Friends & Friendship

Forming friendships and having friends is an enormous part of everyone’s life. But what do you do when you move to a new place? How do you make friends if you are very shy? What if your best friend makes friends with someone else? At times like these, sharing a book about other children going through similar situations just might help.


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Best Friends – Mara Bergman

This warm and funny rhyming story celebrates the joy of playing outside, friendship and the bond between children and their pets.
Age: 3+


Kevin – Rob Biddulph

A lovely rhyming text perfect for sharing. Kevin blames all his bad behaviour on an imaginary friend who then comes to life.
Age 7+


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Millicent and Meer – Richard Byrne

One day, Millicent is busy making sandcastles in her garden when, THUMP, a big wooden box lands beside her. Inside, Millicent finds the most unexpected new friend.
Age: 3+


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The Best Friend Boom – Catherine Coe and Jan McCafferty

Casper is very excited about the lasso competition at the rodeo and his best friend, Pete, helps him practise.  Casper wins the contest and gets lots of new friends. Will he remember who his true friend really is?
Age: 6+


Imaginary Fred – Eoin Colfer and Oliver Jeffers

This is a book about friendship: not having friends, finding new friends, losing friends, best friends for ever.  Just because a friendship is imaginary, doesn’t mean it’s not real.
Age: 4+


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I’m the Best – Lucy Cousins

Dog loves his friends, but he also thinks he’s the best at everything. The book shows how important it is to consider your friend’s feelings if you want to keep their friendship.
Age: 3+


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Say Hello – Jack and Michael Foreman

When someone is looking lonely and in need of a friend, there is one little word that can help.
Age: 4+


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Oliver & Patch – Claire Freedman and Kate Hindley

A delightful story about being lonely in a new place, making friends and doing the right thing.
Age: 4+


Baby Bird – Andrew Gibbs

A moving debut picture book about the power of friendship and the importance of accepting yourself just the way you are.
Age: 3+


The Great Big Book of Friends – Mary Hoffman

A great sharing book covering friendship, falling out, being different, imaginary friends etc.
Age 4+


The Only Way is Badger – Stella J. Jones

Badger thinks his ways are the best and overlooks the feelings of the other animals. When he finds himself on his own he realises he needs to change his ways to get his friends back.
Age 4+


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Oscar and Arabella and Ormsby – Neal Layton

A book about friendship featuring prehistoric animals. The message is that even friends fall out sometimes.
Age: 5+


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Friends – Kim Lewis

A warm, simple story exploring friendship between young children.
Age: 4+


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Lucy’s Quarrel – Jennifer Northway

A realistic story about a quarrel between two friends with an appropriate ending.
Age: 4+


Just Jack – Kate Scott

It’s not easy fitting in at a new school. It’s even harder to be yourself. A warm and funny story about making new friends and being yourself. Perfect for young fans of WONDER and Frank Cottrell-Boyce. Jack knows LOTS about starting a new school. Since Dad left, he and his mum have moved house five times. He also knows all about fitting in. The trick is to act exactly like everyone else and make sure no one ever notices him. But it’s hard work trying to be something he isn’t and Jack doesn’t have any good friends. That is, until Tyler comes along. Tyler is funny and different and might be the key to getting Jack to realise that although he is brilliant at pretending to be other people, the very best thing he can be is JUST JACK.
Age: 8+


Friends make everything better – Mandy Sutcliffe

Take a wonderful journey with Belle and Boo as they leave their worries behind and turn a dull day into a magical adventure. Race across the waves in a sail boat, discover treasure in the depths of the ocean, swing through a jungle full of animals, and soar to the clouds – all with your very best friend. Together, friends really do make everything better!
Age: 4+


A Place for Pluto – Stef Wade

Pluto can’t believe he is not a planet anymore and does not know where he belongs. On his journey of discovery he makes new and old friends.
Age 3+


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Frank & Teddy Make Friends – Louise Yates

Professor Frank Mouse is clever and inventive.  He is also very lonely, so one day he makes himself a friend – Teddy!
Age: 3+

 

Bullying

Being bullied can be a confusing and scary experience. Sharing stories about similar situations can put a child’s mind at ease and help them find strategies and courage to deal with the bully.


