Books About Friendship

Suggestions for Picture Books, Beginning Readers, and Nonfiction Books located in the Children’s Room of the Bedford Free Public Library


Picture Books

E Apperely – Blossom and Boo: A Story About Best Friends.
From spring through the fall, a young bear and rabbit share the joys of friendship, which remain with them through the winter.

E Beaumont – Being Friends.
Two very different girls find that the joy of being friends enables them to share their various likes and dislikes.

E Bley – A Friend.
Examines traits of friends and how their acts make the world a better place in which to live.

E Brown – Arthur’s Birthday.
Their friends must decide which party to attend when Francine schedules her birthday party for the same day as Arthur's birthday party.

E Carlson – How to Lose All Your Friends.
Offers advice on the kinds of things to do if you don't want to have any friends.

E Chodos-Irvine – Best Best Friends.
Mary and Clare do everything together at preschool, but Mary's birthday celebration puts a strain on the girls' friendship.

E Côté – Me and You.
This gentle celebration of friendship and individuality by an award-winning writer and illustrator is sure to reassure young readers that they are loved and special as themselves.

E Frazee – A Couple Of Boys Have the Best Week Ever.
Friends James and Eamon enjoy a wonderful week at the home of Eamon's grandparents during summer vacation.

E Havill – Jamaica and Brianna.
Jamaica hates wearing hand-me-down boots when her friend Brianna has pink fuzzy ones.

E Heide – That’s What Friends Are For.
All the elephant's friends give him advice, but none can solve his problem until the opossum announces friends are to help, not just to give advice.

[Sparkly] E Holabird – Angelina and Alice.
Angelina and her best friend Alice discover the importance of teamwork when their acrobatics are the hit of the gymnastics show at the village fair.

E Holmes – Me and You.
Little rabbit can do many things such as hop and skip, ride up a hill. But what is the very best thing about doing all these things? It's doing them with you!

E Howe – Horace and Morris but Mostly Dolores.
Three mice friends learn that the best clubs include everyone.

E Lakin – Beach Day!
Four crocodile friends have many adventures on the way to the beach.

E McElligot – Absolutely Not.
Gloria, an ant, takes her friend Frieda on a walk and tries to persuade her not to see danger in everything around her.

E McPhail – Budgie and Boo.
Budgie grows flowers and Boo grows vegetables, and they are the best of friends.

E Marshall – George and Martha.
Relates several episodes in the friendship of two hippopotamuses.

E Mathers – Lottie’s New Friend.
When a new bird moves in nearby, Herbie the duck worries that his friend Lottie the chicken doesn't care about him anymore.

E Pfister – The Rainbow Fish.
The most beautiful fish in the entire ocean discovers the real value of personal beauty and friendship.

E Polacco – Mrs. Katz and Tush.
A long-lasting friendship develops between Larnel, a young African-American, and Mrs. Katz, a lonely Jewish widow, when Larnel presents Mrs. Katz with a scrawny kitten without a tail.

E Robbins – Two of a Kind.
When Anna abandons her best friend, Julisa, to spend time with Kayla and Melanie, whose friendship is considered very special, she soon learns that she has little in common with her new friends.

E Rogers – Making Friends.
Explains what it means to be friends and some of the easy and difficult aspects of friendship.

E Russell – Moon Rabbit.
A city rabbit befriends a country rabbit, but soon she misses her home with its cafes and bright lights.

E Schwartz – Tiny & Hercules.
Five short stories about the lives of two unusual friends: Tiny, an elephant with a fear of ice skating and a newfound love of knitting, and Hercules, a mouse with a heart of gold and a desire to learn to paint.

E Scieszka – Cowboy & Octopus.
Cowboy and Octopus maintain their friendship despite different opinions about things like beans and knock-knock jokes.

E Seeger – Dog and Bear: Two Friends, Three Stories.
Three easy-to-read stories reveal the close friendship between Dog and Bear.

E Siminovich – Alex and Lulu: Two of a Kind.
Meet best friends Alex and Lulu. Even though they are different, they always have fun together. Until Alex begins to worry that they might be too different, that they might actually be opposites! Discover what opposites really are in this quirky story that celebrates differences.

E Sones – Violet and Winston.
Presents three easy-to-read tales of best friends Violet the swan and Winston the duck.

E Wishinsky – Jennifer Jones Won’t Leave Me Alone.
A young boy is annoyed by the adoration of a girl in his class, but when she goes away, he misses her.

E Yolen – Dimity Duck.
Dimity Duck and Frumity Frog have a fun day together in the pond, then go home when it gets dark outside.

Beginning Readers

R Johnston – Alien and Possum: Friends No Matter What.
Possum and Alien become friends and find that they have both similarities and differences.

R Lobel – Frog and Toad Are Friends.
Five tales recounting the adventures of two best friends - Frog and Toad.

R Minarik – Little Bear’s Friend.
One summer Little Bear makes friends with Emily and her doll Lucy.

R O’Connor – Fancy Nancy and the Boy from Paris.
Nancy is delighted that the new boy in her class is from Paris and sets out to become his friend, then discovers that this Parisian is not quite as fancy as she had thought.

R Rylant – Henry and Mudge.
Henry, feeling lonely on a street without any other children, finds companionship and love in a big dog named Mudge.

R Van Leeuwen – Oliver and Albert, Friends Forever.
Oliver makes friends with Albert, the new boy in class, and they have fun together, playing kickball and collecting bugs.


J Nonfiction

J 158.25/Bro –How to be a Friend:  A Guide to Making Friends and Keeping Them.
Dinosaur characters illustrate the value of friends, how to make friends, and how to be and not to be a good friend.

J 177.62/Sco –Friends!
Text and photographs introduce some friends and the activities they share and provide discussion of how friends can help each other, share secrets, and solve their disagreements.