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Friendship Picture Books

There’s nothing like a good friend, which is why friendship picture books are such a delight. The relationships between best friends like Piglet and Pooh, George and Martha, and Toot & Puddle teach lessons about loyalty, commitment, companionship, and love.

I’ve picked out a few of my favorite books about love and friendship to share with you. You can learn more about each book in the synopses below, or you can download a free library list to take with you on your next visit to the library.

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A Sick Day for Amos McGee
by Philip C. Stead

Amos McGee loves his animal friends and is always there for them when they need him most. But when he finds himself in need of comfort, Amos discovers the true value of taking the time to be a friend. (Click for my full review of A Sick Day for Amos McGee.)

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A Visitor for Bear
by Bonny Becker

Bear doesn’t seem to mind that he always sips his tea alone. But one day Bear finds himself the unwilling recipient of a visit from a persistent friend.
(Click for my full review of A Visitor for Bear.)

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Sophie’s Squash
by Pat Zietlow Miller

Nothing is so sweet as the love of a child toward an imaginary friend. And Sophie’s love for her new friend is no exception. Sophie’s Squash has it all. It’s a sweet, silly tale with subtle humor that appeals to kids and adults alike. (Click for my full review of Sophie’s Squash.)

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Corduroy
by Don Freeman

Corduroy may not be perfect, but that doesn’t matter to Lisa. When she looks at Corduroy, Lisa doesn’t see a missing button. She sees the friend she’s been longing for. (Click for my full review of Corduroy.)

George and Martha book cover

George and Martha
by James Marshall

George doesn’t always say or do the right thing, and sometimes Martha upsets George. But that really doesn’t matter, because George and Martha are the truest of friends. (Click for my full review of George and Martha.)

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Hug
by Jez Alborough

Bobo wants a hug…but what he really wants is more than just a simple hug. A hug is merely an expression of the love that flows from the heart of a parent or a friend. (Click for my full review of Hug.)

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The Lion and the Mouse
by Jerry Pinkney

Never underestimate the value of true friendship. When a mouse finds herself in a desperate situation, it’s an unexpected kindness that saves the day. And eventually the little mouse is able to prove herself a great friend too. (Click for my full review of The Lion and the Mouse.)

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frog, where are you?
by Mercer Mayer

One morning, a boy awakens and discovers that his dear friend Frog is missing. And so begins a search that takes the boy and the dog through a series of adventures and mishaps—all with the hope of finding Frog and bringing him home! (Click for my full review of frog, where are you?.)

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Lost and Found
by Oliver Jeffers

The boy really just wanted to help the lost penguin find his way home. But when you take the time to help a stranger in need, you may discover that you have found a new friend.
(Click for my full review of Lost and Found.)

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Hank Finds An Egg
by Rebecca Dudley

When Hank finds an egg resting on the forest floor, he is determined to return the egg to the safety of its home. But Hank didn’t only find an egg…he found a friend. (Click for my full review of Hank Finds an Egg.)

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Flora and the Flamingo
by Molly Idle

When a flamingo meets a determined little girl, a friendship is born. And that friendship leads to a beautiful partnership. Flora and the Flamingo will dance their way right into your heart! (Click for my full review of Flora and the Flamingo.)

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Born in the Wild
by Lita Judge

Children learn about love and friendship from their mothers, and Born in the Wild is full of the love and affection between animal mommies and babies. Get ready to oooh and awww with every single page turn! (Click for my full review of Born in the Wild.)

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Hug Machine
by Scott Campbell

There is nothing the Hug Machine won’t hug. He hugs everything and everyone…whales, turtles, bears, even a porcupine! He won’t let any unhuggable obstacle stand in his way. (Click for my full review of Hug Machine.)

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Wherever You Are
by Nancy Tillman

The love between parent and child is the best kind of friendship. In Wherever You Are, Nancy Tillman uses gently rhyming verse and exquisite artwork to beautifully describe the kind of “always and forever” love that exists between a parent and a child. (Click for my full review of Wherever You Are.)

A Splendid Friend, Indeed book cover

A Splendid Friend, Indeed
by Suzanne Bloom

Goose and Bear are friends. In fact, they are splendid friends. But not even the best of friends are always compatible in every way. Sometimes even best friends have to try to be patient with each other. And Goose and Bear are no exception. (Click for my full review of A Splendid Friend, Indeed.)

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Boy + Bot
by Ame Dyckman

Have you ever been friends with someone who is your exact opposite? Opposites do attract, and Boy + Bot shows us that friendship can work despite big differences. Misunderstandings may be inevitable, but they will never stand in the way of a true friendship. (Click for my full review of Boy + Bot.)

FREE Friendship Picture Books Library List:

Friendship Book reviews Library List download

Are you interested in reading some of my favorite friendship picture books with your children? Click to download a list of my favorites to take to your local library.

Looking for MORE books? You can find more great library lists here!

