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The Book Corner: Making friends, welcoming newcomers, just in time for the holidays


November is a time to welcome guests and strangers, some of whom have traveled long distances, into our homes. Against the cold, we break bread with new members of our families. Foster warmth and generosity with these inclusive stories! 


Will Bear Share?

by Hilary Leung

Infant to age 3

Bear has a lot to give, but will she share? Follow Bear’s brightly colored day as she makes her friends happy by sharing her toys (but not her toothbrush!) with all of her friends.


The Day You Begin

by Jacqueline Woodson, illustrated by Rafael López

Ages 5 to 8

When you feel scared and alone, it takes courage to connect. From the 2018-2019 National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature comes a picture book about sharing your story, the different foods we eat, and making friends despite our differences.



by Yuyi Morales

Ages 4 to 8

Leaving home behind doesn’t mean you leave your spirit there. Dreamers celebrates the identities of migrantes who make their homes in new places, and how books and language open the door to share yourself with others. Available in Spanish!


Louisiana’s Way Home

by Kate DiCamillo

Ages 10 to 12

In the middle of the night, Louisiana and Granny leave home, never to return. Louisiana wants to go back, but discovers a new life among the people of a small Georgia town. Will Louisiana’s life just be more goodbyes?

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