BFFs. Besties. Frenemies. Why do kids have so many names for friends? Maybe it’s because after family, your kiddos’ pals are the greatest force in their lives. It starts with toddler play dates set up by mom, and before you know it they’re inviting kids over for an all-night movie marathon. Read on to discover eight of our favorite books about the power of friendship.

Yo! Yes?

Sometimes the language of friendship is as simple as a “yo!” In this vibrantly illustrated story, two boys from different backgrounds become friends from the start of a tentative greeting. 

Ages: 2-4

Get it here, $7.99

You Are Friendly

This award-winning book teaches kids there are numerous to connect with others. Inviting someone to play, sharing and being kind are all ways to make and keep friends.

 Ages: 2-4 

Get it here, $7.99


Frog and Toad Are Friends 50th Anniversary Commemorative Edition

This gorgeous special edition of Frog and Toad Are Friends celebrates Frog and Toad’s 50th anniversary! Frog and Toad Are Friends was first published in 1970 and the first of a four-book series featuring these beloved characters and their friendship. This new edition is filled with special features like remastered artwork, a ribbon bookmarker, bonus material and a bio of the author, Arnold Lobel—it makes a great gift for anyone who loves children's literature! Frog and Toad Are Friends is also a heartwarming read that inspires compassion while exploring the beauty of friendship for your child.

Ages: 4-8

Get it here, $18.99

The Invisible Boy

No one ever notices Brian, and he’s not included. Everything changes when a new kid comes to class. Brian makes him feel welcome right away, and they form a special bond that helps each of them shine.

Ages: 6-9

Get it here, $10.59

How to Be a Friend

This fun dinosaur character-themed book is a friendship how-to guide. Kids learn how to show someone they want to be friends, how to handle bullies, how to be a good friend, and even conflict resolution.

Ages: 4-8 years

Get it here, $8.99

All Are Welcome

Teaching kids the importance of inclusion is the building block of friendship. This book follows a group of kids of all backgrounds as they are wholeheartedly welcomed at school by their teachers and peers.

Ages: 4-8 years

Get it here, $14.19

Enemy Pie

Jeremy Ross is the new kid on the block and enemy number one. His dad has a special recipe to turn enemies into friends: Enemy Pie. Part of the recipe is spending a whole day playing with the enemy so it may not be easy, but it's bound to work!

Ages: 5-9

Get it here, $13.99

The One and Only Ivan

This Newberry Award-winning book tells the story of Ivan, a gorilla who lives in a shopping mall with humans watching his mundane life through the glass. A baby elephant named Ruby who was taken from her family meets Ivan, and changes his life forever, as only true friendship can.

Ages: 8-12 

Get it here, $7.99

This post is sponsored by Harper Collins Children’s Books and the 50th Anniversary Commemorative Edition of Frog and Toad Are Friends, a heartwarming tale of two friend’s adventures. Get your copy here.

—Emma Bland Smith & Jamie Aderski