Stay at Home Story Time: Friendship


Little Blue and Little Yellow is a story that Leo Lionni made up while riding a train with his young grandchildren using torn bits of paper. This story became Mr. Lionni’s first children’s book, published in 1959. He wrote and illustrated more than 40 more books. Many of his books are fables, which are stories that teach a moral lesson.




Check out this book and other wonderful books by Leo Lionni from the Alachua County Library District. See how many you can read! Which one will be your favorite?



Retell the story of Little Blue and Little Yellow using homemade playdough from this recipe from


- 1cup flour

- 1/2cup salt

- 1cup water

- 1TBSP  cream of tartar

- 1TBSP vegetable oil

- food coloring (yellow and blue)


1. Mix all ingredients.

2. Stir it continually over medium-low heat until it forms a ball.

3. Take it off the heat and dump it onto parchment paper or wax paper.

4. Once it cools, you can knead it a bit until it is mixed fully and soft.



Little Blue and Little Yellow is a book about friendship. The Alachua County Library District’s catalog is filled with many great books, eBooks, audiobooks, movies, and music about friendship for all ages. Check it out!


Some books to look for:

My Best Friend, by Julie Fogliano

Bikes for Sale, by Carter Higgins

A Friend for Henry, by Jenn Bailey

Geraldine, by Elizabeth Lilly

On the Night of the Shooting Star, by Amy Hest

Shy, by Deborah Freedman

Big Friends, by Linda Sarah

Sadie and the Silver Shoes, by Jane Godwin

The Magic Boat, by Kit Pearson and Katherine Farris

The other Side, by Jacqueline Woodson

The Name Jar, by Yangsook Choi

Sparky!, by Jenny Offill,

Be a Friend, by Salina Yoon

My Two Blankets, by Irena Kobald

The Snail and the Whale, by Julia Donaldson

Lubna and Pubble, by Wendy Meddour


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