Topsy and Tim Help a Friend
by Jean and Gareth Adamson

Stevie Dunton is unhappy at school because some of the children are picking on him.  Topsy and Tim speak to some grown-ups to help make the situation better.
Age: 4+


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Lucy and the Bully
by Claire Alexander

Lucy the goat kid is bullied at nursery by Tommy the calf. All is sorted out and Tommy says sorry and Lucy forgives him. A reassuring tale to encourage children to tell their parents if they are bullied.
Age: 3+

The hide and scare bear
by Ivan Bates

There once lived a naughty and mischievous bear who liked playing a game he called Hide and Scare. Then along came Rabbit, who offered advice a short rabbit lesson on how to be nice. But can a little rabbit show a big bear that there is a kinder way to play?
Age: 3+


Willy the Wimp
by Anthony Browne

Willy tries to change himself because he is teased for being a wimp. He commits a brave act but, in the end, is the same lovable Willy.
Age: 5+


The Angel of Nitshill Road
by Anne Fine

Amusing story about bullying at school. Outcome is assisted by magical means which lessens its usefulness.
Age: 8+


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Leave Me Alone
by Kes Gray and Lee Wildish

With the help of some animal friends a small boy finds the strength to stand up to a giant bully who has been making him miserable.
Age: 4+


Lion vs Rabbit
by Alex Latimer

A nice story with good illustrations about getting the better of a bully.
Age: 4+


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Dealing With Bullying
by Jane Lacey and illustrated by Venitia Dean
Age range: 7+

This book teaches readers how to deal with bullies and make sure they don’t give in to peer pressure to bully others. It features seven stories from children who have a range of bullying problems from a girl who is being left out by her friends to a boy bullied for the way he speaks. It features both verbal and physical bullying. The stories help readers understand and empathise with characters, while also offering practical advice that readers can use in their everyday lives. The end of the book features a short playscript to act out and discuss.


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Accidental Trouble Magnet: (Planet Omar)
by Zanib Mian and illustrated by Nasaya Mafaridik
Age range: 6+

Planet Omar is a book about being different, growing friendships and overcoming hurdles.
Omar has just moved into a new house with his family: sticky-fingered little brother Esa, snooty older sister Maryam and his scientist parents. Going to a new school turns out to be okay, apart from the fact that class bully Daniel tells Omar that because he’s a Muslim, he’s going to be kicked out of the country and will have to go and live in Pakistan. Understandably worried, Omar asks his cousin if that’s true, and both hope it isn’t, because there’s a distinct lack of good pizza there. Plus, there’s mean Mrs Rogers next door who complains loudly about Omar’s mum frying onions.
Yet when mean Mrs Rogers has an accident, Omar’s family is there to help. And when Omar and bully Daniel get stranded on a school trip in London, Omar realises that Danny isn’t so tough after all…


Ben the Bully
by Maggie Moore and Jan Smith

Ben was a mean bully.  Nobody wanted to be his friend.  Then little Joe decides he will play football with Ben and things start to change.
Age: 5+


Mud boy: a story about bullying
by Sarah Siggs

This illustrated story is designed to be read with children aged 5+ who have experienced or seen bullying or teasing. Sam’s story gently evokes how it feels to be bullied and shows how talking to other people helps. It is a great discussion starter for kids and adults, and empowers children to see how they can change things for the better.
Age: 5+


Bad Girls
by Jacqueline Wilson and Nick Sharratt

A number of issues, including bullying, are tackled in this author’s usual humorous style as Mandy finds herself befriended by a girl who fails to meet her parents’ approval.
Age: 8+


Monster Eyeballs
by Jacqueline Wilson and Stephen Lewis

Mark is the class bully.  He loves scaring everyone, but has he met his match with Kate and the Monster Eyeballs?
Age: 5+


Useful Organisations

Kidscape
National charity helping to prevent bullying and child abuse

Friends and Friendship

Forming friendships and having friends is an enormous part of everyone’s life. But what do you do when you move to a new place? How do you make friends if you are very shy? What if your best friend makes friends with someone else? At times like these, sharing a book about other children going through similar situations just might help.


Naughty Narwhal
by Emma Adams and Katy Halford

Narwhal is the most mischievous, naughty little creature you’ll ever meet – wherever she is, she’s always up to something. But one day, Narwhal sees all of her friends having a party. Oh no – what will Narwhal do? And will she ever face up to her naughty behaviour?
Age: 3+


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Amazing
by Steve Antony

A little boy and his pet dragon are the very best of friends. They laugh, they sing, they dance, they snooze. They are both amazing – just like everyone else! A celebration of friendship and being yourself with a positive message about celebrating diversity.
Age: 3+


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Best Friends
by Mara Bergman

This warm and funny rhyming story celebrates the joy of playing outside, friendship and the bond between children and their pets.
Age: 3+


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Kevin
by Rob Biddulph

A lovely rhyming text perfect for sharing. Kevin blames all his bad behaviour on an imaginary friend who then comes to life.
Age 7+


Millicent and Meer
by Richard Byrne

One day, Millicent is busy making sandcastles in her garden when, THUMP, a big wooden box lands beside her. Inside, Millicent finds the most unexpected new friend.
Age: 3+


The Best Friend Boom
by Catherine Coe and Jan McCafferty

Casper is very excited about the lasso competition at the rodeo and his best friend, Pete, helps him practise.  Casper wins the contest and gets lots of new friends. Will he remember who his true friend really is?
Age: 6+


