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Books about friends for younger readers

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

  • Cyril and Pat

    Author: Emily Gravett

    Interest level: 4-7

    Reading age: 6+

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  • Cyril and Pat

    Author: Emily Gravett

    Interest level: 4-7

    Reading age: 6+

    Cyril the Squirrel is so lonely that, when he finally makes a friend, he doesn’t seem to notice that "Pat" might not be quite what…

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  • Hugo

    Author: Atinuke Illustrator: Birgitta Sif

    Interest level: 4-5

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  • Hugo

    Author: Atinuke Illustrator: Birgitta Sif

    Interest level: 4-5

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    Hugo the pigeon is a park warden. Every day he patrols the park, talking to the dog walkers, playing with the children, and keepin…

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  • Aalfred and Aalbert

    Author: Morag Hood

    Interest level: 4-6

    Reading age: 6+

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  • Aalfred and Aalbert

    Author: Morag Hood

    Interest level: 4-6

    Reading age: 6+

    Aalfred and Aalbert both need a friend but seem destined never to meet, until fate finally unites them. A unique voice and wr…

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  • My Friend Earth

    Author: Patricia McLachlan. Illustrator: Francesca Sanna

    Interest level: 4-8

    Reading age: 6+

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  • My Friend Earth

    Author: Patricia McLachlan. Illustrator: Francesca Sanna

    Interest level: 4-8

    Reading age: 6+

    Francesca Sanna’s stunning illustrations are the star of this lovely picture book which (rather like Disney’s Moana) depicts …

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  • Hello, Friend

    Author: Rebecca Cobb

    Interest level: 3-5

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  • Hello, Friend

    Author: Rebecca Cobb

    Interest level: 3-5

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    This warm-hearted picture book about making friends is a perfect read for little ones starting school or nursery who might be a bi…

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  • The Boy Who Loved Everyone

    Author: Jane Porter Illustrator: Maisie Paradise Shearring

    Interest level: 3-6

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  • The Boy Who Loved Everyone

    Author: Jane Porter Illustrator: Maisie Paradise Shearring

    Interest level: 3-6

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    Dimitri is new at nursery, and no matter how many people (and trees) he says 'I love you' to, no one says it back. Dimitri starts …

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  • A Friend for Henry

    Author: Jenn Bailey Illustrator: Mika Song

    Interest level: 4-7

    Reading age: 5+

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  • A Friend for Henry

    Author: Jenn Bailey Illustrator: Mika Song

    Interest level: 4-7

    Reading age: 5+

    Henry’s keen to make friends in his class, but it’s proving a bit of a challenge. His autism is hinted at but not referred to dire…

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  • Dogger

    Author: Shirley Hughes

    Interest level: 0+

    Reading age: 5+

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  • Dogger

    Author: Shirley Hughes

    Interest level: 0+

    Reading age: 5+

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

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  • Elmer's Friends

    Author: David McKee

    Interest level: 0+

    Reading age: 5+

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  • Elmer's Friends

    Author: David McKee

    Interest level: 0+

    Reading age: 5+

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

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  • Lost and Found

    Author: Oliver Jeffers

    Interest level: 3-5

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  • Lost and Found

    Author: Oliver Jeffers

    Interest level: 3-5

    Reading age:

    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 fi…

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  • Hug

    Author: Jez Alborough

    Interest level: 0+

    Reading age: 0+

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  • Hug

    Author: Jez Alborough

    Interest level: 0+

    Reading age: 0+

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

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  • Making Friends!

    Author: Jess Stockham

    Interest level: 0+

    Reading age: 4+

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  • Making Friends!

    Author: Jess Stockham

    Interest level: 0+

    Reading age: 4+

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

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  • Iris and Isaac

    Author: Catherine Rayner

    Interest level: 2+

    Reading age: 4+

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  • Iris and Isaac

    Author: Catherine Rayner

    Interest level: 2+

    Reading age: 4+

    This gorgeous story from an award-winning picture book- maker is a classic tale of friendship between two quarrelling polar bears.…

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  • Goose

    Author: Laura Wall

    Interest level: 3+

    Reading age: 4+

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  • Goose

    Author: Laura Wall

    Interest level: 3+

    Reading age: 4+

    • Brightly coloured picture book with simple and enchanting illustrations.
    • Sophie meets Goose on a trip to the park and they soon…
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