Many children are all too familiar with the childhood woe of having a disagreement with a best friend, and this protagonist is no different. This book tells the story of a little boy who has an argument with his best friend, Quentin. As the book starts, it's unclear why the two are no longer friends, but the nameless protagonist quickly introduces readers to other children who could soon take Quentin's place. By the tale's conclusion, the boys are best friends again. Color. Grades PreK-2. [8.5” x 8.5"...32 pages]
Chopsticks: (Not Exactly a Sequel to Spoon. More Like a Change in Place Setting.)
by Amy Krouse Rosenthal (2015, Disney Press, 16.99/hardack)
This charming picture book--a companion to "Spoon" (Not exactly a sequel to Spoon…more like a change in place setting)--tells the story of two chopsticks who have been best friends for as long as they can remember. When the two friends get separated there are some traumatic moments. And for the very first time, they have to figure out how to function apart. This witty and inventive tale celebrates both independence and the unbreakable bonds of friendship. Color. Grades PreK-3. [8.5” x 8.5"...32 pages]
The Sandwich Swap
by Rania Al Abdullah & Kelly De Pucchio (2010, Hyperion Books, 16.99/hardack)
Lily and Salma are best friends. They like doing all the same things, and they always eat lunch together. Lily eats peanut butter and Salma eats hummus-but what's that between friends? It turns out, a lot. Before they know it, a food fight breaks out. Can Lily and Salma put aside their differences? Or will a sandwich come between them? A warmhearted and gently humorous fable about two girls who become aware of their subtle cultural differences, only to have their friendship strengthened as a result. Color. Grades K-3. [9” x 11"...32 pages]
Making Friends Is an Art!
by Julia Cook (2012, Boys Town Press, 10.95)
Meet Brown the least used pencil in the box. He s tall, geeky and lonely. Brown envies Red, Purple, Blue and all the other pencils who have fun coloring and playing together. Dark Green is trustworthy, Pink listens well, Orange has fun, and everybody likes Red! Brown doesn't smile very often because he doesn t get used much and hardly ever needs sharpening. When Brown asks the other pencils why no one likes him, he discovers that to have friends, he needs to be a good friend. Color. Grades K-3. [9” x 9"...32 pages]
Toodles and Teeny
by Jill Neimark & Marcella Weiner (2012, Magination Press, 9.95)
When Toodles meets Teeny, they hit it off right away and are soon together all the time, to the exclusion of all Toodles' other friends. When the barnyard friends begin to feel left out, Toodles realizes that friendship can be best when it's shared. Color. Grades K-3. [8” x 10”...32
by Peter Reynolds (2011, Atheneum Books, 15.99/hardback)
Pure, powerful, and deceptively simple, this extraordinary picture book by a bestselling author and illustrator ("Ish") reminds readers that children--and the friendships they make--can bloom in unexpected ways. Color. Grades K-5. [8” x 7.5”...32
Unlikely Friendships: 50 Remarkable Stories from the Animal Kingdom
by Jennifer Holland (2011, Workman, 13.95)
Written by a National Geographic magazine writer, "Unlikely Friendships" documents one heartwarming tale after another of animals who, with nothing else in common, bond in the most unexpected ways. Color. Grades 1-8. [7” x 8”...160
Scaredy Squirrel Makes a Friend
by Melanie Watt (2008, Kids Can Press, 7.95)
The lovable little worrywart introduced in "Scaredy Squirrel" is back and he's as neurotic as ever. In his latest adventure, Scaredy sets out to make the perfect friend--preferably one with no teeth, and who is germ-free and predictable. Color. Grades K-3. [8” x 8”...42
A Smart Girl's Guide to Friendship Troubles: Dealing with Fights, Being Left Out, and the Whole Popularity Thing
by Patti Criswell, (2003, Pleasant Company, 9.95)
How do you speak up when you'r afraid of hurting your friend's feelings? From backstabbing to bullying to just being out, here’s
advice for girls about friendship problems. Includes great
tips, quizzes, and stories about girls who have solved their
friendship troubles. Color. Grades 3-8. [5.5" x 9.5"...87
You Are Friendly
by Todd Snow (2008, Maren Green Publishing, 8.99)
Children want to make friends and be friendly. Sharing, saying "please" and "thank you," inviting others to join in and play, and being kind are all ways to win friends. Written in simple words, with vivid illustrations of everyday life. This warm, affirming book helps them build important social skills. Color. Grades K-3. [8" x 8"...24 pages]
Circle of Three: Enough Friendship to Go Around
by Elizabeth Brokamp (2008, Magination Press, 9.95)
Friendships of three come with the own problems, like feeling left out, having to choose one friend over another, and feeling jealous when other people come into your circle. Lindsey, Bella, and Kate go through these and other problems—fighting, making amends, finding solutions, and becoming better friends. Color. Grades 2-6. [6” x 8”...44 pages]
Our Friendship Rules
by Peggy Moss & Dee Dee Tardif (2007, Tilbury House, 7.95)
Alexandra and Jenny have been best friends for a long time. But when Alexandra is momentarily dazzled by the glamour of a new girl at school, she's willing to do almost anything to get to be the cool girl's friend. Ultimately, she tells Jenny's biggest, most important secret and just like that, Alexandra is in! But when Alexandra realizes what it feels like to lose her best friend, and sees the hurt she's caused, she knows she has make things right. Color. Grades 3-6. [9” x
How to Lose All Your Friends
by Nancy Carlson (1994, Puffin, 5.99)
If you don't want any friends, just be sure to follow this
advice: never smile, never share, and if you don't get your
own way, be sure to whine! The author of I Like
Me! (5.99) presents her guide to boosting self-esteem
and uplifting spirits. Color. Grades K-3. [7” x 9”...32
Friends: Making Them & Keeping Them
by Patti Criswell (2006, Pleasant
This interactive book helps girls learn how to make new friends and to make the most of the friendships they already have. It's filled with quizzes, crafts, thoughtful advice, and true stories of friendship shared by girls. It also includes five mini posters. Grades 3-6. [7” x
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