40 of the Best Picture Books About Friendship
Friendships help us develop trust, compassion and a sense of belonging. These picture books about friendship offer discussion starters for positive & good-natured friendships. Your students will see characters who share, cooperate and see events from different perspectives.
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Picture Books About Friendship
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
Alfie: (The Turtle That Disappeared) by Thyra Heder
Ash Dresses Her Friends by Fu Wenzheng
Be a Friend by Salina Yoon
Big Hid by Roisin Swales
The Fearsome Five by Wolf Erlbruch
Four Feet, Two Sandals by Karen Lynn Williams
The Girl and the Bicycle by Mark Pett
I Just Ate My Friend by Heidi McKinnon
King of the Sky by Nicola Davies
Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers
Neville by Norton Justor
On Sudden Hill by Linda Sarah
Once There was a Boy by Dub Leffler
The Perfect Pillow by Eric Pinder
The Rabbit Listened by Cori Doerrfeld
We Don't Eat Our Classmates by Ryan T. Higgins
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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