40 of the Best Picture Books About Friendship
Friendships help us develop trust, compassion and a sense of belonging. These picture books about friendship show characters who share, cooperate and see events from different perspectives.
Positive 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.”
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.
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 downs, children will develop different types of friendships where they can share hobbies, humour and sorrows. Explore these books about friendship to support your students.
Recommended Picture Books About Friendship
Art & Max by David Wiesner
Be a Friend by Salina Yoon
The Bear and the Piano by David Litchfield
City Dog, Country Frog by Mo WIllems
Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson
The Farmer and the Clown by Marla Frazee
The Fearsome Five by Wolf Erlbruch
Four Feet, Two Sandals by Karen Lynn Williams
The Fox and the Star by Coralie Bickford-Smith
I Just Ate My Friend by Heidi McKinnon
King of the Sky by Nicola Davies
The Lion and the Bird by Marianne Dubuc
Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers
Lotus and Feather by Ji-li Jiang
On Sudden Hill by Linda Sarah
Once There was a Boy by Dub Leffler
Pool by JiHyeon Lee
The Rabbit Listened by Cori Doerrfeld
The Story of Fish and Snail by Deborah Freedman
Childhood friendships are such an important part of school life, but can often be something of a minefield to navigate and can prove a huge challenge for young children. 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!
These books about friendships will help young children understand what it means to be a good friend and how to handle friendship problems. What friendship books do you use in the classroom?
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