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Read these 24 picture books about friendship. These books on friendship for kids will remind your child of the importance of being a good friend.
Being a good friend is an important skill that all children need to learn. Treating others kindly, being honest, sticking together, etc. They’re all qualities we should look for in a friend and, more importantly, teach our kids to exhibit in their friendships.
24 Books About Friendship
Fill your book basket with a great collection of picture books about friendship. Most of these books can be found at your local library or used bookstore.
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How to Be a Friend: A Guide to Making Friends and Keeping Them – Fun dinosaur characters teach young children all about friendship–the value of friends, how to make friends, and how to be a good friend.
Growing Friendships: A Kids’ Guide to Making and Keeping Friends – After reading this highly illustrated guide on their own or with a caring adult, kids everywhere will be well equipped to face any friendship challenges that come their way.
Stick and Stone – When Stick rescues Stone from a prickly situation with a Pinecone, the pair becomes fast friends. But when Stick gets stuck, can Stone return the favor?
Making Friends Is an Art! – Brown is the least used pencil in the box. He’s tall, geeky and lonely. When Brown asks the other pencils why no one likes him, he discovers that to have friends, he needs to be a good friend. If Brown learns to use all of the friendship skills the other pencils have, he can make friends and have fun too!
The Friend Ship – Little Hedgehog is very lonely. But then she overhears passersby talking about something that gives her hope-something called a Friend Ship!
Chloe and Sam – This children’s book encourages kids to show kindness and care to other people.
Friendshape – This joyous book rejoices in the simple beauties of friendship, and reminds readers of all ages that it’s good to have a group of pals.
How Do Dinosaurs Play with Their Friends? – Time and time again, children are told to “play nice.” This brilliantly illustrated board book is packed with rhymes that will teach children how.
Bad Apple: A Tale of Friendship – When Mac, an apple, meets Will, a worm, they become fast friends, teaching each other games and even finishing each other’s sentences. But apples aren’t supposed to like worms, and Mac gets called “rotten” and “bad apple.” At first, Mac doesn’t know what to do—it’s never easy standing up to bullies–but after a lonely day without Will, Mac decides he’d rather be a bad apple with Will than a sad apple without.
The Snail and the Whale – When a tiny snail meets a humpback whale, the two travel together to far-off lands. It’s a dream come true for the snail, who has never left home before. But when the whale swims too close to shore, will the snail be able to save her new friend?
Do You Want to Be My Friend? – This classic tale of friendship tracks a small gray mouse’s search for the perfect pal. He asks various animals the same question: “Do you want to be my friend?” But it’s not until he meets another mouse that he is answered with a heartwarming “Yes!”
We’re Amazing 1,2,3! A Story About Friendship and Autism – Elmo introduces his longtime friend Julia to Abby, who’s a little confused at first because Julia isn’t saying hello. Elmo explains that Julia has autism, so she does things a little differently. Abby soon learns that she also has a lot of things in common with Julia.
Fancy Nancy: Tea for Two – When Nancy is invited over to Bree’s house for a special tea party, she has only one thing to say: oui! The girls enjoy a few charming cups of tea before a disaster occurs that sets the two at odds. Will Nancy and Bree be able to save their friendship?
How to Be a Friend – Those long summer days and weekends spent with our best friends can be among the happiest memories of childhood. But the art of making friends isn’t a skill that is taught in most schools.
The Rainbow Fish – It is the universal message at the heart of this simple story about a beautiful fish who learns to make friends by sharing his most prized possessions that gives the book its lasting value.
We are Best Friends – This charming book of friendship is full of best friend pairs, and is designed with a mixture of photographs and fun illustrations to engage little ones and make them smile.
My Friend Rabbit – Rabbit saves the day in a most ingenious way. When Mouse lets his best friend, Rabbit, play with his brand-new airplane, trouble isn’t far behind.
Hedgehugs – Horace and Hattie are hedgehogs, and the very best of friends. Together, they make daisy chains, splash in puddles, and have tea parties. But there is one thing they can’t do―hug!
The Things I Love About Friends – There are so many things to love about friends — sharing ideas, interests, feelings, and fun times. It’s important to learn how to be a good friend.
Ten Things I Love About You – Rabbit just adores his friend Pig. So he is excited to make a list of all the things he loves about Pig. And who better to help him write the list than Pig himself? But Pig is busy.
Owen & Mzee: The True Story of a Remarkable Friendship – The amazing true story of the orphaned baby hippo and 130-year-old giant turtle whose remarkable friendship touched millions around the world.
The New Friend – Opal’s new friend Daphne seems to be the best at everything she does, but Toot and Puddle see another side of her.
You Are My Sunshine – The sun is shining, the birds are singing, and the flowers are in full bloom- so why is Toot so blue?
Friends – Charlie Rooster, Johnny Mouse, and Percy the pig are the best of friends. They do everything together, because that’s what good friends do. When night falls, though, and it’s time to go to bed, they learn that sometimes friends have to be apart. But that’s okay, because true friends always find each other, even if it’s just in their dreams.
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Is your favorite book about friendship on this list? If not, leave the title in the comments so I can check it out.