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‘The Many Colors of Friendship’ Wins 3rd Book Award

The Many Colors of Friendship, a children’s book written by Rita Kaye Vetsch and published by Strategic Book Group/Eloquent Books in 2009, has won its third major book award. The book received an Honorable Mention in the 2011 Readers Favorite Book Awards in the Children’s General Category for K-3rd readers. The site review stated: “We live in a diverse society. Too often we are afraid of what we do not understand. We are afraid of what’s different. The Many Colors of Friendship will be an excellent tool for
opening the dialogue between parents and children.”

In 2010, the book was named a Finalist in the Children’s Education category for the prestigious National Book Awards.

In 2009, The Many Colors of Friendship won an International Book Award (IBA).

Written and illustrated by Vetsch, The Many Colors of Friendship is a unique and fun story about diversity for young readers. Luis is a new student in Katherine’s first grade class. But because he looks different, Katherine is afraid to talk to Luis and she goes home sad.

After dreaming about finding herself in a strange forest with different creatures that become her friends, Katherine conquers her fears about others who are different. She realizes that friends come in all sizes, shapes and colors.

When Katherine next goes to school, she talks to Luis and realizes just how much they have in common.

THE MANY COLORS OF FRIENDSHIP (ISBN: 9781606937563) is available for $16.50 and can be ordered through the publisher’s website:
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WHOLESALERS: This book is distributed by Ingram Books and other wholesale distributors. Contact your representative with the ISBN for purchase or email

About the Author: Author Rita Kaye Vetsch lives in central Minnesota with her husband, Dan, who also helped with illustrations, and her 5-year-old daughter, Katherine. Her daughter was the inspiration for The Many Colors of Friendship, which took nearly two years to write. Her alma mater, St. Cloud State University in Minnesota, will be doing an article about Vetsch and her award-winning book. The author credits Beatrix Potter, E.B. White and Judy Blume for giving her the joy of reading when she was young.


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