The Friend Ship by Kat Yeh (Illustrated by Chuck Groenink)

This one is new to the shelf, released just this spring (2017).  It’s a simple sweet story that will inspire a child to recognize who his/her friends are.

Lonely hedgehog is curled up in a ball, feeling sad when he hears someone say “Friendship is out there.” He pops up and gets busy building a ship to sail the seas in search of the friend ship. No one seems to be able to help him find it, but they are all interested in joining the search. Several stops later, and with a boat full of animals, they soon discover that what they are searching for has been right in front of them all along. Reminds me of Kermit on his quest toward Hollywood. Cute. Succinct. Beautiful illustrations.