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Friendship and Kindness (Kids)

Parents and caregivers will enjoy sharing these books with children to celebrate kindness and friendship.

Best friend in the whole world by Sandra Salsbury

Feeling not quite fulfilled in his quiet home of books, music, and tea parties for one, Roland makes an imaginary best friend out of a pine cone that helps him choose between a life of solitude and offering companionship to someone real.

Group hug by Jean Reidy

A slug gets a hug, and passes along the kindness to other animals

When Carrot met Cookie by Erica S Perl

Friends Carrot and Cookie try to see past their differences before their friendship spoils.

My little pony. A new adventure

When Sunny befriends a lost Unicorn named Izzy, they embark on an epic adventure that will include a daring jewel heist, outrageous conspiracy theories, elaborate musical numbers, and the world's cutest flying Pomeranian. The world Sunny has dreamed of her entire life could finally become a reality as Sunny and her newfound friends fight to prove that even little ponies can make a big difference!

Fast friends by John Cena

Monster truck Elbow Grease and his brothers meet a monster-cycle, Chopper, and hope to be her friend--until she proves to be faster, smarter, and more capable than they are.

Words to make a friend : a story in Japanese and English by Donna Jo Napoli

"When a young Japanese girl moves into her new house, she is happy to see a girl her age playing in the snow just outside her window. The only problem is the Japanese girl doesn't speak English and the American girl doesn't speak Japanese. But each girl'slove of the snow teaches them that they don't need to speak the same language to have fun!"--

Oona and the shark by Kelly DiPucchio

Oona the mermaid is friends with everyone, but when her attempts to befriend a shark with sensory issues fail miserably she realizes what may be fun for her may be overwhelming for him

Punky aloha by Shar Tuiasoa

"Punky loves to do a lot of things -- except meeting new friends. She doesn't feel brave enough. So when her grandmother asks her to go out and grab butter for her famous banana bread, Punky hesitates. But with the help of her grandmother's magical sunglasses, and with a lot of aloha in her heart, Punky sets off on a BIG adventure for the very first time."--

Big new friend by Norman Bridwell

"Clifford and Emily Elizabeth are going on an adventure! The two friends hear a story about a mysterious white whale who lives off the coast of Birdwell Island. Her name is Babette, and she's the same size as Clifford-which makes her the perfect new friend for the big red dog! Clifford and Emily Elizabeth try everything to get Babette to come out of hiding"--

Dinos are a girl's best friend! by Hayley Vaughters

You know what they say, DINOS are a girl's best friend! Tyra loves walking on her stilts, so the tall Tyrannosaurus rex is her favorite dinosaur. Megan loves to swim with her fins, so she loves the Megalodon the most. Each girl's individual interests, hobbies, and traits are exemplified in the dinosaurs they select as their best friend in this adorable book about a group of very different friends brought together by their shared love of dinosaurs

Five-minute friendship starters : a Sesame Street guide to making a friend by Marie-Therese Miller

"Making a new friend is easy with help from Sesame Street! Young readers learn fun ways to approach, get to know, and have fun with a new friend-in just five minutes!"--

Gitty and Kvetch by Caroline Kusin Pritchard

Gitty always sees the bright side of life, while her best feathered-friend, curmudgeonly Kvetch, complains constantly but when her perfect plan goes awry, only Kvetch can raise Gitty's spirits again. Includes glossary of Yiddish words

Mars' first friends : come on over, rovers by Susanna Leonard Hill

Mars is lonely--his father, the sun, denies him a pet and his sibling planets will not play with him--but when rovers Spirit and Opportunity arrive from Earth, he finally has playmates. Includes facts about the solar system, Mars, and the Mars rovers.

Meesha makes friends by Tom Percival

Meesha loves making things, but struggles to make friends until her mother takes her to a party where she meets Josh, a boy who wants to make friends, too.

Circle round by Anne Sibley O'Brien

"From one child to ten, hands are extended in an ongoing invitation to welcome all kids into a circle of inclusion, friendship, and play"--

Share some kindness, bring some light by Apryl Stott

Coco sets out to help her new friend, Bear, show other animals he is not mean just because he is big, and soon they all have learned something about kindness.

