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15 Must-Have Books About Love and Friendship

These fantastic stories gives kids the tools to learn how to be a great friend.
on January 14, 2016

We like to believe that all children are born with the ability to make friends. It’s easy, right? You are nice to people and they are nice back — eventually, you become besties and end up in each other’s wedding photos. It’s not that simple though. Learning how to be a good friend not only takes time to master, but it also changes at different stages of life. What works at age three doesn’t always do the trick at 33, and it seems like middle school is its own world when it comes to friendship.

Reading books about friendship is a wonderful tool for parents and children, because it gives everyone time to talk about tough or perhaps lovely events happening in your own lives. More than that, books bring up situations before they happen, provide friendships to aspire to, and allow children and parents to give thought to how they may handle challenging situations.

Picture Books :

Pink Tiara Cookies For Three by Maria Dismondy

Amos and Boris by William Steig

Corduroy by Don Freeman

The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister

Moon Rabbit by Natalie Russell

The Boy Who Grew Flowers by Jennifer Wojtowitz

The Sandwich Swap by Queen Rania of Jordan Al Abdullah

Chapter Books :

Holes by Louis Sacher

Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White

The BFG by Roald Dahl

Anne Of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery

Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Bridge To Terabithia by Katherine Paterson


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