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The Children's Bookshelf: Books Make Good Friends - June 2, 2024

Books Make Good Friends written and illustrated by Jane Mount is a delightful picture book about books! At the same time, it honors literally hundreds of books that have been loved by both young and older readers over the years. A girl named Lotti who loves to read by herself tells this story. Her younger brother Nox loves to draw. Together they become a wonderful team.

The visual stacking of books throughout this book so that their titles are showing will give the whole family an opportunity to recognize older favorites--- moms and dads and even grandparents will enjoy finding book titles from their past such as Good Night Moon, The Snowy Day, Charlotte’s Web, and The Little Engine That Could. Newer titles are also listed including I Want My Hat Back, Harry Potter, If You Come to Earth and The Only Black Girls in Town.

Lotti always reads alone. However, when she and her family go on a hiking trip she discovers the joy of nonfiction. Books about wild animals, space, national parks, famous people, and food are now important to her! Lotti now becomes courageous and joins her classmate when reading and making cookies. She discovers that reading books and making friends can go hand in hand.

Books Make Good Friends written and illustrated by Jane Mount is an excellent story full of book titles both fiction and non-fiction that readers 5-8 years of age can enjoy. (Chronicle Books 2023).

The Children’s Bookshelf is a production of WCMU. Links to the podcast and the Activity Questions can be found at Children’s Bookshelf dot org.

Activity Questions for Books Make Good Friends

Find the following book titles on the front cover of this book. The Snowy Day, Frog and Toad Are Friends, Madeline, Ann of Green Gables, and I Want My Hat Back. Next please find the following titles on the back cover. In the Night Kitchen, A Wrinkle in Time, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, The Boxcar Children, and Black Beauty. Which of these books have you read? With the help of your librarian find a book on either cover that fits your age and reading level and that you would like to read. Happy Reading!

Write a review of the book you have selected and have read. Next, draw a picture that shows how you feel about this book. You can use pencils, crayons, watercolors and even found objects to bring fourth your feelings. Have Fun!


Sue Ann Martin is professor emerita of Communication and Dramatic Arts and the founding and past Dean of the College of Communication and Fine Arts at Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, Michigan. She first became interested in children’s literature when she wrote her PhD thesis on the oral characteristics of the Caldecott Award-winning children’s books. Her PhD is in Speech and Interpretation with a cognate in Early Childhood Education. She went on to review children’s books for the Detroit Free Press, write three popular resource books for teachers regarding children’s books and the creative process. She also reviewed newly-published books for Arts Almanac specials on WCMU Public Radio. Her 2002 children’s books special for WCMU won a Merit Award in Special Interest Programming from the Michigan Association of Broadcasters.