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The Best Picture Books About Friendship

Here are our recommendations for picture books about friendship, suitable for children 0-5.  These stories, crafted for younger readers, come alive with vibrant illustrations and charming tales that make reading together an exciting experience. These picture books teach valuable lessons about kindness, sharing, and empathy, making them ideal for circle time and read-aloud sessions. Don’t forget, every Nosy Crow paperback picture book comes with a free ‘Stories Aloud’ audio recording – just scan the QR code and listen along!

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Frank and Bert

2-5
Winner of the Nottingham Children's Book Award 2023! A hilarious new picture book from author of The Suitcase, Chris Naylor-Ballesteros - with neon ink throughout! Frank and Bert are the best of friends and they LOVE to play hide and seek. But Bert the bear isn't quite as good at…
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Out of Nowhere

2-5
A feel-good picture book about friendship and change, from the bestselling author of The Suitcase, translated into over 20 languages. Beetle and Caterpillar are best friends. Every day, they sit together on a big rock, sharing a picnic and looking out over the forest. But one day, Caterpillar goes missing…
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Rabbit’s Pancake Picnic

Written by Tegen Evans Illustrated by Paula Bowles
2-5
A sweet and funny picture book about friendship - perfect for Pancake Day. Pancake recipe included! It's finally the day of Rabbit's pancake picnic! She's going to make the pancakes all by herself . . . but she can't find her recipe book. Bother! Rabbit decides to try to remember…
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Wanda’s Words Got Stuck

Written by Lucy Rowland Illustrated by Paula Bowles
2-5
A magic-filled rhyming picture book, perfect for any child who feels anxious about talking. Wanda the witch is so shy she can't talk! No matter how hard she tries, the words won't come out. But when another nervous little witch called Flo joins her class, it seems that Wanda's not…
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Lionel and the Lion’s Share

Written by Lou Peacock Illustrated by Lisa Sheehan
2-5
Lionel the lion ALWAYS gets the lion's share . . . until his friends decide that enough is enough! Lionel the lion does NOT like to share. He buys all the best instruments from the music shop, all the smartest hats from the hat shop and all the brightest balloons…
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Marvellous Margot

Written by Lou Peacock Illustrated by Ingela P Arrhenius
2-5
Have you met Margot? She is cheerful, helpful and kind - the very best kind of friend! It's a marvellous day in the big city. The sky is blue, the sun is shining, and Margot has made a delicious cake for her best friend, Oscar! Margot takes her little red…
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How Many Dinosaurs is Too Many?

Written by Lou Peacock Illustrated by Nicola Slater
2-5
Meet a riot of cheeky dinosaurs in this adorable story about friendship. When a dinosaur comes to play, you're sure to have lots of fun. But wouldn't 2 . . . 3 . . . 4 . . . or even 10 dinosaurs be better still? Or would they be…
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Charlie Chooses

Written by Lou Peacock Illustrated by Nicola Slater
2-5
A funny, reassuring picture book about dogs, tricky choices and friendship - with artwork by bestselling illustrator Nicola Slater! Charlie does NOT like to choose. He can't make up his mind between chocolate or vanilla ice cream, stripy or spotty underpants . . . or whether he wants the lights…
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The Boy and the Bear

Written by Tracey Corderoy Illustrated by Sarah Massini
2-5
Friends come in all shapes and sizes, and sometimes the best friends are the most unlikely of all. When a lonely little boy receives an invitation to play written on a paper boat, it seems that he has found the best friend he's been longing for - at last! But…
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Snow Bunny’s Christmas Gift

Written by Rebecca Harry
0-2
From the creator of the highly acclaimed Snow Bunny's Christmas Wish comes this brand-new tale about a little bunny with a big heart and the true gift of friendship. With silver foil on every page! Little Snow Bunny loves nothing better than playing with her friends in the wintry forest.…
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Poles Apart!

