To celebrate International Friendship Day we’ve chosen picture books that show fabulous fictional friendships. Friendship is a central theme in many children’s books and lately we have read so many wonderful stories about characters who support each other through thick and thin. There are many more that we could have added to this list (we haven’t included any chapter books) and we would love to hear your suggestions too!
The Butterfly Dance by Suzanne Barton: The Butterfly Dance follows the relationship between two caterpillars, Dotty and Stripe. They have a wonderfully close relationship and despite their differences they manage to remain friends even once they have become butterflies.
The Perfect Picnic by Ciara Flood: Perfectionist Squirrel and laid-back Mole are best friends but their friendship is tested to the limit when they decide to go on a picnic together! This story takes a very amusing look at what happens when two very different personalities are close friends.
Lazy Cat by Julia Woolf: Lazy Cat makes us laugh! Doodle Dog does his best to be a good friend to him but it’s hard when your friend is so lazy that he has trouble making the effort to be a good friend in return.
Blown Away / Sunk! by Rob Biddulph: Penguin Blue and his friends are a close knit group who share amazing adventures, one involving a kite and one involving a sunken pirate ship. The power of friendship is what helps them overcome the difficulties that they encounter in the stories.
Thank Goodness For Bob by Matthew Morgan and Gabriel Alborozo: This picture book portrays a wonderful friendship between a small boy, Max, and his dog, Bob. Bob proves to be an extremely good friend when he helps Max find a way to deal with his worries.
Dangerous / Warning! This Book May Contain Rabbits by Tim Warnes: In Dangerous Mole reluctantly becomes friend with Crocodile despite that fact that Crocodile is eating all his labels. The friendship is further cemented in Warning! This Book May Contain Rabbits when the pair discover a white rabbit in the woods.
Happy Birthday Old Bear by Jane Hissey: Old Bear has lots of friends in the playroom and he’s enjoyed many adventures with them over the last 30 years. At his 30th birthday party he’s joined by a new friend, Elsie, who adds her own brand of mischief to the story!
You can find more of our favourite fictional friendships in our previous International Friendship Day and Fictional Best Friends blogposts. Have you read any fantastic picture books about friendship that you would like to share in the comments?