Friendship Picture Books Recommended by Our Readers

  • Just In Case You Ever Wonder by Max Lucado (Recommended by Angela P. via blog comment)
  • My Friend Is Sad by Mo Willem (Recommended by Robyn M. via blog comment)
  • Frog and Toad are Friends by Arnold Lobel (Recommended by Renai via blog comment)
  • Toot and Puddle by Holly Hobbie (Recommended by Amy via blog comment)
  • Gossie and Gertie by Olivier Dunrea (Recommended by Elizabeth via blog comment)
  • Hairy Maclary and Zachary Quack by Lynley Dodd (Recommended by Elizabeth via blog comment)
  • Houndsley and Catina by James Howe (Recommended by Mariann via blog comment)
  • Stella Louella’s Runaway Book by Lisa Campbell Ernst (Recommended by Maria via blog comment)
  • Don’t Fidget a Feather by Erica Silverman (Recommended by Melissa H. via blog comment)
  • My Best Friend Will by Jamie Lowell & Tara Tuchel (Recommended by Jenny H.)

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Michelle

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Just a note to say how much I enjoy these literature lists. We just started using AAR level 1 and my son is absolutely thrilled with the stories as well! I am quite pleased so far! Thank you all!

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Michelle,
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Jenny

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My Best Friend Will is an exquisite black-and-white photograph picture book written by a 5th grader and her teacher. She talks about her friendship with Will, a boy with autism. It is a truly beautiful book.

Maria

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Thanks for your book reviews! We love reading and make sure to jot favorites down in order to own the really fun ones we like. One recent favorite was Stella Luella’s Runaway Book. Anyhow, keep them coming!

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Maria,
Thanks for the recommendation of Stella Louella’s Runaway Book!

Katie T

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I will have to check some of these out, we are having issues with my youngest being nice to others.

Melissa Hamilton

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Don’t Fidget a Feather by Erica Silverman is one of my favorites!

Jennifer

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Corduroy is one of our favorites. Thank for a great list of others to check out.

Lisa

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Thanks for compiling my library requests for the month. You saved me valuable time and provided honey for our hearts.

Jennifer S

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Sick Day for Amos McGee is a favorite here. Thanks for the printable list!

Kendra Ahlborn

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A Sick Day for Amos McGee happens to be one of my personal favorites as well. There’s just something about that little shy penguin, isn’t there?

bhupendra

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i like the books

Angela Paul

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I really like this list. One of our favorites is Just In Case You Ever Wonder by Max Lucado

Rachel

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This is so super helpful! I am starting my planning for literature based learning for my pre-k 3 precious little girl for next year! We read several times during our homeschool day so these will make a great month worth of reading and learning!

JenRay

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Great list, and wonderful quotes! We love several of these books, and some are new to me. Sophie’s Squash is a great favorite!

Kimberly S

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Thanks for the list. I am looking forward to sharing these books with my children!

Sara R

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Thanks for a great list. Also, thanks for a Calvin and Hobbes quote!

Jessica stratton

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These are some of the cutest books!

Robyn McLeod

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There are so many great stories listed here :) my son, currently working through AAR recently read, and loved, My Friend Is Sad by Mo Willem. It’s a sweet story about being a good friend.

Linda

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Awww, such sweet books!

Charis

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Always love new book ideas!

Angela Bennett

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Thank you for this great list! I will have to look for them the next time we head to the library!

Michelle

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Thanks for this list! Many of them are already known and loved, but some are new to us. My twins and I are loving Ziggy and AAR Preschool. Off to the library for more great books!

christine

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I’ll be adding a few of these books to our list to read, thank you for the suggestions.

Renai

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Don’t forget the classic “Frog and Toad are Friends!”

Andrea

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Some great books on this list! Also, some we haven’t read. What a great idea to compile a printable list! So many times we go to the library and just browse, but it would be nice to have some ideas before going. Thanks!

Jo

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Thanks for the list. We’ll be adding a few of these to our library list!

Boy + Bot by Ame Dyckman, made us all giggle and smile a bit!

Amy

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We love “Toot and Puddle.” We also really like “Cookies: Bite Sized Life Lessons” — although not a book about a specific relationship, each page features a pair of unforgettable friends.

We’ve just started using AAR. One of my favorite things about the program is that the stories not only make sense, they warm us. We just read “Matt the Musk Ox.” What a wonderful little story using level two reading words.

Amy

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Michelle

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I just love these books.. My little one is Autistic and had come so far using All About Reading.. I would love to win him another set of these wonderful books..

mary

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These are great books and I would love to win a level of All About Reading!

Elizabeth

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Great list!

We love _Gossie and Gertie_. And _Hairy Maclary and Zachary Quack_.

Carrie Carlson

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Can’t wait to share some of these books with my kiddo. Thank you!!!

Monica

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There are so many great books. Toot & Puddle are some of my favorites.

Erin Acevedo

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Thanks for the library list!

Ashleigh S

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I love the one titled God Knows Alll About Me by Kate Toms. Simple but beautiful.

mariann

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A little bit older than a picture book- early reader- but still very worth mentioning are the “Houndsley and Catina” books by James Howe. When I read the first one, i had to know if there were more.

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