The Story of The Friendly Bookshelf

The first book ever written about a bookshelf!


Once upon a time, in a library like any other, there lived a little bookshelf named Bibli who carried a BIG question on his shelves: “Could there be a story somewhere about a bookshelf like me?” Bibli is told that bookshelves are supposed to hold stories, not have ones of their own. But everything changes when he meets Cassie, a girl longing for a friend just as much as Bibli longs for a story to relate to. Bibli learns that with kindness, confidence, empathy, and friendship, even your biggest dreams can come true—and that everyone has an important story worth sharing.

The Friendly Bookshelf is a social-emotional learning (SEL) research-based book and the first-ever picture book about a bookshelf. Written to build self-confidence and self-esteem as well as encourage inclusivity, Bibli’s story empowers children to be brave, be a friend, and always be your-shelf! Readers will be inspired to go beyond the final page of the book and share their own stories, as well as be the pioneers of a kinder, more inclusive world where everybody (and every bookshelf!) belongs.


What Book-Lovers Are Saying

A beautiful book with an important message at its heart

"With imaginative storylines, compassionate characters, and relatable challenges, The Friendly Bookshelf  helps kids and adults that support them with social and emotional learning. This is the book to explore topics like empathy, developing positive relationships, and offering support to those in need.”

Dr. Laura Zimmermann

Child Development and Media Expert

"It's such an important book. It really teaches children how important it is to be true to themselves — or them-shelves! — and that it's okay to be different. That's a critical lesson for children to learn and honesty as adults it's important for us to remember. This book reminded me of that."


Brooke Vitale

Children's Book Editor & Author

"Authors Katherine and Caroline Brickley masterfully weave a treasure of a story that is relatable to all children with The Friendly Bookshelf. Through gentle messages of bigheartedness, selflessness, the importance of inclusion, and the celebration of being unique, families will delight reading aloud this playful and precious tale and be inspired to go beyond the final page to create a kinder more inclusive world where everybody (and every bookshelf!) belongs."

 Tara L.

Children's Publishing Expert & Parent

Meet the Characters

Always be your-shelf! 

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Cassie Fable 

Bibli the Bookshelf

Ms. Grammar

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