Imaginary Fred
by Eoin Colfer and Oliver Jeffers

This is a book about friendship: not having friends, finding new friends, losing friends, best friends for ever.  Just because a friendship is imaginary, doesn’t mean it’s not real.
Age: 4+


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I’m the Best
by Lucy Cousins

Dog loves his friends, but he also thinks he’s the best at everything. The book shows how important it is to consider your friend’s feelings if you want to keep their friendship.
Age: 3+


Say Hello
by Jack and Michael Foreman

When someone is looking lonely and in need of a friend, there is one little word that can help.
Age: 4+


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Oliver & Patch
by Claire Freedman and Kate Hindley

A delightful story about being lonely in a new place, making friends and doing the right thing.
Age: 4+


Baby Bird
by Andrew Gibbs

A moving debut picture book about the power of friendship and the importance of accepting yourself just the way you are.
Age: 3+


Together we can
by Caryl Hart

Our friends are all different, but one thing is true, each one is quite precious and that includes YOU! Award-winning Caryl Hart and Ali Pye have created a beautifully fun-filled and vibrant picture book showing children forming friendships and displaying kindness and compassion. The perfect rhyming read-aloud with joyous illustrations, this book celebrates diversity and inclusivity throughout and highlights how important togetherness is in our world.
Age: 3+


The Great Big Book of Friends
by Mary Hoffman

A great sharing book covering friendship, falling out, being different, imaginary friends etc.
Age 4+


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The Only Way is Badger
by Stella J. Jones

Badger thinks his ways are the best and overlooks the feelings of the other animals. When he finds himself on his own he realises he needs to change his ways to get his friends back.
Age 4+


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Giraffe problems
by Jory John

Edward the giraffe can’t understand why his neck is as long and bendy and ridiculous as it is. No other animal has a neck this absurd. He’s tried disguising it, dressing it up, strategically hiding it behind bushes – anything he can think of. But just when he’s exhausted his neck-hiding options, a turtle ambles in and tries to help him understand that his neck has a purpose – and looks excellent in a bow tie.
Age: 3+


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Oscar and Arabella and Ormsby
by Neal Layton

A book about friendship featuring prehistoric animals. The message is that even friends fall out sometimes.
Age: 5+


Friends
by Kim Lewis

A warm, simple story exploring friendship between young children.
Age: 4+


Lucy’s Quarrel
by Jennifer Northway

A realistic story about a quarrel between two friends with an appropriate ending.
Age: 4+


Just Jack
by Kate Scott

It’s not easy fitting in at a new school. It’s even harder to be yourself. A warm and funny story about making new friends and being yourself. Perfect for young fans of WONDER and Frank Cottrell-Boyce. Jack knows LOTS about starting a new school. Since Dad left, he and his mum have moved house five times. He also knows all about fitting in. The trick is to act exactly like everyone else and make sure no one ever notices him. But it’s hard work trying to be something he isn’t and Jack doesn’t have any good friends. That is, until Tyler comes along. Tyler is funny and different and might be the key to getting Jack to realise that although he is brilliant at pretending to be other people, the very best thing he can be is JUST JACK.
Age: 8+


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Friends make everything better
by Mandy Sutcliffe

Take a wonderful journey with Belle and Boo as they leave their worries behind and turn a dull day into a magical adventure. Race across the waves in a sail boat, discover treasure in the depths of the ocean, swing through a jungle full of animals, and soar to the clouds – all with your very best friend. Together, friends really do make everything better!
Age: 4+


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A Place for Pluto
by Stef Wade

Pluto can’t believe he is not a planet anymore and does not know where he belongs. On his journey of discovery he makes new and old friends.
Age 3+


Frank & Teddy Make Friends
by Louise Yates

Professor Frank Mouse is clever and inventive.  He is also very lonely, so one day he makes himself a friend – Teddy!
Age: 3+


The Irresistible Inheritance of Wilberforce by Paul Torday

About the book

Late one summer evening, Wilberforce – rich, young, and work-obsessed – makes a detour on his way home to the vast undercroft of Caerlyon Hall, and the domain of Francis Black, a place where wine, hospitality and affection flow freely.

Through Francis, Wilberforce is initiated into a life rich in the promise of friendship and adventure, where, through his new set of friends, the possibility of finding acceptance, and even falling in love, seems finally to be within his reach.

Wilberforce becomes a willing pupil to Francis, and in the cellars of Caerlyon he nurtures a new-found passion for wine. But even the finest wine can leave a bitter aftertaste, and Wilberforce will learn the undercroft’s unpalatable secrets, and that passion comes at a price …

Reviewed by The Village

“Beautifully written but subject matter distasteful. Would read more by the same author”

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Mrs Palfrey at the Claremont by Elizabeth Taylor

About the book

On a rainy Sunday in January, the recently widowed Mrs Palfrey arrives at the Claremont Hotel where she will spend her remaining days. Her fellow residents are magnificently eccentric and endlessly curious, living off crumbs of affection and snippets of gossip. Together, upper lips stiffened, they fight off their twin enemies: boredom and the Grim Reaper.

