But they thought her brother, Jared, was just fine too, and Jared died.

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