Brianna Banana, Helper of the Day

  • Illustrated By: Suharu Ogawa
  • Pages:96
  • Publisher:Orca Book Publishers
  • Series: Orca Echoes
  • Themes:making friends, social skills, self-regulation, behavior challenges, learning difficulties
  • Available:02/11/2025
  • Reading Level:2.7
  • Lexile:640L
  • Fountas & Pinnell Text Level Gradient:M

I'm Brianna Ross. And what I love is:

  1. Kicking leaves.
  2. Digging soft sand.
  3. Helping others.

What I don't love is:

  1. Having zero friends in my class.
  2. Getting in trouble every single day.
  3. Being called Brianna Banana.

Nine-year-old Brianna struggles to fit in. She can be impulsive and distracted, and sometimes she loses her temper, but she's also thoughtful and brave and ready to be a friend. Brianna thinks that being chosen for classroom helper duty will make the other kids like her. When new girl Rumi is named Helper of the Day instead, Brianna is disappointed. But could a new friend be just around the corner?

“I LOVE Brianna Banana. The story. The character. The tone and voice. With elegant simplicity from an author who knows the craft, Lana Button delivers humor and insight that entertains and teaches a wonderful lesson. I hope I get to meet Brianna again and again in more of these amazing stories.”
– Sigmund Brouwer, award-winning author of over 100 titles for children and adults