Friendship for children is something that is exciting and difficult at the same time. Most kids love playing with others but some can have trouble sharing. Some kids are naturally kind and others have trouble. Some kids can stand up for themselves and others with no issues while others find that awkward. Some kids are outgoing by nature and others tend to be shy. Friendship has many parts and it doesn’t always come easy to everyone. These friendship books are a fantastic way to help children see how to be a good friend, how to share, and how to communicate with other kids.

Kids Books About Friendship

These 25+ books about friendship are fabulous for one on one reading with your child at home or as part of a classroom library. They will be helpful to include in a unit about friends or independently. We have fallen in love with these books and hope that you find the same luck.

Table of Contents

Overcoming Differences



Stick and Stone

By Beth Ferry



We Laugh Alike/ Juntos nos Reímos

By Carmen T. Bernier-Grand


The Almost Terrible Playdate

by Richard Torrey



I Will Not Eat You

By Adam Lehrhaupt & Scott Magoon



Peanut Butter & Cupcake

By Terry Border



Be a Friend

by Salina Yoon




By Jenny Offill & Chris Appelhans



Carrot and Pea

By Morag Hood

Meeting New People



The Day You Begin

By Jacqueline Woodson



Jessica’s Box

By Peter Carnavas



Pete the Cat and the New Guy

by Kimberly and James Dean



The Invisible Boy

By Patrice Barton



Big Friends

By Linda Sarah & Benji Davies



Pug Meets Pig

by Sue Lowell Gallion



Little Blue Truck Makes a Friend

By Alice Schertle




By Deborah Freedman



On the Night of the Shooting Star

by Amy Hest



The Pirate Tree

By Brigita Orel and Jennie Poh



Old Friends

By Margaret Aitken

How to Be a Good Friend



How Do Dinosaurs Play with Their Friends

By Jane Yolen & Mark Teague



How Do Dinosaurs Stay Friends?

By Jane Yolen & Mark Teague



The Rabbit Listened

by Cori Doerrfeld



To the Sea

By Cole Atkinson



Circle Round

By Piper Johnson



Don’t Hug Doug

by Carrie Finison



A Friend for Henry

By Jenn Bailey



How to Apologize

By David LaRochelle



Making Friends is an Art

by Julia Cook



Duck & Goose

by Tad Hills



Be Kind

by Pat Zietlow Miller



In the Neighborhood

by Rocio Bonillo

Learning How to Include Others



Bear’s New Friend

by Karma Wilson



Do You Want to Be My Friend?

By Eric Carle



The Big Umbrella

By Amy June Bates



Strictly No Elephants

By Lisa Mantchev

Imaginary Friends




By Dan Santat



Orion and the Dark

By Emma Yarlett




by Ged Adamson



Imaginary Fred

By Eoin Colfer



Friends in the Fence

By Piper Johnson

Children’s Picture Book Series’ About Friendship

Elephant and Piggie Friendship Books by Mo Willems



Can I Play Too?

By Mo Willems



Should I Share My Ice Cream?

By Mo Willems



My Friend is Sad

by Mo Willems



I Will Surprise My Friend

By Mo Willems



My New Friend is So Fun!

By Mo Willems

Frog and Toad Friendship Books



Frog and Toad are Friends

by Arnold Lobel



Frog and Toad All Year

by Arnold Lobel



Days with Frog and Toad

by Arnold Lobel



Adventures of Frog and Toad

by Arnold Lobel

How to Deal with Bullying



I Walk with Vanessa

By Kerascoët



The Recess Queen

By Alexis O’Neil



The Berenstain Bears and the Trouble with Friends

by Stan & Jan Berenstain



Bad Apple A Tale of Friendship

By Edward Hemingway

These friendship books are excellent for helping children through the happy and the difficult times of being a friend as a kid. They can help prepare kids for something new or reiterate what they already know.

Do you have a favorite friendship book that didn’t make our list? Comment below, we’d love to hear!

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Kim Staten is a mother of four children ages 20, 19, 16, and 12. Kim has taught at the preschool, kindergarten and early elementary levels for 16 years. With extensive experience working with special needs children, including her own children with special needs (Rett Syndrome, autism, anxiety, and ADHD), she creates hands-on curricula and activities that are great for working with children of all abilities in the classroom and at home. Hands-on, accessible activities are her passion. 

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