Happy book birthday to FRIENDS FOR REAL by Ted Staunton and illustrated by Ruth Ohi, out now from North Winds Press!

When Emma loses Squeezy, her favourite stuffy, she tries to find another toy to replace her best-loved “pet.” It’s hard. No one else is exactly like Squeezy, and for Emma, Squeezy is perfect. But instead of finding Squeezy, Emma ends up discovering an unexpected friendship, and that two imaginations are better than one. This touching, smart story of lost-and-found treasures is a great reminder that things don’t always go as planned, but they can turn out better than expected. When Emma makes a friend in Frank, she finds what she’d been missing all along! In an equally perfect pairing, Ruth Ohi’s delightful art effortlessly brings through the layers in Ted Staunton’s nuanced text, bringing together the talents of two of Canada’s best-loved storytellers for kids.

Ted Staunton is the award-winning author of over forty books for young people, including Bounced and What Blows Up in The Almost Epic Squad series. A busy and popular presenter at schools across Canada, Ted also teaches writing at George Brown College in Toronto, is a roots/blues musician in whatever time is left over. Ted is represented by Amy Tompkins.