The Friendly Bookshelf Giveaway
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The giveaway ends December 16, 2021, at 11:59 P.M. MT.
ABOUT THE BOOK
The Friendly Bookshelf
Written by Caroline and Katherine Brickley
Illustrated by Daniela Pérez-Duarte
Ages 3+ | 32 Pages
Publisher: Blossom Children’s Media Group | ISBN-13: 9780997782714
Publisher’s Synopsis: Meet Bibli, a brave little library bookshelf in search of a story about someone like him . . .
Once upon a time, in a library like any other, there lived a little bookshelf named Bibli who carried a BIG question on his shelves: “Could there be a story somewhere about a bookshelf like me?” Bibli is told that bookshelves are supposed to hold stories, not have ones of their own. But everything changes when he meets Cassie, a girl longing for a friend just as much as Bibli longs for a story to relate to. Bibli learns that with kindness, confidence, empathy, and friendship, even your biggest dreams can come true—and that everyone has an important story worth sharing.
The Friendly Bookshelf is a social-emotional learning (SEL) research-based book and the first-ever picture book about a bookshelf. Written to build self-confidence and self-esteem as well as encourage inclusivity, Bibli’s story empowers children to be brave, be a friend, and always be your-shelf! Readers will be inspired to go beyond the final page of the book and share their own stories, as well as be the pioneers of a kinder, more inclusive world where everybody (and every bookshelf!) belongs.
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
Caroline and Katherine Brickley are twin sisters and the award-winning authors of The Blossom Shoppe and The Friendly Bookshelf. Inspired by their mother, who made up stories for them each night, the sisters spent their childhood coming up with stories of their own and bringing them to life. As they grew, so did their passion for storytelling, and in 2017 the sisters made it their full-time job by founding Blossom Children’s Media Group (Blossom) from their shared college dorm room.
Now a multi-award-winning company known for excellence in children’s literature and family content, Blossom continues to bring children, families, and educators from around the world together through wholesome stories and inclusive community experiences. In their free time, Caroline and Katherine love to swim, travel, and spend time with friends and family, including their goldendoodle, Sugar, who served as the inspiration for the library dog featured in The Friendly Bookshelf.
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The Friendly Bookshelf is a delightful story about the connection between children, stories, and libraries. Cassie is a quiet child who loves books and a quiet corner to enjoy them. She also cares about her friends, because she listens to Bibli's dream of finding a story about a bookshelf. And she makes sure that Bibli gets his wish because she truly believes that "everyone has a story." Bibliophiles of all ages can appreciate the way Cassie grows from being a reader to writing and sharing a story with others. The illustrations are done in soft pastels for the walls, warm browns for the bookcases, and slightly brighter colors on the storytime rug. Cassie and Bibli have expressive faces and body language (even if he is a bookshelf). The faces of the other children as they “Oooooh!” and “Aaaaah!” over storytime reflect the wonder we all feel when we find ourselves included in a story.
Some of my fondest childhood memories are of visits to local libraries with my family and then enjoying the books I found. Weekend trips to the library were favorite outings, or perhaps it would be more accurate to call them quests. I would search for books by favorite authors, stories my teachers had mentioned in class, or titles on subjects I was curious about - and then check out the maximum allowed on my library card. But, looking back, I never found a bookshelf as friendly and helpful as Bibli. Perhaps it was because the shelves were usually industrial steel, rather than a warmly decorated wood. Maybe it was because I was so busy searching for books that I never took the time to settle in and read them at the library like Cassie does in the story. But children reading this book will be excited to go and explore their own library and discover new friends among its shelves.
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