Building friendships important skill children need to learn. Read these children’s books about being a good friend to remind your kids the values of being kind to others.
Navigating friendship can be difficult for kids. They’re quick to change best friends, can be mean to one another, and deal with emotions they may not understand at this age.
They blurt frank words, exclude others who are different, or don’t understand how a strong friendship could end so suddenly. Maybe they see other kids who could use a friend but don’t know how to help them.
But kids can also be some of the best people to show us what true friendship looks like.
I saw kindness in the way a child reached out to my son and invited him to his house after school. When kids in their classes would give one another hugs, or when another comforted my son with, “It’ll be all right” when he got hurt.
No doubt kids will grow up with the whole spectrum of friendship. While I’d love for mine to only experience genuine friendships, I know they’ll still have challenging ones as well.
Learning to be a good friend is a skill kids need to practice, just like any skill. And childhood is the perfect stage to do just that, when the stakes aren’t so high.
In fact, one of the themes in my son’s class was all about being a good friend. His teacher talked about filling others’ “buckets” by being kind, and dipping into buckets when you’re not.
Children’s books about being a good friend
Bringing this lesson home, I gathered a list of children’s books about being a good friend. These books encourage children to treat others kindly and navigate the challenges of childhood friendships. To remind my kids the value of being a good friend to others.
I hope you’ll check out these children’s books about being a good friend to talk about the value of friendships. They can teach kids—and ourselves—how important it is to treat others with kindness and respect.
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Speak Up, Molly Lou Melon by Patty Lovell (thank you Penguin Books for my copy!)
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