Eileen Kennedy-Moore, PhD

AUTHOR, PSYCHOLOGIST, SPEAKER

Growing Friendships

A Kids’ Guide to Making and Keeping Friends

Eileen Kennedy-Moore &
Christine McLaughlin
(Beyond Words/Simon & Schuster, for kids ages 6-12)
ISBN:
978-1-58270-589-7 (Hardcover)
978-1-58270-588-0 (Paperback)

About the Book

Strong friendships matter deeply for children. Friends make the good times better and the bad times more bearable. Kids with good friends are also less likely to get bullied.

But getting along with friends can be complicated. Arguments, shyness, jealousy, or misunderstandings can get in the way of children having the friendships they crave.

Growing Friendships features true-to-life examples of common friendship challenges and practical, research-based solutions. It’s filled with entertaining cartoons and fun and useful exercises, but the stars of the book are a cat and dog character who make goofy suggestions along the lines of: “He should sniff their butts!”

Written for boys and girls ages 6-12, this is a book kids can read on their own or read together with a parent to spark important conversations. Growing Friendships helps kids learn to be open to friendship, choose kind friends, and, most importantly, be a good friend.

 

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Contents

Part 1: Reaching Out to Make Friends
Part 2: Stepping Back to Keep Friends
Part 3: Blending In to Join Friends
Part 4: Speaking Up to Share With Friends
Part 5: Letting Go to Accept Friends

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Praise from reviewers

"Combining real-life examples, attractive cartoon illustrations, and humorous commentary from a snarky cat and a friendly dog, this upbeat effort provides ample useful advice....A fun handbook for any child who has ever wanted another friend but been uncertain how to accomplish that." -Kirkus

Praise from experts

“Growing Friendships is the secret playbook you’ll wish you’d had when you were growing up. It’s packed with clever strategies that help kids handle the awkward, upsetting, and confusing social situations that happen to everyone. The fun cartoons make the advice light-hearted and easy to swallow.” - Diane Debrovner, deputy editor, Parents magazine

“Funny, practical, and not at all preachy—Growing Friendships offers spot-on, research-based friendship advice for girls AND boys. Highly recommended! This must-read book is the Google Maps to friendship that every kid needs.” - Michele Borba, author, Unselfie

“Practical examples, real-life solutions, and playful humor make Growing Friendships a great resource. This insightful guide can help kids become competent problem solvers, cope with common social challenges, develop empathy, and build strong friendships.” - Tina Payne Bryson, PhD, coauthor, The Whole-Brain Child

“This book is so important! All children face friendship challenges at some point and Growing Friendships offers kids real help—and enough giggles to make the messages fun and memorable.” - Amy McCready, author, The “Me, Me, Me” Epidemic

“Some kids intuitively know how to make and manage friendships. Most don’t. Growing Friendships is a kid-friendly guide that uses simple language, engaging illustrations, and humor to help girls AND boys master the mysteries of social interaction.” - Jennifer L.W. Fink, founder, BuildingBoys.net

“Growing Friendships is profound and subtle, clear and humorous. Anyone, of any age, who reads it will benefit.” - Wendy Mogel, PhD, author, The Blessing of a Skinned Knee

Praise from readers

"With direct text and humorous asides from a scheming cat and a thoughtful dog, this book offers clear examples and opportunities to help children manage the rough seas of gaining and loosing friends or to distinguish between, say, bullying and simple disagreements. As a tutor, I will pair this with fictional works that involve friendships..." —Anita, GoodReads

Growing Friendships

A Kids’ Guide to Making and Keeping Friends

Eileen Kennedy-Moore &
Christine McLaughlin
(Beyond Words/Simon & Schuster, for kids ages 6-12)
ISBN:
978-1-58270-589-7 (Hardcover)
978-1-58270-588-0 (Paperback)

About the Book

Strong friendships matter deeply for children. Friends make the good times better and the bad times more bearable. Kids with good friends are also less likely to get bullied.

But getting along with friends can be complicated. Arguments, shyness, jealousy, or misunderstandings can get in the way of children having the friendships they crave.

Growing Friendships features true-to-life examples of common friendship challenges and practical, research-based solutions. It’s filled with entertaining cartoons and fun and useful exercises, but the stars of the book are a cat and dog character who make goofy suggestions along the lines of: “He should sniff their butts!”

Written for boys and girls ages 6-12, this is a book kids can read on their own or read together with a parent to spark important conversations. Growing Friendships helps kids learn to be open to friendship, choose kind friends, and, most importantly, be a good friend.

 

Video Preview

 

Contents

Part 1: Reaching Out to Make Friends
Part 2: Stepping Back to Keep Friends
Part 3: Blending In to Join Friends
Part 4: Speaking Up to Share With Friends
Part 5: Letting Go to Accept Friends

Share

Praise from reviewers

"Combining real-life examples, attractive cartoon illustrations, and humorous commentary from a snarky cat and a friendly dog, this upbeat effort provides ample useful advice....A fun handbook for any child who has ever wanted another friend but been uncertain how to accomplish that." -Kirkus

Praise from experts

“Growing Friendships is the secret playbook you’ll wish you’d had when you were growing up. It’s packed with clever strategies that help kids handle the awkward, upsetting, and confusing social situations that happen to everyone. The fun cartoons make the advice light-hearted and easy to swallow.” - Diane Debrovner, deputy editor, Parents magazine

“Funny, practical, and not at all preachy—Growing Friendships offers spot-on, research-based friendship advice for girls AND boys. Highly recommended! This must-read book is the Google Maps to friendship that every kid needs.” - Michele Borba, author, Unselfie

“Practical examples, real-life solutions, and playful humor make Growing Friendships a great resource. This insightful guide can help kids become competent problem solvers, cope with common social challenges, develop empathy, and build strong friendships.” - Tina Payne Bryson, PhD, coauthor, The Whole-Brain Child

“This book is so important! All children face friendship challenges at some point and Growing Friendships offers kids real help—and enough giggles to make the messages fun and memorable.” - Amy McCready, author, The “Me, Me, Me” Epidemic

“Some kids intuitively know how to make and manage friendships. Most don’t. Growing Friendships is a kid-friendly guide that uses simple language, engaging illustrations, and humor to help girls AND boys master the mysteries of social interaction.” - Jennifer L.W. Fink, founder, BuildingBoys.net

“Growing Friendships is profound and subtle, clear and humorous. Anyone, of any age, who reads it will benefit.” - Wendy Mogel, PhD, author, The Blessing of a Skinned Knee

Praise from readers

"With direct text and humorous asides from a scheming cat and a thoughtful dog, this book offers clear examples and opportunities to help children manage the rough seas of gaining and loosing friends or to distinguish between, say, bullying and simple disagreements. As a tutor, I will pair this with fictional works that involve friendships..." —Anita, GoodReads