FRIENDSHIP & KINDNESS BOOKS

Topic Books about Friendship, Kindness and Anti-Bullying for Children in EYFS & KS1

Silvia and Bird 

by Catherine Raynor

Sylvia is the only dragon in the whole world, and she is very lonely - until one day, she meets Bird. Tiny and chirpy, so different from the huge dragon, Bird somehow changes Sylvia's life for ever. Colourful illustrations accompany this beautiful friendship story.

Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers

There once was a boy and one day a penguin arrives on his doorstep. The boy decides the penguin must be lost. They set out in his row boat on a journey to the South Pole. But when they get there, the boy discovers that maybe home wasn’t what the penguin was looking for after all. A beautiful story of loneliness and friendship.

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The Bear Who Stared 

by Duncan Beedie Hegarty

Bear doesn't mean to be stare, he's just curious but too shy to say anything. But nobody likes being stared at and it soon gets Bear into trouble. Luckily a goggly-eyed frog helps Bear realise that sometimes a smile is all you need to turn a stare into a friendly hello.

The Squirrels Who Squabbled

by Rachel Bright

Two greedy squirrels both have their sights on a special prize: THE LAST NUT OF THE SEASON! As the nut bounces though the forest it heads right into a waterfall! Working together is the only way to save themselves now. A hilarious tale about friendship and sharing.

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Monty the Manatee

by Natalie Pritchard

An uplifting tale which explores themes of bullying & friendship and emphasises the importance of being kind. With vibrant illustrations and rhyming text, it's a perfect story for the classroom to encourage discussions and reflection around the impact of bullying

Sharing a Shell

by Julia Donaldson

When Crab finds a new shell, he doesn’t want to share it with anyone – especially not a blobby purple anemone and a tickly bristleworm. But life in the rock pool proves tougher than Crab thinks and he soon finds he needs his new housemates. A great book for appreciating the value of friendship and sharing.

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Iris and Isaac 

by Catherine Rayner

Iris and Issac are NOT FRIENDS. Off they stomp, in a big huff, as far away from each other as possible. But as they stomp, they see funny, strange and wonderful things. If only the were together to share them. A story of friendship and asking for forgiveness.

Imaginary Fred

by Eoin Colfer

Sometimes, with a little electricity, or luck, or even magic, an imaginary friend might appear when you need one. An imaginary friend like Fred. Fred floated like a feather in the wind until a lonely little boy wished for him and found a friendship like no other.

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The Smartest Giant in Town 

by Julia Donaldson

George wished he wasn't the scruffiest giant in town. So when he sees a new shop selling giant-sized clothes, he decides it's time for a new look. Now he's the smartest giant in town...until he bumps into some animals who desperately need his help.

Boogie Bear 

by David Walliams

Up at the North Pole, a big furry polar bear is loving life. But when she nods off and finds herself far from home, she thinks things can’t get any worse. But they can…much worse! An outrageously funny book with a heartwarming message about celebrating difference in all its forms.

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The Selfish Crocodile

by Faustin Charles

Every morning a large and snappy crocodile shouts this selfish message: 'Stay away from my river! If you come in my river, I'll eat you all!' One day, the animals are woken by a groaning crocodile in a lot of pain. Can the smallest of them all, a little mouse, finds a way to solve their snappy dilemma?

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Chatterbox Bear by Pippa Curnick 

Gary the bear is a chatterbox, but when nobody wants to listen he sets sail in search of new friends. Soon Gary arrives on an island full of birds . . . the problem is they don't understand a word of Bear! Gary has to learn that words are not the only way to communicate. This sunny and bright picture book is bursting with energy and humour.

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Paper Planes

by Jim Helmore 

Mia and Ben are best friends. The thing they love the most is making paper planes. But one day: terrible news. Ben's family are moving far, far away. How can Mia and Ben stay best friends if they are so far apart? A moving, lyrical story of long distance friendship.

My Friend Bear

by Jez Alborough

Eddy is feeling sad and so is the Bear. They both wish they had a friend to talk to. All they’ve got are their teddies, and teddies can’t talk. Or can they? A great first look at friendship and feelings.

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Something Else

by Kathryn Cave

A simple story about a small creature who does his best to join in with the others. But he's different. No matter how he tries, he just doesn't belong. Then Something turns up and wants to be friends. But Something Else isn't sure he's like him at all...

