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Celebrate Friendship with Picture Books

Celebrate Friendship with Picture Books

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.

Roasted Peanuts

by Tim EganEncouragement


A Bargain for Francis

by Russell HobanWorking Through Conflict


Rainbow Fish

by Marcus PfisterSelflessness/Giving


Frog and Toad by Arnold LobelShared Adventure

Big Al

by Andrew Clements – Compassion


Rock ‘N’ Roll Mole

by Carolyn CrimiSelf-Sacrifice


Wilfred Gordon McDonald Partridge

by Mem FoxSpanning Generations


Just a Little Different

by Gina and Mercer MayerRespecting Differences


Ladybug Girl and Bumblebee Boy

by Jacky DavisCompromise


A Little Bit of Winter

by Paul StewartJoy/Longing/Sharing


Mooki The Berry Bandit

by Kari Smalley GibsonRepentance/Forgiveness


May We Sleep Here Tonight?

by Tan KoideGenerosity


Millie Waits for the Mail

by Alexander SteffensmeierBuilding 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
  • Ebay
  • Amazon
  • Half.com
  • PaperBackSwap.com

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.


 Trade Books for Free - PaperBack Swap.


What’s your favorite picture book about friendship?


Shared at: Literacy Musing MondayWhat to Read WednesdayTuesday 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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  1. We love Frog and Toad as well as Ladybug Girl around here, but a lot of the other ones were new to me. As for my favorite picture book about friendship, that is TOO HARD. 🙂 We’ve been reading a lot of Little Blue Truck lately which has a nice friendship theme, and we also enjoy Hollie Hobbie’s Toot and Puddle books for their exploration of friendship. There are so many more though!

    I found your blog at Literacy Musing Mondays and really like what I’m seeing. I host a similar all-things-books linkup every Thursday at Mommynificent.com and would love to have you join us whenever you can!

    • I’m not familiar with Little Blue Truck, and while I played with Hollie Hobbie as a girl, I haven’t read any Toot and Puddle yet either! I’ll have to add those to our library list.

      Thanks for the link-up invitation, Tina . . . I’ll come take a look when I have a chance.

  2. I love all these suggestions of great books on friendship. Thanks for linking up with Literacy Musing Mondays.

  3. I love it when books encourage my kids toward positive actions! Thanks for this list! Lots of new ones here to me. Stoping by from the Literary Musing Mondays linkup.

  4. The libary is a great place to spend time with kids. This is a great list of books something about picture books awesome.

  5. adorable idea! Thanks for linking up for Tuesday Talk with us 🙂

  6. I’ve never heard of any of those books, Abi, but I’m sure my little bookworm daughter would be happy if I checked them out. 😉 Thanks so much for sharing at Savoring Saturdays! Hope to see you back this weekend!

  7. Great list! I will have to look for some of these titles at the library. We have the Frog and Toad books and love them for the toddler ages all they way up to grade one!

  8. These look like some great books! We LOVE Francis books! Thanks for linking up at Work in Progress Wednesday. I’ll be featuring you in tomorrow’s post! 🙂

  9. Brittany at EquippingGodlyWomen.com says:

    I LOVE Frog and Toad! The rest of these looks really great too!

    • Your boys would probably find Millie very funny. Lots of humorous detail in the pictures. There’s at least one more book about her too.

  10. Abi, Thank you for stopping by my post and leaving an encouraging comment today about Romans 8 🙂 I love this post on friendship and picture books…I took the Dr. Suess book, “Oh the Places You’ll Go” and made it a scrapbook with photos and memories of our son’s growing up years, and gave it to him as a gift when he graduated from high school. Many blessings to you 🙂

  11. These are great choices! My daughter LOVES books and I’m always looking for more 🙂

  12. This is so great…and so creative! I have a good friend moving to another state with her little ones, a few of these would make a great gift from my little ones to hers! 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  13. Great list, thanks for sharing! My 2.5 year old loves books but isn’t too keen on sharing lol. We have Rainbow Fish and I swear she cringes at the end when he shares his scales. We are a big fan of Ladybug Girl books too. Will be sure to check the rest out as well. Glad I found you today via Women With Intention.

    • Glad you came over, Kristy. Sharing is a work in progress on many levels at every age. I can picture a toddler cringing at the end of Rainbow Fish – that’s funny! Hope your library has a bunch of these for you to enjoy.

  14. I just love the frog and the toad, but all great books! Thanks for sharing!

    • The Frog and Toad books are definitely classics. My boys loved seeing a stage performance of them several years ago too.

  15. I so miss these days of these books. We loved books like this when my teens where young! Found you today via Work in Progress!

    • Thanks for visiting. My boys are into “bigger kid” books now too, but I love watching them curl up with these still when I leave them lying around after reading them to the younger ones.

  16. My daughter loves Ladybug Girl, but we haven’t read the book here. We will have to check it out! A lot of these books were new to me, so we will have to look into finding them at the library.

    Great list on building a library. We love library book sales. We have purchased a few gems for 25 cents!

    • I always create a large hold list at the library after reading other people’s book lists! Some of our quarter books have been our best finds ever too. Hope you find some new favorites.

  17. Great suggestions!!!! Enjoy this series

  18. These are such good suggestions….I’ve read a few, but definitely need to check out some more! Thanks for linking up with Tuesday Talk~


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