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Tuesday, November 30, 2021

TCBR AWARENESS TOUR: The Friendly Bookshelf by Caroline and Katherine Brickley - REVIEW!

Hi guys! 
Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers. 

Today, we’re back with The Children’s Book Review as we shine the book spotlight on the PERFECT title for book lover’s of ALL AGES! It’s a book that really speaks to readers, and those that love all things BOOKS, because the magic and whimsy will touch your heart two fold! So, gather round readers, and get comfy in your favorite reading spot because it’s time to read a tale that features a friendly favorite of yours and mine, with today’s ebook of choice... 

Caroline and Katherine Brickley 
Illustrated by 
Daniela Pérez-Duarte 
Blossom Children’s Media Group 

About the book... 
Meet Bibli, a brave little library bookshelf in search of a story about someone like him . . . 

Once upon a time, in a library like any other, there lived a little bookshelf named Bibli who carried a BIG question on his shelves: “Could there be a story somewhere about a bookshelf like me?” Bibli is told that bookshelves are supposed to hold stories, not have ones of their own. But everything changes when he meets Cassie, a girl longing for a friend just as much as Bibli longs for a story to relate to. Bibli learns that with kindness, confidence, empathy, and friendship, even your biggest dreams can come true—and that everyone has an important story worth sharing. 

The Friendly Bookshelf is a social-emotional learning (SEL) research-based book and the first-ever picture book about a bookshelf. Written to build self-confidence and self-esteem as well as encourage inclusivity, Bibli’s story empowers children to be brave, be a friend, and always be your-shelf! Readers will be inspired to go beyond the final page of the book and share their own stories, as well as be the pioneers of a kinder, more inclusive world where everybody (and every bookshelf!) belongs. 


This adorable story is filled to the brim with kindness, friendship, inclusion, and bookish delights! Can you imagine if the bookshelves came to life in YOUR library? I mean, imagine the stories they could tell...but then again, what about their stories? That’s the bridge that this book between the shelves that hold our beloved wordy treasures and the readers themselves...while also showing how to be a true friend to one and all. I loved Bibli from the start, and while his actions were met with raised eyebrows, and words of caution, he knew deep down in his wood grained heart that the best way to make a friend was to be a friend. His kindness in sharing his space with a new reader made him shine. His ability to serve as a ladder for those reaching for more, whether it be a cat on an adventure, or a child on their tippy toes, made him glow. His curiosity about those stories told before him made him relatable, and the joy he experienced at hearing his own tale told had you sharing in his excitement. 

It reminds us that no one is too tall or too small, nor too young or too old, to lend a helping hand or make a friend. The world can be a harsh place, but the more kindness, the more friendliness, the more inclusiveness we inject in our every day lives, will go that much further in building a brighter tomorrow for all. So take a page from Bibli’s book, and share a smile today! 


About the authors... 

Caroline and Katherine Brickley are twin sisters and the award-winning authors of The Blossom Shoppe and The Friendly Bookshelf. Inspired by their mother, who made up stories for them each night, the sisters spent their childhood coming up with stories of their own and bringing them to life. As they grew, so did their passion for storytelling, and in 2017 the sisters made it their full-time job by founding Blossom Children’s Media Group (Blossom) from their shared college dorm room. 

Now a multi-award-winning company known for excellence in children’s literature and family content, Blossom continues to bring children, families, and educators from around the world together through wholesome stories and inclusive community experiences. In their free time, Caroline and Katherine love to swim, travel, and spend time with friends and family, including their goldendoodle, Sugar, who served as the inspiration for the library dog featured in The Friendly Bookshelf. 

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Special thanks to Bianca at The Children's Book Review for the chance to bring this tour to you and to the publisher for the ecopy for review. (THANKS!) For more information on this title, the author, the publisher, this tour, or those on the horizon, feel free to click through the links provided above. Be sure to check out the rest of the stops on the tour for more bookish fun!

Until next time, remember...if it looks good, READ IT!

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