Friendships are tricky, especially for young children. These 5 picture books share the power and purpose of friends, in easy to understand storylines. Let’s take a journey to discover the meaning, struggles, and power friendships hold.
1. Geraldine by Elizabeth Lilly
Will I make new friends if I stand out?
Geraldine is a giraffe. If you’ve ever seen a giraffe, they don’t exactly blend in. So, what happens when Geraldine moves? She has no friends. Instead of her name, everyone calls her The Giraffe Girl.
But, then, Geraldine meets Cassie, a fellow outcast. Their friendship teaches them both that standing out can be a good thing. All it takes is a good friend to stand in your corner!
2. The Invisible Boy by Trudi Ludwig
Friends can bring happiness.
This picture book is one of my personal favorites, because the illustrations by Patrice Barton match the story! Let me explain. Brian is never noticed by his classmates, invisible and colorless. The illustrations have no color either!
When a new student arrives in Brian’s class, Brian is the first to reach out. A bond slowly forms between these two, especially after they are teamed up for a class project.
As these friends become closer, Brian learns how to step out of the shadows. As small acts of kindness and friendship become bigger, the illustrations become more colorful!
3. The Name Jar by Yangsook Choi
Friends can help you be proud of who you are.
This is a great multicultural picture book about the power friends have.
Unhei, a recent immigrant from Korea, wants to pick a new “american” name. She believes her korean name is too different and too hard to pronounce. Her new friends all throw names into a jar for Unhei to choose from. But, her new friends like her original name, and Unhei learns how to be proud of her heritage.
This is a great book to showcase how friendships can be built from our differences.
4. Farfallina and Marcel by Holly Keller
What happens when friends grow up?
Farfallina, a caterpillar, and Marcel, a gosling, can be friends. In fact, they can be best friends. But, Farfillina soon flies away in “a blanket of glossy silk” and Marcel grows into a goose.
When they finally meet, neither one recognizes the other. This picture book takes a look at how growing up can bring friends closer together!
5. The Story of Fish and Snail by Deborah Freedman
Sometimes, friends don’t agree.
A fish and a snail live together. That in itself is a creative twist. But, they live together in a book!
Fish wants to jump into new books and adventures, but snail is content to stay at home. What do you do when you disagree with your friend?
This picture book’s illustrations are a perfect escape to a different world. And, at least this time-the argument ends happily.
What is your favorite picture book addressing friends and friendship? Let me know in the comments! Don’t forget to sign up for the newsletter!