Friendliness/Social Skills

Being friendly means being interested in other people.

This is a list of children’s picture books that are about friendliness and social skills. I’ve included these books because, in addition to a positive message, they are fun to read. Some are funny, or have great illustrations, and all of them held my attention and the attention of my kids. I hope you enjoy them, too.

Here is an idea to help jump-start a discussion about this virtue with kids:

Try the VirtueGame! It teaches 10 virtues in a fun, engaging way.



Say Hello by Jack and Michael Foreman

This book is about feeling left out, and being brave enough to say hello.

The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog! By Mo Willems

Pigeon is persuaded to share his hot dog with a clever little duckling.

George and Martha

Owen & Mzee, the True Story of a Remarkable Friendship by Hatkoff and Kahumbu

An orphaned hippo made friends with a giant tortoise. The book is filled with actual photos of the rescue of the hippo and his developing friendship. This book shows that it takes effort to make new friends.

Enemy Pie by Derek Munson, illustrated by Tara Calahan King

A clever story with fun illustrations. Dad has a recipe for getting rid of your enemies, but part of the secret recipe is spending an entire day with the enemy.