Ivy + Bean Become Friends

I am very excited to be participating in Ivy + Bean blog-a-bration. For the next 9 weeks I will be posting something about the dynamic duo.

As a teacher of young students, with young friendships, I love a good book that shows how kids that are different become friends. The first couple chapters the first book in the  Ivy + Bean series is brilliant at showing this. I love watching two characters that appear so different go from strangers to best friends.

I think that it’s important for kids to see how kids that have different interests from them, can make great friends. Ivy and Bean show this perfectly. Bean is a bit of wild child and Ivy is a bit of a book nerd. Watching what happens when they take the time to get to know each other is something that most young readers can benefit from reading and discussing.

After a student in my classroom reads Ivy + Bean I almost always talk to them about how their friendships with their BFFs developed. It’s fun to listen to them reflect upon their own friendships,and then discuss what they learned about friendship from the book.

I would recommend that every child reads at least the first few chapters of Ivy + Bean before they leave elementary school. I’m pretty confident that many of them won’t stop reading until they’ve read every single Ivy + Bean book.

Coquette Maman
In the Pages
Kid Lit Frenzy
Media Darlings
One Page to the Next
Roundtable Reviews for Kids
Ruth Ayres Writes
The Children’s Book Review
The Family That Reads Together
The O.W.L.
There’s A Book
Van Meter Library Voice
Watch. Connect. Read.

Chronicle Books is giving away a copy of Ivy + Bean (book 1) as well as three sets of Ivy + Bean mini-notes. How cool is that?
Rules for the Giveaway
1. The giveaway will run from August 17 to 11:59 PM on August 20.
2. You must be at least 13.
3. Please pay it forward.

The winner of the giveaway will be entered to win the grand prize giveaway from Chronicle Books. 

A complete set of Ivy and Bean hardcover books signed by Annie Barrows
Ivy and Bean Paper Doll Play Set
Ivy and Bean Button Factory
1 Ivy and Bean READ Poster signed by Annie Barrows
Set of Ivy and Bean Silly Bandz 
Set of Ivy and Bean stickers

One thought on “Ivy + Bean Become Friends

  1. I love Ivy and Bean. I can’t remember where I first heard about this series but it has been a staple in my class ever since. The books are usually passed around the class several times. Looking forward to these posts.


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