The Friendly Bookshelf Book Review & Giveaway


Disclosure: I was sent a digital copy of this book in exchange for a fair review. All opinions are my own. I am working with The Children's Book Review and Blossom Children's Media Group, LLC and will receive a small stipend for this review.

Today I get to share a fun picture book with the message of everyone has a story worth telling. It is a sweet story that is about a bookshelf (the first of its kind). The bookshelf feels left out and left behind as the library grows. The book helps teach acceptance, inclusion, as well as confidence. The book itself comes out on November 30, 2021!

From the Publisher:

The Friendly Bookshelf

Written by Caroline and Katherine Brickley and illustrated by Daniela Pérez-Duarte
Ages 3+ | 32 Pages
Publisher: Blossom Children’s Media Group | ISBN-13: 9780997782714

Publisher’s Synopsis: 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.

From Me: 

This book is a sweet story. The bookshelf wants to matter and be important. He wants to be noticed. He went from being the only bookshelf to the old bookshelf in the library. He however finds ways to help some of the shy kids and the ones who need time alone. He finds ways to make sure everyone is included and comfortable at the library as well as story time. Of course it is an imaginary world since the bookshelf can talk and move on its own, but what a fun story. 

I love how the bookshelf befriends the shy, quiet girl. Together they gain confidence and become brave. When Bibli, the bookshelf, asks if there is a book about a bookshelf like him, the shy girl goes home and makes one. She brings it the next day and asks to read it at the story time herself. This book is about social acceptance, having courage and so much more. It is such a sweet book. I hope you will check it out!


Enter for a chance to win a copy of The Friendly Bookshelf! Good luck!

(7) Seven winners receive:
  • A copy of The Friendly Bookshelf
  • A copy of The Friendly Bookshelf donated to a library of your choice

The giveaway ends December 16, 2021, at 11:59 P.M. MT.