21 Amazing Books to Read on Friendship

21 Amazing Books to Read on Friendship Cover Image

Friends make everything better! And these books celebrating friendship is just what you and your kids need for Friendship Day. Take your pick and settle down, because these adventures will make you smile for sure. Read on for the full list.

Every new friend is a new adventure…the start of more memories! – Patrick Lindsay

Isn’t that true? The days look so much brighter with a friend by your side! Friendship is a beautiful gift. Yet, ironically, our kids’ early friendships can often drive parents up the wall! Our kids’ friends are noisy, messy, demanding and sometimes downright mean! But these early friendships help give our kids a sense of self and help them explore a range of human emotions. 

So hang in there parents and keep your sense of humour intact with some fun reads that celebrate the many facets of this special childhood bond. This friendship’s day, we have curated a list of some of the best children’s books that celebrate the joy, drama and heartache of friendship

1. I Will Surprise My Friend! by Mo Williems

I will Surprise my friend!

Gerald and Piggy are best friends. They decide to surprise each other and play a game. But are they ready for the unexpected big surprise? 

Reading Level: Grade KG I Interest Level: Lower Years I Page Count: 58


2. I Just Ate My Friend by Heidi McKinnon

I just ate my friend

Children love monster stories. In this book, the monster eats his only friend and goes searching for a new friend. Does he find a new friend? 

Reading Level: Grade KG I Interest Level: Lower Years I Page Count: 36


3. Mine’s the Best by Crosby Bonsall

Mine's the Best_Friendship

Friendships can sometimes get competitive. This is a humorous story about two little boys who are sure that their balloon is the best. But how do they settle the argument?

Reading Level: Grade KG I Interest Level: Lower Years I Page Count: 32


4. We Found a Hat by Jon Klassen

We found a Hat

This is the third book in the Hat Trilogy series. Two turtles who are friends find one hat which looks good on both of them. But there is only one hat. A hilarious story that keeps kids guessing till the very end.  

Reading Level: Grade 1 I Interest Level: Lower Years I Page Count: 48


5. The Lion and the Bird by Marianne Dubuc

The Lion and the Bird_Friendship

This book is a treasure! In this moving story, a lion rescues a wounded bird and they soon become good friends. But when next autumn arrives, the bird flies away with its flock. It is a simple story about empathy and an unlikely friendship.

Reading Level: Grade 1 I Interest Level: Lower Years I Page Count: 72


6. Just My Friend and Me by Mercer Mayer

Just my Friend and me_Friendship

Little Critter can’t wait for his best friend to arrive and for the fun to begin. Little Critter has made so many plans. This is a classic read that teaches children how to be a good friend. 

Reading Level: Grade 1 I Interest Level: Lower Years I Page Count: 23


7. Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers

Lost and Found

In this book a penguin lands up at the boy’s door. He assumes that the penguin is lost and tries to find the penguin’s house. They both sail together to find his house. But was the penguin really lost? Illustrated in Jeffers unique style, this book is a visual delight. 

Reading Level: Grade 2 I Interest Level: Lower Years I Page Count: 40


8. A Letter to Amy by Ezra Jack Keats

A Letter to Amy_Friendship

This is a book with eye-catching illustrations about a boy, Peter, who wants to invite a girl, Amy, to his birthday party. And he wants it to be a special invitation. This book was first published in 1968 and has been loved by generations of readers since.

Reading Level: Grade 2 I Interest Level: Lower Years I Page Count: 32


9. Frog and Toad Are Friends by Arnold Lobel

Frog and Toad Are Friends_Friendship

Just as best friends should, Frog and Toad are always together and doing things with each other. This is a story about their cute adventures in the woods.

Reading Level: Grade 2 I Interest Level: Lower Years I Page Count: 64


10. The Snail and the Whale by Julia Donaldson

The snail and the Whale

This hugely popular story is in the form of a playful poem where a little snail hitches a ride on the tail of a humpback whale to see the world and the many adventures that they have together.

Reading Level: Grade 3 I Interest Level: Lower Years I Page Count: 32


11. The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister

The Rainbow Fish_Friendship

A book with colourful artwork that shines can in itself captivate little readers. Now add to that an important message about the real value of personal beauty and sharing. What you have then is a bestselling book loved by children and adults alike.

