Friendly

Introduction

It's great to make a new friend. It's awful to have a fight with your best friend. These books and websites have stories and advice about making friends and staying friends.

Internet Links
It's My Life by PBS Kids
The PBS Kids website has a section called "It's My Life", and inside that section, there's a section about Friends. It has videos about crushes, gossip and rumors, and bullies, and three online games including "Make Up or Break Up" which is about best friends who have a big fight.
 
Kid's Health
This website is from Australia's Children Youth and Women's Health Service, and it has a special section on Friendship for kids. It shows you how to be your own friend, the things to do (and not to do) to be a good friend to someone else, and how to tell if your friend is a truly good friend.
 
Poems
A schoolteacher named Susan Stein created this website about friendship with her class. There are poems and drawings, sections like "How to Be a Good Friend" and "Where to Find Friends", and there's even an interview section where the students asked their moms how they made friends when they were kids themselves.
 
Shykids - Making Friends
Shy Kids is a website created by people who were shy kids themselves. In their "Making Friends" section, they tell you the very first thing you need to do to make a new friend, and how to choose someone to be your friend.
 
Articles & Databases
The Brooklyn Public Library website has a section called "Articles and Databases" which has lots of magazine and encyclopedia articles to help you with your homework, and also short stories to entertain you. You'll find the answer to this question in a short story: What secret did Junita tell Kendra in private and then Kendra blabbed it to the whole school? Search the database Primary Search to find the answer. Type in the search box "Best Friends Mucho Amigos". It's a short story by Patricia Burke Hanson, and in it you'll learn what Juanita told Kendra.
 
Print Resources
Along came Spider
James Preller
Fifth-grader Spider Stevens--nicknamed for his climbing ability--wrestles with his loyalty to his best friend versus friendship with the popular crowd.
 
Diary of a wimpy kid : Greg Heffley's journal
by Jeff Kinney
Greg and Rowley stick together because they're both undersized weaklings and not popular, but when something happens to make Rowley suddenly a lot more popular, Greg becomes jealous and is a complete jerk to Rowley. Will Greg learn what it really means to be a true friend and become friends with Rowley again?
 
Feathers
Jacqueline Woodson
When a new, white student nicknamed "The Jesus Boy" joins her sixth grade class in the winter of 1971, Frannie's growing friendship with him makes her start to see somethings in a new light.
 
Friendship, from your old friends to your new friends
author, Núria Roca ; illustrator, Rosa Maria Curto.
When you move to a new neighborhood or city, you lose your old friends and have to find new ones. This book shows you how to make new friends in your new place, and also how you can stay in touch with your old best friends too.
 
How to be a friend : a guide to making friends and keeping them
 
Laurie Krasny Brown and Marc Brown
This book has suggestions on what to do if you're shy and want to make friends, or if you and your friend have a big argument, or if you have to face a really bossy kid or a bully. The illustrations are by Marc Brown, who did all the "Arthur" books.
 
Real friends vs. the other kind
Annie Fox
Jack, Abby, Mateo, Jen, Chris and Michelle are the middle school students who will take you through this guide to friendship. There are chapters about friendship dilemmas, so-called friends, when friendships aren't working, crushes, and making new friends. This is Book 2 of the "Middle School Confidential" series.
 
The best bad luck I ever had
Kristin Levine
In Moundville, Alabama, in 1917, twelve-year-old Dit hopes the new postmaster will have a son his age, but instead he meets Emma, who is black, and their friendship challenges the accepted ways of thinking and leads them to try to save the life of a condemned man.
 
The broken bike boy and the Queen of 33rd Street
Sharon G. Flake ; illustrations by Frank Morrison
Ten-year old Queen, a spoiled and conceited African American girl who is disliked by most of her classmates, learns a lesson about friendship from an unlikely "knight in shining armor."
 
The lacemaker and the princess
Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
In 1788, eleven-year-old Isabelle, living with her lacemaker grandmother and mother near the palace of Versailles, becomes close friends with Queen Marie Antoinette's daughter, Princess Therese, and finds their relationship complicated not only by their different social class but by the growing political unrest in France.
 
The reinvention of Edison Thomas
Jacqueline Houtman
Middle school student Eddy Thomas loves science and inventing, but has trouble with people. Finally he meets some friends who appreciate his abilities and respect his unique view of the world. With their help can he rethink his definition of success.