Picture Book Picks: Friendship, Love & Kindness


Picture books about friendship, love and kindness are, I think, always welcome! We get a lot of questions at our library regarding the aforementioned themes, and I’ve slowly been cultivating my list of favourites over the a number of years.

Here, in no particular order, are my favourite picture books about love and friendship. (…This list could also come in handy for any Valentine’s Day themed storytimes…!)

scrawnycat11449531Scrawny Cat by Phyllis Root, illus. Alison Friend
Plant a Kiss by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, illus. Peter H. Reynolds
Chopsticks by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, illus. Scott Magoon
Katie Loves the Kittens by John Himmelman
Chick ‘n’ Pug by Jennifer Sattler
Say Hello to Zorro! by Carter Goodrich
Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson, illus. E.B. Lewis
Bear’s New Friend by Karma Wilson, illus. Jane Chapman
Gossie and Gertie by Olivier Dunrea
mrpusskinds369353Mr. Pusskins: A Love Story by Sam Lloyd
The Bear Who Shared by Catherine Rayner
A Kiss Like This by Mary Murphy
Oliver by Birgitta Sif
Henry in Love by Peter McCarty
I’m Not. by Pam Smallcomb, illus. Robery Weinstock
City Dog, Country Frog by Mo Willems, illus. Jon J. Muth
Boy & Bot by Ame Dyckman, illus. Dan Yaccarino
Friends by Eric Carle
Enemy Pie by Derek Munson, illus. Tara Calahan King
south3485600South by Patrick McDonnell
Hug Machine by Scott Campbell
The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend by Dan Santat
Jennifer Jones Won’t Leave Me Alone by Frieda Wishinsky, illus. Neal Layton
A Sick Day for Amos McGee by Philip C. Stead, illus. Erin E. Stead
Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers
The Heart and the Bottle by Oliver Jeffers
The Farmer and the Clown by Marla Frazee
princesshyacinth6321821Princess Hyacinth: The Surprising Tale of a Girl Who Floated by Florence Parry Heide, illus. Lane Smith
A Splendid Friend, Indeed by Suzanne Bloom
Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney, illus. Anita Jeram
Very Special Friends by Jane Chapman
Boot & Shoe by Marla Frazee
A Home for Bird by Philip C. Stead
My Friend is Sad by Mo Willems
sylviaandbird6258757Sylvia and Bird by Catherine Rayner
Harris Finds His Feet by Catherine Rayner
Forever Friends by Carin Berger
Owl Babies by Martin Waddell, illus. Patrick Benson
The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn, illus. Ruth E. Harper, illus. Nancy M. Leak
Scaredy Squirrel Makes a Friend by Melanie Watt
The Duckling Gets a Cookie!? by Mo Willems
Hooray for Amanda & Her Alligator! by Mo Willems
You Will Be My Friend! by Peter Brown

Author: michelle@fabbookreviews

Reference & Children's Librarian. Reader. Reviewer.

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