Books Make Good Friends



My first picture book for kids, Books Make Good Friends, comes out November 7, 2023 from Chronicle Books!

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This new picture book from beloved author-illustrator Jane Mount celebrates the avid reader, demonstrates how books make you better, and reassures anyone who has been anxious or uncertain about facing the real world.

Lotti isn't sure she wants to make friends. She's shy, and she doesn't really know how. While everyone around her is playful, outgoing, and loud, Lotti prefers a quiet place and a book to read. Lotti LOVES books. To her, books are full of magic and aren't as scary as new friends. But perhaps Lotti's books can show her how to find magic in everyday moments, and maybe the friends she can share this magic with are closer than she thinks.

Iconic Bibliophile creator Jane Mount makes her children's book debut in this imagination-driven story of a shy booklover's attempts to open her mind and find joy with the people around her. This journal-esque narrative--which includes fun recommended reads on each page--explores the process of book discovery for bibliophiles-in-training, and is perfect for enthusiastic and reluctant readers alike!


This is my first picture book for kids, and it's slightly autobiographical (see the Author's Note inside for more!). Here are two relevant photos of me from a long time ago:

Toddler Jane holding an orange catteenage Jane with round red glasses