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How to Be a Lion

How to Be a Lion

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From the New York Times bestselling author/illustrator of Max the Brave comes an inspiring and adorable picture book about a pair of unlikely friends who face down a pack of bullies.

In this timely and charming story about the importance of being true to yourself, mindfulness, and standing by your friends, we meet Leonard, a lion, and his best friend Marianne, a . . . duck. Leonard and Marianne have a happy life together--talking, playing, writing poems, and making wishes--until one day a pack of bullies questions whether it's right for a lion and a duck to be pals. Leonard soon learns there are many ways to be a lion, and many ways to be a friend, and that sometimes finding just the right words can change the world . . .

This sweet, funny, thoughtful, and much-needed story will open up readers' eyes to the importance of being who they are and not backing down to hurtful criticism. It's an empowering tale about connecting with others and choosing kindness over bullying, and shows children how angry and provocative words can be overcome by empathy and inner courage.

Nominated for the 2019 Kate Greenaway Medal and the 2019 Carnegie Medal
A Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Book of the Year

An American Booksellers Association E.B. White Read-Aloud Honor Book
An NPR Best Books of 2018 selection

A New York Public Library Best Books of 2018 selection

★ Positive role models showing boys how to be a whole person are few and far between these days. This marvelous book triumphs in that essential job.--Kirkus, starred review

Children will feel empowered after reading such a deliberate story of unyielding strength and self-awareness. Thoughtful and provocative words to live by.--School Library Journal

A gentle, Ferdinand-like soul. . . . Vere's fable makes a watertight--and charming--case for ignoring the pressures of conformity.--Publishers Weekly

The spirit of Ferdinand the Bull is a alive and well in How to Be a Lion.--NPR

gently reminiscent of Winnie the Pooh--BookTrust

Author: Ed Vere
Publisher: Doubleday Books for Young Readers
Published: 06/26/2018
Pages: 32
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 0.90lbs
Size: 11.00h x 8.20w x 0.50d
ISBN: 9780525578055
Audience: Ages 4-8

Accelerated Reader:
Reading Level: 2.5
Point Value: 0.5
Interest Level: Lower Grade
Quiz #/Name: 501966 / How to Be a Lion

Review Citation(s):
Publishers Weekly 04/23/2018
Kirkus Reviews 04/01/2018 pg. 118
School Library Journal 06/01/2018 pg. 70
BookPage 07/01/2018
Hornbook Guide to Children 01/01/2019 - Below Average, With Minor Flaw

About the Author
ED VERE is the author and illustrator of numerous picture books, including How to Be a Lion and the New York Times and USA Today bestseller Max the Brave. He lives in London, England. Learn more about Ed's work at

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