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Children's Nonfiction Friendship

All Kinds of Friends

photographs by Shelley Rotner

by (author) Sheila M. Kelly

Lerner Publishing Group
Initial publish date
Aug 2017
Friendship, Diversity & Multicultural, Values & Virtues
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Aug 2017
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 5 to 8
  • Grade: k to 2
  • Reading age: 7 to 8


Friends can come in many different colors, shapes, and sizes. Through bright photographs and simple text, young readers will discover the many ways to be a friend and how to celebrate all the different kinds of friendships they have.

About the authors

Shelley Rotner is a noted freelance photojournalist, whose work has appeared in Time magazine, National Geographic's World Magazine, Conde Nast Traveler, Outside Magazine, Food and Wine, and numerous others. She is also the author and photo-illustrator of over 30 award-winning children's books. Her most recent books include Many Ways, Every Season, and Feeling Thankful.

Shelley has also traveled extensively for UNICEF documenting programs about children, women, and education. Currently, Ms. Rotner is working on a collection of large, hand-painted photographs that capture beautiful and sacred places she has discovered in her travels.

Shelley Rotner received her undergraduate degree in photography and psychology from Syracuse University and a dual Master's degree in elementary education and museum education from Bank Street College.

Shelley Rotner's profile page

Sheila M. Kelly is a published author of children's books. Some of the published credits of Sheila M. Kelly include De Muchas Maneras / Many Ways: Como Las Familias Practican Sus Creencias Y Religiones / How Families Practice Their Beliefs And Religions, Lots of Grandparents (Single Titles (Paperback)), The A.D.D. Book for Kids, and Feeling Thankful. A native of Saskatchewan, Canada, she now lives in Austin, Texas.  

Sheila M. Kelly's profile page

Editorial Reviews

"'Smart friends, funny friends'—just two of the many types of friends displayed in excellent photos and simple text. Whether working alone or with frequent collaborator Kelly, Rotner specializes in photographic albums that explore basic concepts, and she has a great capacity for capturing animated children in many situations. The racially diverse kids (and even a few animal friends) in these color photos, arranged in varied layouts and often on bright backgrounds, invite multiple viewings. Youngsters and adults will enjoy the activities, emotions, and infectious smiles. Disabled children are included in a double-page spread captioned: 'Friends with different ways to walk. Friends with different ways to talk.' On the left, one boy walks and another travels in his electric wheelchair. The opposite photo focuses on a boy and an older girl using sign language. It is a pity that disabled children are not more fully integrated into the whole. Gender equality (implied by hairstyle and attire) is given some attention, as in one double-page spread captioned: 'Friends who like to dress up and friends who like to pretend.' Two young white boys wear colorful capes; two fairy princesses, one black and one white, wear jeweled tiaras and sport pink and purple wings; and an Asian boy and girl play with plastic dinosaurs. Just the ticket for starting conversations about the importance and fun of making all kinds of friends."—Kirkus Reviews


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