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12 Books About Friendship for
Kids Ages 3 – 5
by Devon A. Corneal
Devon Corneal is a writer, recovering lawyer, and bibliophile. She’s also a devoted wife and mother, except for the occasional page-turning affair with Jamie Fraser and Jason Bourne. Devon has always been captivated by quirky authors like Roald Dahl and Shel Silverstein and sees no reason to stop reading children’s books just because she’s a grown-up. Devon’s work has appeared in The New York Times, Cosmopolitan, The Huffington Post, and on her blog, Cattywampus.
Preschool is the perfect time to learn how to be a good friend. At this age, children typically have daily opportunities to practice sharing, compromising, listening to, and learning from each other. And even though that’s not currently the case, these books will help prepare your little reader for when they can meet their friends again in person.
We hope this collection of silly, touching, funny, and honest stories help your children learn the value of friendship and give them tools to build happy healthy relationships with the people they decide to let into their lives.
by Zoe Foster Blake, illustrated by Adam Nickel
Farts are smelly, loud, and kind of gross. But they also have feelings and don’t like being alone. Make your kids laugh out loud with this sweet story of the Fart who persevered to find friends who accept him just the way he is.
by Golden Books, illustrated by Mike Jackson
Calling all Paw Patrol fans! The pups are on a mission to save Friendship Day by delivering the mail when no one else can.
by Joanna Cotler, illustrated by Harry Bliss
Sometimes we can hurt our friends when we’re in a bad mood and we take it out on the people around us. But with just two little words, we can show our friends that we really do care about them and help everyone feel better. A great lesson on how to say, “I’m Sorry,” and mean it.
by Marie Kondo and Salina Yoon, illustrated by Salina Yoon
Marie Kondo has been teaching adults all over the world how to spark joy by removing clutter. Now she’s turning her attention to helping kids prioritize the people and relationships in their lives. Kids will love this sweet story about two friends who take action when they realize things are getting in the way of their friendship.
by Samantha Cotterill
Is there anything harder than sharing? Kids know that no matter how much you love your friends, sometimes you just want to do things your own way. Can I Play Too? addresses this challenge head on and gives kids useful tools to help them compromise and see another person’s point of view.
by Margery Cuyler, illustrated by David L. Walker
This Level One reader is perfect for children who have a best friend but might not know how to include others in that very special relationship. With simple repetitive rhymes, kids improve their reading and learn that there’s always room for more friends.
by Alex Willan
Jasper and Ollie couldn’t be more different – Jasper is quick and energetic while Ollie is slow and deliberate. When the two friends decide to build forts, they discover they have to work together to create the perfect playhouse.
by Tad Hills
Hugs are important, especially on important occasions like Valentine’s Day, which is why Goose is so lucky to have his best friend Duck around to give him a little love when he needs it.
by Amy Dyckman, illustrated by Dan Yaccarino
When Boy and Bot find each other in the woods, they quickly become the best of friends. But when Bot gets switched off, Boy has to figure out just what’s wrong with his new friend, and how to fix him. A funny story of misunderstanding and caring, you’ll want to read this story with your little ones again and again.
by Karl Newsom Edwards
Is there anything better than getting a new puppy? Not only are they sweet and cuddly, they are also the very best friends you could ask for.
by Anna Pignataro
Whale spends his days singing a beautiful song that calms the other creatures of the sea, but wonders if anyone will ever sing a song for him. Luckily, his friends in the ocean decide to find him a companion and Whale soon discovers that he won’t ever be lonely again.
by Pat Zietlow Miller, illustrated by Anne Wilsdorf
This is one of my all-time favorite friendship stories – because it shows that friends can come in all shapes and sizes. In fact, they can even be a butternut squash. The only thing that limits our friendships is our capacity to love someone (or something) just they way they are.
Another week has slipped by and I hope you enjoyed the books I featured this week. Have a wonderful weekend everyone! Smile and enjoy sharing books with your little ones. Under these abnormal conditions in our world reading books together can bring great comfort and stability to an otherwise very unfamiliar world. Happy reading. Join me again on Monday as I unwrap some more great picture books to enjoy.
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