Happy Friendship Day!

This Sunday is Friendship Day, and what better way to celebrate than with books that celebrate friends of all ages and ethnicities!

Friendship Day was originally created by Hallmark in 1919 and people were supposed to celebrate their friendship by sending each other cards. It was officially recognized by the UN in 2011. According to the Friendship Day Declaration, the purpose is to “observe this day in an appropriate manner, in accordance with the culture and other appropriate circumstances or customs of their local, national and regional communities, including through education and public awareness-raising activities.”

While the declaration itself may be a little obscure, the sentiment is clear:

This Friendship Day, I promise to focus mostly on your good qualities when talking behind your back.Er…no, that wasn’t it.

The sentiment is: celebrate and nurture your friendships, on Friendship Day and every day!

Below are a few titles from Lee & Low Books and Tu Books to share with your friends:

David's Drawings Cover
David’s drawing of a tree he sees on the way to school brings all his friends together.
Grandfather Counts Cover
Helen finds an unlikely friend when her grandfather moves in with her family.
Janna and the Kings Cover
When Janna’s grandfather passes away, she finds courage with her grandfather’s barbershop friends.
Legend of Freedom Hill Cover
Despite cultural and religious differences, Rosabel and Sophie become friends and embark on a gold digging adventure to buy Rosabel’s mom’s freedom.
Tankborn Series
Best friends Kayla and Mishalla support each other through thick and thin, whether it’s boy troubles or stopping an evil conspiracy.

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