Diverse Books on Friendship!
Diversify your bookshelf with some inspiration from our favorite titles that promote themes of inclusivity, kindness and care.
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ABCs of Kindness!
🌈 ABCs of Kindness by Samantha Berger (Author), Ekaterina Trukhan (Illustrator) Age Range: 2 – 5 years
Your kiddo will learn how they can make the world a kinder place while also covering the letters from A to Z! We adore titles that reinforce actionable steps with the tangible lesson and tune of the alphabet.
“This book provides a different act of kindness for each letter of the alphabet. The text is presented in a logical sequence that will be easy for readers to follow. Throughout the book, children can be seen engaged in acts of play, friendship, and unity. . . The illustrations add to the text by providing delightful examples of each narrated act of kindness. The size of the book and easy-to-turn pages make it perfect for younger audiences. A great option for encouraging children to treat others with consideration and respect.” – School Library Journal
We’re Amazing, 1, 2, 3!
🌈 We’re Amazing, 1, 2, 3! by Leslie Kimmelman (Author), Marybeth Nelson (Illustrator) Age Range: 3 – 7 years
This story stars Elmo, Abby, and their friend Julia, who has autism. Together, the three pals have a delightful playdate.
“I’m in tears. This is progress. Thank you sesame Street for doing what is right for the future of our children. Ultra grateful for the positive boldness to believe in these kids’ exceptional giftedness as much as the parents and educators who love and care for them.”– I. Campbell
You Are Friendly
🌈 You Are Friendly by Todd Snow (Author), Melodee Strong (Illustrator) Age Range: 5 – 6 years
WINNER! Teachers Choice Award – Learn about important social skills like sharing, inviting others to join in the play, offering help and always treating others kindly. You Are Friendly guides children to create healthy, positive relationships with others and invites them to see themselves and say “I can do that!”.
“Perfect for my preschoolers. Held their attention with bright illustrations and simple, but thoughtful text. Prompted wonderful discussions of how to be a friend!”– H. Miller
Sam and Leo
🌈 Sam and Leo by Ruth Phang (Author), Susan L. Roth (Illustrator) Age Range: 5 – 7 years
Learn about parts of the body and senses through the lens of friendship, as best friends Leo and Sam playfully describe what they each like best about the other.
“This delightful book highlights the joyful abandon of two young boys doing what little boys do — enjoying ice cream, playing on the beach and at the playground, and just being together. Their friendship is emphasized by the two-part format told first from Sam’s perspective and then from Leo’s. Susan Roth’s vibrant signature collages illuminate the wonder of discovering a first friendship.”– Qinby Frank
Kiki & Jax: The Life-Changing Magic of Friendship
🌈 Kiki & Jax: The Life-Changing Magic of Friendship by Marie Kondo (Author), Salina Yoon (Author, Illustrator) Age Range: 3 – 7 years
The KonMari Method inspires a charming friendship story that is sure to spark joy! Kiki and Jax are best friends, but they couldn’t be more different. The one thing they always agree on is how much fun they have together. But when things start to get in the way, can they make space for what has always sparked joy—each other?
“I am smitten. This sweet story is going to be such a helpful tool to so many parents who are searching for a way to teach their kids about how to care for what they own and to make space for what matters.”– AHJ