Picture Books about Making Friends

Picture Books about Making Friends

Don’t let children be hard on themselves if they struggle to make new friends. These books about making friends will support your students in knowing there are ways to help them.

Picture Books about Making Friends

Picture Books about Making Friends

Friendships help us develop trust, compassion and a sense of belonging. Lena Aburdene Derhally writes in The Washington Post, “Friendship is often underrated, considering the tremendous impact it has on our well being. Early childhood friendship is something that is frequently overlooked as a positive developmental influence. We don’t always realize how attached young children are to their friends.”

However, for some children making friends is very difficult, this may be because they are afraid of approaching other children or struggle with social cues. Starting school is one of the biggest times in a child’s life to make new friends. Some children will confidently walk into their new classroom. For others, it is an overwhelming experience. They may hang around the doorway too shy to enter. 

It can be hard for these children to make new friends because of their fears. These fears are real and I hope you will find these books helpful in supporting your students.

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Suggested Picture Books about Making Friends

I Dream of a Journey by Akiko Miyakoshi

I Dream of a Journey by Akiko Miyakoshi

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What Next?

Don’t let children be hard on themselves if they struggle to make new friends. Their confidence will grow with each new encounter, even if each one doesn’t end with more than an exchange of smiles. Be positive and encouraging!

It can be hard for these children to make new friends because of their fears. These fears are real and I hope you will find these books helpful in supporting your students.

Do you have any tips for the rest of us about how you help your students make friends? If you have any recommendations of picture books about making friends, let me know in the comments below.

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