My daughter Luca is all about the George and Martha books these days. As we were reading last night I thought to myself what a wonderful model of friendship George and Martha. They are loving, but honest. My mind started to wander to some of the other books we love that include wonderful best friends. Here is a collection of Picture Books About Best Friends.
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George and Martha James Marshall
George and Martha are the perfect best friends, but that does not mean that everything goes perfectly in their friendship. Sometimes disagreements happen, or lies are found out, but forgiveness is always quick to follow, as well as laughter and fun.
Frog and Toad Arnold Lobel
The genuine love Frog and Toad have for each other make them one of my favorite pair of best friends. Through all the adventures and daily happenings Frog and Toad always treat each other with respect and kindness.
A Sick Day for Amos McGee Philip C. Stead
Oh how I adore this book! I love it so much I also included it in our Books that Teach Acceptance and Empathy list. The gentle soul of Amos McGee is such a calming presence in this story. Always caring for others, Amos becomes sick and must stay home from work. His best animal friends come take care of him and sit by his side as he gets better. Friendship is a comfort and sometimes the best medicine.
Piggie and Gerald Mo Willems
It is impossible to choose one book from the Elephant and Piggie Series. Piggie and Gerald demonstrate that best friends do not always have to be alike. Sometimes their personalities are quite different, but compliment each other.
Mr. Putter and Mrs. Teaberry Cynthia Rylant
I love the companionship between Mr. Putter and Mrs. Teaberry. Cynthia Rylant does a fantastic job breathing life into a friendship about an older pair. Though quite different from each other, Mr. Putter and Mrs. Teaberry’s lives are enhanced because of their friendship.
The Jellybeans Laura Numeroff
My kids love this series about 4 girls who are quite different, but compliment each other well (just like the jellybean candies!). Each girl has her own personality and talent and the other girls are always right by her side to encourage and cheer on.
Farfallina and Marcel Holly Keller
Farfallina and Marcel are an unlikely pair- one is a caterpillar, the other a gosling, but they love spending time with each other. The friendship is challenged when Farfallina begins to go through the butterfly transformation and Marcel grows into a big goose. In the end the story shows the strength of a loving friendship.
Toot and Puddle Holly Hobbie
The stories of Toot and Puddle demonstrate the importance of remaining an individual even when you have a best friend. Children sometimes say that a person doesn’t like them because they don’t want to do a certain activity. It is so important for children to understand that sometimes friends choose different activities, but that does not mean they are still not best friends.
Three best friends are challenged by gender stereotypes when they must decide whether to follow the “only boys” and “only girls” clubs or remain best friends and venture out on their own.