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Top Children’s Books For Learning How To Be A Good Friend

If your child knows how to be a good friend, they’re also going to know who their real friends are.

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Friendships are extremely important in a child’s development. They learn social rules, comraderie and alternative sources of support.

So it’s key for them to understand how others are affected by their actions, how friends are made, what makes a healthy friendship and the power of having friends by your side.

It’s vital for an outward outlook on life, and these books will help draw your child closer to other people and organically make friends with them.

#1 Strictly No Elephants by Lisa Mantchev

Strictly No Elephants by Lisa Mantchev
We’re all different, and this book captures the wholesome friendship and joy of having a pet. Although this book is intended for young children, all ages can benefit from its lovely lesson.

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#2 Wee Little Lamb by Lauren Thompson

Wee Little Lamb by Lauren Thompson
For toddlers/preschoolers: An adorable book that illustrates shyness and the comfort of a mother nearby when becoming comfortable with new friends.

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#3 Katie Loves the Kittens by John Himmelman

Katie Loves the Kittens by John Himmelman
The absolute best book! Katie the dog can’t control her excitement when her owner brings home kittens, and the kittens are scared! Katie learns through adorable hijinks what her new friends need. A great book for learning to be aware of your own actions and your friends’ feelings

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#4 Leonardo the Terrible Monster by Mo Willems

Leonardo the Terrible Monster by Mo Willems
Hilarious book in which a Terrible Monster who just can’t scare anybody makes a wonderful friend. A funny fun-to-readaloud book that explores friendship with Mo Willems’s wit

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#5 Hip & Hop Don’t Stop by Jef Czekaj

Hip & Hop Don’t Stop by Jef Czekaj
A turtle and a rabbit from different parts of the wood (whose inhabitants NEVER talk to each other) come together to compete in a hip hop contest. A fun read aloud that parents read s l o w l y for the turtles verses and quickly for the rabbit’s. A fun story of reaching out and befriending someone from a different background.

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#6 The One and Only Ivan By Katherine Applegate

The One and Only Ivan By Katherine Applegate
This beautiful story is written from the perspective of a gorilla, Ivan, living in captivity whose life and perspective are pretty much what you’d expect from an animal living in a cage until he develops an unlikely friendship with a baby elephant. Although this is a children’s book, people of all ages will laugh, cry, and learn through reading it. The illustrations capture the feelings of the words and help keep even the youngest readers (or those being read to) interested.

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#7 The Llamacorn Is Kind by Kate Coombs

The Llamacorn Is Kind by Kate Coombs
A fanciful cross between a llama and a unicorn, Llamacorns are cuddly, magical friends who are spreading kindness. Coombs’ poetry paired with adorable illustrations, endearing characters, and a gentle message of kindness will make The Llamacorn Is Kind an instant favorite.

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#8 A Little Princess by Jennifer Adams

A Little Princess by Jennifer Adams
Adams and Oliver team up again to teach literary-minded tots the importance of friendship in A Little Princess: A BabyLit® Friendship Primer. Each page introduces Sarah’s friends with text from the original novel, A Little Princess, showing little ones that friends can be found in surprising places.

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#9 Big Friends, Little Book by Paula Vásquez

Big Friends, Little Book by Paula Vásquez
Paula Vásquez’s charming illustrations of best friends, Bird and Alligator, help teach opposite concepts of up and down, little and big, open and closed, out and in, short and tall, clean and dirty, dry and wet, noisy and quiet, near and far, awake and asleep to toddlers in a fun, approachable way.

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Contributors to this article
Adina Mahalli from Maple Holistics

Sara Warner from PARMA Recordings

Melanie Musson from AutoInsurance

Marci Monson from Gibbs Smith Publishing

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