As young children move beyond family, they have the opportunity to make friends. While exciting, making friends requires social and emotional skills and resilience. Here are some of our favorite picture books to foster these skills in a fun way, as well as parent guides.
Note: Originally developed for D69 TOPS Preschool Parent Group.
A blue circle, yellow square, red rectangle, and green triangle show all the different ways friends interact with each other through illustrations, dialogue, and simple text. This title is also available as a downloadable video on Hoopla.
Gerald and Snake fear that Piggie and Brian Bat are having so much fun playing together that they will no longer need them as their best friends. Every book in the Elephant and Piggie series is a showcase for their not always easy, but always wonderful, friendship.
CY loves to make all kinds of things. One thing he can't make, though, is friends. Scared of venturing out of the house, CY works up the courage to go outside and meet people. Then, he creates something he and a friend can do together.
Mimi and her bear go to the park where they are the best at doing everything. Then one day, they see another child who seems to be the best at doing other things. When the boy hurts himself, Mimi is a friend by helping him.
Bunny asks a bird to be his friend, but the bird is too shy to respond. Until, that is, a storm forces the bird to take shelter in Bunny's hole. When Bunny helps the bird rebuild her nest, the bird sings her new friend a special song of thanks.
A practical guide for parents who are looking for help with shyness and social anxiety in their child. Fonseca includes worksheets, case studies, and practical advice for helping kids overcome shyness and make friends, and when to seek help.