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BFF: Books about Friendship in Time for Valentine's Day

by Miriam Downey 11. February 2013 10:12

Don't you just love your friends? I certainly do, and I have had many best friends throughout my life. I had two good friends when I was in elementary school: Betty and Margie. They lived next door to me, and we did everything together. We walked to school together every day. The bad part was that they were always late, and they made me late for school, too! My parents didn't like that very much, and so they told me that I would have to go to school without my friends if they weren't ready. My father thought that if you weren't early, you were late! I had to beg the girls to hurry up, so I could walk with them. Sometimes, though, I had to walk by myself. When they moved away, I was really upset. It didn't seem fair. But then I made some other friends, and before long, I had found other friends to walk to school with.

When I decided to pick friendship books for Valentine's Day, I had a terrible time because there were so many books to choose from. So, I picked several that I thought were representative, and hopefully some of them are books that you haven't already read. If you have any books about friendship that you would like to add to the list, feel free to add them in the comment section at the end of the blog posting. These books are all available at your public library or bookstore. Some will be available on ebooks as well.

Grades K-3 Picture Books

Magic Winter by Jean Little. An I Can Read book about the magical power of friendship.

Pink and Say by Patricia Polacco. A story from Polacco's family about two young Union soldiers during the Civil War.

Cowboy and Octopus by Jon Scieszka.This is a hysterical story about an unusual friendship.

Dog and Bear: Two Friends, Three Stories by Laura Seeger. Also Dog and Bear: Two's Company.

Frog and Toad are Friends by Arnold Lobel. The classic friendship book. Part of a series. Easy readers.

Grades 1-3 Chapter Books

Owen Foote, Frontiersman by Stephanie Greene. Two friends have a great tree house.

Zelda and Ivy by Laura McGee Kvasnosky. The first book in a series about a great friendship.

Marvin Redpost: A Flying Birthday Cake? by Louis Sachar. Marvin thinks the new kid at school is an alien. One of a great series of books about Marvin.

Charlotte's Web by E.B. White. The classic tale of friendship. Appropriate for this age level as a read-aloud.

Best Enemies by Kathleen Leverich. Can enemies become friends?

Grade 4-6 Novels

Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson. One of the most powerful friendship stories ever. Newbery Prize winner.

The Fastest Friend in the West by Vicki Grove. The story of two lonely seventh grade girls.

Words of Stone by Kevin Henkes. A memorable novel about friendship surviving difficult circumstances.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling. Harry and his best friends try to navigate through sorcerer's school. There are seven novels in the series, and they grow in complexity as Harry and his friends mature. 

The Wild Kid by Harry Mazer. The story of two boys lost in the woods for different reasons. The novel is both scary and touching.

Holes by Louis Sachar. This is one of the best-ever stories of friendship. Newbery Prize winner.

When You reach Me by Rebecca Stead. Both a book about friendship and a scary mystery. Newbery Prize winner.

Grades 7-12 Novels

Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams is the funniest science fiction book ever and about the funniest friendship book ever. The first in a series of four. "So long, and thanks for all the fish!"

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian by Sherman Alexie. A Native American basketball player in an all-white high school. Has cartoons intertwined with the story.

Anya's Ghost by Vera Brosgol. Anya's best friend is a ghost. A graphic novel.

Letters from the Inside by John Marsden. Pen pals Mandy and Tracey finally tell each other the truth.

The Lord of the Rings trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien. The ultimate fantasy novels are also novels about friendship and loyalty.


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