Book Title: Alycat and the Friendship Friday by Alysson Foti Bourque
Illustrated by: Chiara Civati
Category: Children’s Fiction, 32 pages
Genre: Picture Book, Friendship
Publisher: Mascot Books
Release date: Oct 23, 2018
Tour dates: Oct 1 to 27, 2018
Content Rating: G
It’s finally Friday, and Alycat is excited to go on a field trip with her friends. But when she doesn’t have anyone to sit with on the bus, Alycat feels left out. Can she use her creativity and imagination to help everyone feel included?
Alycat and the Friendship Friday will teach readers that making new friends isn’t as scary as you might think.
Tell us about the new book and what are your hopes for it:
Alycat and the Friendship Friday is the third book of the Alycat series. In, Alycat and the Friendship Friday, Alycat is excited to go on a field trip with her friends and there’s a new student in class, Phoebe. But when Alycat doesn’t have anyone to sit with on the bus, Alycat feels left out. She will have to use her creativity and imagination to help everyone feel included.
My hope is that readers can learn from the characters of how to bring new friends into the circle without leaving anyone out. The lesson focuses on the changing relationships in children’s lives and encourages kids to solve problems together so they can better themselves and their friendships. Friendships are an important part of every child’s life. My goal is that educators and parents will use Friendship Friday to teach readers that making new friends isn’t as scary as you might think and to be courageous in making new friends.
On a personal level, I hope that readers will look back to Friendship Friday as they grow older and remember the basics of friendship. I remember my favorite books that taught me about life, moving forward and acceptance, and I hope that Friendship Friday is that for our youth.
Alysson Foti Bourque earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and a Juris Doctor degree from the Southern University Law Center. After practicing law for six years, she traded in writing trial briefs for writing children’s books. She enjoys public speaking opportunities at schools, conferences, and festivals nationwide. She hopes to inspire people of all ages to follow their dreams and believe in themselves. Currently, she resides in Sunset, Louisiana with her husband and two children.