Kids Books About Friendship

Four children friends playing together outside laughing and smiling

As parents, we know the importance of instilling good values in our children from an early age. One of these important values is the ability to make and maintain friendships. Not only do friends provide emotional support and a sense of belonging, but research has shown that social connections also lead to better mental health outcomes later in life. Reading picture books about friendship is an excellent way to introduce and reinforce this concept to our little ones. In this blog post, we'll compare three kids' books about friendship that are perfect for children ages 2 to 8.

Why is it Important For Your Child To Start Reading Early?

Starting to read from an early age is crucial for children's cognitive development. Reading helps children learn language, understand grammar and sentence structure, and expand their vocabulary. It also helps children develop their imagination and creativity, improve their memory and concentration skills, and enhance their ability to think critically. 

Children who start reading early tend to have better academic performance in school and are more likely to develop a lifelong love for reading. Additionally, reading books that deal with various themes such as friendship, kindness, and empathy can help children develop social and emotional intelligence, which is essential for healthy relationships throughout life. Therefore, it is crucial to introduce children to reading from an early age to provide them with a solid foundation for their future learning and personal growth.

Kids Books About Friendship: Ranked

  1. The first book on our list is "Brontie and Pals Build a Park!” by Donna TenBrink.

A few copies of Brontie and Pals Build a Park hardcover laying on the ground with the cover visible.

This book is about a group of friends known as the Prehistoric Pals.  In the book, the Prehistoric Pals work together to build a park and help clean up their community. This book is priced at $10.99 and offers a valuable message about the importance of teamwork, environmental stewardship, and the power of friendship.. The illustrations by Carl TenBrink and the Sonos Elves add to the appeal of the book, as well as the fact that the book can be paired with Prehistoric Pal’s toy line that laos helps children to engage in the story and encourages creativity and play. This book receives a rating of 10/10.

   2. The second book on our list is  "The Giving Tree" by Shel Silverstein. 

Green cover of the giving tree book by shel Silverstein. A tree is dropping an apple for a child to catch.

In this classic tale, readers follow the lifelong friendship between a young boy and a selfless tree. It teaches children about the importance of giving, sharing, and the unconditional love found in true friendships. The book is priced at $10.98 on Amazon. The book features charming and expressive illustrations by Shel Silverstein himself, enhancing the emotional impact of the story, and the book receives a rating of 7/10.

3. Last but not least, the third book on our list is "Enemy Pie" by Derek Munson. 

Cover of Enemy Pie Book by Derek Munson.  A child is holding a pie with a sign that says "for my greatest enemy". The book cover has a red background.

Illustrations: Tara Calahan King's illustrations beautifully capture the emotions and experiences of the characters, enhancing the reader's connection to the story. "Enemy Pie" tells the story of a young boy who learns an unexpected lesson about friendship and the power of understanding. This heartwarming tale promotes empathy, forgiveness, and the transformation of adversaries into friends.This book is priced at $12.29 at Target. The illustrations by Tara Calahan King add to the appeal of the book, and the book receives a rating of 8/10.

In summary, all three books are excellent choices for teaching children about friendship and its importance. The table below shows a comparison of the key aspects of each book.

Book Title


Value of Message


Overall Rating

Brontie and Pals Build a Park!





The Giving Tree





Enemy Pie





After careful consideration, we highly recommend "Brontie and Pals Build a Park" as the best book for teaching young children about the value of friendship. The playful rhyming text and charming illustrations make it an engaging read-aloud book, while the message of standing up for friends and the power of teamwork is essential for children to learn. At only $10.99, it's also a great value for parents.

Prehistoric Pals Brontie and Pals Build a Park

In conclusion, reading kids books about friendship is a great way to teach children about the importance of social connections. All three books reviewed in this blog post offer valuable messages and beautiful illustrations that will stimulate your child's imagination from an early age!  Ready to embark on an exciting adventure with Prehistoric Pals? Discover the joy of friendship and imagination with our delightful children's book series. Visit our store page to explore the world of Brontie, Bianca, Gronk, and their dinosaur friends. You can also find Prehistoric Pals on Amazon! Order your copies today and let the enchanting tales of friendship come to life in the hands of your little ones. Don't miss out on the opportunity to join Prehistoric Pals on their exciting journeys. Let the magic begin!

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