3 brilliant books about new friendships

Book Adventurers | 20th September 2021

Making friends isn’t always easy, this week we’ve chosen 3 books to help your child make friends at nursery or school.

We’re all settling into the new routines of different schools, nurseries and journeys to and from home.

As our children navigate the many new big and small things they have to get used to, there’s also the big challenge of making friends on top of everything else.

Lots of children find making friends tricky for a variety of reasons ranging from social shyness, to lack of confidence and just feeling out of place.

We’ve chosen 3 brilliant books this week that touch on friendship issues, empathy and love and kindness that will help support your child in this challenging area, as well as provide beautiful stories and pictures they will fall in love with.

The Boy Who Loved Everyone

Author: Jane Porter
Illustrator: Maisie Paradise Shearring
Age suitability: 3-6 years

This is a beautiful story about a little boy called Dimitri who just loves everyone. At nursery, at home and pretty much everywhere he goes, his heart is very much on his sleeve.

Obviously this isn’t the way everyone else behaves but happily he manages to inspire kindness and love wherever he goes.

Tender and delightfully illustrated, this is a big winner for parents and children alike. ‘What the world needs now, is love, sweet love’. And it’s here between the pages of this lovely, lovely picture book.

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Meesha Makes Friends

Author: Tom Percival
Age suitability: 3-7 years

Making friends is not always easy especially when you are shy.

Meesha Makes Friends is part of Tom Percival’s Big Bright Feelings series which uses engaging stories as a springboard for having conversations with your child about mental and emotional health.

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The Worst Sleepover in the World

Author: Sophie Dahl
Illustrator: Luciano Lozano
Age suitability: 4+

It’s Ramona’s very first sleepover with her friend Gracie and expectations are understandably high.

However, despite the many exciting plans in place, Gracie is finding the sleepover quite underwhelming.

It’s mum to the rescue of course (isn’t it always!). A funny clever tale of friendships being strained and how late nights and different beds, snacks, bedtime routines and more can culminate in ‘the worst sleepover in the world’.

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