Storytime: Friends Forever
Making friends is easy for some children and difficult for others. Try reading some of these books or doing a subject search on the library catalog for books to read and talk about with your child. Pay attention to how character friends resolve conflicts, work and play together, and perhaps how they met each other. For further information, you might consider reading this article, 6 ways to help your preschooler connect with other kids, at Understood.org.
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Sing, Talk, Read, Write, Play
Sharing books that talk about how characters behave in various kinds of relationships can help children think about their own behavior and how they interact with others. Take the opportunity books offer to talk about what your child thinks and what they might do.
Read “Lubna and the Pebble” by Wendy Meddour or another book that encourages talk about relationships. After reading the book with your child, talk about what the characters thought of each other. What changed?
My Friends Make Me Happy! by Jan Thomas
Invites readers to guess, along with Sheep’s friends, the mysterious thing that starts with the letter F that makes Sheep happy.
Lubna and Pebble by Wendy Meddour
Lubna’s best friend is a pebble. Pebble always listens to her stories. Pebble always smiles when she feels scared. But when a lost little boy arrives in the World of Tents, Lubna realizes that he needs Pebble even more than she does.
Stick and Stone by Beth Ferry
Stick and Stone are both lonely until Pinecone’s teasing causes one to stick up for the other, and a solid friendship is formed.
Goodbye, friend! Hello, friend! by Cori Doerrfeld
Two best friends understand that saying goodbye to one experience means saying hello to the next, but that does not make it easier when one friend has to move away.
Songs, Rhymes, and Fingerplays
Will you be my friend today?
Will you be my friend today, friend today, friend today?
Will you be my friend today? Come and play!
Clap your hands with me today…
Stomp your feet with me today…
Turn around with me today…
Shout hooray with me today…
Yes, you are my friend today…
Our Good Friend
________ is so very happy.
She/he is our good friend.
F-R-I, E-N-D, F-R-I, E-N-D,
And she/he is our good friend.
Crafts and Activities
F is for Friends
Sticker Story Book
This paper crown made of people holding hands is a fun craft that kids can do while learning themes on friendship, people around the world and community helpers.
Bear Can't Wait by Karma Wilson
As final preparations are being made for a long-planned surprise party, Bear gets so excited he nearly ruins everything.
Harold & Hog Pretend for Real! by Dan Santat
Can the friendship of best friends Harold and Hog, a carefree elephant and a careful hog, survive a game of pretending to be Mo Willems’s Elephant and Piggie?
The Squirrels Who Squabbled by Rachel Bright
Told in rhyming text Cyril and Bruce, two squirrels, are each determined to get the last pinecone of autumn; but when they fall into the river, they learn that sometimes it is essential to work together–and, in any case, a bird got the floating pinecone
Mabel: A Mermaid Fable by Rowboat Watkins
A picture book about a mermaid named Mabel, who unlike the rest of her family does not have a moustache, and the seven-armed octopus who becomes her friend and helps her see that she is just right the way she is