Friday, August 17, 2018

Florian's Friends and Foes

It's back to school time!
One of the best things about heading back to school from the kid point of view is seeing your friends again! School is very much about friends and friendship in their eyes (and sometimes about the converse: bullying and ostracism, but that's another subject). With the friendship focus in mind, I wanted to stop and share a wonderful new picture book poetry collection from Douglas Florian, a kid favorite (and mine too!). 

Have you seen Friends and Foes: Poems About Us All (Simon & Schuster/Beach Lane Books, 2018)?

You'll find 25 poems on many different aspects of friendship, including some of the challenging parts like jealousy, loneliness, lying, and so on-- all from the child perspective (which feels universal to me!). 

Each poem is accompanied by Florian's distinctive illustrations-- and here's the kicker-- done in colored pencils and crayons on manila paper! Don't you love that? Perfect for a back-to-school poetry collection! This one is probably my favorite poem:



And if you'd like to look for a few more poetry books about friendship, here you go:

Poetry Books about Friendship

Friends and friendship are such an important part of childhood and growing up. Many poetry books focus on this topic, including the following.

Cheng, Andrea. 2008. Where the Steps Were. Honesdale, PA: Boyds Mills/Wordsong.
Greenfield, Eloise. 2006. The Friendly Four. Ill. by Jan Spivey Gilchrist. New York: HarperCollins. 
Grimes, Nikki. 1994. Meet Danitra Brown. New York: Lothrop, Lee & Shepard.
Grimes, Nikki. 2002. Danitra Brown Leaves Town. New York: HarperCollins.
Grimes, Nikki. 2005. Danitra Brown, Class Clown. New York: Lothrop, Lee & Shepard.
Herrick, Steven. 2008. Naked Bunyip Dancing. Honesdale, PA: Boyds Mills/Wordsong.
Hoberman, Mary Ann. 2000. And to Think We Thought that We’d Never be Friends. New York: Random House.  
Holbrook, Sara. 2011. Weird? (Me, Too!) Let's Be Friends. Ill. by Karen Sandstrom. Wordsong/Boyds Mills Press.
Janeczko, Paul B. 1999. Very Best (Almost Friends): Poems of Friendship. Somerville, MA: Candlewick.
Levy, Debbie. 2010. The Year of Goodbyes; A True Story of Friendship, Family and Farewells. New York: Hyperion.
Quattlebaum, Mary. 2005. Winter Friends. New York: Doubleday Books for Young Readers.
Singer, Marilyn. 1996. All We Needed to Say: Poems about School from Tanya and Sophie. New York: Atheneum.  
Singer, Marilyn. 2011. Twosomes: Love Poems from the Animal Kingdom. New York: Knopf.
Soto, Gary. 2002. Fearless Fernie: Hanging out with Fernie and Me. New York: Putnam.
Soto, Gary. 2005. Worlds Apart: Fernie and Me. New York: Putnam.
Wong, Janet S. 2003. Minn and Jake. New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux.
Wong, Janet. 2008. Minn and Jake’s Almost Terrible Summer. New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux. 

Now look for Christy's blog, Wondering and Wondering, where she is hosting our Poetry Friday fun. 



11 comments:

Brenda Harsham said...

We still have a few weeks left of lazy-summer sloth, but this looks like a good book for that moment when we're searching for backpacks, binders and bus passes.

Mitchell Linda said...

I love this. Yes, seeing friends is the best part of school for kids--me too! My first day back this week was spent mainly catching up with colleagues. I think tending relationships within school is super important. I will be sharing this fabulous post with this juicy book list.
Thank you!

Linda B said...

I do love Florian's books, and this looks like one that my granddaughters will love, plus me, too, of course. Thanks!

handling emotions said...

thanks for sharing

Kimberly Hutmacher said...

I'm a big Douglas Florian fan, and I look forward to reading this collection. Thanks for sharing from this book and for the great resource list.

Molly Hogan said...

This looks like a great collection to add to my horde of Douglas Florian books. Thanks!

Carol Varsalona said...

Thank you, Sylvia, for featuring the new Doug Florian book. I just love his work. I remember when we invited him to be the visiting author in my elementary school years ago. He not only read to the children some of his poems but shared his artwork. The children were so enthralled with his presentation as was I.

Sylvia Vardell said...

Thank you all for stopping by and for your kind words. I, too, am a big fan of all Douglas Florians' work! I think he's amazing to be such an artist and illustrator (and tries so many different approaches) AND such a clever poet who really understands kids!

Kay said...

This looks like a delightful book about friendship. Thank you for sharing it, and the list of other books about friendship, too!

Matt Forrest Esenwine said...

I hadn't heard about this, Sylvia, so thank you for sharing the news and providing a sneak-peek! I'm a big fan of Douglas' work.

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