Picture Books about Friendship September 4, 2018 – Posted in: Book News

Childhood friendships are such an important part of school life, but can often be something of a minefield to navigate and can prove a huge challenge for young children.

The books in this collection aim to help young children understand what it means to be a good friend and how to handle friendship problems.

1. Hector and Hummingbird

Hector and Hummingbird are the best of friends. Mostly. Everything Hector does, Hummingbird wants to do too – eating custard apples, scratching and sleeping in trees. Sometimes Hector just wants a bit of time on his own! A lovely story for children with sometimes irritating (but always lovable!) siblings or friends.

2. Frog and Toad are Friends

Follow good friends Frog and Toad through a series of warm, engaging and witty stories about everything from swimming to telling stories, writing letters to finding lost buttons. Delicately illustrated in subtle, muted shades of green and brown, this delightful book about friendship is a deserving classic.

3. Horrible Bear!

Though Bear didn’t mean to break the girl’s kite, she is upset and shouts ‘HORRIBLE BEAR!’ But Bear doesn’t think he is horrible. Until he decides to get his own back and has a really horrible idea … This sweet and simple story about friendship and saying sorry perfectly captures the frustration that children can feel when something doesn’t go right.

4. Those Pesky Rabbits

All Mr. Bear wants is to be left alone, but his rabbit neighbors just don’t get it! They keep asking annoying things – like if they can borrow honey, or does he want to swap books? When grumpy refusals don’t work, Mr. Bear decides to scare away those pesky rabbits. Can kindness make Mr. Bear see that it’s time for a change?

5. The Squirrels Who Squabbled

Greedy squirrels Cyril and Bruce both have their sights on a very special prize: THE VERY LAST NUT OF THE SEASON! As the nut bounces crazily through the forest, the squirrels race after it, between the trees, over boulders, down the river and – ARGH! – right to the edge of a waterfall! Working together might be the only way to save themselves now …

6. Cyril and Pat

Cyril is the only squirrel in Lake Park, and he’s very lonely. Until one day he meets Pat! Cyril and Pat have lots of adventures and fun together and Cyril is so pleased he’s made a friend. But everyone is adamant that Cyril and Pat simply cannot be friends, and they soon reveal why: Pat (as the reader has known all along) is actually a RAT!

7. Bubble Trouble

Rueben and Felix are best friends and nearly identical in many ways. They’re exactly the same height, are both left-handed, and they both love bubbles! But it all starts to go wrong when Rueben challenges Felix to a bubble-blowing competition! A charming story about friendship, fights, and making up again.

8. Grrrrr

Fred is the Best Bear in the Wood – and he’s got the medals to prove it! Being the best takes a lot of hard work, and all that training means that there’s not much time for friends, but Fred decides his trophies more than make up. He’s proved wrong when his Grrrrr goes missing and his friends come to the rescue, in a very surprising way!

9. Red Rockets and Rainbow Jelly

This is an imaginative and superbly illustrated book from two well-known names in children’s literature. We are introduced to a young Nick and Sue, who have very different tastes: Nick likes red apples, Sue prefers green pears; Nick likes orange hair, but Sue likes purple hair. We learn at the end of the book that, despite their differences, Sue likes Nick and Nick likes Sue!

10. On Sudden Hill

Birt and Etho are best friends, they play on Sudden Hill, making marvellous contraptions out of cardboard boxes. But then a new boy, Shu, wants to join in too. Birt isn’t sure that he wants Shu to join them and goes home and refuses to come out to play. Until Etho and Shu come to his house with the most marvellous cardboard contraption so far … A compelling story about accepting someone new.

11. Can I Join Your Club?

Duck wants to join a club. But he needs to be able to ROAR to join Lion Club, or TRUMPET to join Elephant Club. And all he can do is QUACK! What’s a Duck to do? Why, set up his own club of course … where everyone is welcome to join! A simple, heart-warming story that celebrates the importance of diversity and friendship.

12. A Secret Worth Sharing

One hot summer’s day, when Mole is out exploring, he discovers a newcomer to the forest – a newcomer called Mouse! The two quickly become friends, but Mole isn’t keen to introduce Mouse to the other forest animals. In fact, he doesn’t want to share her with anyone! When Rabbit, Squirrel and Hedgehog  finally discover the secret, they’re so pleased to meet Mouse that Mole realizes it’s much nicer for everyone to be friends.

13. Want to Play Trucks?

Jack and Alex meet almost every morning in the sandbox at the playground. Jack likes trucks – big ones, the kind that can wreck things. Alex likes dolls – pink ones, with sparkles. And tutus. But Jack doesn’t want to play dolls, and Alex doesn’t want to play trucks … Can they find a way to compromise and play together?

14. Anna and Otis

Anna and Otis the snake are great friends and they love having fun together.  Otis is worried when Anna decides on a trip into town – he’s noticed that other people find him alarming, but Anna’s determination and his own efforts eventually win him lots of friends.

15. Pip & Posy: The Super Scooter

When Posy snatches Pip’s scooter and tries to ride it, she falls off and hurts her knee. Though Pip is very cross, he comes running to help her. Posy says sorry, and Pip forgives her before they all build a sandcastle in the sandpit where it’s nice and soft. A lovely story with a familiar setting for toddlers and young children.

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