Teaching kids how to be good humans is high on my list. I’m constantly stressing the importance of being kind to each other in my classroom and with my own children at home, so finding books that model positive behavior is always on my mind. Thanks to Penguin Young Readers, we were given a copy of Friends Stick Together by Hannah E. Harrison, a story about two friends that are as opposite as can be. They learn to accept each other, and their differences are what makes their friendship so strong. Rupert feels frustrated by Levi, a tickbird that doesn’t have the same interests and always seems to be around. He decides to get rid of Levi because he’s embarrassed and annoyed to have him around. In the end, Rupert learns that life was better with Levi around, and that he needs to be more openminded and more accepting of others that are different. What perfect lessons that everyone should learn!
In conjunction with a spring door decoration event at our school, I read Friends Stick Together to my class. I routinely have my door decorations themed around friendship and being kind to each other, and this book was a great segue. While the end product is nice to look at, it’s the conversations they have to get to the end product are what’s helping them grow into kind and considerate people. The few minutes of discussion here, the read aloud there…all of the bits and pieces are important. It’s all making a difference.
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