Happy Perfect Picture Friday everyone! My friend and colleague, Frank Murphy, has recently written a series of “like you” books: A Boy Like You, A Girl Like You, A Teacher Like You, and his most recent, A Friend Like You. In this book he teams up with diversity and inclusion expert, Charnaie Gordon, and illustrator Kayla Harren to celebrate true friendships—what Frank believes to be some of our most important possessions.
Title: A Friend Like You
Author: Frank Murphy and Charnaie Gordon
Illustrator: Kayla Harren
Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press, 2021
Audience: Ages 4-8
Themes: friendship, diversity
Opening lines: You’ll meet thousands and thousands and thousands of people in your lifetime. Some you will only meet once. Some you’ll get to know a little. And you’ll get to know some people so well that you’ll call them friends.
Synopsis: This book celebrates the many wonderful ways to be a friend and to find friends. It reminds us that friends are there to laugh with you, build you up, share adventures, and forgive. Friends of all shapes and sizes, old or new, just like us or completely different enrich our lives in special ways. Through the illustrations, we are able to follow two friends who first meet and then have a variety of experiences as their friendship grows.
Why I Like This Book: I love all the possibilities the authors give us to think about friends and how they are an essential part of our lives and how we see the world. It demonstrates through words and incredible artwork the diversity of friendships and how they can transcend “race, skin color, religion, gender, gender expression, hopes and dreams, age, nationality, abilities, interests, failures, or successes.” The Authors’ Note at the end offers additional thoughts for discussion.
Resources: A suggested letter writing activity is offered as part of the back matter.
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