Book Review: The Buddy Bench

Author: Patty Brozo
Illustrator: Mike Deas

From the Book Jacket: When it's time for recess, Miss Mellon's students pour through the school doors and swarm over the playground. They fly make-believe planes, tame dragons, and ride elephants. But wait- why are there a few kids standing alone and watching? Why aren't they joining in?Why do they look so forlorn? They all have their reasons, but all they really need is a little encouragement. They need a kind word. They need a buddy bench.

Why It's On My Bookshelf: This year our school got a buddy bench. We were really excited to get one to help kids have a place to make new friends. The only problem we were having was trying to figure out how to introduce it to the students and make sure it was being used appropriately. The Buddy Bench was an EXCELLENT resource to teach everyone about it's purpose and also introduce rules of the bench. In the back of the book there are seven rules you can use to teach the expectations of the buddy bench. It was much appreciated!

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