Books on friendship for young readers

Friendship is one of the most common themes in children’s literature. Through engaging stories and colorful illustrations, young readers can learn how to make new friends, empathize with others, and be kind. The following are just a few of the wonderful books on friendship that your young reader may enjoy! •        -           Should I Share My Ice Cream? – Mo Willems •                  Gerald is excited to eat his ice cream on a hot sunny day, but is unsure if he should share it with his friend or not. Children will delight in following both the story and the illustrations, making this ideal for reading aloud. Grades PreK-1.             •        -           Ladybug Girl and the Best Ever Playdate – Jacky Davis •                  Lulu is looking forward to her playdate with her friend Finny – and playing with Finny’s “most amazing toy in the world”. When the girls break it, however, they have to repair both the toy and hurt feelings. This addition to the Ladybug Girl series of books proves true friendship is better than any toy. Grades PreK-1.               •        -           Do Unto Otters: A Book About Manners – Laurie Keller •                  Mr. Rabbit’s new neighbors are otters – and he isn’t sure how to act around them. Luckily wise Mr. Owl gives him some sage advice: “Do unto otters as you would have otters do unto you”. Bright illustrations highlight concepts such as politeness, honesty, and cooperation. Grades K-2.                 •        -           Enemy Pie – Derek Munson •                  When Jeremy Ross moves in down the street, it seems as if summer is ruined. Luckily, Dad has a recipe for enemy pie – but it includes spending a whole day together. The clever story and humorous illustrations add to the theme about conflict and friendship. Grades K-3.         •        -           Days With Frog And Toad – Arnold Lobel •                  In the five simple chapters of this Frog and Toad anthology, the two friends work together to fly a kite, celebrate a birthday, navigate what happens when one friend wants to spend time alone, and more. Emerging readers will enjoy the easy-to-follow story, illustrations, and the feeling of accomplishment from finishing a chapter book. Grades 1-3.             •        -           Nikki and Deja – Karen English •                  Nikki and Deja are best friends who do everything together. When a new girl comes to their class, they make plans to exclude her – with unexpected results. A warm and easy-to -read chapter book, Nikki and Deja covers the ups and downs of elementary school friendships and cliques with humor and finesse. Grades 1-3.

Friendship is one of the most common themes in children’s literature. Through engaging stories and colorful illustrations, young readers can learn how to make new friends, empathize with others, and be kind. The following are just a few of the wonderful books on friendship that your young reader may enjoy!

•        -           Should I Share My Ice Cream? – Mo Willems

•                  Gerald is excited to eat his ice cream on a hot sunny day, but is unsure if he should share it with his friend or not. Children will delight in following both the story and the illustrations, making this ideal for reading aloud. Grades PreK-1.            

•        -           Ladybug Girl and the Best Ever Playdate – Jacky Davis

•                  Lulu is looking forward to her playdate with her friend Finny – and playing with Finny’s “most amazing toy in the world”. When the girls break it, however, they have to repair both the toy and hurt feelings. This addition to the Ladybug Girl series of books proves true friendship is better than any toy. Grades PreK-1.              

•        -           Do Unto Otters: A Book About Manners – Laurie Keller

•                  Mr. Rabbit’s new neighbors are otters – and he isn’t sure how to act around them. Luckily wise Mr. Owl gives him some sage advice: “Do unto otters as you would have otters do unto you”. Bright illustrations highlight concepts such as politeness, honesty, and cooperation. Grades K-2.                

•        -           Enemy PieDerek Munson

•                  When Jeremy Ross moves in down the street, it seems as if summer is ruined. Luckily, Dad has a recipe for enemy pie – but it includes spending a whole day together. The clever story and humorous illustrations add to the theme about conflict and friendship. Grades K-3.        

•        -           Days With Frog And Toad – Arnold Lobel

•                  In the five simple chapters of this Frog and Toad anthology, the two friends work together to fly a kite, celebrate a birthday, navigate what happens when one friend wants to spend time alone, and more. Emerging readers will enjoy the easy-to-follow story, illustrations, and the feeling of accomplishment from finishing a chapter book. Grades 1-3.            

•        -           Nikki and Deja – Karen English

•                  Nikki and Deja are best friends who do everything together. When a new girl comes to their class, they make plans to exclude her – with unexpected results. A warm and easy-to -read chapter book, Nikki and Deja covers the ups and downs of elementary school friendships and cliques with humor and finesse. Grades 1-3.