Best Friends for Frances by Russell and Lillian Hoban

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This sweet friendship story starring America's favorite badger, Frances, is a classic that continues to be loved by children, siblings, and parents everywhere.

Frances doesn't think her little sister can be her friend, but when Frances finds herself left out because of a no-girls rule, she decides to show those boys what girls can do. In the process, she discovers that sisters can indeed be friends . . . maybe even best friends!

This Level Two I Can Read book is geared toward kids who read on their own but still need a little help.


Russell Hoban was the author of A Bargain for Frances, A Baby Sister for Frances, Best Friends for Frances, A Birthday for Frances, and Bread and Jam for Frances, all illustrated by Lillian Hoban. He also wrote Bedtime for Frances, illustrated by Garth Williams.

Lillian Hoban was the author and illustrator of many favorite I Can Read books, including Joe and Betsy the Dinosaur, Silly Tilly's Thanksgiving, and a series about Arthur the Chimpanzee. She also illustrated many picture books, including the classic stories about Frances.

Target Age: 4-8


HarperCollins paperback I Can Read: 

Pub Date: January 27, 2009

0.4" H x 8.8" L x 5.9" W 

48 pages


HarperCollins paperback:

Pub Date: April 28, 1994

0.16" H x 10.0" L x 7.8" W

31 pages


HarperCollins hardcover: 

Pub Date: August 27, 1969

0.36" H x 10.36" L x 8.24" W

32 pages