Keeping Good Company

How to Be a Friend

How to Be a Friend: A Guide to Making Friends and Keeping Them by Laurie Krasny Brown (3 – 6 years)

Fun dinosaur characters teach young children all about friendship. With playful full-color illustrations, How to Be a Friend helps kids cope with everyday social situations and learn things like: who can be your friend, how to show someone you would like to be friends, how to handle bosses and bullies, the best ways to be a friend, and ways to settle an argument with a friend.

Social Skills Activities for Kids

Social Skills Activities for Kids: 50 Fun Exercises for Making Friends, Talking and Listening, and Understanding Social Rules by Natasha Daniels (5 – 11 years)

Social skills don’t come naturally―every child has to learn them. Luckily, this book makes mastering social skills super fun with 50 awesome activities.

What to Say Next

What to Say Next by Julie Buxbaum (12 – 17 years)

When an unlikely friendship is sparked between relatively popular Kit Lowell and socially isolated David Drucker, everyone is surprised, most of all Kit and David. Kit appreciates David’s blunt honesty—in fact, she finds it bizarrely refreshing. David welcomes Kit’s attention and her inquisitive nature. When she asks for his help figuring out the how and why of her dad’s tragic car accident, David is all in. But neither of them can predict what they’ll find. Can their friendship survive the truth?

Growing Friendships: A Kids' Guide to Making and Keeping Friends

Growing Friendships: A Kids’ Guide to Making and Keeping Friends by Dr. Eileen Kennedy-Moore & Christine McLaughlin (5 – 10 years)

Growing Friendships is a toolkit for both boys and girls as they make sense of the social world around them, giving kids the answers they need to make and keep friends. With true-to-life examples, they will learn how to be open to friendship, choose kind friends, and most important, be a good friend.

How to Win Friends and Influence People for Teen Girls

How to Win Friends and Influence People for Teen Girls by Donna Dale Carnegie (12 – 14 years)

The go-to guide for teenage girls, offering concrete advice about the most powerful ways to influence others, defuse arguments, admit mistakes, and make self-defining choices.

Big Friendship

Big Friendship: How We Keep Each Other Close by Ann Friedman & Aminatou Sow

A close friendship is one of the most influential and important relationships a human life can contain. Anyone will tell you that! Most people don’t talk much about what it really takes to stay close for the long haul. Big Friendship invites you to think about how your own bonds are formed, challenged, and preserved. It is a call to value your friendships in all of their complexity. Actively choose them. And, sometimes, fight for them.

Who You Surround Yourself With Matters

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