The Art of Friendship

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The Art of Friendship is…

Working together? A banana split with two spoons? Swinging side-by-side at the playground? What is the art of friendship to you?

Today is the book birthday of Louise and Andie: The Art of Friendship, Kelly Light‘s sequel to Louise Loves Art (2014, Balzer + Bray). Kelly is a special person to many of us at All The Wonders, and Louise is a special girl to not just us, but many, many readers of all ages. To celebrate, we invited some of Kelly’s friends (and their beloved book characters) to don Louise’s iconic red glasses and say a few words about what the art of friendship means to them.

Feel free to download and share these images over Facebook, Twitter, and your other favorite social media outlets. Use the hashtag #ArtOfFriendship when you share, and considering sharing a quote or drawing of your own!

Kelly Light lives in New York but grew up down the shore in New Jersey, surrounded by giant pink dinosaurs, cotton candy colors, and Skee-Ball sounds. She was schooled on Saturday morning cartoons and Sunday funny pages. She picked up a pencil, started drawing, and never stopped.

Kelly is the author/Illustrator of the Louise series. Louise Loves Art (Fall 2014) and Louise and Andie, The Art of Friendship (Spring 2016) are the first two books in the series.

Kelly has also illustrated Elvis and the Underdogs and Elvis and the Underdogs: Secrets, Secret Service, and Room Service by Jenny Lee, and The Quirks series by Erin Soderberg. Visit Kelly Light online at

Many great artists contributed work to make this post possible. Purchase their books for your reader or readers by clicking on the book covers below. Special thanks to Mike Ciccotello for designing our sharable images. Check out Mike’s art at

Books of Our Contributing Artists

Chicken Lily
by Lori Mortensen; illustrated by Nina Victor Crittenden

Henry Holt & Company

Little Elliot
by Mike Curato

Henry Holt & Company

Tea Rex
by Molly Idle

Viking Children’s Books

Super Jumbo
by Fred Koehler

Dial Books

Lunch Lady and the Cyborg Substitute
by JarrettJ J. Krosoczka

Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers

Snail and Worm:
Three Stories about Two Friends

by Tina Kugler

HMH Books for Young Readers

by Steve Light

Candlewick Press

La Madre Goose: Nursery Rhymes for Los Ninos

by Susan Middleton Elya; illustrated by Juana Martinez-Neal

G. P. Putnam’s Sons

Snappsy the Alligator (Did Not Ask to Be in This Book)
by Julie Falatko; illustrated by Tim Miller

Viking Books for Young Readers

Maple & Willow Together
by Lori Nichols

Nancy Paulsen Books

Ninja Bunny
by Jennifer Gray Olson

Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers

Starbunny, Inc.
by Dave Roman


Punk Skunks
by Trisha Speed Shaskan; illustrated by Stephen Shaskan


Hooray for Today!
by Brian Won

HMH Books for Young Readers

Doug Unplugged
by Dan Yaccarino

Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers

Be a Friend
by Salina Yoon

Bloomsbury U.S.A. Children’s Books

More friendship & More Art

Here are some masterpieces created by you and shared with us over social media. Create your own works of art and share them with us on Twitter at @_AllTheWonders, on Facebook, or on Instagram.

“The art of friendship is giving each other a lift when they need it most.”
by Priscilla Alpaugh

“The art of friendship is being on the same page”.
by Hannah Barnaby

“The art of friendship is seeing the best in others.”
by Mel Schuit

“The art of friendship is the warmth and light of kindred spirits, like sunshine in your heart.”
by Emily Wayne

“The art of friendship is warm hugs and smiles.”
by Stephanie Olivieri

“The art of friendship is …”
what will YOU share?

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