You Will Be My Friend by Peter Brown
Book Synopsis: An enthusiastic Lucy decides to make a new friend, but encounters a few setbacks before finally finding one.
Instructional Focus: (Numbers are for the Virginia Standards of Learning, generally Reading/English)
Predicting (K9C, 1.9D, 2.8A, 3.5C, 4.5I, 5.5K) , Problem and Solution (2.8F, 3.5H, 4.5E) Character Actions (1.9F, 2.8E, 3.5D, 4.5B, 5.5B)
Creating the Costume: This costume was created from parts of other costumes. The pink tutu is from Pinkalicious and Angelina, the bow from Camilla Cream and the ears from Corduroy. Character costumes can be pretty easy to put together.
Delivery: This is one of my absolute favorite books. I happened upon it as a fluke from one of the book boxes my mom sends me. She finds books at thrift stores and sends them to me in bulk and this one by far is one of the best she’s ever found. I use this book with social skill instruction on how to make friends. At one point Lucy tries positive self-talk (which I teach my students who need it) but it doesn’t work. This allows us to have a discussion about how one strategy might not always work so we need to have a couple to try and be familiar with. This book is very funny and a good example for students to see more complex humor. It also can be used with the other focus areas listed above.