A Homemade Friendship Book

Week Two of MemeTales and PBS Kids’ Summer Readathon is all about friendship. After a busy morning of outdoor play, I was excited to spend a few minutes listening to an online story with my 2.5 year old. We cozied into our computer chair together and enjoyed “StickyFiggy Makes a Friend” by Jane Marshall.






The simple story about a child named StickyFiggy who befriends a newborn chick was a perfect way to start a conversation about friendship. After finishing the book, C and I spent several minutes brainstorming a list of his friends both young and old. He beamed each time that a new name popped into his head.



Then I pulled out a treasured photo album that a friend gave him for Christmas.



The title really says it all. These two boys are amazing buddies and the album is filled with pictures of play dates they have spent together – picking pumpkins at the pumpkin patch, taking walks along the beach…



We looked through the pictures and talked about what they were doing in each one.  Then I brought out a sheet of blank labels and wrote down simple sentences describing each page.





We attached the labels to the matching picture and then C and I “read” the pages together.







Our homemade friendship book has been a big hit! The photos help C connect to the “story” and “read” the words.  It’s a simple, motivating way to help a very early reader gain confidence.



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Disclaimer: In exchange for posting Readathon activities related to the weekly themes, my family receives complimentary copies of books.


About Malia Hollowell

Malia is a National Board Certified elementary teacher turned stay at home mama to three young kids {4.5, 3 and 1}. 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.


  1. What a great idea – we did a friends book as well – but as a memory albumn of his childhood friends

  2. Wonderful idea!

  3. This is such a sweet idea. I featured it on my Kid’s Co-op Post. Thanks for linking up!

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