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Greystone Kids Fall 2022

Ways to Make Friends
By (author): Jairo Buitrago Illustrated by: Mariana Ruiz Johnson
Jairo Buitrago ,

Illustrated by :

Mariana Ruiz Johnson


Greystone Kids



Product Form:


Form detail:

Printed dust jacket
Hardcover , Printed dust jacket


Juvenile: Age (years) 4 - 7, Grade (US) K - 2
Aug 30, 2022
$22.95 CAD


10.7in x 8.2 x 0.5 in | 420 gr

Page Count:

40 pages


Full color illustrations throughout
Greystone Books
Greystone Kids
JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Friendship

This "sublime picture book" (Kirkus STARRED Review) offers a hilarious and insightful guide to making new friends at your own pace. For kids aged 4 to 7, Ways to Make Friends will bolster compassion and make kids laugh on their way back to school.

What's the best way to make friends? Toad has the most magnificent ideas! Sometimes they don't go according to plan... but that's okay. Eventually Toad tires of making new friends, but comes to a marvelous conclusion: sometimes being with yourself is a good way to pass the time too.

A hilarious and heartfelt read for kids who are starting school or experiencing other unfamiliar social situations, Ways to Make Friends will give them the courage to stand on their own—and maybe try one of Toad's unconventional methods to make a friend for themselves.

  • Tackles difficult topics in a fun and playful way, including loneliness, self-esteem, and making friends.
  • Funny, heartfelt, and relatable: Toad gets into some hilarious hijinks while trying to make new friends, which many young readers will relate to.
  • From an internationally renowned picture book author: Jairo Buitrago is the author of many award-winning and acclaimed picture books, including Drawing Outdoors, Two White Rabbits, and Walk with Me.
  • An Aldana Libros Book: developed by renowned children’s publisher Patricia Aldana to bring outstanding books to the English-speaking market by international authors and illustrators who want to communicate their own cultural realities.

Jairo Buitrago lives in Mexico City and is the author of Jimmy the Greatest, Two White Rabbits, Walk with Me,Cave Paintings, among others— all of which have earned many starred reviews. His most recent books are Wounded Falcons and Drawing Outdoors.

Mariana Ruiz Johnson, who lives in Argentina, has been widely published around the world. She has won two international prizes: the Compostela Prize for the Illustrated Album for her book Mamá that was published in ten languages, and the Silent Book Contest for While You Were Sleeping.

  • National Media Campaign
  • Influencer Outreach Campaign (Bookstagram and TikTok)
  • Digital and Print Advertising Campaign
  • Major Promotion at Select National School/Library/Bookseller Conferences
  • Extensive Outreach to Key Educators and Library Contacts
  • Edelweiss E-Galley Promotion
  • Educator and Library Blogger Campaign
  • F&G Mailing Campaign
  • Greystone Kids E-Newsletter and Social Features
  • SEO Optimization for Digital Consumers

"Every creatively interpreted spread... is chock-full of friendly-looking, personality-filled creatures of many different species—potential pals, all. And introverts, rejoice. The best and most self-empowering advice for those who find themselves depleted after a long day of socializing appears at the end: But if by late afternoon you get tired of making friends, just be by yourself and forget everything that this book has told you."
Horn Book Review

"This sublime picture book offers gentle guidance to all readers, from reluctant youngsters in prickly social situations to more experienced friendship seekers needing a refresher. Peppered among moments of pure hilarity and suggested creative outlets are nuggets of encouragement meant to bolster compassion."
Kirkus STARRED Review

"This whimsical playbook for making friends explores a universal theme in a humorous and appealing way."

"Certain to spark lively debate at story hours."
School Library Journal

"The art reminds me of the friendly animal world of Richard Scarry... A fun and silly way to think about friendship and self sufficiency for the very young."
Youth Services Book Review

"Sweet and funny with helpful but quirky advice, you will love this book's gentle message about kindness toward others as well as learning how to be your own best friend... I adore this book!"
Imagination Soup

"First grade books about friendship are essential for starting the school year. Toad has lots of quirky ideas for making friends that are great for class discussion. We appreciate that this book also acknowledges that working on making friends can be tiring sometimes; time alone can feel good too."
We Are Teachers

Praise for The Lion and the Mouse written by Jairo Buitrago, illustrated by Rafael Yockteng

"An intelligent glimpse at how a friendship between unlikely candidates might be possible. A stellar addition for all collections."
School Library Journal, STARRED Review

"Jairo Buitrago's retelling of the classic fable "The Lion and the Mouse" is likely to have early readers giggling with glee.... The entertaining text and superb illustrations combine to spark new life in this old tale of kindness, compassion and friendship."
Shelf Awareness, STARRED Review

"A grand, morally opulent retelling with a message for our age."
Kirkus Reviews

Praise for Two White Rabbits by Jairo Buitrago, illustrated by Rafael Yockteng

A Kirkus Reviews Best Picture Book of the Year

A School Library Journal Best Picture Book of the Year

A USBBY Outstanding International Book

"...it's a masterpiece of understatement. In leaving readers with much to wonder about, the book packs the most powerful of punches."&
Kirkus STARRED Review

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