Best Best Friends

Tips for "Best Best Friends"

As You Read:

This story is about friendship, so talk to your child about his/her best friend. Does s/he have a best friend? What is their name? Do they sit next to each other at story time? When Clare and Mary get into an argument, ask your child if there has been a time when they were not happy with their best friend and discuss what happened and how it was resolved by asking, "What happened? How did you become friends again? Did you say you were sorry?" Then ask how s/he thinks Mary and Clare will reconcile their differences.


Extending the Story:

There are lots of fun patterns and colors in this book so get hands-on and turn this story into a fun art project! You can do something simple like making this collage rainbow from pieces of colorful scrap magazine pages. You can also use different textured fabrics if you have them and cut them out into different shapes. You can also draw an outline of something else like a flower and have your child fill it in with those pieces as well, it's completely up to you!

Other Useful Tips

Before You Begin Reading, Preview the Story and Discuss

Take a moment to explore the cover and illustrations and give your child a chance to make observations and predictions before beginning the read-through. Throughout this guide, there are several questions and prompts that you can use as you read, so feel free to spread them out across multiple readings. Use prompts and questions like:

  • What is happening on the cover?

  • What do you think the story will be about based on the title and the cover?

  • {Flip to an illustration} What do you think is happening in this picture?


As You Read, Explore New Vocabulary

Whether you're reading the story or your child is reading it him/herself, take time to stop whenever s/he comes across a new word. Read the word slowly several times as you underline the word with your finger. Then, ask your child what s/he thinks the word might mean. Instruct him/her to use the words and illustrations surrounding it to try and glean the meaning. Work together to discover the word's meaning, and then try to integrate it into your daily conversation to help reinforce these new vocabulary words. 


After Reading, Make Connections

To ensure comprehension, ask your child about what happened in the book. Who were the main characters, and where were the primary settings? What happened and why did those things happen in the story? Ask your child the following questions to further explore his/her understanding of the book:

  • Did you like that story? What was your favorite part? Why?

  • What lesson do you think the main character(s) learned?

  • What does {vocabulary word} mean?

  • {Discuss alternatives to the storyline} What would have happened if...?

  • I wonder why...