Thursday, March 6, 2014

Buddy Books for All Young Readers

I've reviewed some great buddy books recently, namely Scribbles and Ink:  Out of the Box, and Okay, Andy?.  That got me thinking about all of the great buddy books out there for readers of all ages.  Because everyone needs a buddy!

Picture Books:

Cowboy and Octopus by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith.  Only this duo could come up with such a lively and unlikely pair.  This book is hilarious to all readers as these two friends share some laughs, and baked beans.

A Splendid Friend, Indeed by Suzanne Bloom.  This book is sweet as sugar and will have even the most curmudgeonly reader cracking a smile.  There are five Bear and Goose books so the fun doesn't have to stop!

The Adventures of Max and Pinky:  Best Buds by Maxwell Eaton, III.  Simple drawings, silly story, and lots of marshmallows, what's not to love?  Three in this series.

Duck and Goose by Tad Hills.  Learning to share never looked so sweet.  Plus there are ten Duck and Goose books between picture books and board books, so keep feeding that reading addiction.

Easy Reader Books:

Elephant and Piggie:  Today I Will Fly! by Mo Willems.  20 Elephant and Piggie Books!  The best part is watching your beginning reader read these to themselves.  The dialogue is very funny, and I always encourage readers to read it with some feeling!

Dog and Bear:  Two Friends, Three Stories by Laura Vaccaro Seeger.  What's better than a wiener dog and a patchwork bear?  The two being friends and sharing adventures!  Four of these books for interested readers.

Scribbles and Ink by Ethan Long.  Cats and mice can be friends, once they realize how to work together.  Plus, the art possibilities with this book are endless.  Three in this series.

Bink and Gollie by Kati DiCamillo and Allison McGhee.  One's all serious, the other's all silly, but together they are all good.  I wonder which character represents Kate and which represents Allison?  Three so far, hopefully more to come!

Ling and Ting:  Not Exactly the Same! by Grace Lin.  These twins are quite different and make great characters for an easy reader book.  Only two so far, but let's hope there are more.

Thanks to some amazing animal friendships, there are even great non-fiction buddy books!

Owen and Mzee by Craig Hatkoff.  This friendship started after the tsunami of 2004 and a baby hippo and 130-year-old turtle became inseparable.  You are learn more about them in the two following books.

Tarra and Bella by Carol Buckley.  A retired circus elephant and stray dog become best friends at an animal sanctuary.

Two Bobbies by Kirby Lawson.  A dog and cat stick together to survive after Hurricane Katrina and tell an amazing story.

What did I miss?  What are your favorite buddy books?  I'm a big fan of Elephant and Piggie, but I have a soft spot for A Splendid Friend, Indeed too.

Happy Reading!

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