Maria Ashworth is my guest blogger today with a list of ten picture books to help toddlers and preschoolers learn how to be a good friend. Her picture book is called My Big Tree and introduces counting to 10. Animals in North America join a blue bird in a tree but must reorganize into segregated groups in order to make the bird happy.
10 Great Picture Books for Toddlers About Being A Good Friend
10. It’s Mine by Leo Lionni
Selfish frogs bicker about everything until a disaster strikes their pond. Then do they learn the value of friendship. The book is a perfect story for any child who needs a little reminder on why it is important to learn to share.
9. Friendshape by Amy Krause Rosenthal
Friends shape who we are, make us laugh and stand by us during life’s up and downs. Even when friends disagree they usually don’t stay bent out of shape for long. This book rejoices in the friendship, and reminds readers of all ages that it’s good to have a group of pals.
8. That’s (Not) Mine by Anna Kang
Two fuzzy bears both want to sit in the same comfy chair. The trouble is, they can’t agree who it belongs to. In the end they realize their mistake and makeup.
7. The Mine-O-Saur by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen
The dinosaur is so desperate to have and play with all the toys that the other students do not want to play with him, but soon realizes that what he really wants is friends to play with, not just material possessions.
6. It’s MY Birthday! by Pam Hutchins
Sharing on an everyday basis is hard enough for most kids—sharing presents and cake on their birthday is almost impossible. Billy the monster learns that everything is better when shared with friends.
5. The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister
A beautiful fish who finds friendship and happiness when he learns to share.
4. Max Makes A Friend by Grosset & Dunlap
Ruby introduces Max to Fred, a new little bunny. Ruby thinks the two will make great friends, but Fred doesn’t want to share and keeps taking Max’s toys.
3. Duck and Goose by Tad Hills
Duck and Goose mistake a ball for an egg. They argue over ownership of the large sphere. The book focuses on getting-along, sharing and settling differences amicably.
2. Katie And The Puppy Next Door by John Himmelman
Katie’s owner invites a friend over. She hopes their dogs hit it off and make friends. The opposite ends up taking place. Katie doesn’t want to share her food or her toys. When she finally learns to share, she realizes that friendship is worth it.
1. Pup Meets Pig by Sue Lowell Gallion
Pug is a very happy pup until Pig moves in and starts interrupting Pug’s routine. The story focuses about embracing change, being kind to others, and finding friends in unlikely places.
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Maria Ashworth volunteers her time when she’s not writing for the Maud Marks Library Friends Board in Katy Texas where she serves as President, as well as a Member-At-Large for the Friends of the Harris County Library. She’s a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. Some of Ms. Ashworth’s picture books and middle grade novels manuscripts have been nominated as finalists in several contests. She’s published a handful of short stories through contests and a women’s anthology. To learn more about her, follow her on Twitter, Facebook, or on her blog.
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