My Best Friend
My Best Friend

My Best Friend

Written by Julie Fogliano & illustrated by Jillian Tamaki
4 - 8
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Mar 3, 2020
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Two colors and childlike text magnificently capture how children can immediately bond.

Two best friends sway on a tire swing as the voice of one of the girls shares the depth of their friendship and the activities they do together. The best friends sing together, comfort one another, draw with chalk, make each other laugh, and more. She knows they are best friends because her friend loves strawberry ice cream, she hates it, and they still get along. When it’s time for the friends to part ways for the day, the girl says she’ll ask her friend’s name tomorrow, surprising the reader with the sudden realization that this friendship is only one day old and perfectly capturing how children can immediately become the best of friends. The book cleverly distorts time, turning the single day of friendly fun into what seems to be a long and solid friendship. Tamaki’s fabulous illustrations brilliantly use a limited color palette of just green and pink hues, magnifying not only the simplicity of the colors but of childlike friendship. Illustrations depicting one girl pretending to be a pickle and the girls riding a bird and chipmunk magnificently portray the girls’ imaginative play, and the text sounds like it’s straight out of a child’s mouth, matching a child in its lack of punctuation and capitalization. With wonderful illustrations and text that are both full of emotion, imagination, and voice, My Best Friend beautifully encapsulates the essence of a quick and delightful childhood friendship.

What Kind of Book is My Best Friend


making friendsfriendshipsocial themesnew experiencesbest friends  imagination and playgirls and women

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What Questions Should I Ask My Child

  • This pair of best friends spends the day laughing, eating ice cream, drawing, and more. What are your favorite activities to do with your best friend?
  • The girls in this story easily become friends—best friends, in fact—before they even know each other's names. What makes someone a good friend? What qualities do you especially like in a friend?


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Book Details

Publication Date
March 3, 2020
Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Text Details
The text for this book was set in Cormorant Garamond.
Illustration Details
The illustrations for this book were digitally rendered.
Page Count
Words Per Page
Reading Age
4 - 8 years
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