These books are charming, heartwarming and may give your child a bit of an insight into true friendship.
Some kids make friends with everyone, some kids are a little more on the reserved side. Either way, it's super important for kids to understand what it means both to be a true friend and to have a true friend.
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If you're looking to teach your child about friendship and making sure that their friends are real friends, we have four heartwarming books that will help to do just that.
JASPER & SCRUFF: HUNT FOR THE GOLDEN BONE written by NICOLA COLTON
Jasper is a clever cat who loves his luxuries in life. Scruff, on the other hand, is a cheeky pup who is definitely not afraid to get his paws dirty. Although these two funny characters could not be less alike, they work well together and have a great friendship. The Jasper & Scruff series shows children that differences should be welcomed, and just because someone is not the same as you, it doesn't mean you can't be great friends.
BRAVE MOLLY written by BROOKE BOYNTON-HUGHES
Molly is the only person who can see the monsters around her - they pop up everywhere she goes. At first, Molly runs from them, and they begin multiplying and scaring her. But when she wants to make a new friend, she slowly but surely learns to face her fears. This book beautifully illustrates how true friendship and support can be powerful tools in facing our fears and chasing away our inner monsters. We absolutely love it.
DUCK AND PENGUIN ARE NOT FRIENDS written by JULIA WOOLF
Betty and Maud are best friends - they do everything together. However, what they don't know is that their favourite stuffed toys are certainly not friends, not even close. This is a heartwarming and hilarious story about what toys might get up to when we're not around, and how the people you think you'd never be friends with might just turn out to be the best friends you could ask for.
A MOUSE CALLED JULIAN written by JOE TODD-STANTON
This one will definitely pull on the heartstrings. Julian the Mouse has no interest in talking to others - he is happy enough living alone in his little burrow. One day, however, Fox tries to sneak into Julian's home, and gets his head stuck in Julian's door! Although at first, they are a bit frightened, they soon have a wonderful dinner together and learn the true meaning of friendship.
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