Picture Books Embracing Dynamic Friendships

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Picture Books Embracing
Dynamic Friendships

Friendships help us develop trustcompassion 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.”

Harmonious friendships take practice. Arguments and fighting are common occurrences among children. As children grow they will make friends and lose friends and they may not always get along. Through these ups and down children will develop different types of friendships where they can share hobbies, humour and sorrows.

Starting school is one of the biggest time 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.

Here are a few tips for shy or nervous children to make friends in any environment, not just school.

Here are a few more resources to help children develop healthy friendships.

Don’t let children be hard on themselves if they find it difficult approaching new children. 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!

This collection of picture books encourage children to share, cooperate and see events from a different perspective. The books offer strategies on how to work towards peaceful and good-natured friendships without being spoon fed.

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The Perfect Pillow by Eric Pinder Cover

“In his strange new room on his big new bed, Brody tosses and turns, holding his stuffed dragon named Horst. His parents can't help him fall asleep, so he has no choice to go out and search for a better bed. Is it a squirrel's nest? A cloud? A rowboat on a pond? No, the moon is too bright, and the croaking frogs are too loud, so there's nothing for it but to go back home and jump into his big new bed, where a friendly dragon makes a perfect pillow.” Disney-Hyperion

What are your favourite friendship books? Let me know in the comments!

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