How many of us really have Imaginary Friends? And yet a large number of books about that subject came out in 2015.
Maybe they were just inspired by Dan Santat’s Newbery Award Winning picture book Adventures of Beekle: unimaginary friend.
An imaginary friend waits a long time to be imagined by a child and given a special name, and finally does the unimaginable–he sets out on a quest to find his perfect match in the real world.
We Forgot Brock by Carter Goodrich
Phillip and Brock are best friends, although everyone else thinks Brock is imaginary, so when Phillip gets tired out at the Big Fair while Brock is still having fun, they are separated and it will take a very special twosome to bring them back together again.
Another picture book staring a White Boy
Dream Friends by You Byuon
A shy little girl yearns to find a real-life friend as wonderful as the one she plays with in her dreams”
A more artistic quiet exploration of imaginary friendship. This picture book aims to also be a bedtime book.
For preschoolers, who may already have an imaginary friend, these story speak to a real experience.
But what about the chapter books to feature this form of magic realism?
The Imaginary by A. F. Harold explore a darker aspect to these imaginary beings, dealing with hunting and consuming them!
Rudger, an imaginary playmate, must find his friend Amanda before he fades away to nothing, while eluding the only other person who can see him, evil Mr. Bunting, who hunts–and possibly even eats–imaginaries.
A 220 page chapter books best for grades 3-5th
Confessions of an Imaginary Friend is a memoir by Jacques Papier, the imaginary friend himself, as told to Michael Cuevas.
At 168 pages, this is a lighter, more whimsical chapter book about this story.