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

 

 

Sparky

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

 

 

Shy

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

 

 

Beekle

By Dan Santat

 

 

Orion and the Dark

By Emma Yarlett

 

 

Scribbly

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 Owner and Curriculum Designer
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.Β 

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