38 Children’s Books About Friendship

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38 Children’s Books About Friendship

Learning how to start conversations, invite friends to play and apologize when we make mistakes is hard.  Even for adults.  You can give your child a jumpstart on becoming a super star friend by brainstorming how to behave before he starts a play date, setting up play dates so that he has plenty of opportunity to practice and, of course, reading books on friendship.  Here are my favorites:

 

Making Friends

 

Enemy Pie by Derek Munson

 

The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister

 

Swimmy by Leo Lionni

 

How To Be A Friend: A Guide to Making Friends and Keeping Them by Marc Brown

 

American Girl: Friends Making Them and Keeping Them by Patti Kelley

 

Leonardo the Terrible Monster by Mo Willems

 

Amelia Bedelia Makes a Friend by Herman Parish

 

Having Diverse Friends

 

Owen and Mzee: The True Story of a Remarkable Friendship by Isabela Matkoff

 

My Friend Has Autism by Amanda Doering Tourville

 

Susan Laughs by Jeanne Willis

 

In Jesse’s Shoes by Beverly Lewis

 

Whoever You Are by Mem Fox

 

The Family Book by Todd Parr

 

And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell

 

My Princess Boy by Cheryl Kilodavis

 

Being a Steadfast Friend

 

Little Blue and Little Yellow by Leo Lionni

 

Frederick by Leo Lionni

 

Have You Filled a Bucket Today? by Carol McCloud

 

Spaghetti in a Hot Dog Bun by Maria Dismondy

 

A Rainbow of Friends by P.K. Hallinan

 

The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch

 

The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

 

Help! A Story of Friendship by Holly Keller

 

It’s Mine by Leo Lionni

 

Working Through Conflict

 

The Berenstain Bears and the Trouble with Friends by Jan and Stan Berenstain

 

The Berenstain Bears: The Forgiving Tree by Jan and Mike Berenstain

 

The Juice Box Bully by Bob Sornson

 

The Recess Queen by Alexis O’Neill

 

Being True to Yourself

 

A Bad Case of Stripes by David Shannon

 

Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes

 

Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon by Patty Lovell

 

It’s Okay to Be Different by Todd Parr

 

The Skin You Live In by Michael Tyler

 

I Like Myself! By Karen Beaumont

 

American Girl: Stand Up For Yourself and Your Friends by Patti Kelley Criswell

 

Parent Resources

 

The Unwritten Rules of Friendship: Simple Strategies to Help Your Child Make Friends by Natalie Madorsky Elman and Eileen Kennedy Moore

 

How To Make and Keep Friends: Tips for Kids to Overcome 50 Social Challenges by Nadine Briggs

 

Raise Your Child’s Social IQ by Cathi Cohen, LCSW

 

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Join the Conversation

 

What are your family’s favorite friendship books?

 

About Malia Hollowell

Malia is a National Board Certified elementary teacher turned stay at home mama to three young kids {4, 2.5 and 5 months}. She earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s in Education {go Stanford!} and spent seven years teaching in a classroom. Since starting Playdough to Plato in 2012, her ideas have been featured in Parenting Magazine, Pinterest's Top Educational Pins and Kiwi Crate.

4 Comments

  1. Great list ! We love Enemy Pie & Little Blue and Little Yellow. Some of the books on this list, I have never heard of. I’ll have to check them out on our next library visit. Thanks for the ideas.

  2. Thanks for the post Sharon! I’m happy to hear that you found a few new books to add to your library bag.

  3. Time for a trip to the library! Thanks for the great list!

  4. Hi Jill! Glad that you enjoyed the list. :)

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