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A New Friend For Me

Cass Hollander (author) George Ulrich (illustrator)

Publisher: Twin Sisters ISBN: 9781625818713

A funny story talks about when Montague Morton Meriwether Smith arrives at a new school. What will happen during show and tell when one student’s pet snake gets out of the box? Follow along through each day of the week, and discover how this cool kid makes a special, new friend. A positive ending adds interest to this silly story and encourages a lifelong love for reading.

My First Day At School

Emmi S. Herman (author) Ruth J. Flanigan (illustrator)

Publisher: Twin Sisters ISBN: 9781625818737

It’s Amy’s first day of school and she is a little nervous. So Amy’s mother gives her a big hug and shows her a folded piece of paper. Then she quickly puts the paper in Amy’s pocket and tells her to open it if she needs a little help. Follow Amy throughout her day as she meets new friends, eats lunch, and plays on the playground. What will happen when Amy falls, scrapes both of her knees, and has to go see the school nurse? Will she look at the folded piece of paper in her pocket? A positive ending will add interest and help calm young students’ nerves about attending the first day of school.

Disconnect

Lois Peterson (author)

Publisher: Orca Book Publishers ISBN: 9781459801455

Since moving hundreds of miles to a new school, Daria has become increasingly dependent on her cell phone. Texts, Facebook and phone calls are her only connection to her friends in Calgary, and Daria needs to know everything that is going on at home to feel connected to her old life. Her cell phone habit looks a lot like addiction to her mother and to her new friend Cleo. Daria dismisses the idea of technology addiction as foolish until her habit puts a life in danger.

Kasey & Ivy

Alison Hughes (author)

Publisher: Orca Book Publishers ISBN: 9781459815759

Through twenty-six letters to her friend Nina, twelve-year-old Kasey chronicles the often humorous observations and impressions of her unexpected, month-long stay in a geriatric ward for the treatment of a rare but treatable bone disease ("osteo-something-something-itis"). Kasey tries to make her life less dull by wearing her own nightgowns, surrounding herself with her favorite stuffies and developing an unusual exercise routine. Hospital food, insomnia and the germy communal bath are enduring sources of dread, but some new (and unexpected) friends make her life bearable.

Surfer Dog

Eric Walters (author) Eugenie Fernandes (illustrator)

Publisher: Orca Book Publishers ISBN: 9781459814363

What is the true meaning of friendship? Follow along as a boy meets up with his friend - a dog who faithfully waits for him every day so they can ride out to the beach together to surf. The boy doesn't own the dog and he doesn't know who does, but their daily routine has created a special bond. Award-winning author Eric Walters navigates the waters of a unique friendship alongside the vibrant illustrations of Eugenie Fernandes, who brings the bumpy roads, rugged beach paths and rolling waves of the tropics to life. Sometimes the most poignant relationships in a child's life are the ones between friends.

The Three Little Worms

Highlights for Children (author)

Publisher: Highlights ISBN: 9781684374779

Little worms! Squirmy Wormy and Mortimer are three little worms who know how to have big fun! See what happens when they play jump rope, or when they enter a talent contest. What will they get up to next? Stories by David L. Roper.

The View From Camp and Other Camp Stories

Highlights for Children (author)

Publisher: Highlights ISBN: 9781684374939

Camp out! Bryan and Syd are totally different, but they were put together as camp roommates and have to learn to get along. Tara and Shelly overcome their fears to become members of the camp's canoe squad. Tex and Indi make a blanket fort to pretend they're camping in the woods! Zach, Miguel, and Dad go camping. When they go to bed, they listen for animal noises, but all they can hear is Dad snoring! Stories by Highlights for Children, Carol A. McClelland, Lissa Rovetch, and Marianne Mitchell.

The Adventures of Spot: Time for a Nap

Highlights for Children (author)

Publisher: Highlights ISBN: 9781684374540

Time for a nap! Spot tries to find a peaceful place to nap. On a sunny day, Spot naps in the shade. Playing with a new toy can be exhausting for a puppy like Spot. Spot wants to take a nap but Splinter wants to play. A fly disturbs Spot as he tries to nap. Stories by Marileta Robinson and Highlights for Children.

Ask Arizona: Friendship Hurdles

Highlights for Children (author)

Publisher: Highlights ISBN: 9781684374618

Challenging friendships! Arizona understands that friendships aren't always easy. Sometimes there are communication barriers, or jealous feelings. It can be difficult when friends argue and you feel like you have to pick a side. Arizona learns how to handle these challenges. Stories by Lissa Rovetch.

Ask Arizona: Discovering the World Around Us

Highlights for Children (author)

Publisher: Highlights ISBN: 9781684374656

Stop and smell the roses! Arizona's cousin teaches her that she can experience the world in a whole new way if she just takes a moment to appreciate her surroundings. Arizona has to learn to relax and go with the flow when her vacation doesn't go the way she plans, and she even finds the fun in trying new food. Stories by Lissa Rovetch.

Catty Jane and Friends

Highlights for Children (author)

Publisher: Highlights ISBN: 9781684374359

Friends! Catty Janes goes to the lake with her friends. Catty Jane shows her new trike to her friends. Catty Jane finds a way to play in the water without getting wet. Catty Jane's friends cheer her up on a bad day. Stories by Valeri Gorbachev and Highlights for Children.

