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April & Mae and the Sleepover: The Friday Book (Every Day with April & Mae #6)

April & Mae and the Sleepover: The Friday Book (Every Day with April & Mae #6)

Current price: $12.99
Publication Date: March 14th, 2023


Fans of King & Kayla and Charlie & Mouse will love this delightful beginning chapter book series that celebrates friendship every day of the week!

It's Friday, and April and Mae are having a sleepover. April wants to camp in her backyard, but Mae isn't so sure about sleeping outside. Can the friends come to a compromise? April works hard to make the tent comfy with blankets and pillows, and Mae gets on board telling a scary story and watching the stars.

With imagination and humor, Every Day with April & Mae brings all there is to know and love about friendship to life in a way kids can both relate to and learn from making this a perfect fit for young readers ready to step up from picture books.

About the Author

Megan Dowd Lambert is the author of A Kid of Their Own, A Crow of His Own, Real Sisters Pretend, and Reading Picture Books with Children. Her experiences as a white mother of seven children in a blended, multiracial, queer, adoptive family inform her work as an author, reviewer, and educator. A former children's literature instructor at Simmons University, Megan reviews and writes for Kirkus and Horn Book; is a consultant with EmbraceRace, a community focused on race and kids; and serves on the curation team of Our Shelves, a subscription box service that features racially diverse, LGBTQ+, and feminist characters and families.

Gisela Bohórquez fell in love with drawing when her parents gave her a huge box of crayons at three years old. Born and raised in Bogotá, Colombia, she was always surrounded by her uncle Jairo’s amazing books and her father’s drawings. At school, she used to sell little stickers with animals she drew herself. Ever since, Gisela knew she wanted to be an artist and work with shapes and colors. She studied Graphic Design in college, where she learned digital illustration and fell in love with those techniques. She loves to put her whole heart in her work: according to her, that’s the secret to connecting people with her designs.

Praise for April & Mae and the Sleepover: The Friday Book (Every Day with April & Mae #6)

Mae arrives at April’s house for a sleepover in the Friday book of the Every Day with April & Mae series. April, who has brown skin, looks forward to sleeping outside in a tent. Her best friend, Mae, who has pale skin, isn’t so sure about the plan. Their pets—April’s dog and Mae’s cat—join them for the sleepover, adding a cute, if somewhat implausible, element to the endeavor. Simple sentence structures with one- and two-syllable words make this story accessible to emerging readers ready for slightly longer stories with deeper content. Brightly colored illustrations provide textual clues and include many fun details, such as April’s sleeping bonnet and Mae’s eye mask. In this satisfying tale, the characters demonstrate the give and take of friendship. To make sure that Mae is comfortable, April brings out extra pillows and a blanket. Mae decides to get up early to prepare a delicious breakfast, even though she’s a night owl. With nary an adult in sight, the girls have successfully planned and enjoyed another weekly activity. Kids will take note! VERDICT Recommend to emerging readers looking for stories about friendship but not quite ready for early chapter books such as Annie Barrows’s Ivy & Bean or Karen English’s Nikki & Deja.

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