Making Friends Is an Art!, 2nd Edition

This Story Teaches Children to Celebrate the Many Talents of Others

Author: Julia Cook with K.D. Smith
Illustrator: Bridget A. Barnes
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Multi-talented Brown is the luckiest pencil in the box! He gets to spend most of his time hanging out with the other pencils, who are all different but have something in common: they each have a talent to share with others that makes them a great friend: Black looks out for everyone, Yellow always does what's right, Purple has hopes and dreams, White won't let the other pencils fight, Dark Green is very trustworthy, Pink listens to everyone, Light Green is always honest, and Orange likes to have fun.

In this enjoyable, creative story, Brown learns that in order to make and keep friends, he needs to know how to be a good friend. And to be a good friend, Brown must find a way to share his many talents with others. At first, that seems hard to Brown because he can't seem to figure out what his friendship talent is. But after asking for advice from Blue, Light Green, Red, and Black, he soon realizes that to be a good friend, all he has to do is be himself! After this realization, he recognizes that he has so many talents to share with others, and that he just LOVES being Brown!

Making Friends Is an Art! is part of the popular Building Relationships book series written by award-winning author Julia Cook. This is a wonderful story for teaching kids of all ages how to practice the true art of friendship and getting along with others. Educators, counselors and parents will love reading the second edition of this very popular story with children which features fewer words and more positive, empowering messaging. Brown and his friends learn to recognize their talents by being true to themselves.

Making Friends Is an Art! is the recipient of the prestigious Mom's Choice Award. Tips for educators and parents are located at the end of the story to help further address the importance of being a good friend. 

The Building Relationships book series also includes:

Watch author Julia Cook talk about the Building Relationships series on video. You can also find a book trailer for Making Friends Is an Art! and a recent interview about the second edition below!

Published by Boys Town Press
ISBN: 978-1-944882-56-3
Juvenile Fiction
Full Color Illustrations
31 pages
Softcover, 9"x9"
Grades K-5; Ages 5-11
Lexile Measure: 630L