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The Best Friends Book

Last updated Monday, January 24, 2005

Author: Todd Parr
Illustrator: Todd Parr
Date of Publication: 2000
ISBN: 0316692018
Grade Level: 1st    (GLCs: Click here for grade level guidelines.)
Date(s) Used: Feb. 2005

Synopsis: What makes a best friend? "Best friends will say you look good even if you have a bad haircut. Best friends will let you make dinner for them even if you serve spaghetti and worms." This colorful, bold, quirky book is a great way to celebrate friendship.

Discussion topics for before reading:
•  Do a picture walk with the book. What do you think this book is about?
•  What is a best friend? Can you have more than one? Do you have best friends? What do you do with them? What is the craziest thing you and your best friends did?

Discussion topics for during/after reading:
•  During the book, ask would you do that for a friend? Have you ever done that?
•  What else would best friends do? Make a list
•  What is someone a best friend? Why do you think the author wrote this book?

Craft ideas:
•  Pick one of the other things best friends do, and make a button illustrating it.
•  Make a valentine for your best friend, telling them why they are your best friend.

Special activities:
•  Play pictionary. What do best friends do?

*Note: These craft ideas are just suggestions. You can use them, but you don't have to use them. You can expand upon them, or add your own twist. Remember, though, that the focus of your time should not be on the development and execution of a craft; the focus should be on the read-aloud and the enjoyment of the book!