World Friendship Day is celebrated on the first Sunday of August each year. This year, It will be celebrated on the 3rd of August, 2014. With August being a month that celebrates friendship, grab this opportunity to help children develop positive social skills through books and stories. Books are a great way to gently instill compassion and kindness in children. It helps them understand how to resolve arguments, be empathetic, and also conveys the importance of good communication.
In time for World Friendship Day, here is a list of 7 delicious books that explore friendship in interesting and fun ways.
- ‘My Friend is Sad’ by Mo Willems (ages 0-3)
‘My Friend is Sad’ is a book that talks about all the things you can do to cheer up your friend when he or she is feeling low. Like most other Willems books, the Elephant and Piggie series is known for its charming illustrations that speak directly to children. This series typically addresses issues of friendship.
- ‘Little Beaver and the Echo’ by Amy MacDonald (ages 3-5)
This is a lovely, heartwarming story about a lonely little beaver that has neither family nor friends. One day, when the beaver cries by the pond, he hears his own echo and thinks that there might be someone else at the other side of the pond who is perhaps just as lonely as he is. Thus begins this little beaver’s touching quest in search of company. This book is perfect for children who feel lonely and a gentle reminder that they might not be so alone after all. ‘Little Beaver and the Echo’ is a great book to read aloud to young children.
- ‘Best Friends’ by Nina Sabnani (ages 3-5)
This bilingual book is about a little girl named Tamanna and a tree called Kutchi. Tamanna loves spending time and sharing stories with Kutchi, until one day when a few girls make fun of her for being friends with a tree. Eventually, Tamanna understands that her friendship with Kutchi is inexplicable, but the one she values the most. ‘Best Friends’ is a touching story that explores the relationship between human beings and nature.
- ‘A Sick Day for Amos McGee’ by Philip C. Stead and Erin Stead (ages 5-7)
This wonderful book is about the friendship between Amos – a zookeeper – and all the zoo animals he looks after. This Caledecott-winner carries the message of how important it is to care for friends when they most need you.
- ‘Bink and Gollie’ by Kate DiCamillo & Alison McGhee (ages 7-9)
This is a quick-witted book about two little girls who are best friends – one tiny and one tall. Apart from including fun things such as roller-skating, sock shopping and pancake making, this book is a great way to understand the dynamics of friendship and its potentially minor glitches. Fortunately, Bink and Gollie eventually work out their differences and come to the realization that they are each other’s ‘marvellous’ companions. This book is a Theodor Seuss Geisel Award Winner and you can surely see why.
- ‘My Facebook Friends’ by Kavita Singh Kale (ages 9-12)
Children are bound to make an instant connection with this Tulika book that portrays diverse ways of staying in touch with friends from around the world and understanding their culture without necessarily having to cross geographical borders. A young monk who likes playing football, a professor who studies earthworms, a designer with a passion for tap dancing… Hold on to your seats as you visit the author’s friends from across the world.
- ‘Wonder’ by R.J Palacio (ages 12 & above)
August was born with distorted facial features. Having been home-schooled for most of his life, August was dreading having to attend a real school. In his new school, all he wants is acceptance. But will he be able to convince his new classmates that he’s just like them, despite his appearance? A warm and uplifting book with a sweeping finale, this bestseller is a must-read for all middle school children.
We would love to hear from you if you know of any other wonderful children’s books that explore friendship. If you do have recommendations, leave a comment on this post or write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org