A pair of pears and an orange by Anna McGregor

"A pair of pears rocked on a seesaw. A pair of pears played ping-pong. A pair of pears rode their tandem bike. Until one day, someone new wanted to join their fun. Big Pear and Little Pear love playing together. But when Orange joins in, their games don't work and Big Pear feels left out. A relatable, hilarious, and kind-hearted tale about navigating friendship when three definitely starts to feel like a crowd! From the author of much-loved Anemone is not the Enemy"--Back cover

Where is Bina Bear? by Mike Curato

During her party, Tiny cannot find her best friend Bina and realizes something is wrong, in this comical yet sincere picture book about friendship, understanding, and accepting others as they are.

How to spot a best friend by Bea Birdsong

In this adorable celebration of kindness and friendship, a young girl declares on her first day of school that she will find a best friend and sets out to do so.

We laugh alike : a story that's part English, part Spanish, and a whole lot of fun by Carmen T Bernier-Grand

Six children are at the park, one group speaks only English and the other only Spanish, but soon they learn to communicate through playing, dancing, and singing.

Can I sit with you? by Sarah (Illustrator) Jacoby

A scruffy stray dog follows a girl home, promising to stay by her side and be her loyal friend and companion for as long as she needs him.

The friendship book by Mary Lyn Ray

Illustrations and easy-to-read text provide a primer on friendship, including the many ways friendships are formed.

Carrot & pea : An Unlikely Friendship by Morag Hood

Although he is different in size, color, and shape, the peas like and accept their friend, Colin the carrot.

We are (not) friends by Anna Kang

Two fuzzy friends are having a fun playdate when a new pal hops in. As the day continues, each friend feels left out at times. It isn’t so easy to figure out how to act when everything seems to change. With humor and heart, the beloved characters from Theodor Seuss Geisel Award winner You Are (Not) Small navigate a friendship triangle as only they can

I like being me : poems about kindness, friendship, and making good choices by Judy Lalli

"Twenty-six rhyming poems invite children to develop character and acquire social-emotional skills. Accompanying photographs show children from diverse backgrounds in realistic settings. Back matter provides adults with discussion prompts and activity ideas"--

My friend Maggie by Hannah E Harrison

"Paula and Maggie are best friends until Paula starts playing with some new friends instead, but when her new playmates turn on her, it's Maggie who rushes to Paula's defense"--

Best friends forever by Owen Hart

Rhyming text celebrates the different types of friendships, including friends that make you laugh, offer good advice, and best friends the most special of them all.

Rulers of the playground by Joseph Kuefler

When Jonah declares himself the ruler of the playground, Lennox takes a stand, aspiring to rule the playground herself.

I'm new here by Anne Sibley O'Brien

Three children from other countries (Somalia, Guatemala, and Korea) struggle to adjust to their new home and school in the United States.

Kindness makes us strong by Sophie Beer

"This...board book shows various children as they extend kindness in all kinds of situations: on the playground, at lunchtime, on a bike path, and on a neighborhood street."--

Kindness rules! by Eunice Moyle

When his friends are feeling sad, shy, upset, angry, or hurt, Magic the elephant treats everyone with kindness and always makes amends.

K is for kindness by Jodie Shepherd

Elmo helps out his friends and neighbors in different ways and discovers what it means to be kind to others all while working to earn his "K Is for Kindness" Monster Scout badge.

Try a little kindness : A Guide to Being Better by Henry Cole

Animal characters demonstrate for young readers the importance of being kind.

The jelly donut difference : sharing kindness with the world by Maria Dismondy

Twins Leah and Dexter are always quarreling until the day they are sent to borrow eggs from their lonely neighbor, Ms. Marvis, who tells them about the Polish doughnuts she made when she was younger.

I walk with Vanessa : A Story About a Simple Act of Kindness by author Kerascoët

An elementary school girl witnesses the bullying of another girl, but she is not sure how to help.

Be kind by Pat Zietlow Miller

When Tanisha spills grape juice all over her new dress, her classmate contemplates how to make her feel better and what it means to be kind. From asking the new girl to play to standing up for someone being bullied, this moving and thoughtful story explores what a child can do to be kind, and how each act, big or small, can make a difference or at least help a friend

A friend for Henry by Jenn Bailey

Henry would like to find a friend at school, but for a boy on the autism spectrum, making friends can be difficult, as his efforts are sometimes misinterpreted, or things just go wrong--but Henry keeps trying, and in the end he finds a friend he can playwith.

ABCs of kindness by Patricia Hegarty

Uses the alphabet to teach young readers the importance of kindness.

The big umbrella by Amy June Bates

A spacious umbrella welcomes anyone and everyone who needs shelter from the rain.
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