We are Team Friendship: three cousins who also happen to be best friends! This website features our reviews of the Newbery Medal Award winning children’s books. Our mission is to read and review each of the Newbery books on a monthly basis beginning with the first winner from 1922, The Story of Mankind by Hendrik van Loon. In addition to our written reviews of each book, we are also recording a podcast in which we will discuss each book as well as history about the authors.


Meet the ladies of Team Friendship!



Meet Leah

img_4928 Leah LOVES Gilmore Girls, the Upper West Side and bread! Her favorite books include the Betsy-Tacy books by Maud Hart Lovelace,  The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien and the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling. Leah lives in New York City with her husband Joey and her aloe vera plant.

Meet Lauren

IMG_3946 Lauren LOVES Star Wars, Harry Potter, the Lord of the Rings and Disney! Her favorite books include Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfield, The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis, The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkein and the Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling. Lauren lives in northern Illinois with her husband Michael and daughter Nora.

Meet Mandalay

img_4929 Mandalay LOVES Dungeons and Dragons, cats and cake! Her favorite books include the first 37 pages of Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles) by Marissa Meyer, The first 75 pages of the Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis and the first 51 pages of The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank BaumMandalay lives in Northern Illinois with her cat Mary Jane.