On episode 48 of the Lu and Bean Read podcast we had the pleasure of chatting with author and publisher Maria Dismondy of Cardinal Rule Press. Maria’s new picture book THE FRUIT SALAD FRIEND is all about looking for a diversity of character traits that can help you find great friends. Plus, we chatted about all our favorite kids books about making good friends. Once you check out everything we talked about on this episode, be sure to visit our 2015 post about books on how to make friends.

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About The Fruit Salad Friend

Chloe loves going to school, but lately, something is different. Chloe has all the ingredients of a great friend—kindness, empathy, compassion, and more. Chloe wonders, “What do you do when friends don’t treat you with kindness?”

THE FRUIT SALAD FRIEND shows how this brave girl navigates the trials and tribulations that pop up on her way to discovering the recipe for lasting friendship.

About Maria Dismondy

Born and raised in a suburb of Detroit, Michigan, Maria grew up chilling on red shag carpet watching the Smurfs and playing with Cabbage Patch Dolls. Many years later, she went on to graduate from Michigan State University and married her high school sweetheart. Together, they are raising their three children on a little lake in the heart of Southeast Michigan.

Maria is the author of many books and the founder of Cardinal Rule Press. People often ask how Maria got started in the book business. It’s not a simple answer so she now offers one-on-one publishing consultations for people interested in making their own writing careers come to life.

Books we discussed

Thanks for listening!

Cover of the Fruit Salad Friend Covers of kids books about making friends

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