Feature Article: Essential Children’s Books About Friendship

by | Mar 3, 2022 | Featured Article | 0 comments

Being in good friendships is a two-way street.

You can’t expect children to have decent friendships if they don’t know how to properly interact with others. And this is where social skills are put to test. Developing social skills in children helps them have healthier friendships with others. Likewise, this can also help improve their cognitive abilities, mental capacity, and overall mental health.

As children grow, they encounter many opportunities that can help develop these skills. But as a parent, it is your responsibility to make sure they’re getting off on the right foot.

Reading can be an essential guide. By reading books about friendship, their concept or mental image of such a concept is established, and they are also encouraged to have meaningful conversations. But which books are the best for this discussion?

Don’t Hug Doug (He Doesn’t Like It)

In this book by Carie Finison, children are introduced to Doug, a normal kid who doesn’t like hugs. Doug thinks hugs are too squeezy and squashy, so he doesn’t like any gesture that’s related to a hug, whether it be introductory or congratulatory.

Don’t Hug Doug aims to introduce the very important concept of bodily autonomy and consent to children – two things they need to learn especially at a young age.

As kids begin to create relationships with others, they must know how they should have their own choices and rules concerning their bodies and identities, and the ability to say no to the requests of others. This book focuses on respecting personal spaces while presenting different ways of showing you care without violating boundaries.

Want to Play Trucks?

This book by Ann Stott introduces children to Jack and Alex, two friends who like different things – Jack likes trucks, while Alex prefers dolls. When the two characters get into a fight because of this, they are led to compromise and find the interests they have in common. Want to Play Trucks? sets a warm-hearted example that shows how boys can have different interests, even dolls.

When children learn to interact with other children, they are shoved into a world of different preferences. A concept that can lead to many conflicts, as they question why they don’t like the same things, or when their preferences clash.

This book helps guide children into understanding that they can have different preferences but still find a common ground and remain friends.

How to Apologize

Friendship isn’t only about playing and having fun together. Sometimes, children are going to experience conflicts and get into fights. And for this, they need to learn how and how not to apologize. How to Apologize is a humorous guidebook by David LaRochelle filled with practical tips on when, how, and why children must say sorry to their friends.

As children get into fights with each other, it can be easy to brush them off and let the grown-ups handle them. However, it’s also important for the children’s development to let them make amends when they’ve committed mistakes.

Friends: Here… There… Everywhere!!!

Friends: Here… There… Everywhere!!! was written by Rosella Calauti to encourage children in discovering great friendships. Additionally, other than encouraging children to feel secure as they start building relationships, it also helps strengthen children’s reading and writing skills. Parents can get advice on how to enhance social and literacy development on Rosella’s book.

From the moment they were born, children continuously seek care and attention from the people around them. And among the various means of giving these, friendship is one of the most important in a child’s life. Friendships affect children’s development, likewise, these also help shape their world. And by ensuring that they have good friends, you’re helping them feel safe and confident, likewise decreasing the probability of them feeling isolated.


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