You'll Always Have a Friend

What to Do When the Lonelies Come

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Pub Date 04 Jun 2024 | Archive Date 05 Jul 2024

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Imagine a world where you always have a place at the table, where you always have a friend. This reassuring and empowering book from Emily Ley helps kids realize that they can always have a place, and offers them practical tools to give them confidence and help them overcome lonely times.

We all know what it's like to feel left out, overlooked, and unseen. And this problem can be so much harder to face when you're a child on the playground, a kid sitting alone in the school cafeteria, and the new kid on the team.

Reassure your children that they are seen. And they are awesome! Help them know that they are not the only ones--everyone has felt lonely or left out at some time or another--and there are lots of ways to always have a friend. You'll Always Have a Friend features vibrant illustrations of a diverse cast of characters and will encourage children to have confidence to make friends and to be a friend to others.

This picture book

  • is great for children ages 0 through 8;
  • will help your children know they are not alone in feeling left out and will equip them with practical things they can do when confronted with these situations;
  • will encourage children to intentionally and proactively reach out to other children, to be kind and inclusive, and to help build a world where everyone has a friend;
  • would make a great gift for baby showers, birthdays, graduations, or holiday gift-giving; and
  • is a perfect back-to-school read to help combat anxiety, have conversations about making friends, and deal with these issues together in a healthy, positive way.

Imagine a world where you always have a place at the table, where you always have a friend. This reassuring and empowering book from Emily Ley helps kids realize that they can always have a place...

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ISBN 9781400248575
PRICE $19.99 (USD)

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What a beautiful wonderful story about friendship and relationships. The representation in this book was wonderful! My library will be purchasing a copy of this book!

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You'll always have a Friend is a celebration of self love. By encouraging young people to be kind to others and to themselves, this book tells everyone that even if they feel alone, they are not for their best friend can be themselves.
The illustrations in this book are diverse and gorgeous.

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Another beautiful and sweet children’s book by Emily Ley! This book talks about what being lonely feels like, how everyone can feel lonely sometimes, and ways to help overcome it such as joining a team, asking an adult for help, having a pet, or reading a book. The illustrations are lovely and full of representation for any reader. The writing is rhythmic designed to be read aloud. I especially recommend reading this to any child at the beginning of the school year or moving to a new school.

Thank you NetGalley and Tommy Nelson for the advanced copy. All opinions are my own.

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This is delightful book for children who are more shy or introverted, and may therefore struggle with making friends.

The illustrations are lovely, and the book has an important message delivered in well-organised rhyming text.

In addition to providing shy children suggestions for ways of making new friends, the book also encourages them to remember that they can also choose to be the best possible friend to themselves. Highly recommended.

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This will definitely be a book I will purchase for my future classroom. What a precious story that every child should read. As a special education teacher, I also really loved the representation shown in the illustrations. Emily Ley spoke to the little girl in my heart who was in desperate need of this story as a child.

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This is an absolutely beautiful book of friendship. The illustrations are lovely. This is one my kids and I'll return to again and again. Many thanks to the author, publisher, and NetGalley for the advanced copy of the book.

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This is a beautiful book. The illustrations are so whimsical and engaging. My four year old son really enjoyed the book, though I’m not sure he fully understood the message behind the story. The book does have a great message for children about loneliness and acceptance. A truly beautiful children’s book.

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