These friendship books are sure to be a hit with kids, teachers, and parents too!
Being a good friend is a complex skill with many important parts! From sharing to taking turns and being a good listener, it’s not always easy for little people to practice those skills. Learning to be kind, thoughtful, honest, and accepting is so crucial, especially in our modern world. That’s why friendship is one of our favorite preschool themes!
With today’s technology, social skills can sometimes fall by the wayside. All kids benefit from explicit social-emotional learning and books full of examples of what friendships look like, sound like, and act like. Take a look at these amazing friendship books and get your hands on some today!
These books will be a wonderful addition to your regular circle time. Or, they can be the starting point for an entire preschool theme on friendship! Check out this great friends lesson plan from our friends at Preschool Teacher 101.
Friendship Books for Preschool
Duncan’s crayons are feeling overworked and under-appreciated. In this memorable book, Duncan’s crayons have all quit and Duncan opens up his crayon box to a bunch of letters. Each crayon has an opinion and they are not happy! Black crayon wants a bigger job than just outlining pictures. Pink is determined to be a boy AND a girl color. And as Duncan’s favorite and overused color, red just needs a rest! Don’t worry, Duncan thinks of a clever way to get all the crayons back to being friends again. A truly imaginative story that will have kids grabbing their crayon boxes and making sure to give each special color their time to shine.
When her classmate spills grape juice all over her shirt, this young girl begins to question, what does it mean to be kind? Since her mom is always telling her to be kind, she starts to think about what that looks like in real life. Maybe it’s making cookies for someone or using their name when you talk to them. Or sticking up for kids that aren’t being kind even though that can feel scary. This friendship book presents so many situations that young children face and through the gentle thoughts of this young classmate, we learn what kindness truly looks like.
This clever title showcases the importance of getting to know others before we decide whether or not to like them. In this story, a young boy is feeling disgruntled by a certain new neighborhood boy and shares with his father that he has an enemy. His wise old dad shares his recipe for Enemy Pie (which is really quite yummy) in an effort to sneakily trick him into learning more about this new neighbor and perhaps, they don’t have to be enemies after all. This friendship book is so cleverly written and so engaging that it’s a great fit for just about any age!
These adorable true tales of animal friendships tug at your heartstrings and show us how important good friends are and how to take care of one another. Kids love the unusual relationships and the tender affection that these pairs share. A great read any time and a sure way to get kids thinking about being a good friend in their own life.
Books on Friendship
We often want our children to be independent problem solvers but it can be very difficult for young children to express themselves in a precise and kind way. This friendship book spotlights how to solve problems, in a positive manner, independently.
We hope you and your kids loved these books about friendship! We’ve also got a whole library of book lists to cover lots of different themes and seasons. Find your favorites below!
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