Reading Level: Grade 3 I Interest Level: Lower Years I Page Count: 32


12. Enemy Pie by Derek Munson

Enemy Pie_Frienship day

Jeremy Ross shifts to a house down the street and is soon enemy number 1. Thankfully, Dad’s secret enemy pie recipe should help get rid of him. In an attempt to get rid of enemies, the narrator ends up learning how to resolve conflicts, make new friends, show respect and be kind.

Reading Level: Grade 3 I Interest Level: Lower Years I Page Count: 32


13. The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

The one and only Ivan_ Friendship

Inspired by true events, this is an award winning story of how a silverback gorilla named Ivan wins back his freedom. Ivan is easygoing and lives in a cage in a big mall. But when he meets his new friend, a baby elephant named Ruby, he realises that he must find a new life for both of them.

Reading Level: Grade 4 & above I Interest Level: Middle Years, Teen Years I Page Count: 250


14. Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh

Harriet the Spy_ Friendship Day

This book has been called ‘a milestone in children’s literature’. Eleven years old Harriet hopes to be an author some day. She has a notebook in which she writes down all her honest and quirky secrets that she finds on her spy route. But do her secrets remain safe in her notebook?

Reading Level: Grade 4 I Interest Level: Middle Years, Teen Years I Page Count: 265


15. Hello, Universe by Erin Entrada Kelly

Hello Universe_Friendship

This is a story of four diverse characters told from four different perspectives. The four middle schoolers are not friends but one day their lives weave together unexpectedly when a bully’s prank causes one of them to go missing.

Reading Level: Grade 4 I Interest Level: Middle Years, Teen Years I Page Count: 313


16. Wonder by R.J. Palacio

Wonder_Friendship Day

To say that August Pullman looked different was an understatement. After being homeschooled all his life, he is finally joining school as a fifth grader. But can you blend in when you are born to stand out?

Reading Level: Grade 5 I Interest Level: Middle Years, Teen Years I Page Count: 316


17. The Sky at Our Feet by Nadia Hashimi

The Sky at our Feet

Best selling author, Nadia Hashmi, pens a touching story about a young boy Jason, who fears that his mother has been deported to Afghanistan for living illegally in the US. While trying to get help, he lands up in hospital and becomes friends with Max. What follows is an adventure of a lifetime.

Reading Level: Grade 5 I Interest Level: Middle Years, Teen Years I Page Count: 295


18. Pax by Sara Pennypacker

Pax

A young boy and his pet fox, Pax, are separated by war and then struggle to reunite. This award winning book captures a tender and heartwarming tale of friendship between a child and an animal.

Reading Level: Grade 5 I Interest Level: Middle Years, Teen Years I Page Count: 288


19. The Ickabog by J.K. Rowling

The Ickabog _ Friendship Day

This is a story about a terrible monster, a kingdom in grave danger and two children whose bravery is put to test. Best friends Bert and Daisy embark on an adventure to discover the real truth about the monster and bring back happiness to the kingdom.

Reading Level: Grade 6 I Interest Level: Middle Years, Teen Years I Page Count: 304


20. Pea’s Book of Best Friends by Susie Day

Pea's Book of Best Friends

Pea finds a new life after her single mom becomes a bestselling author. She loves everything about her new life, including her school uniform. But does she manage to find herself a best friend to fill the empty seat next to her in class?

Reading Level: Grade 6 I Interest Level: Middle Years, Teen Years I Page Count: 288


21. Crash by Jerry Spinelli

Crash Friendship Day Book

Crash is a super-jock seventh grader who likes to run over people. And he is all set to bully his new neighbour, Penn. But there is something about Penn that intrigues Crash. What happens next is an ending we would all want for ourselves. 

Reading Level: Grade 6 I Interest Level: Teen Years I Page Count: 162


We hope that our kids will catch glimpses of their friends between the pages of these books. Hopefully, they will learn a little about being a good friend – kind, thoughtful and ready to lend a hand. Above all, we hope that they will learn to value their friendships as do so many of the characters in these fantastic stories.

Pick from these or loads of other fun reads from around the globe, specially curated for BookGuru’s young readers. We will be happy to deliver them to your doorstep! 


About the Guest Author

BookGuru is a personalised children’s library that provides highly-rated books from around the globe. They aim to grow a lifelong love of reading in all children by putting each child at the centre of their library offering. They follow a personalised, child-centric approach in all aspects. Each child gets personalised book recommendations that are ‘Just Right’ for them – mapped to their reading, comprehension and interest levels. They source world-class books covering all 16 genres of fictions and nonfiction. They also track each child’s reading progress and reward their individual milestones.

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