Friends & Friendship

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.


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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.
Age: 3+


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.
Age 7+


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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.
Age: 3+


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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?
Age: 6+


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.
Age: 4+


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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.
Age: 3+


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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.
Age: 4+


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Oliver & Patch – Claire Freedman and Kate Hindley

A delightful story about being lonely in a new place, making friends and doing the right thing.
Age: 4+


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.
Age: 3+


The Great Big Book of Friends – Mary Hoffman

A great sharing book covering friendship, falling out, being different, imaginary friends etc.
Age 4+


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.
Age 4+


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Oscar and Arabella and Ormsby – Neal Layton

A book about friendship featuring prehistoric animals. The message is that even friends fall out sometimes.
Age: 5+


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Friends – Kim Lewis

A warm, simple story exploring friendship between young children.
Age: 4+


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Lucy’s Quarrel – Jennifer Northway

A realistic story about a quarrel between two friends with an appropriate ending.
Age: 4+


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.
Age: 8+


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!
Age: 4+


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.
Age 3+


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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!
Age: 3+

 

Confidence

The world can be a scary place for small people.  Reading stories about other children overcoming their fears and becoming confident can help to make the world a bit less frightening.


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The Koala Who Could – Rachel Bright and Jim Field

Sometimes change comes along whether we like it or not . . . but if you let it, change can be the making of you. Kevin the Koala discovers this and more in this delightful picture book.
Age: 3+


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The Lion Inside – Rachel Bright and Jim Field

Being little isn’t always easy.  But when Mouse sets off on a journey to find his roar, he discovers that even the smallest creature can have the heart of a lion.
Age: 3+


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Star Friends – Tracey Corderoy and Alison Edgson

Gentle story about a little alien who is scared of everything, but once he has made a friend, his confidence begins to grow
Age: 3+


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Wibbly Pig’s Silly Big Bear – Mick Inkpen

Simple story about Wibbly Pig’s silly big bear who has loads of things he can’t do, so what is he good for? The answer if lots of things, illustrating that being clever is not all that counts!
Age: 2+


Confidence

The world can be a scary place for small people.  Reading stories about other children overcoming their fears and becoming confident can help to make the world a bit less frightening.


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Be brave little penguin
by Giles Andreae

Little Penguin Pip-Pip would love to join in with all his friends swimming in the sea, but there’s just one problem – he’s scared of water. Can Pip-Pip overcome his fears and finally take the plunge? This irresistible story shows that sometimes all it takes is a little bit of encouragement – and a whole lot of heart – to finally make that leap!
Age: 3+


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The Koala Who Could
by Rachel Bright and Jim Field

Sometimes change comes along whether we like it or not . . . but if you let it, change can be the making of you. Kevin the Koala discovers this and more in this delightful picture book.
Age: 3+


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The Lion Inside
by Rachel Bright and Jim Field

Being little isn’t always easy.  But when Mouse sets off on a journey to find his roar, he discovers that even the smallest creature can have the heart of a lion.
Age: 3+


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Star Friends
by Tracey Corderoy and Alison Edgson

Gentle story about a little alien who is scared of everything, but once he has made a friend, his confidence begins to grow
Age: 3+


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Jabari jumps
by Gaia Cornwall

Working up the courage to take a big, important leap is hard, but Jabari is almost absolutely ready to make a giant splash. In a sweet tale of overcoming your fears, debut author-illustrator Gaia Cornwall captures a moment at the swimming pool between a patient and encouraging father and a determined little boy you can’t help but root for.
Age: 3+


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Think big!
by Kes Gray

Humpty Dumpty and his nursery rhyme friends are discussing what they want to be when they grow up. Humpty wants to be a boiled egg, but his friends are encouraging him to think bigger! ‘You could be an artist!’ said Little Boy Blue. ‘Look for clues and become a detective!’ said Little Bo Peep. ‘Buy a pair of football boots and become a footballer,’ said Wee Willy Winky. Will Humpty think big and reach for the stars?
Age: 3+


Girls can do Anything
by Caryl Hart

Challenges all female stereotypes with strong positive role models. The rhyming texts makes this fun to read aloud.
Age: 4+


The Great Big Book of Feelings
by Mary Hoffman and Ros Asquith

All sorts of children in lots of different circumstances respond to the question ‘How are you feeling today?’
Age: 3+


Wibbly Pig’s Silly Big Bear
by Mick Inkpen

Simple story about Wibbly Pig’s silly big bear who has loads of things he can’t do, so what is he good for? The answer if lots of things, illustrating that being clever is not all that counts!
Age: 2+


Two Shy Pandas
by Julia Jarman and Susan Varley

Panda and Pandora live next door to each other but are too shy to say hello and play together.  Will these two shy, lonely little Panda’s ever get the courage to speak to each other?
Age: 3+


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A little bit brave
by Nicola Kinnear

Logan is a stay-at-home bunny – but he’s about to discover how brave he really is. It’s time for his first adventure, and he doesn’t want to go. But there’s an amazing world outside, if he can just pluck up courage to look. This is a funny, reassuring story which shows that we’re all braver than we think.
Age: 3+


Sophie Shyosaurus
by Brian Moses and Mike Gordon

Sophie is a very shy dinosaur. She hates meeting someone new or having to stand up and talk in school. Will she ever stop being so shy?
Age: 3+


Miss Hazeltine’s Home for Shy and Fearful Cats
by Alicia Potter and Birgitta Sif

This book is full of scaredy cats. Cats terrified of mice, cats frightened of birds; cats who can’t pounce, cats who won’t purr. Miss Hazeltine takes them all into her Home for Shy and Fearful Cats and she teaches them everything she knows, but will Miss Hazeltine be able to help the most shy and fearful kitty of them all?  This is a story about conquering your fears, being brave and finding your moment to shine.
Age: 4+


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Friends and Friendship

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.


