How to optimize your Goodreads “To-Read” list

A few weeks back, I posted about how we select the books we want to read now, next and never.

On a related theme, I just spent an hour culling unwanted books from my Goodreads “To-Read” list. 

Because what good is a “To-Read” list if you don’t really want to read the books on it?

After my very well-intentioned husband took the aforementioned list to the library and returned with many of the books it contained, I discovered few were readable in the land of Mrs. Rebecca Klempner. Three offended my (admittedly rather sensitive) sensibilities so much that I immediately took them out to our van and left them there to be returned to the library. Ugh.

How do such books get on my “To-Read” list in the first place? Continue reading

Books about friendship

In one of those bizarre synchronicity moments you sometimes have at the library, my family borrowed a slew of books all about friendship at our visit yesterday (the first three are by Mo Willems, who is wonderfully engaging). I’ll briefly review each and add several other suggestions on the topic at the end.

My Friend is Sad
My Friend Is Sad (Elephant and Piggie Series) by Mo Willems: Book Cover
A wonderful book for new readers to read on their own about how to comfort a friend feeling down.
City Dog, Country Frog
Teaches how to build a friendship and how to cope with loss of a friend. A charming, even moving read and a stylistic departure for the author Mo Willems.
Leonardo the Terrible Monster
Friendship turns out to be the great purpose in life for Leonardo, a monster unable to scare anyone.
Cowboy Ned & Andy, by David Ezra Stein

Cowboy Ned & Andy (Paula Wiseman Books)
Andy the horse loves his owner, Ned, so much that he wants to give him a birthday cake in honor of Ned’s big day. But what does Ned really need?
the Mimmy and Simmy books by Yaffa Ganz,
the Toon Book Stinky,
the classic series commencing with Frog and Toad are Friends,
That’s What a Friend Is by P.K. Hallinan,
Little Bear’s Friend by Else Holmelund Minarik,
A Friend for King Amadou by Robert McKissack,
Dog Blue by Polly Dunbar,
Winnie the Pooh books,
Sheila Rae, the Brave and almost any book by Kevin Henkes,
the magical Charlotte’s Web,
anything about Helen Keller and Annie Sullivan,
As Good As Anybody by Richard Michelson
…and for older readers Louis Sachar’s amazing The Boy in the Girls’ Bathroom,
Beth Firestone’s Candles in My Window,
The Sea of Trolls trilogy,
Sorcery and Cecelia,
The Chosen,
and Patricia Wrede’s Dealing with Dragons.

Please Share more “Friendship” books for children–fictional or not–below!