A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Shows the library setting and the power of books to help kids feel seen.
Everyone matters. Everyone has an important story to tell. It's important to make others feel included and celebrate their differences. You should always treat others the way you want to be treated. The story helps kids understand the importance of self-worth, self-confidence, kindness, standing up for others, and friendship.
Positive Role Models
Bibli believes he's meant to do more than just hold stories, but tell them as well. Even though it means he has to break the rules, Bibli goes out of his way to be kind and make a new friend in Cassie. Cassie is also an upstander who displays empathy, compassion and curiosity toward her new friend.
The human characters are racially diverse, with different skin tones and hair color among the library staff and kid visitors to the library. The book includes themes of friendship, encouraging diversity, and being kind to others.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Friendly Bookshelf, by sisters Caroline and Katherine Brickley, is the story of an unlikely friendship between the brave bookshelf Bibli and a shy library visitor named Cassie. It explores themes of empowerment, friendship, empathy, and celebrating differences and representation. And it features a diverse cast of human and bookshelf characters. The social-emotional learning concepts in the book are supported by research to ensure it uplifts and inspires readers.
Is It Any Good?
This is a wonderful social-emotional learning read for little ones. The Friendly Bookshelf tells Bibli's story, but it's meant to empower kids to be brave, kind, and inclusive. The story shows what it truly means to be a friend. Daniela Pérez-Duarte's illustrations include warm, inviting tones and skillfully depict the characters' emotions. Kids may want to share their own stories after reading the book and help others believe their stories are important, too. The Friendly Bookshelf offers important messages about the need for representation and diversity.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.