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A Friend Is ... by  Lisa Thiesing
For many reasons and through many seasons, people need friends in their lives. Whether sniffing a sweet flower or star gazing, building a snowman or jumping into a pile of leaves, ice skating or playing hide and seek...who better to share everything with than a friend?
A Friendship Yarn by Lisa Moser
Neighbors Porcupine and Badger find their close friendship sorely tested when they accidentally knit from opposite ends of the same piece of yarn.
Can I Play Too? by  Samantha Cotterill
A young boy building a train track with his friend is headed for trouble until a teacher steps in and helps him learn social cues of anger and happiness.
Dozens of Doughnuts by  Carrie Finison
A generous but increasingly put-upon bear makes batch after batch of doughnuts for her woodland friends without saving any for herself.
Evelyn Del Rey Is Moving Away by Meg Medina
Evelyn Del Rey is Daniela's best friend. They do everything together and even live in twin apartments across the street from each other: Daniela with her mami and hamster, and Evelyn with her mami, papi and cat. But not after today, not after Evelyn moves away. Until then, the girls play amid the moving boxes until it's time to say goodbye, making promises to keep in touch, because they know that their friendship will always be special.
Goodbye, Friend! Hello, Friend! by Cori Doerrfeld
Two best friends understand that saying goodbye to one experience means saying hello to the next, but that does not make it easier when one friend has to move away.
How to Apologize by David LaRochelle
From the team behind See the Cat: Three Stories About a Dog comes a funny and handy guide that explains just how (and how not!) to say I'm sorry. Wouldn't the world be a better place if everyone knew how to apologize? Luckily, this humorous guidebook is full of practical tips about when, why, and how to say you're sorry. From a porcupine who accidentally popped his friend's balloon to a snail who was running so fast he stepped on a sloth's toes, hilarious examples and sweet illustrations abound. For both listeners who are just learning and older readers who need a refresher, this book will come as a welcome reminder that even though apologizing can be hard, it doesn't have to be complicated.
My Best Friend by Julie Fogliano
Two girls quickly become best friends, even before they learn one another's names.
My Friend by Taye Diggs
Two best friends have each other's backs. When one friend sees the other doing something unkind, he steps in to show his friend the correct behavior.
Ollie and Augustus by  Gabriel Evans
Ollie and his dog, Augustus, do almost everything together: painting, riding bikes, digging (Ollie's favorite), and collecting sticks (Augustus's favorite). So as Ollie is getting ready to start school, he's a little worried. Won't Augustus be lonely during the day? Ollie has just the idea: a sign that reads Wanted: Friend for Augustus. But good friends, as it turns out, are hard to find. Luckily, Ollie and Augustus aren't just any kind of friends -- they're best friends, and nothing will ever change that. Endearingly illustrated with scratch-scratchy appeal, this is a tale for animal lovers and new school-goers alike.
Pepper and Frannie by  Catherine Lazar Odell
Confident Frannie convinces cautious Pepper to give skateboarding a try, but Pepper's attempts are not all smooth sailing. Luckily, she has a supportive and enthusiastic friend to cheer her on and help her realize her potential.
Rita & Ralph's Rotten Day by Carmen Agra Deedy
Rita and Ralph live on neighboring hills and they are best friends, until a silly accident while goofing around ends up with both of them angry and unhappy--and they both need to find a way to heal the break in their relationship.
Swashby and the Sea by Beth Ferry
No-nonsense Captain Swashby is used to the sea meeting all of his needs and when, after his retirement, new neighbors disturb his solitary life, the sea helps in just the right way.
The All-Together Quilt by Lizzy Rockwell
Jennifer and her friends at the community center are making a quilt. They begin with lots of colorful fabrics and an idea. Then they measure, cut, stitch, layer and quilt. It's the work of many hands, many hours and many stories. And the result is something warm and wonderful they can all share. Lizzy Rockwell tells the heartwarming story of a diverse group of people coming together to make things both lasting and beautiful-- a quilt and friendship.
The Welcome Wagon : A Cubby Hill Tale by Cori Doerrfeld
Cooper Cub hops on his scooter and travels through town, gathering his friends to welcome the new family moving into town, but what will the newcomers be like and what kind of changes will they bring to Cubby Hill?
Updated 10/29/2021