Celebrate the differences that make life richer and more interesting with this inclusive board book about a budding friendship.
Making friends is something all children do, but sometimes it can feel scary. They might worry that no one will like them or that they are too different to find a friend. In this sweet board book, the narrator lists all the ways children can be different from a prospective friend: “I wake early. You sleep late. My hair’s curly. Yours is straight. I say, ‘Now!’ You say, ‘Wait?’ Will you be friends with me?” Instead of worrying that these differences will make friendship impossible, the narrator decides that: “We’re all different. That’s okay! Life is much more fun that way.” Perfect for children heading to school or any child in a new situation trying to make friends, this encouraging book reassures readers that diversity is what makes friendship–and life–so interesting.
Kathleen Long Bostrom is a full-time writer and ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA), having served churches for 30 years.
Kathy’s books (40+), mostly picture books for young children, have sold over two million copies. Her Little Blessings series (Tyndale House, Inc.) is printed in 20 languages, including Russian, Indonesian, and Afrikaans. Stories from the Bible (Quarto Publishing) is also published in languages around the world. She is past president of the Presbyterian Writers Guild and currently a member of that Guild, as well as of the Author’s Guild, PEN, and the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, San Diego chapter.
Kathy was named a 2013 Distinguished Alumna of Princeton Theological Seminary, in large part for her ministry of books for children. She is the 2014 David Steele Distinguished Writer, the most prestigious writer’s award given by the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). She taught a class on writing for children at the 2016 Buechner Writer’s Workshop held in Princeton in June 2016. She has also taught two workshops for the San Diego chapter of SCBWI: “Writing for the Faith Market” (February 2017) and “The ABC’s of Writing Poetry for Children” (May 2018). She is sought after as a retreat and workshop leader, preacher, and speaker around the country.
Kathy and her husband, Greg, also an ordained pastor, now live in Carlsbad, California, two miles from the ocean and near their three grown children who are all in the film business in LA.