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by | Sep 2, 2022

Book of the Month: The Friendship Bench

The Friendship Bench

By Wendy Meddour, illustrated by Daniel Egnéus

Age 2+

The perfect reassuring back to school read, The Friendship Bench is an uplifting story about moving house, starting school, and making new friends.

Brought to you by the author and illustrator team behind Lubna and Pebble, it celebrates imaginative play and kindness, with stunning illustrations that bring Tilly’s relatable emotions to life for children and grown-ups.


Win The Friendship Bench

For your chance to win one of three copies of The Friendship Bench, we want to hear your child’s top tip for making new friends. 

Comment on the competition post on the Oxford Owl Facebook page with your child’s answer to enter.

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UK residents only. Entry closes at 11.59pm on Sunday 25th September 2022. Terms and Conditions apply (PDF).


About the book

The Friendship Bench

By Wendy Meddour, illustrated by Daniel Egnéus

Tilly has just moved to a new house, by the splash and curl of the sea. She loves doing cartwheels in the sand and playing catch with Mummy and Shadow the dog. But when it is time to start her new school, Shadow and Mummy must stay outside. And inside is full of strangers. ‘Why don’t you try The Friendship Bench?’ says her teacher, when Tilly is playing alone. ‘It helps children find new friends to play with.’ But when Tilly gets there, somebody is already on it . . .

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About the Author and illustrator


Wendy Meddour is an internationally successful children’s writer, with books translated into 18 languages, including Lubna and Pebble which was selected by TIME Magazine as one of the ‘10 YA and Children’s Books of 2019’.

Daniel Egnéus is a world-renowned artist who has been nominated for the Kate Greenaway Medal three times.