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Almost Always Best, Best Friends


Regular price $18.00

Stott, Apryl & Stott, Apryl

Hardcover Picture Book, 40 pages

Product Description

From the creator of the New York Times bestselling picture book Share Some Kindness, Bring Some Light comes a heartwarming new story about big feelings and the joy that comes from sharing friends.

Poppy is GREAT at being a best friend. She and her best, best friend Clementine spend EVERY DAY together making crafts, having adventures, and working on their bookmark business…Well, ALMOST every day. When Clementine spends an afternoon playing with someone new, Poppy fears she might be losing her best, best friend.

With some help from her dad, Poppy finds the words to share what’s in her heart with Clementine. But Poppy may not be the only one with hurt feelings. Together, Poppy and Clementine learn they don’t need to be afraid to talk about big feelings. And now with their friendship mended and stronger than ever, perhaps their dynamic duo has room to grow into a trio of best, best friends.

From School Library Journal

Gr 1-3-Poppy (a tiger) and Clementine (a llama) are best friends. They do everything together, including having a bookmark business. One fateful day, Clementine invites only Georgia (a brown skinned human) over to play. Poppy worries that Georgia, whom she has never met, will become Clementine's new best friend. Her worst fears are realized when Clementine cannot stop talking about how great Georgia is, and how they made bookmarks together! An outraged Poppy yells at Clementine and goes home. Luckily Poppy's father is there to help her work through her feelings and role play how to talk to Clementine about them. Later, Poppy and Clementine talk about how the other made them feel and apologize. A happy ending ensues as Poppy, Clementine, and Georgia become best, best friends who run the bookmark business together. Stott's colorful and lively illustrations clearly depict the joy, worry, hurt feelings, and downright anger of the characters, while never giving in to them. Using crisp details, changing borders, and various text placement, the illustrations keep the dense story moving forward. VERDICT Perceived threats to a friendship can be scary, and this story explores navigating changes by reaching out and communicating. It also includes helpful coping mechanisms that are easy to replicate. Great for the SEL shelves.-Catherine Callegariα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


"A tender tale of friendship, kindness, and forgiveness." -- Kirkus Reviews

"Offers an empathic approach to navigating hurt feelings and challenging social dynamics." -- Publishers Weekly

"Great for the SEL shelves." -- School Library Journal

About the Author

Apryl Stott loves telling stories, reading, and drawing. She always has paper, a pencil, and a sharpie in her bag for drawing emergencies. Her debut picture book, Share Some Kindness, Bring Some Light , was a New York Times bestseller. Apryl also wrote and illustrated Almost Always Best, Best Friends and Find Your Brave: A Coco and Bear Story. Learn more at