Book Review: All Kinds of Friends

Author: Norma Simon
Illustrator: Cherie Zamazing
Interest Level: Ages 4 and Up

From the Book Jacket: In the spirit of her classic books, Norma Simon leads us through a celebration of friendship; school friends, family friends, grown-up friends, even pet friends! Thoughtful, reassuring, and exuberantly illustrated, All Kinds of Friends invites children to see themselves - and their friends - on every page.

Why It's On My Bookshelf: One of the reasons I started my blog was because of all the outdated books I inherited. I kept thinking, there is no way I can read these to the kids. One was a book explaining friendship - I think the kids were in bell bottoms in the pictures. Lets just say it was a flop and I felt embarrassed even reading it. So when I received All Kinds of Friends in the mail last week - that memory popped into my head. This new book is anything but outdated. It speaks to kids about friendship and tells them exactly what it is in MODERN times.

I have many friendship stories involving characters but not a lot of books explaining and defining friendship. The only other book I have is How to Be a Friend: A Guide to Making Friends and Keeping Them. Again, I need new ones! I often get teacher requests for these kinds of books to use in the beginning of the school year for community building. I'm so excited to share this one with them.

All Kinds of Friends is an excellent resource for teaching kids the basics of friendship. It will work wonderfully in group counseling, one on one, classroom guidance lessons, and I encourage teachers and librarians to get it in their libraries. I was also thinking this will be great to read to my daughter as she grows into toddlerhood. Go Friendship!

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  1. This looks just lovely!

    My favorite friendship book is Peter Brown's YOU WILL BE MY FRIEND. Lucy's eagerness to make friendships is so oppressive that kids giggle while still taking the message to heart.

  2. Oh, thank you. We're having a friend issue with our older son right now, so I think this might be a good book for our family.