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Aliki. We are best friends. (J PIC)
   When Robert’s best friend Peter moves away, both are unhappy, but they learn that they can make
new friends and still remain best friends

Best, Cari. Shrinking Violet. (J PIC)
Violet, who is very shy and hates for anyone to look at her in school, finally comes out of her shell
when she is cast as Lady Space in a play about the solar system and saves the production
from disaster.
Bottner, Barbara. Bootsie Barker bites. (J PIC)
Nasty bully Bootsie only wants to play games in which she bites, until one day her friend comes up
with a better game.
Caple, Kathy. The wimp. (J PIC)
Arnold and his sister Rose give two bullying classmates a taste of their own medicine when Arnold
decides he doesn’t have to be a wimp anymore

De Paola, Tomie. Oliver Button is a sissy. (J PIC)
His classmates’ taunts don’t stop Oliver Button from doing what he likes best
Fleischman, Paul. Weslandia. (J PIC)
Rejected by classmates, Wesley decides to start his own civilization. And he does-complete with an
exotic garden, new language, counting system, and games
Fleming, Virginia. Be good to Eddie Lee. (J PIC)
Christy comes to understand that Eddie Lee, a child with Down’s syndrome, has something to teach
her after all
Henkes, Kevin. Chrysanthemum. (J PIC)
Chrysanthemum suffers her classmates’ teasing and taunting about her name, which she used to
love. Supportive parents and a sympathetic teacher save the day.
Hoffman, Mary. Amazing Grace. (J PIC)
Grace’s family comes to her aid when she is told she has no chance to win the part of Peter Pan
in the school play-because she is black and a girl.
Hughes, Shirley. Alfie gives a hand. (J PIC)
Alfie goes to a birthday party and rescues his friend, Min, who is feeling even shier than he is.
Jahn-Clough, Lisa. My friend and I. (J PIC)
A new toy buny is almost destroyed by two friends who won’t share. A clever solution mends both
bunny and hurt feelings
Kasza, Keiko. Rat and the Tiger. (J PIC)
In his friendship with Rat, Tiger takes advantage and plays the bully because of his greater size, but
one day Rat stands up for his rights.
Lobel, Arnold. Frog and Toad are friends. (JE FIC)
Five wonderful stories about best friends Frog and Toad that show how friendship needs patience,
empathy, humor, and understanding.
Lorbiecki, Marybeth. Sister Anne’s hands. (J PIC)
Seven-year-old Anna has her first encounter with racism in the 1960s when an African-American
nun comes to teach at her parochial school.
Marshall, James. George and Martha. (J PIC)
Five little stories about hippo friends in everyday situations. Their friendship includes playful
teasing, understanding, honesty, and warmth-traits children will recognize in their own friendships.
Merriam, Eve. Fighting words (J PIC)
Verbal sparring turns creative when two bickering friends use colorful insults such a
“nincompoop,” “blunderbuss,” and “lummox.”
Mochizuki, Ken. Baseball saved us. (J PIC)
Baseball becomes a way for shorty, a young Japanese-American boy, to find dignity and
self-respect behind the barbed wire of his WW II internment camp.
O’Neill, Alexis. The Recess Queen. (J PIC)
Mean Jean is the biggest bully on the school playground until a new girl arrives and
challenges Jean’s status as the Recess Queen.
Oxenbury, Helen. Tom and Pippo make a friend. (J PIC)
Tom and Pippo go to play in a sandbox and end up making a new friend
Polacco, Patricia. Mrs. Katz and Tush. (J PIC)
A long-lasting friendship between an African-American child and a Jewish widow is
deftly explored in this tender, gently humorous, and exquisitely illustrated story.
Rabe, Berniece. The balancing girl. (J PIC)
A first grader is adept at balancing things whether on crutches or in a wheelchair
thinks up her greatest balancing act ever to benefit the school carnival.
Raschka, Chris. Yo! Yes? (J PIC)
Two lonely characters, one black and one white, meet on the street and become friends.
Reiser, Lynn. Margaret and Margarita, Margarita y Margaret. > (J PIC)
Though Margaret speaks only English and Margarita speaks only Spanish, they have no
trouble communicating when they meet in the park.
Russo, Marisabina. Alex is my friend. (J PIC)
Unusually small and sometimes needing a wheelchair, Alex maintains his friendship
with Buddy, who is taller and runs faster…and laughs at Alex’s jokes.
Steig, William. Amos & Boris. (J PIC)
Simple line drawings and narration relate the way in which a tiny mouse named Amos and a huge
whale called Boris become the best of friends.
Udry, Janice May. Let’s be enemies. (J PIC)
Best friends have a quarrel with unexpected results
Wells, Rosemary. Yoko. (J PIC)
When Yoko brings sushi to school for lunch, her classmates make fun of what she eats—until
one of them tries it for himself.
Wiles, Deborah. Freedom summer. (J PIC)
In 1964, Joe is pleased that a new law will allow his best friend John Henry, who is black,
to share the town pool and other public places with him, but he is dismayed to find that prejudice
still exists.
Woodson, Jacqueline. The other side. (J PIC)
Two girls, one white and one black, gradually get to know each other as they sit on the fence
that divides their town.
Zolotow, Charlotte. The hating book. (J PIC)
A simple misunderstanding leads to hurt feelings and hate, but is resolved through communication
Golenbock, Peter. Teammates. (J 927.96)
Describes the racial prejudice experienced by Jackie Robinson when he joined the Brooklyn Dodgers
and became the first black player in Major League baseball and depicts the acceptance and support he
received from his white teammate Pee Wee Reese.
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