Babymouse

Jennifer Holm

Matthew Holm

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Babymouse goes to school, deals with popularity and bullies, but also adventure! She's got imagination and big dreams of being the most popular girl in school, and of the whole world!

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Fans of realistic fiction with a touch of imagination.

Recommended by

Martha Boksenbaum

Cardboard Kingdom

Chad Sell

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Neighborhood kids transform their ordinary backyards into fantasy worlds where they can be anyone they'd like to be. Join them as they save the world as well as their friendships, and through play learn a bit more about who they want to be in the read world.

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Fans of Amulet and Smile, titles about friendship and adventure.

Recommended by

Martha Boksenbaum

Click

Kayla Miller

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Olive is friends with many of the people in her class, but when her class hosts a talent show, everyone else has already paired up! Can Olive figure out a way to keep her friendships and still shine? Click and its sequels are charming reads with a charming, gregarious main character and lovely colorful art.

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Readers looking for a good slice of life story; readers who want to read about conflicts that aren’t necessarily about being different or bullying

Recommended by

Megan Rupe

FriendBots

Vicky Fang

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Block and Blink are two new robot friends looking for treasure, but have different ways of going about it. Join them as they scan for hidden gems and discover what a true treasure is.

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This is part of the "I Can Read Comics" easy reader series, and Blink and Block will make an appealing new team to start in a series. More and more easy readers are including the comics format, and this is a solid entry for new readers who also enjoy learning the language of comics.

Recommended by

Robin B.

Haylee and Comet

Deborah Marcero

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Haylee spends all her time making wishes whenever the opportunity presents itself -- so imagine her surprise when wishing on a falling star for friend results in a comet falling to earth who had exactly the same wish!

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This is the beginning of a new easy reader graphic novel series, and the colorful artwork and themes of friendship will delight new readers.

Recommended by

Robin B.

Making Friends

Kristen Gudsnuk

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Danielle is starting a new middle school for seventh grade, and friendships are rough when everything is different. When she inherits a notebook from her aunt she draws her ideal best friend in it-only to have her come to life! At first she thinks this is great and makes more friends, until her new best friend starts to have ideas of her own...can she control the friends she has made?

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Fans of realistic fiction like Smile and Real Friends but also surreal stories like Apocalypse Taco and Snapdragon.

Recommended by

Martha Boksenbaum

Monster Friends

Kaeti Vandorn

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After a bit of a scary experience, one small, timid monster is happy to stick to what's familiar. What's a monster to do when a talkative, exuberant new friend strikes up a conversation?

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This title for younger readers is a sweet exploration of coming out of your shell and keeping up with new, different-from-you friends.

Recommended by

Robin B.

Narwhal and Jelly

Ben Clanton

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Narwhal and Jelly are the best of friends. Narwhal is happy and upbeat, while Jelly is a cranky jellyfish. They play superheroes together, make new friends together and love waffles together.

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Young readers who enjoy the Elephant and Piggie or the Pig in a Wig books.

Recommended by

Martha Boksenbaum

Phoebe and her Unicorn

Dana Simpson

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When Phoebe hits the unicorn Marigold Heavenly Nostrils with a rock, she asks Marigold to be her friend. But can two selfish individuals become true friends? Cue a series of adventures filled with hijinks, jokes, and life lessons!

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Unicorn lovers and fans of humor reminiscent of classic comics strips such as Calvin and Hobbes

Creator Identities:

  • Gender Identity: Trans
Recommended by

Megan Rupe

Seance Tea Party

Reimena Yee

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Lora loves spooky things, magic, and make-believe more than anything, but lately she feels like she no longer fits in with her friends. When she meets a ghost named Alexa, the two form a close bond only to have that tested as Lora grows up.. Can they keep their friendship, and can Lora keep her imagination?

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Readers looking for a sweetly spooky and magical story of friendship

Creator Identities:

  • Race and/or Nationality: 6882

Main Character Identities:

  • Race and/or Nationality: 5453
Recommended by

Megan Rupe

Stargazing

Jen Wang

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When Christine first meets Moon, she thinks Moon’s a bit weird and maybe a bit dangerous. After Moon’s family moves in nearby, the girls are fast friends. As they grow closer, Moon reveals that she has visions and is in fact a celestial being. When tragedy strikes, things get rocky. Can Christine be there for her friend when Moon needs her the most?

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Fans of books that insightfully explore growing up and friendships like Smile and Click

Content Notes

Character illness

Creator Identities:

  • Race and/or Nationality: 6983

Main Character Identities:

  • Race and/or Nationality: 6644
Recommended by

Megan Rupe

Tag Team

Raul the Third

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Hard work is always easier when you share it with friends! Luchadores El Toro and La Oink Oink make the perfect team while they clean up together.

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Fans of Elephant and Piggie will love this new series.

Creator Identities:

  • Race and/or Nationality: 6894

Main Character Identities:

  • Race and/or Nationality: 5873
Recommended by

Martha Boksenbaum

Tea Dragon Society

K. O'Neill

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After Greta finds a little tea dragon, she is drawn into the world of tea dragon care by two former adventurers and a young girl named Minette. This heartwarming story of memory and friendship will be sure to put a smile on your face.

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Readers in the mood for a sweet fantastical tale

Creator Identities:

  • Gender Identity: Nonbinary

Main Character Identities:

  • Race and/or Nationality: 5357
  • Sexuality: 5362
Recommended by

Megan Rupe

The Breakaways

Cathy G. Johnson

Rupe

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Faith joins the soccer team to spend time with the most popular girl in school only to find herself on the weakest team, the Bulldogs, with team members who aren’t popular and don’t want to be there. While they can’t score on the field, the Bulldogs are becoming acquainted with each other and themselves.

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Readers who like stories about awkward underdogs

Creator Identities:

  • Gender Identity: Genderqueer

Main Character Identities:

  • Race and/or Nationality: 5357
Recommended by

Megan Rupe

This is Our Pact

Ryan Andrews

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Ben and some friends make a pact to see where the lanterns from their village festival go. One by one, Ben’s friends drop out until only Nathaniel-a boy no one likes-is left. Ben and Nathaniel, with the help of a bear, set out on an epic journey full of magic, humor, and new friendships.

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Fans of magical journeys; Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli fans

Main Character Identities:

  • Race and/or Nationality: 5357
Recommended by

Megan Rupe

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