Then one day Mrs Palfrey strikes up an unlikely friendship with an impoverished young writer, Ludo, who sees her as inspiration for his novel.

 

Reviewed by Enjoying Books

What a gentle yet most intuitive and interesting book. Closely observed, amusing yet poignant. Thoroughly recommended”

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The Help by Kathryn Stockett

About the book

Enter a vanished and unjust world: Jackson, Mississippi, 1962. Where black maids raise white children, but aren’t trusted not to steal the silver . . .

There’s Aibileen, raising her seventeenth white child and nursing the hurt caused by her own son’s tragic death; Minny, whose cooking is nearly as sassy as her tongue; and white Miss Skeeter, home from College, who wants to know why her beloved maid has disappeared.

Skeeter, Aibileen and Minny. No one would believe they’d be friends; fewer still would tolerate it. But as each woman finds the courage to cross boundaries, they come to depend and rely upon one another. Each is in a search of a truth. And together they have an extraordinary story to tell…

Reviewed by Women Who Read

“We liked this book very much. The characterisation and voices brought it to life. It generated a lot of discussion about how recent these events were and how they may not have changed very much in some places

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Blood Knots (a Memoir of Fishing and Friendship) by Luke Jennings

About the book

As a child in the 1960s, Luke Jennings was fascinated by the rivers and lakes around his Sussex home. Beneath their surfaces, it seemed to him, waited alien and mysterious worlds. With library books as his guide, he applied himself to the task of learning to fish. His progress was slow, and for years he caught nothing. But then a series of teachers presented themselves, including an inspirational young intelligence officer, from whom he learnt stealth, deception and the art of the dry fly. So began an enlightening but often dark-shadowed journey of discovery. It would lead to bright streams and wild country, but would end with his mentor’s capture, torture and execution by the IRA. Blood Knots is about angling, about great fish caught and lost, but it is also about friendship, honour and coming of age. As an adult Jennings has sought out lost and secretive waterways, probing waters ‘as deep as England’ at dead of night in search of giant pike. The quest, as always, is for more than the living quarry. For only by searching far beneath the surface, Jennings suggests in this most moving and thought-provoking of memoirs, can you connect with your own deep history.

Reviewed by Waterlooville Reading Group

This is much more than a book about fishing. It’s a beautifully written memoir with hidden depths. Lots of starting points for discussion”

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Grace Williams Says it Loud by Emma Henderson

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The doctors said no more could be done and advised Grace’s parents to put her away.

On her first day at the Briar Mental Institute, Grace, aged eleven, meets Daniel.

Debonair Daniel, an epileptic who can type with his feet, sees a different Grace: someone to share secrets and canoodle with, someone to fight for.

A deeply affecting, spirit-soaring story of love against the odds.

 

Reviewed by Stubbington Book Ends

“An unusual and engaging story full of sadness. Love, horror and hope”

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Tigerman by Nick Harkaway

About the book

Sergeant Lester Ferris is a good man in need of a rest. He’s spent a lot of his life being shot at. He has no family, he’s nearly forty, burned out and about to be retired. The island of Mancreu is the perfect place for Lester to serve out his time – and the perfect place for shady business, too, hence the Black Fleet of illicit ships lurking in the bay: listening stations, money laundering operations, drug factories and deniable torture centres. None of which should be a problem, because Lester’s brief is to turn a blind eye. But Lester has made a friend: a brilliant, internet-addled street kid with a comic-book fixation who might, Lester hopes, become an adopted son. As Mancreu’s small society tumbles into violence, the boy needs Lester to be more than just an observer. He needs him to be a hero.

Reviewed by Bishop’s Courtiers

“Only 1 of our group liked it. The rest of us thought it was plodding and difficult to follow. The whole plot seemed pointless and nonsensical. An odd book”

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And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini

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Ten-year-old Abdullah would do anything for his younger sister. In a life of poverty and struggle, with no mother to care for them, Pari is the only person who brings Abdullah happiness. For her, he will trade his only pair of shoes to give her a feather for her treasured collection. When their father sets off with Pari across the desert to Kabul in search of work, Abdullah is determined not to be separated from her. Neither brother nor sister know what this fateful journey will bring them. And the Mountains Echoed is a deeply moving epic of heartache, hope and, above all, the unbreakable bonds of love.

Reviewed by In-Sync

“Nearly everyone read it: it had a lot of short stories with inter-connecting characters, which made it rather too long. Those who read it enjoyed it”

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