The Beauty and Power of Friendship

Good friends can be tough to find, but the rewards are worth every inch of the search. Here are 10 of our favorite books about the transforming power of friendship between kids and all creatures.

Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers Friendship book list

Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers

“When a penguin arrives on a boy’s doorstep, he tries unsuccessfully to determine whether anyone in the neighborhood is missing a penguin. Then they travel to the South Pole in search of the penguin’s original home. But as the boy comes to realize, there are different definitions of home. A charming and colorful book sure to win your and your kid’s hearts.”
Frog and Toad The Complete Collection by Arnold Lobel and Foreword by Julia Donaldson Friendship book list

Frog and Toad: The Complete Collection by Arnold Lobel

“The inter-generationally beloved Frog and Toad appear in twenty stories across four collections in this compilation—finding lost buttons, telling stories, going swimming, and doing all the things best friends do.”
The Winter Train by Susanna Isern and Ester Garcia Friendship Books

The Winter Train by Susanna Isern and Ester Garcia

“A group of animals board a train bound for their warm winter holiday—until they realize one of their number is missing. A wonderfully illustrated tale about the importance of leaving no one behind.”
Friendship s Like a Seesaw by Shonna Ines and Irisz Agocs Friendship book list

Friendship is Like a Seesaw by Shona Innes and Irisz Agocs

“Sometimes we might be down while our friends are up, or the other way around—the important thing is to find a balance. The latest in an endearing series that shows children how to manage some of the more difficult parts of life.” Storyberries
The Whale Who Wanted More by Rachel Bright and Jim Field Friendship book list

The Whale Who Wanted More by Rachel Bright and Jim Field

“Humphrey the whale scours the ocean to find the object that will make him complete. But the more treasures he collects, the less complete he feels. What might be the thing he’s really after?” Storyberries
The Bear and the Piano by David Litchfield Friendship book list

The Bear and the Piano by David Litchfield

“A bear discovers a piano in the forest and teaches himself to play. With the help of a traveling father and son, he makes it to New York and becomes famous for his music—but he misses the people he used to play it for to begin with. A winsome story about losing sight of the things and people that matter—and then finding them all over again.”
I Love You Almost Always by Anna Llenas Friendship book list

I Love You (Almost Always) by Anna Llenas

“Ralph the roly-poly and Rita the firefly are friends because they’re fascinated by their differences—until those very differences start to get on their nerves. Can their friendship withstand their changing ideas? With this fun pop-up style read, your child will learn that friendship is full of ups and downs, all of which can be overcome.”
My Friend Suhana by Shaila Abdullah and Aanyah Abdullah Friendship book list

My Friend Suhana by Shaila Abdullah

“Mother-daughter duo Shaila and Aanyah Abdullah team up to tell the story of a child who befriends another child with cerebral palsy. A touching story of accepting and loving someone for the things that make them one of a kind.” Storyberries
A Friend for Henry by Jenn Bailey and Mika Song Friendship book list

A Friend for Henry by Jenn Bailey and Mika Song

“Henry is a boy with autism who is searching for a friend in his class. After an art project mix-up and an incident during reading time, he might just have stumbled upon the friendship he’s been wanting. A beautiful and compassionate story with lovely illustrations.”
Alone by Scott Stuart Friendship book list

Alone by Scott Stuart

“Sometimes we feel so different we might as well be living on another planet. So…how must the planet feel? Earth keeps spinning, looking for someone to spin with her. Will she ever find a fellow planet to be her friend? A creative and thought-provoking meditation on the meaning of friendship.” Storyberries

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My Best Friend Crow

In this endearing story which highlights values of fairness, courage and respect, Rusty becomes best friends with a very hungry crow.
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A Friend For Poochi

Everyone feels bored and lonely. Poochi the centipede needs.a friend, but all the other creatures keep rejecting him. Poochi keeps looking until eventually he finds a wonderful group pf friends who love him exactly as he is!
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Bee-Friendly Charlotte

Friends can be non-human too. In this delightful story Charlotte shows all the qualities of being a good friend as she cares for the local bees and creates a very special bee-friendly garden.