Friendship-themed book list

We’ve compiled a great list of titles to help your child learn about the importance of friendship.

Baby to 3

Monty the Manatee Monty the Manatee
By Natalie Pritchard and Natalie Merheb

Monty the Manatee is a charming, uplifting tale which explores themes of bullying and friendship and emphasises the importance of being kind. This beautifully illustrated picture book is perfect as a bedtime read. It is the first book in the Sea School Stories series.

Habu and the Lost Zebra Habu and the Lost Zebra
By Beth Solomon and Ira Baykovska

What would you do if you saw a zebra in your backyard? Would you run away? Would you shout at it? Or would you try to make friends with it? This book is suitable for toddlers and pre-schoolers. You can read it aloud to your little one, talk about the pictures, and discuss the story.

Colin and Lee, Carrot and Pea Colin and Lee, Carrot and Pea
By Morag Hood

This is an irresistible story about empathy, diversity, and the joy of making friends with people (or vegetables!) who are different from you. Colin and Lee's clear shapes, bright colours and the playful approach to everyday objects that make this book an instant favourite.

We Found a Hat We Found a Hat
By Jon Klassen

Two turtles have found a hat. The hat looks good on both of them. But there are two turtles. And there is only one hat… This is the final instalment to the celebrated hat trilogy and covers the importance of sharing.

Age 3 to 5

Maybe the Moon Maybe the Moon
By Frances Ives

Eric's journey shows him that whatever the differences between people and places, we are all united and never alone when we share the same moon. Frances Ives' beautiful illustrations bring to life this charming story that features a rhyming refrain to enchant both children and parents alike.

Superworm Superworm
By Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler

Never fear, Superworm's here! He can fish Beetle out of a well, and rescue Toad from a busy road. But who will come to Superworm's rescue, when he's captured by a wicked Wizard Lizard? The quirky illustrations are full of charming details and the unlikely hero of the tale has immense appeal for children aged 3 and over.

Will You Be My Friend? Will You Be My Friend?
By Molly Potter and Sarah Jennings

What makes us a good friend? And what might make us a not-so-good friend? What can friends do together? And how do we make friends? With fun and lively illustrations, this funny book prompts children to discuss the idea of friendship with parents and peers.

Time to Make Friends Time to Make Friends
By Penny Tassoni and Mel Four

From shy to confident, quiet to enthusiastic, all children have different personalities and sometimes they just need a little help when it comes to making friends. This book uses simple words, accompanied by delightful full-colour illustrations, to support children as they make friends.

Age 5 to 7

Jack and the Jungle Jack and the Jungle
By Malachy Doyle and Paddy Donnelly

When Jack kicks his ball over the garden wall he meets Abbie, his mysterious neighbour, who gives him a glimpse of a whole jungle next door. Abbie must Jack venture into the wild to recover his ball. Packed with gorgeous colour illustrations and includes inside cover notes to help adults reading with children.

The Bear and the Piano The Bear and the Piano
By David Litchfield

A young bear teaches himself how to play the piano. Eventually the beautiful sounds are heard by a father and son who are picnicking in the woods. He travels to New York and becomes a big star, but he misses the friends and family he has left behind.

How to Be a Friend: A Guide to Making Friends and Keeping Them How to Be a Friend: A Guide to Making Friends and Keeping Them
By Laurie Krasny Brown

Fun dinosaur characters teach young children all about friendship, the value of friends, how to make friends, and how to be a good friend. This book uses precise language and humorous illustrations to offer specific ways to be a friend and specific ways not to be one.

Angel on the Roof Angel on the Roof
By Shirley Hughes

Lewis Brown is looking out of a window and wishing that someone might notice him. Then he spots a single golden feather floating down from the heavens and discovers an angel on the roof. And so begins a great friendship...

Age 7 to 11

The Pear Affair The Pear Affair
By Judith Eagle and Kim Geyer

Nell is usually content to avoid her money-obsessed father and her fashion-focussed mother, but Paris holds something very dear to her... her old au pair Perrine-Pear lives there. Pear used to write to Nell every week promising to come to her rescue but recently the letters have stopped...

My Unicorn and Me My Unicorn and Me
By Ellen Bailey and Becca Wright

My Unicorn and Me is the ultimate journal for unicorn lovers and is packed with over 50 activities to answer, fill in and dream about with you magical friend.

Mr Stink Mr Stink
By David Walliams and Quentin Blake

It all starts when Chloe makes friends with Mr Stink, the local tramp. Yes, he smells a bit. But when it looks like he might be driven out of town, Chloe decides to hide him in the garden shed. Now Chloe's got to make sure no one finds out her secret.

Five Ways to Make a Friend Five Ways to Make a Friend
By Gillian Cross and Sarah Horne

It's Ella's first day at her new school and that can only mean one thing: making new friends. But the challenge is even tougher than Ella thought, until she stumbles across the book 'Five Ways to Make a Friend' in the library…

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