Positive friendships help us develop important life skills, nurture trust, and build compassion. Especially for children, friendships can help foster their sense of belonging and ability to connect with others.

And so, we shine the light on friendship, as KidLit lover John Masiulionis joins Laura Cavanaugh to share K.A. Mulenga’s Will and His Best Friend Whale and Chuck the Cheetah, two empowering reads that depict the meaning and importance of friendship, what it takes to make a friend, and what it means to be one, while inspiring kids to remember that friends can be found in the most unlikely places.

Will and His Best Friend Whale teaches little ones about the responsibility that we have to take care of our animals, our oceans, and our planet, while Chuck the Cheetah teaches children about humility and the importance of winning and losing with grace.



Empowering Reads for Kids: K.A. Mulenga | Will and His Best Friend Whale & Chuck the Cheetah