Naughty Narwhal
by Emma Adams and Katy Halford

Narwhal is the most mischievous, naughty little creature you’ll ever meet – wherever she is, she’s always up to something. But one day, Narwhal sees all of her friends having a party. Oh no – what will Narwhal do? And will she ever face up to her naughty behaviour?
Age: 3+


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Amazing
by Steve Antony

A little boy and his pet dragon are the very best of friends. They laugh, they sing, they dance, they snooze. They are both amazing – just like everyone else! A celebration of friendship and being yourself with a positive message about celebrating diversity.
Age: 3+


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Best Friends
by Mara Bergman

This warm and funny rhyming story celebrates the joy of playing outside, friendship and the bond between children and their pets.
Age: 3+


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Kevin
by Rob Biddulph

A lovely rhyming text perfect for sharing. Kevin blames all his bad behaviour on an imaginary friend who then comes to life.
Age 7+


Millicent and Meer
by 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.
Age: 3+


The Best Friend Boom
by 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?
Age: 6+


Imaginary Fred
by 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.
Age: 4+


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I’m the Best
by 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.
Age: 3+


Say Hello
by Jack and Michael Foreman

When someone is looking lonely and in need of a friend, there is one little word that can help.
Age: 4+


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Oliver & Patch
by Claire Freedman and Kate Hindley

A delightful story about being lonely in a new place, making friends and doing the right thing.
Age: 4+


Baby Bird
by Andrew Gibbs

A moving debut picture book about the power of friendship and the importance of accepting yourself just the way you are.
Age: 3+


Together we can
by Caryl Hart

Our friends are all different, but one thing is true, each one is quite precious and that includes YOU! Award-winning Caryl Hart and Ali Pye have created a beautifully fun-filled and vibrant picture book showing children forming friendships and displaying kindness and compassion. The perfect rhyming read-aloud with joyous illustrations, this book celebrates diversity and inclusivity throughout and highlights how important togetherness is in our world.
Age: 3+


The Great Big Book of Friends
by Mary Hoffman

A great sharing book covering friendship, falling out, being different, imaginary friends etc.
Age 4+


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The Only Way is Badger
by 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.
Age 4+


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Giraffe problems
by Jory John

Edward the giraffe can’t understand why his neck is as long and bendy and ridiculous as it is. No other animal has a neck this absurd. He’s tried disguising it, dressing it up, strategically hiding it behind bushes – anything he can think of. But just when he’s exhausted his neck-hiding options, a turtle ambles in and tries to help him understand that his neck has a purpose – and looks excellent in a bow tie.
Age: 3+


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Oscar and Arabella and Ormsby
by Neal Layton

A book about friendship featuring prehistoric animals. The message is that even friends fall out sometimes.
Age: 5+


Friends
by Kim Lewis

A warm, simple story exploring friendship between young children.
Age: 4+


Lucy’s Quarrel
by Jennifer Northway

A realistic story about a quarrel between two friends with an appropriate ending.
Age: 4+


Just Jack
by 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.
Age: 8+


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Friends make everything better
by 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!
Age: 4+


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A Place for Pluto
by 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.
Age 3+


Frank & Teddy Make Friends
by Louise Yates

Professor Frank Mouse is clever and inventive.  He is also very lonely, so one day he makes himself a friend – Teddy!
Age: 3+


Shyness

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Being shy can be very debilitating, no matter what your age. Sharing stories about people overcoming their shyness in order to form friendships and enjoy new activities may give young children the courage to face their fears.

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Miss Hazeltine’s Home for Shy and Fearful Cats – Alicia Potter & Birgitta Sif

This book is full of scaredy cats. Cats terrified of mice, cats frightened of birds; cats who can’t pounce, cats who won’t purr. Miss Hazeltine takes them all into her Home for Shy and Fearful Cats and she teaches them everything she knows, but will Miss Hazeltine be able to help the most shy and fearful kitty of them all?  This is a story about conquering your fears, being brave and finding your moment to shine.
Age: 4+

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Sophie Shyosaurus – Brian Moses & Mike Gordon

Sophie is a very shy dinosaur. She hates meeting someone new or having to stand up and talk in school. Will she ever stop being so shy?
Age: 3+

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The Great Big Book of Feelings – Mary Hoffman & Ros Asquith

All sorts of children in lots of different circumstances respond to the question ‘How are you feeling today?’
Age: 3+

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Two Shy Pandas – Julia Jarman & Susan Varley

Panda and Pandora live next door to each other but are too shy to say hello and play together.  Will these two shy, lonely little Panda’s ever get the courage to speak to each other?
Age: 3+