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Picture Books about Friendship

Here is an ever-growing list of children's picture books with the theme of friendship. Browse it to discover children's picture books that help kids understand what a friend is, and all the different forms a friendship can take.


Children’s Book Review, Molly and Mae

"Molly and Mae are friends who are going on a long train journey. We are caught up in the joy of being a child about to start an exciting journey - running around, playing hide-and-seek, exploring all the vending machines, and other giggly, giddy fun. Once the journey starts, we see Molly and Mae’s antics begin to pall on other passengers, until finally, like over-wrought kids everywhere, they get annoyed with each other and slump into boredom. The sullen sky and rain make the outside world echo their inner world. At last, they find a way back to each other and their friendship becomes strong again. " Read more at The Book Chook.

Twig: in Books, Apps and Gift Ideas for Kids and Other People, 2016

"One, two, three. One, two, three. Why won’t someone play with me?
Heidi is a stick insect, long and thin like the twig of a tree. It’s her first day at Bug School, where she hopes to learn lots and make new friends. But no-one will talk to her... and no-one will play with her at lunch." Read more at The Book Chook.

Children’s Book Review, On Sudden Hill

"Birt and Etho are best friends, they play on Sudden Hill, making marvellous contraptions out of cardboard boxes. But then a new boy, Shu, wants to join in too. Birt isn't sure that he wants Shu to join them. Eaten up with jealousy, he goes home and refuses to come out to play. Until Etho and Shu come to his house with the most marvellous cardboard contraption so far..." Read more at The Book Chook.

Banjo and Ruby Red in Chookeriffic Children's Book Giveaway

"Banjo is a chook dog. Ruby is a chook. Theirs is an interesting relationship. But when Ruby needs him, Banjo is there, forging a special bond." Read more at the Book Chook.

Children’s Book Review, I Need a Hug

"There really are some days when you NEED a hug. That’s how a little porcupine feels but despite asking a range of animals, and calling them by their names, she is shunned, with all of them running away. When they run back towards her, her heart lifts because she thinks they may have changed their minds." Read more at The Book Chook.

My Two Blankets reviewed in Excellent Resources for Anzac Day 2015

"This children's picture book does not have a specific Anzac theme. Instead, it tells the story of a little girl who has been displaced by war, and her struggles to adapt to life in a new country. We begin to understand how difficult it is not to understand the language of a new country, and how friendly smiles and interest can make all the difference to a new citizen." Read more at The Book Chook.

Children’s Book Review, Sad, the Dog

"Sad’s life changes until he learns he can trust again. He gets a friend, a new name, and knows in his heart that he is now: Lucky. "
Read more at The Book Chook.

Book Review, Tatiara

"A girl and a seal become friends
in a sheltered bay and, in time,
healing comes to each of them."
Read more at The Book Chook.

Children's Book Review, Lost and Found

"The children’s picture book, Lost and Found, is a tender story of a boy and a penguin. The soft hues of the water-coloured illustrations enhance the story’s warm and gentle text. As the adventure unfolds you start to feel for the boy and the penguin who struggle to convey their feelings about each other. The boy assumes the penguin is lost and attempts to find every imaginable way to return the penguin to his home. The penguin on the other hand is simply searching for a friend. " Read more at The Book Chook.

Snail and Turtle are Friends in Reviews: Recent Children’s Picture Books about Animals

"(King) shows their enjoyment of their friendship with quietly humorous scenes. It’s a lovely story to share with kids, and will work well as a book for emergent readers too. " Read more at The Book Chook.

Children’s Book Review and Activities, The Storm Whale

" Noi and his father live in a house by the sea, his father works hard as a fisherman and Noi often has only their six cats for company. So when, one day, he finds a baby whale washed up on the beach after a storm, Noi is excited and takes it home to care for it. He tries to keep his new friend a secret, but but there's only so long you can keep a whale in the bath without your dad finding out." Read more at The Book Chook.

Children’s Book Review, Be a Friend

"Feeling “different” can, for some children, be cause for rejoicing; for others, it means they feel alone and lonely, convinced there’s isn’t anyone who sees them truly and wants them as a friend. Dennis doesn’t communicate conventionally. Instead he mimes. He also wears the black and white outfit of a classic French mime. When the kids show and tell, Dennis mimes, and the other children call him Mime Boy. While kids climb and play in a tree, Dennis becomes a tree. " Read more at The Book Chook.

The Storm Whale in Winter in Books, Apps and Gift Ideas for Kids 2016

The same heroes as The Storm Whale, still friends, still helping each other. Read more at The Book Chook.

Amy and Louis

"Amy and Louis are best friends who call Cooee across the play area to each other. When Amy’s family moves across the world, Louis wonders whether she will still hear his call. A picture book for the very young."

Review: Same, But Little Bit Diff'rent

"When Normie travels from the Top End to visit a friend living in a city down south, the two children discover that their lives are the same, but a little bit different. " Read this review at Kids Book Review.




'Fox is an archetypal drama about friendship, loyalty, risk and betrayal - a story that is as rich for adults as for older children.' Los Angeles Times


Clancy and Millie and the Very Fine House

Clancy and Millie and the Very Fine House

"It’s great for young kids who are uprooted from a familiar place to be able to read a story about Clancy, who has been there too. " Read more at The Book Chook.


The Bike Ride

The Bike Ride

This is a great little story in board book format about two friends: Maudie and Bear. Ormerod’s simple text leaves space for Blackwood’s sub-text in the beautiful illustrations. Read more at The Book Chook.


I'm in Charge

I'm in Charge

"Sometimes, kids need to observe what doesn’t work in friendship, to sort out exactly how friendship DOES work. In I’m in Charge, little Rhino is determined to show everyone that he’s the boss, and that what he says goes. He is rude, aggressive and won’t share. Until one day…"
Read more at The Book Chook.


It's My Pond

It's My Pond

"Many children will understand the concept of dividing a place up so each duck can guard his equal part, and I think they will make the connection when a black duck suggests they forget about focussing on ownership and concentrate on swimming and having fun." Read more at The Book Chook.


The Little Red Hen

The Little Red Hen

"Little Red Hen asks all her friends to help her, and they all decline. When it’s time to eat the bread she’s made, they suddenly all want in but Little Red Hen declines." Read more at The Book Chook.

Children’s Book Reviews: Pickle and Bree’s Guide to Good Deeds

"Reynolds uses language and incidents kids will readily understand, and weaves stories that will engage both children’s hearts and their minds. Butterley gifts young readers with cute characters and colourful, active scenes that help bring Pickle and Bree to life for kids." Read more at The Book Chook.