Whether it’s with sidewalk chalk or in the margins of their homework, there’s one thing the young authors of 826LA love, and that’s drawing. In The Very First Friend I Ever Had, After-School Tutoring students at 826LA in Mar Vista took that passion for drawing and channeled it into comics showcasing their very own lives and friendships. To accompany their sketches, students penned brief descriptions of their comics. They then rose to the challenge of translating those descriptions into Spanish. Finally, they told us a little bit more about themselves, with About the Author cards. What results is a book that fully captures our students’ lives, from their hobbies and friendships to the language many speak at home.