Yo! Yes? by Chris Raschka uses minimal text and awesome illustrations to show what friendship is all about. The vibrantly, colored images convey more with body language and facial expressions than the simple words. This story engages the reader by having them look into the details of the illustrations, as you are forced to look beyond the words when the words don’t tell you much. But I find that the children I read this with connect with it immediately, they know what it is like to be nervous around new people or answer someone’s, what’s up, with a nervous, not much. They relate to the sad response of, no friends, when feeling lonely; they don’t need the words, because the image of the boy, shoulders slumped, head bowed down, tells them exactly how he feels.

This is a great book to start a conversation about friendship and I love how it brings in diverse characters to tell a story of friendship.

Published by Sarah BooksBeforeBandaids