Mr Big

by Ed Vere

Mr Big is strong, Mr Big is tough, Mr Big is . . . well . . . BIG! He has just one small problem - because of the way he looks he just can't get people to stick around. How can he show them that although he may look a little scary, he is just a great big softy inside?

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On Sudden Hill 

by Linda Sarah

Birt and Etho are best friends. But when a new boy, Shu, wants to join in too, Birt is eaten up with jealousy. That is, until Etho and Shu come to his house with the most marvellous cardboard contraption so far. A compelling story about accepting someone new.

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Little Bot and Sparrow

by Jake Parker

When Little Bot is thrown out with the garbage, he meets his first friend, Sparrow. As winter arrives, Sparrow must leave, and they share a tearful good bye. Little Bot revisits where they shared happy memories, and that night, he dreams of them taking flight together.

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Copy Cat 

by Mark Birchall

Cat was small and Dog was big, and whatever Dog did, Cat did too...Dog is fed up with Cat copying everything she does. But when Cat stays away, Dog realises that playing alone is not nearly as much fun. A charming story about friendship, sharing and play.

Little Beauty by Anthony Browne

A gorilla is taught a special skill: sign language. One day he signs that he needs a friend. His keepers bring him a cat called Beauty and the two of them become inseparable. But when the gorilla gets angry, his keepers think twice about him being friends with such a small animal. Beauty must think fast to prove their special friendship.

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Strictly No Elephants 

by Lisa Mantchev

The Pet Club doesn't understand that pets come in all shapes and sizes, just like friends. Now it is time for a boy and his tiny pet elephant to show them what it means to be a true friend. Imaginative and lyrical, this sweet story captures the magic of friendship.

The Go-Away Bird

by Julia Donaldson

One by one, the other birds fly into her tree, wanting to talk or to play, but the grumpy Go-Away bird just shakes her head and sends them all away. But then the dangerous Get-You bird comes along, and she soon realises that she might need some friends after all . . .

Grandad's Secret Giant 

by David Litchfield

Billy doesn't believe his Grandad when he tells him there's a giant living in his town, doing good deeds for everyone. But as time goes on, Billy learns that some secrets are too BIG to stay secret for long! This story of belonging and friendship teaches the importance of tolerance to children.

The Marvellous Moon Map

by Teresa Heapy

One day, Mouse sets off to find the moon with his Marvellous Moon Map, leaving his friend Bear behind. But as the woods get darker, and the weather gets worse, Mouse soon realises that he needs more than just the map to find his way. An emotional tale of true friendship.

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Ivy and the Lonely Raincloud

by Katie Harnett

Everyone loves the warm sunshine, except the lonely raincloud. No one wants to be his friend! But one day, he stumbles across a grumpy little florist. Could she be looking for a friend too? In this charming tale, a solitary raincloud finds a way to make a sad little girl happy again.

Leaf by Sandra Dieckmann

When a polar bear arrives in the woods, the other animals fear him, suspecting him to be dangerous. Then one day, they watch as he attempts to fly over the water with wings made of colourful leaves...trying to get back home. A sweet and gentle story, with a message about kindness and not judging others because they are different.

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The First Slodge

by Jeanne Willis

Once upon a slime, there was a Slodge. She saw the first moon and stars, the first fruits and flowers. “Mine, all mine!” she said. But what if there was not just one Slodge . . . but two? This humorous exploration of sharing and friendship carries an important message: that the world belongs to everyone.

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The Rainbow Fish 

by Marcus Pfister

Eye-catching foil-stamping, glittering on every page, offers instant child-appeal, but it is the universal message at the heart of this simple story about a beautiful fish, who learns to make friends by sharing his most prized possessions, that gives the book its lasting value.

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The Only Way is Badger

by Stella J Jones

Badgers are best. Or so Badger thinks. "If it’s not black and white then it’s just not right!" he says. But what if he’s wrong? A book about acceptance, difference and learning to say sorry.

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Beekle by Dan Santat

On an island far away, imaginary friends are hoping and waiting for their turn to be picked by a real child. But this particular imaginary friend waits and waits, and still no child imagines him. So he does the unimaginable – he sets off into the real world in the hope of finding a friend ...