We all need friends. All of us, no matter who we are. Kids probably need friends the most. Having friends, learning about friends, and teaching friendship are all good to learn at a young age. We do that at school, sports and at the playground. And best of all, we make some amazing friends in books. (And if you’re like me, those friends can last a lifetime. Sitting on your bookshelf, there whenever you need them!)
So here are some of the top books about friendship for kids of all ages. (In no particular order)
“Deep in the water,
Mr. Fish swims about
With his fish face stuck
In a permanent pout.
Can his pals cheer him up?
Will his pout ever end?
Is there something he can learn
From an unexpected friend?” (Quoted from Amazon.com)
This poor guy has a sad face all the time! He can’t help it. But with the help of some really great friends, maybe he can turn his frown upside down? A New York Times Bestseller geared towards younger ones, with animated, colorful pictures. This is a great story about how you can find friends in random places.
2. Auggie & Me
“Over 6 million people have read the #1 New York Times bestseller Wonder and have fallen in love with Auggie Pullman, an ordinary boy with an extraordinary face.
Auggie & Me gives readers a special look at Auggie’s world through three new points of view. These stories are an extra peek at Auggie before he started at Beecher Prep and during his first year there. Readers get to see him through the eyes of Julian, the bully; Christopher, Auggie’s oldest friend; and Charlotte, Auggie’s new friend at school. Together, these three stories are a treasure for readers who don’t want to leave Auggie behind when they finish Wonder.” (Quoted from Amazon.com)
WOW. This book though. Seriously if you haven’t read it yet, no, I don’t care how old you are, READ IT! It’s a great book not only about friendship but to look through the eyes of each person in a situation, including the ‘bad guy’.. or girl so to speak. We all hope our kids are the good kids who do the right thing but sometimes they might be caught up in bullying and for what reason? This book lets them explore every side of the story and with that also lets you know what they relate to/who they relate to, and how much. Giving you an insight on your own children/students/relatives, etc. Seriously a must have in every home.
“For the first time, J.K. Rowling’s beloved Harry Potter books will be presented in lavishly illustrated full-color editions. Kate Greenaway-award-winning artist Jim Kay has created over 100 stunning illustrations, making this deluxe format a perfect gift as much for a child being introduced to the series, as for the dedicated fan.” (Quoted from Amazon.com)
We’ve all read the harry potter series, haven’t we? No? Just me? Watched the movies? WELL either way, or neither way, this first book is an amazing story about new friendships! Harry Potter is of course very much down on his luck until he finds out he’s attending a witch and wizardry school. I can do what?! And he meets some amazing friends along the way. Even if you’ve seen the movie, the book is an amazing story full of details which leaves you wanting more. This edition not only gives you the story but gives you the pictures as well! Grab the DVD version today and see how amazing the friendships stick together in any situation. (Even if they sometimes disagree.)
If you’re like me, you’d grab the whole series. Why start one book and not read the rest?! 🙂 For your convenience I’m going to link them for you, why? Because life is so much easier with a click and go: here’s the entire BOOK series, and here’s the entire DVD series. Enjoy!! 🙂
4. Be Kind
“When Tanisha spills grape juice all over her new dress, her classmate contemplates how to make her feel better and what it means to be kind. From asking the new girl to play to standing up for someone being bullied, this moving and thoughtful story explores what a child can do to be kind, and how each act, big or small, can make a difference―or at least help a friend.”
This book is for the younger kids. It isn’t about a specific friendship but it’s more about making friends. Being kind is a great skill for little ones to have and this book shows how their kind gestures can create friendships, make others feel good and make them feel good as well! This is a great book to grow up with.
(Here’s where I’m going to show my age but am I the only one that read ‘Be Kind’ and my mind continued with “Please Rewind?” No? How old are you? >.< *giggles*)
“When his best friend, Jack, leaves him behind at the doctor’s office, Dexter T. Rexter panics. First he tries to find Jack. Then he sings their special song. Then he sings their special song even louder. But when Jack still doesn’t appear, Dexter starts to wonder. What if he’s being replaced by another toy? It can’t be—after all, he can STOMP, RAWR, and CHOMP! Right? Right?!”
Sometimes some of our best friends are toys. Toys, stuffed animals, blankets, any or all of them. But what happens when your child’s friend finds a new friend? Or your child finds a new friend and the other friend is upset? It happens. Kids don’t always realize it, sometimes we don’t realize it as grown ups! This is an adorable picture book about Jack’s toy dino being left behind. He’s confused, scared, and worries about being replaced! But he knows how to talk well about himself (yay!! No self doubt even when you don’t feel your best.) This ones best for kids around age 7 and under but as a grown adult I found this book humerus. It’s the first in its series, check out book 2 as well!
I know this is a shortened version of friendship books and I tried to add books for all age kids. From picture books to chapter books. Friendships can be found anywhere. Grab a book from the list above, get some coffee (or hot cocoa) and read!
Have you read any of the books listed? What are other friendship books you’d recommend? Do you want us to research specific books? (age, type, personality, etc) Let us know in the comments!!
The worst thing about books is not having enough shelves! ~It Is A Moms Life
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