Book Series

How to Grow a Friend Books

In order from How To Mend a Heart to How to Grow a Friend
How To Mend a Heart
How to Grow a Friend
How To Mend a Heart
How to Grow a Friend
How To Mend a Heart
How to Grow a Friend
How To Mend a Heart
picture • 40 Pages
How To Mend a Heart
Book #1

How To Mend a Heart

Written and illustrated by Sara Gillingham
3 - 7
Reading age
Page count
Words per page
Dec 22, 2015
Publication date
Library Binding


A charming arts-and-crafts approach to dealing with first moments of heartbreak. Be it caused by a lost pet, a friend’s moving away, or even simple childhood injustice, Sara Gillingham (How to Grow a Friend) understands the gentle touch needed to soothe a sore heart. Her fresh and whimsical design makes an enticing vehicle for her advice.

How to Grow a Friend Series

Published from 2015 - 2019
2 books
picture • 40 Pages
How To Mend a Heart
Library Binding
board • 34 Pages
How to Grow a Friend
Board book
2015How To Mend a Heart40
2019How to Grow a Friend34

The Creative Behind the Books

    Author & Illustrator
    Sara Gillingham

    Sara is an award-winning art director, designer and the author/illustrator of books such as: How to Grow a Friend, Snuggle the Baby, The Empowerment Series and the bestselling In My Series. Sara and her team also provide design strategy, art direction, design and illustration to a wide variety of clients in the children’s design and publishing world. Sara has over fifteen years of experience in children’s publishing, both in-house: as former Design Director for children’s publishing at Chronicle Books, and as principal of her own studio. She has art directed/designed hundreds of children’s books, and won numerous awards from organizations such as 3x3, Print Magazine, 50 Books/50 Covers and The Society of Illustrators. Sara has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of British Columbia, and a Masters in Illustration/Design from the Glasgow School of Art and has taught children’s book illustration at California College of the Arts and UC Berkeley Extension in San Francisco. (Bio via

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