“Developing and maintaining relationships outside of one’s family is an important part of early childhood. In peer relationships, young children learn how to navigate the complex world of sharing, negotiating, and compromising with others,” says Jennifer Reid, the Center’s associate director of education and chair of the book selection panel for Lucy’s Book Club. “The books we have selected for this topic cover some of the issues that may arise in relationships with peers such as finding ways to share, making up after a disagreement, and, for older children, understanding and appreciating different perspectives and opinions.”

Titles on this list include I’m Sorry by Sam McBratney, A Sick Day for Amos McGee by Philip Stead, and Fox Makes Friends by Adam Reif.

Launched in May 2009, Lucy’s Book Club (LBC) is a free community outreach program for children from infancy to age six and their parents. LBC supports healthy social and emotional growth in young children by encouraging parents to read to them books that approach important developmental themes in a safe and reassuring way. The lists are printed on colorful, oversized bookmarks available at no cost at more than 200 locations throughout Wake County and online at www.lucysbookclub.org.

The third year of Lucy’s Book Club has been funded by presenting sponsor The Body Shop, event sponsor Wells Fargo and platinum sponsors Time Warner Cable and Steven and Rebecca Scott.

For the latest information on LBC booklists, visit www.lucysbookclub.org and follow the Lucy Daniels Center on Facebook.

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Now celebrating 20 years of service to children and families, the Lucy Daniels Center, formerly the Lucy Daniels Center for Early Childhood, is a nationally recognized model for childhood mental health education and services. The Center is the largest and most comprehensive non-profit focused on providing mental health services to young children and their families in the Triangle and is conveniently located at 9003 Weston Parkway, Cary, NC 27513. For more information, visit www.lucydanielscenter.org.    

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