Published by Tilbury House Publishers
Summary: When Miss Mellon’s class goes out to recess, many of the kids find friends to play with, but a few are left out. As the story unfolds, we learn the various reasons: a broken leg, a stutter, old clothes with holes, being small…all are reasons why kids feel like they don’t fit in. A post-recess conversation results in the class banding together to build a buddy bench. The other kids know when they see someone sitting on the bench, that child is looking for someone to play with. Includes information and additional resources about buddy benches. 36 pages; ages 4-8.
Pros: A perfect start to discussions about how to include others. Even if kids don’t have the know-how or resources to build a buddy bench, they can work together to find solutions to make sure everyone gets included at recess.
Cons: The rhyming text felt a little forced.