Tex and Indi: Playtime with Friends

Highlights for Children (author)

Publisher: Highlights ISBN: 9781684374458

Friends! Tex and Indi help their friend clean her pet bird's cage. Mole's friends find a way to help get rid of the clutter in his house. Indi sees Tex having fun with his friend and wishes she could be too. Tex Indi and their family meet their new neighbors. Tex and Indi's friends share their gingerbread house decorations. Stories by Lissa Rovetch.

The Adventures of Spot: Exploring with Splinter

Highlights for Children (author)

Publisher: Highlights ISBN: 9781684374212

Explore with Spot and Splinter! Spot searches for Splinter in a game of Hide and Seek. Spot and Splinter go for a walk and discover that crossing the stream on a log is not easy. Splinter discovers a ball of yarn is fun to play with. Spot and Splinter surprise their friends. Splinter helps Spot remove burrs from his coat after a day of exploring in the woods. Stories by Marileta Robinson and Highlights for Children.

Ask Arizona: Summer Camp Stories

Highlights for Children (author)

Publisher: Highlights ISBN: 9781684374236

Summer Camp! Arizona learns the importance of paying attention to her instructors while riding a horse. During a scavenger hunt, Arizona discovers the importance of a positive attitude when working with a team. Arizona discovers that everyone is worried about going to camp for the first time. Stories by Lissa Rovetch.

Ask Arizona: Making Choices

Highlights for Children (author)

Publisher: Highlights ISBN: 9781684374274

Friends! Arizona uses an old trick to make a decision. Arizona learns that true friends like you for the person you are not for the things you have. Arizona helps a friend figure out what it means to be a true friend. Arizona discovers that her "fantastic" friend acts differently when other friends are around. Stories by Lissa Rovetch.

Ask Arizona: Not So Simple Friendships

Highlights for Children (author)

Publisher: Highlights ISBN: 9781684374175

Friendship! Arizona discovers that friends can move away but still be close. Arizona and a former enemy realize that things are not always as they seem. Arizona learns the importance of making her own choices. Arizona helps her super-sensitive friend. Stories by Lissa Rovetch.

You Are a Really Good Friend of Mine (Romanian)

Laura Liliom (author), Lilit Vagharshyan (illustrator)

Publisher: International Step by Step Association ISBN: 9781931854153

Her really good friend has moved far away to another country. What to do now? How can they stay friends without seeing each other? They learn that there is friendship in thinking about each other, in writing to each other, in remembering each others' favorite things, but most of all: it is in the heart. Prietenul ei foarte bun s-a mutat într-o altă ţară. Ce să facă? Cum să menţină prietenia fără să se poată vedea? Amândoi învaţă că prietenia continuă să existe dacă ne gândim unul la celălalt, dacă ne scriem, dacă ne amintim de lucrurile preferate ale prietenului, dar mai ales dacă o purtăm în inimă.

Blood in the Water: A Story of Friendship during the Mexican War

Pamela Dell (author)

Publisher: The Child's World ISBN: 9781602536760

Bonita's grandmother predicts that blood will soon be shed on the soil of Texas. But little does Bonita imagine how much blood there will be--or that the war that takes her brothers might also take away her best friend. Readers are brought back to the Mexican War through Bonita's story and learn about the causes and aftermath of the war, its racial politics, and its effects on one Mexican girl living in Texas.

The Gotcha Plot

Margo Sorenson (author)

Publisher: Perfection Learning ISBN: 9781613849552

Two boys harassed by a group of rowdy kids at school get their revenge when they stumble into the school custodian's cleaning closet and find something very unusual.

The Truth Test

Lori Pollard-Johnson (author)

Publisher: Perfection Learning ISBN: 9781622990023

Searching for a way to get revenge against school bullies, overweight Jared Springer develops a truth test that ultimately teaches him the truth about friendship

The Winter of the Stone Woman

Linda Baxter (author)

Publisher: Perfection Learning ISBN: 9781622990078

Having finished his education at Blackstone School, Red Fox writes letters to his friend, Ellen, who is traveling in Europe, as he prepares to return to his family on the Nebraska plains.

What's the Trick?

Caroline E. Walsh (author)

Publisher: Perfection Learning ISBN: 9781622990054

A chance friendship with an elderly ex-magician helps Jared come to terms with the tensions in his own family.

Who Stole the Bases?

Margo Sorenson (author)

Publisher: Perfection Learning ISBN: 9781622990061

Bret, Marty, Dwight, and the other members of the Dodgers Little League baseball team are angry and want to get even with their arch rivals, the Pirates.

Sosa's Homers

Caroline E. Walsh (author)

Publisher: Perfection Learning ISBN: 9781613849897

After Carlos and his family move from the Dominican Republic to Chicago, Carlos finds himself missing his old friends and country, but a meeting with his hero, Sammy Sosa, changes his life forever.

Summer Friends

Jane Porter Meier (author)

Publisher: Perfection Learning ISBN: 9781613849910

Cassie, who is spending the summer with her aunt while her parents go through a divorce, becomes friends with Joey, a boy in a wheelchair who lives nearby with his grandmother.