Creating Bonds: Books about Making Friends for Kids

Kiko Anderson
books about making friends

Friendship can be a tricky topic for kids to navigate, especially as they start to form their own opinions and personalities. It is important to provide them with tools to help them foster healthy and positive relationships with their peers. One of the most effective ways to do this is by reading books that teach children all about the importance of making friends. In this blog post, we will be discussing some of the best books about making friends! 

1. “How to Be a Friend: A Guide to Making Friends and Keeping Them” by Laurene Krasny Brown and Marc Brown

This book is excellent for young children who are just starting to learn about friendship. It explains the qualities of a good friend and offers practical tips on how to make friends. The book helps children understand that friendship requires effort and teaches them how to handle conflicts.

2. “Enemy Pie” by Derek Munson

This book is perfect for children who are struggling with making friends or have experienced bullying. The story revolves around a boy who sets out to make “enemy pie” to get rid of his nemesis. However, his father has a better idea and teaches him a valuable lesson about understanding and empathy.

3. “The Invisible Boy” by Trudy Ludwig

This is a great option when it comes to books on making friends! This tells the story of Brian, a boy who feels invisible and left out in school. The story teaches children about the importance of kindness, empathy, and inclusion. It is an excellent conversation starter for parents and educators to discuss social exclusion and diversity.

4. “Making Friends is an Art” by Julia Cook

In this fun and lighthearted book, children learn that making friends is like creating a piece of art. Making friends requires patience, creativity, and practice. The book teaches children about the importance of being themselves, listening, and being kind to others.

4. “Smile” by Raina Telgemeier 

This graphic novel memoir is all about the ups and downs of navigating friendship in middle school. Smile is a funny, heartfelt, and honest read that many kids will relate to and enjoy.


The books highlighted above are just a glimpse of the incredible resources available to help children learn about making friends and developing healthy relationships. These books offer not only an enjoyable and educational activity but also serve as a platform for meaningful discussions about emotions, empathy, and social skills. Sharing a good book is a wonderful way to create lasting memories with your child. And with Troomi Wireless, a safe smartphone for kids that is parent-controlled, you can enhance their reading experience. Through Troomi’s approved KidSmart® Apps like Audible and Kindle, children can access these stories wherever they go, making reading and learning a seamless part of their everyday lives.

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