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Books about friends for younger readers

I Want a Friend!

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

  • 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

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    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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  • Super Duck

    Author: Jez Alborough

    Interest level: 2+

    Reading age: 4+

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  • Super Duck

    Author: Jez Alborough

    Interest level: 2+

    Reading age: 4+

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

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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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  • A Visitor for Bear

    Author: Bonny Becker Illustrator: Kady MacDonald Denton

    Interest level: 2+

    Reading age: 6+

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  • A Visitor for Bear

    Author: Bonny Becker Illustrator: Kady MacDonald Denton

    Interest level: 2+

    Reading age: 6+

    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

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  • Puffin Peter

    Author: Petr Horacek

    Interest level: 3+

    Reading age: 5+

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  • Puffin Peter

    Author: Petr Horacek

    Interest level: 3+

    Reading age: 5+

    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 …

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  • Monkey Nut

    Author: Simon Rickerty

    Interest level: 2+

    Reading age: 5+

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  • Monkey Nut

    Author: Simon Rickerty

    Interest level: 2+

    Reading age: 5+

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

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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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