There’s something truly heart-warming about reading and talking about friendship with my children. They are at the start of their young lives, ready to make and build friendships, so seeing them come to life in their stories is both important and enjoyable. We have a lot of picture books in our house, a lot, but I noticed recently that some of my favourites are those that centre around friendships. The children very much enjoy them, too, of course, so I thought it would be fun and useful to put together our top ten picture books about friendship….
Picture Books About Friendship
A book of a firm friendship, letter writing (with lift the flap letters) and beautiful illustrations. I love this one, as do both of the kids.
Despite her friends unintentionally interrupting her nap, in the end they come together to look after Rabbit. We have all of the Tales of Acorn Wood books, all with a circle of friends within them and fun stories with lift the flaps.
I find this book to be so sweet. Marmaduke is endearing, and manages to find a friend for life, with a bond of friendship that others envy.
This is currently one of my son’s favourite reads. I can recite it all off by heart, and I’m happy doing so as it is such a fun story about friendship, and as it says ‘three friends sharing a shell, happy as house-mates can be’. (Oh, and if you like this one, do check out my Sharing a Shell Small World Play)
We have all of the Pip and Posy books here, as Little Man adores them. All are sweet tales of friendship, but I think this one is fabulous showing how caring and selfless Pip is when Posy is in need.
Reuben and Felix’ story, a tale of rivalry and friendship’s ability to overcome it.
These pair join forces and set off to see the world together, and in the end, it is the tiny snail who rescues his friend.
I adore Oliver Jeffers’ books. All so beautifully illustrated, with original tales gently told. This story is of a burgeoning friendship that the boy himself doesn’t initially recognise.
Superworm is popular here. The rhymes are fun and catchy and it’s lovely to see all of the creatures club together when their saviour Superworm is in need of help.
We have a few of these Penguin books, and this one is utterly adorable, as penguins find one another and their affections grow.
Bedtime stories and snuggly picture book reads are always precious, but when they tell tales about friendships and being kind to others, they are even more special. The kids and I love these stories and chatting about the characters in them, so I do hope that they stay with them.
Have you read and enjoyed any of these? Which books would you add to the list?
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