I want my children to have good friends.
That means I should help each one learn to be a good friend!
Since our family loves books, I’ve discovered a number of fun picture books that help me do that. Each of these wonderful stories demonstrates a valuable characteristic of quality friendship. Reading them can spark some great discussion about being a good friend as well as choosing good friends.
We do own all of them (except for Ladybug Girl and Bumblebee Boy and Rock ‘N’ Roll Mole which we recently discovered at the library).
The pictures are Amazon links where you can read more about each story.
Picture Books to Encourage Quality Friendship
I was really disappointed to discover that many of them are out of print. Some are available as Kindle editions, but I’m a firm believer in owning the real, touchable thing! See below for suggestions on finding reasonably priced used books. Even a good book can be a friend.
by Tim Egan – Encouragement
A Bargain for Francis
by Russell Hoban – Working Through Conflict
by Marcus Pfister – Selflessness/Giving
Frog and Toad by Arnold Lobel – Shared Adventure
by Andrew Clements – Compassion
Rock ‘N’ Roll Mole
by Carolyn Crimi – Self-Sacrifice
Wilfred Gordon McDonald Partridge
by Mem Fox – Spanning Generations
Just a Little Different
by Gina and Mercer Mayer – Respecting Differences
Ladybug Girl and Bumblebee Boy
by Jacky Davis – Compromise
A Little Bit of Winter
by Paul Stewart – Joy/Longing/Sharing
Mooki The Berry Bandit
by Kari Smalley Gibson – Repentance/Forgiveness
May We Sleep Here Tonight?
by Tan Koide – Generosity
Millie Waits for the Mail
by Alexander Steffensmeier – Building Bridges with Kindness
A few fun friendship holidays:
February is International Friendship Month
Make A Friend Day (February 11)
World Friendship Day (first Sunday of August)
Purchasing used books is a great way to save money (and find out of print gems) while building a home library.
Places to find used books:
- Thrift stores
- Library sales
- Yard sales
- Homeschool curriculum sales or swaps
- Half Price Books and other used bookstores
Our family has been members of PaperBackSwap for years, and I highly recommend it. Share the books you don’t use anymore with others, and earn credit to request books you want for your library.
What’s your favorite picture book about friendship?
Shared at: Literacy Musing Monday, What to Read Wednesday, Tuesday Talk, Coffee and Conversation, Work in Progress, Women With Intention, Family Fun Friday, Art of Homemaking Monday, Fellowship Friday, Savoring Saturdays and Modest Monday.
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