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Books about friends for younger readers

A Visitor for Bear

Some of the very best picture books all about friendship - perfect for preschoolers and younger. 

  • Dogger

    Author: Shirley Hughes
    Publisher: Random House

    When Dave loses his favourite toy, Dogger, he is desolate.

  • Elmer's Friends

    Author: David McKee
    Publisher: Andersen Press

    A colourful board book in which the ever-popular Elmer the Elephant praises each of his friends for their different strengths

  • Lost and Found

    Author: Oliver Jeffers
    Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books

    Once there was a sad, lonely penguin who appeared at the door of a young boy. The boy decided he must be lost, so he set off to find his home.

  • Super Duck

    Author: Jez Alborough
    Publisher: HarperCollins

    Bright illustrations and rhyming text in a fun adventure with kites!

  • Hug

    Author: Jez Alborough
    Publisher: Walker Books

    Bobo the chimp wanders sadly around the jungle looking for someone to hug, but all the animals are already cuddling someone else.

  • Making Friends!

    Author: Jess Stockham
    Publisher: Child's Play

    This book is full of great animal pictures and lift-the-flap pages. It’s a friendly and colourful way to encourage children to enjoy sharing and have fun.

  • I Want a Friend!

    Author: Tony Ross
    Publisher: Andersen Press

    Meet one of the great characters of children's books as Little Princess starts school.

  • Faster, Faster! Nice and Slow!

    Author: Sue Heap Illustrator: Nick Sharratt
    Publisher: Penguin

    • This book is an introduction to simple opposites.
    • Friendship is a central theme.
    • The story's full of Nick Sharratt's funny and bright illustrations.

  • Iris and Isaac

    Author: Catherine Rayner
    Publisher: Little Tiger Press

    This gorgeous story from an award-winning picture book- maker is a classic tale of friendship between two quarrelling polar bears. Rayner's illustrations are a delight and her animals are full of character.

  • A Visitor for Bear

    Author: Bonny Becker Illustrator: Kady MacDonald Denton
    Publisher: Walker Books

    Bear likes to be on his own until a mouse turns up and teaches him that sharing experiences is far better than being on your own

  • Pip and Posy: The Super Scooter

    Author: Axel Scheffler
    Publisher: Nosy Crow

    Part of the endearing Pip and Posy series with gentle lessons for toddlers and preschoolers

  • Puffin Peter

    Author: Petr Horacek
    Publisher: Walker Books

    Peter and Paul are the best of friends, until one day while they are diving for fish, Peter is caught in a storm and swept out to sea alone. Thankfully, a kind blue whale is on hand to help him find his friend again - the only problem is that Peter has forgotten to tell him that Paul is a puffin, just like him.

  • Hurry Up and Slow Down

    Author: Layn Marlow
    Publisher: Oxford University Press

    Hare is always full of energy and likes to do everything quickly. Tortoise moves more slowly and struggles to keep up.

  • Monkey Nut

    Author: Simon Rickerty
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster

    Two little spiders find a monkey nut, and shouting 'it's mine!', each tries to snatch it.

  • Benjamin & the Super Spectacles

    Author: Rachel Bright
    Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books

    Benjamin Bounce keeps bouncing into things and needs spectacles... A lovely picture book about friends making each other feel super!

  • Goose

    Author: Laura Wall
    Publisher: Award Publications

    • Brightly coloured picture book with simple and enchanting illustrations.
    • Sophie meets Goose on a trip to the park and they soon become inseparable.
    • Part of the Goose series, with other titles about the birthdays, school and the zoo.

  • Dive in, Ducky!

    Author: Annie Kubler
    Publisher: Child's Play

    Talking finger puppet board book

  • Pip and Posy: The Bedtime Frog

    Author: Axel Scheffler
    Publisher: Nosy Crow

    A beautifully illustrated and simply worded story about friendship and kindness. 

  • Pip and Posy: The Little Puddle

    Author: Axel Scheffler
    Publisher: Nosy Crow

    Pip is having so much fun at Posy's house that he forgets he needs a wee...

  • Pip and Posy: The Snowy Day

    Author: Axel Scheffler
    Publisher: Nosy Crow

    • Posy wants to make a snowmouse and Pip wants to make a snowrabbit...
    • Colourful, engaging illustrations and a simple, lively story about friends falling out and making up.
    • Part of award-winning illustrator Axel Scheffler's series about the ups and downs of toddler life!

  • Axel Scheffler Rhyming Stories Book 1: Pip the Dog and Freddy the Frog

    Author: Axel Scheffler
    Publisher: Campbell Books

    The first in a series of rhyming stories following unlikely friends who love to make noise and have fun.