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National Best Friends Day

The CBC Holidays Series explores stories that relate to specific holidays so that readers of all ages can celebrate in the best way… with a good book!

Yesterday was National Best Friends Day, where we celebrated the friends in our lives. Through thick and thin, best friends are there to make the good times great. From school days to summer fun, we can always count on the friends in our lives to make troubled times better or bring big smiles and good memories. And remember that your friend is only as good to you as you are to them, so having a best friend means being a best friend too. So let’s celebrate with our besties today and every day!

Be Your Own Best Friend FOREVER!, by Gary Robinson; illus. Gary Robinson (Native Voices / 7th Generation) — Nonfiction, Picture Book, Diversity, Mental/Physical Health, ages 7-12.

Best Friend Trouble, by Frances Itani; illus. Geneviève Després (Orca Book Publishers) — Fiction, Picture Book, Animals, Concepts, Humor, ages 4-6.

Betty & Veronica: Friends Forever, by Bill Golliher; illus. Dan Parent, Rich Koslowski, Glenn Whitmore, and Jack Morelli (Archie Comics) — Fiction, Graphic Novel, Action / Adventure, Humor, Series, Teen.

A Dog’s Best Friend: An Activity Book for Kids and Their Dogs, by Lisa Rosenthal (Chicago Review Press) — Nonfiction, Picture Book, How-To / Activity, Animals, ages 7-12.

Flora and Ulysses, by Kate DiCamillo; illus. K.G. Campbell (Candlewick) — Fiction, Graphic Novel, Action / Adventure, Humor, ages 7-12.

Frog and Toad Are Friends, by Arnold Lobel (HarperCollins) — Fiction, Picture Book, Animals, Action / Adventure, Humor, ages 4-6.

Hang in There! (A Hello!Lucky Book), by Hello!Lucky and Sabrina Moyle; illus. Eunice Moyle (ABRAMS / Abrams Appleseed) — Fiction, Picture Book, Animals, Humor, Series, ages 0-3.

Hideaway, by Melania Longo; illus. Alessandro Sanna (Red Comet Press) — Fiction, Picture Book, Mental/Physical Health, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Animals, ages 4-6.

Ivy and Bean, by Annie Barrows; illus. Sophie Blackall (Chronicle Books) — Fiction, Prose, Action / Adventure, Humor, Series, ages 7-12.

My Best Friend, by Julie Fogliano; illus. Jillian Tamaki (Simon & Schuster / Atheneum Books for Young Readers) — Fiction, Picture Book, Action / Adventure, Animals, Humor, ages 4-6.

The Other Side, by Jacqueline Woodson; illus. E.B. Lewis (Penguin Young Readers / Nancy Paulsen Books) — Fiction, Picture Book, Historical Fiction, Diversity, ages 4-6.

Percy’s Perfect Friend, by Lana Button; illus. Peggy Collins (Pajama Press) — Fiction, Picture Book, Coming of Age, Concepts, ages 4-6.

Scratch & Stencil: Best Friends, by Running Press (Running Press Kids) — Nonfiction, Picture Book, How-To / Activity, Music / Art, ages 0-3.

Seeking Best Friend, by Alison Marcotte; illus. Diane Ewen (Beaming Books) — Fiction, Picture Book, Humor, Concepts, ages 4-6.

Snail and Worm, by Tina Kügler (Clarion Books) — Fiction, Picture Book, Animals, Action / Adventure, Humor, ages 4-6.

We Were Liars Deluxe Edition, by E. Lockhart (Random House Children’s Books / Delacorte Press) — Fiction, Prose, Mental/Physical Health, Action / Adventure, Teen.

Celebrate National Best Friends Day by reading a book!

List compiled by CBC’s resident holiday expert, Sommer Wissner. Check out other CBC Holiday book lists on our blog.

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