Kids Books About Unique Friendships from #KidLitPicks

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Even adults get butterflies thinking about meeting new people, so it’s tough to put our kids in that position of needing to make new friends and come out of their shells in new environments.

Friendships, of course, come in all different shapes and sizes, and there’s no better medium for exploring these unique friendships than picture books. The people we meet during our lives can be transformative and life-altering, and finding the people we want to spend our time with is always a process unique to the individual. (@spiky_penelope)

Here’s the round-up of Unique Friendship stories shared by the #kidlitpicks book club.


Leo, A Ghost Story, by Mac Barnett and Christian Robinson
(shared by @readingisourthing)
“…friends come in many shapes and sizes. Well, they can cross through dimensions, too.”


Life Without Nico, by Andrea Maturana and Francisco Javier Olea
(shared by @spiky_penelope)
“…honest and authentic, and it tackles a common issue in such a fresh and beautiful way.”


The Sandwich Swap, by Rania Al Abdullah, Kelly DiPucchio and Tricia Tus
(shared by @ilovebooksandicannotlie)
“…a great book to use to discuss accepting each other’s differences and cultural diversity! Pick this one up!”


The Wild Robot, by Peter Brown
(shared by @afriendlyaffair)
“This wild Robot causes the reader to consider that it isn’t a beating heart that gives us life. It is our friends, our loves, our ability to learn, adapt, to be both WILD and refined.”


Sophie’s Squash, Pat Zietlow Miller and Anne Wilsdorf
(shared by
“Sophie finds the most amazing squash at the farmers market. Her parents plan to have it for dinner, but Sophie isn’t hearing anything of it!”


The Cloudspotter, by Tom McLaughlin
(shared by @homegrownreader)
“…a gentle reminder that we don’t need to do everything alone and though friendship can be uncertain, it can also be its own reward.”


Lucy & Company, by Marianne Dubuc
(shared by @book.nerd.mommy)
“This adorable picture book is a sweet tribute to childhood and friendships. It is three short stories about Lucy and her friends as they enjoy three special little adventures.”


Hole and Hill Are Best Friends, by Kyle Mewburn and Vasanti Unka
(shared by @hereweeread)
“Hill likes being a hill, and Hole likes being a hole, but sometimes they wonder what it would be like to switch places.”


Unlike Other Monsters, by Audrey Vernick and Colin Jack
(shared by @astoryaday)
“This is a wonderful book about finding new friends, standing up for those friends, and what it means to be a friend.”


The Invisible Boy, by Trudy Ludwig and Patrice Barton
(shared by ME @chickadee.lit)
“The book’s illustrations help children understand the invisibility metaphor; Brian is first depicted in grays and gradually becomes more colorful as his friendships grow.”


@kidlitpicks is an Instagram book club. Its members are avid readers, and love children’s literature. Each month we share recommendations linked to a chosen theme. We want you to get involved. Follow @kidlitpicks on Instagram. You’ll find the monthly theme in our profile. Have a favourite children’s book that falls under this theme? Post a pic and review, and tag it with #kidlitpicks