Forming friendships and having friends is an enormous part of everyone’s life. But what do you do when you move to a new place? How do you make friends if you are very shy? What if your best friend makes friends with someone else? At times like these, sharing a book about other children going through similar situations just might help.
Best Friends – Mara Bergman
This warm and funny rhyming story celebrates the joy of playing outside, friendship and the bond between children and their pets.
Kevin – Rob Biddulph
A lovely rhyming text perfect for sharing. Kevin blames all his bad behaviour on an imaginary friend who then comes to life.
Millicent and Meer – Richard Byrne
One day, Millicent is busy making sandcastles in her garden when, THUMP, a big wooden box lands beside her. Inside, Millicent finds the most unexpected new friend.
The Best Friend Boom – Catherine Coe and Jan McCafferty
Casper is very excited about the lasso competition at the rodeo and his best friend, Pete, helps him practise. Casper wins the contest and gets lots of new friends. Will he remember who his true friend really is?
Imaginary Fred – Eoin Colfer and Oliver Jeffers
This is a book about friendship: not having friends, finding new friends, losing friends, best friends for ever. Just because a friendship is imaginary, doesn’t mean it’s not real.
I’m the Best – Lucy Cousins
Dog loves his friends, but he also thinks he’s the best at everything. The book shows how important it is to consider your friend’s feelings if you want to keep their friendship.
Say Hello – Jack and Michael Foreman
When someone is looking lonely and in need of a friend, there is one little word that can help.
Oliver & Patch – Claire Freedman and Kate Hindley
A delightful story about being lonely in a new place, making friends and doing the right thing.
Baby Bird – Andrew Gibbs
A moving debut picture book about the power of friendship and the importance of accepting yourself just the way you are.
The Great Big Book of Friends – Mary Hoffman
A great sharing book covering friendship, falling out, being different, imaginary friends etc.
The Only Way is Badger – Stella J. Jones
Badger thinks his ways are the best and overlooks the feelings of the other animals. When he finds himself on his own he realises he needs to change his ways to get his friends back.
Oscar and Arabella and Ormsby – Neal Layton
A book about friendship featuring prehistoric animals. The message is that even friends fall out sometimes.
Friends – Kim Lewis
A warm, simple story exploring friendship between young children.
Lucy’s Quarrel – Jennifer Northway
A realistic story about a quarrel between two friends with an appropriate ending.
Just Jack – Kate Scott
It’s not easy fitting in at a new school. It’s even harder to be yourself. A warm and funny story about making new friends and being yourself. Perfect for young fans of WONDER and Frank Cottrell-Boyce. Jack knows LOTS about starting a new school. Since Dad left, he and his mum have moved house five times. He also knows all about fitting in. The trick is to act exactly like everyone else and make sure no one ever notices him. But it’s hard work trying to be something he isn’t and Jack doesn’t have any good friends. That is, until Tyler comes along. Tyler is funny and different and might be the key to getting Jack to realise that although he is brilliant at pretending to be other people, the very best thing he can be is JUST JACK.
Friends make everything better – Mandy Sutcliffe
Take a wonderful journey with Belle and Boo as they leave their worries behind and turn a dull day into a magical adventure. Race across the waves in a sail boat, discover treasure in the depths of the ocean, swing through a jungle full of animals, and soar to the clouds – all with your very best friend. Together, friends really do make everything better!
A Place for Pluto – Stef Wade
Pluto can’t believe he is not a planet anymore and does not know where he belongs. On his journey of discovery he makes new and old friends.
Frank & Teddy Make Friends – Louise Yates
Professor Frank Mouse is clever and inventive. He is also very lonely, so one day he makes himself a friend – Teddy!