Making friends is a skill children need to learn. Read these books about being a good friend to remind your kids the values of friendship.
Navigating friendship can be difficult for kids. They’re quick to change best friends, exclude the new boy in the classroom, and deal with emotions they may not understand at this age.
They blurt frank words, can be mean to others who are different, or don’t understand how a strong friendship could end so suddenly. Fast friends at play dates can end in bullying and fights. Or 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 and loyalty look like.
I saw small acts of kindness and empathy 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 offered comfort to my son with, “It’ll be all right” when he got hurt on the playground.
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.
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 valuable lesson home, I gathered a list of picture books about being a good friend. These are good books (with fantastic illustrations!) that encourage children to treat others kindly and manage the challenges of childhood friendships. To remind kids the value of being a good friend to others.
We’ll meet Paula and Maggie, a pair of friends who show us how to stick up for each other. Unhei, a new girl from Korea, learns that she doesn’t have to be ashamed of her name among friends. And a young boy teaches us the importance of inclusion when his pet elephant isn’t accepted in the local pet club.
I hope you’ll check out these children’s books about being a good friend. They can teach kids—and ourselves—how important it is to treat others with kindness and respect.
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