Quick! Turn to the nearest kid and ask them what it means to be a good friend. You’ll get myriad responses depending on whom you ask, from “sharing snack at school” to “inviting them to my birthday party” to “who the heck are you?”
The topic of friendship can be a slippery one, especially when you’re young and just beginning to navigate the labyrinth of successful social interaction. If you’re in the esteemed position of guiding a child through this new territory, there is no better venue for you to work through the early trials and triumphs of making friends than the vibrant, handheld world of a picture book. We’ve found that the best books about friendship include lots of examples of empathy, compromise, courage, and maintaining a good sense of humor. Here are some of our current favorites.