Thursday, June 25, 2015

Must Read Monday: Friendship Books

There are so many great books that about friendships.  Here are a few of my favorites!

Making Friends

Have You Filled a Bucket Today by Carol McCloud is a great way to introduce how your actions can effect the people around you.  It states that everyone has an invisible bucket.  In order to fill your bucket, you must fill other people's buckets by doing and saying kind things.  It also talks about what it means to be a bucket dipper.  We then do several activities to reinforce the bucket filling philosophy.

The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister is a book that talks about the importance of sharing with others.  A fish has sparkly gills, and refuses to shared. Therefore, other fish do not want to be around him.  He gets lonely and soon realizes that if he shares with others, he will have the most valuable thing of all...friendship.


Otis by Loren Long is about an old tractor, Otis, and his friend, the calf.  Otis and the calf develop a friendship and comfort each other in times of need.  The two of them are inseparable and do many things together each day.  When the farmer gets a new tractor, Otis gets moved outside, away from the calf.  The calf soon gets stuck in the mud, and Otis comes to the rescue!

My Friend Has Autism by Amanda Doering Tourville.  This is a great book to help children learn how children with autism are different from themselves.  In this book, the children find commonalities and talk about airplanes, make models and enjoy playing at each other's house.

Overcoming Conflict

One by Kathryn Otoshi is a color book that plays off of colorful emotions (Blue is quiet and calm, and Red is a "hothead" who bullies the other colors).  No one stands up to Red, until One shows up and shows the other colors how to stand up for themselves.  

Llama Llama and the Bully Goat by Anna Dewdney is rhyming/sing song book about a "bully goat" at school, who teases the other children.  When outside at recess, Gilroy (the "bully goat") is not being nice.  The children tell their teacher, and the teacher talks to him.  When he is ready to be nice he joins the other children and is nice to all.

What books do you like you read about friendships? Please leave your ideas in the comments below!


  1. Hi Meghan,
    I love your book selections! My counselor does wonderful lessons about bucket filling and they are so powerful. This seems like a great book to add to my selection! I also really like the sound of One. I definitely have to check that out. Thanks so much for linking up with us!
    Kindergarten Planet

  2. Thank you so much! I think those 2 books are some of my all time favorites. I would highly recommend both. I just saw that the author of One, has 2 more books. I am going to be making my way to the bookstore to check them out as well! Thank you so much hosting the link up! :)