Written by Jeanne Willis Illustrated by Jarvis
2-5
An epic picture book voyage full of friendship and adventure by award-winning author Jeanne Willis. Everybody knows that penguins belong at the South Pole and polar bears live at the North Pole, but what would happen if, one day, a family of picnicking penguins accidentally got lost? When the hapless…
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Just Right For Two

Written by Tracey Corderoy Illustrated by Rosalind Beardshaw
0-2
A little dog discovers that, sometimes, the best things in life are right under your nose. Dog thinks he has everything he needs in his big, blue suitcase. It's perfect for all the little treasures he's collected, and he's sure that he doesn't need anything else to keep him happy.…
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The Winter Fox

0-2
Fox is so busy playing all summer long, that when winter comes he is cold, hungry and all alone. If only he'd listened to his friends...Can a Christmas wish make things right? With sparkly foil throughout, this tale of friendship is the perfect story to share on cold winter nights.
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The Best Kind of Bear

Written by Greg Gormley Illustrated by David Barrow
2-5
A humorous and heartfelt picture book by the brilliant Greg Gormley and David Barrow, with gentle messages of inclusion, friendship and the importance of being yourself! When Nelly asks Bear what kind of bear he is, he isn't entirely sure how to answer. So off he goes to find out…
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This is NOT a Polar Bear!

Written by Barry Timms Illustrated by Ged Adamson
2-5
Get ready for fun, games and BIG bear hugs with a fabulous new friend! This book is NOT about a polar bear. Well . . . OK, maybe it is! But this polar bear can drive a train, roller skate, disco dance and even save the world. And there's one…
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Frank and Bert: The One Where Bert Learns to Ride a Bike

2-5
The hilarious fox and bear double act from bestseller Chris Naylor-Ballesteros is back for a second adventure in the Nottingham Children's Book Award winning series! Bert is CERTAIN he can ride his bike as well as Frank, but he is very wobbly! And even when they BOTH try riding Frank's…
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Mouse’s Night Before Christmas

Written by Tracey Corderoy Illustrated by Sarah Massini
2-5
A captivating retelling of the classic Christmas tale, 'Twas the Night Before Christmas, with a magical, shimmery foiled cover. It's Christmas Eve and everyone is fast asleep . . . except for a lonely mouse who lives in the grandfather clock. So when Santa arrives, lost in a blizzard, Mouse…
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Frank and Bert: The One With the Missing Biscuits

2-5
The hilarious fox and bear double act from bestseller Chris Naylor-Ballesteros is back and better than ever in a third adventure in the Nottingham Children's Book Award winning series! Frank and Bert are off for a picnic in the countryside. And Bert has brought a delicious surprise! But when he…
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Everything Possible

Written by Fred Small Illustrated by Alison Brown
2-5
A joyful and inclusive lullaby about love, acceptance and following your heart . . . Strong and bold, or quiet and kind, every child is unique and their future filled with possibilities. Based on Fred Small's iconic folk song that became an anthem for generations, and marking its 40th anniversary,…
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The Fairiest Fairy

Written by Anne Booth Illustrated by Rosalind Beardshaw
2-5
From bestselling and award-winning illustrator, Ros Beardshaw, this heartwarming picture book about kindness and friendship proves that being a true fairy isn't all about being pretty in pink By Waterstones Prize shortlisted author, Anne Booth, and illustrated by Ros Beardshaw, winner of the 2019 Sainsbury's Children's Book of the Year…
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Copy Cat

Illustrated by Ali Pye
2-5
Bella loves Anna. In fact, Bella loves Anna SO MUCH that she wants to be just like her, and copies every single thing she does. But like all little kittens, Bella and Anna get into a bit of a tangle. A light-hearted look at playground friendships and finding your own…
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Tiptoe Tiger

Written by Jane Clarke Illustrated by Britta Teckentrup
2-5
A delightful interactive picture book, filled with vibrant neon artwork by award-winning Britta Teckentrup. The sun is going down in the jungle. But Tara the tiger cub is wide awake! Who will play with Tara? The beautiful butterflies? Or the hooting owls? Or will Tara's bouncing and pouncing scare them…
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Pip and Posy: The Bedtime Frog

Written by Camilla Reid Illustrated by Axel Scheffler
0-2
The much-acclaimed toddler book series from The Gruffalo illustrator, Axel Scheffler. Simple but engaging stories which reflect the ups - and downs - of toddler life. Major new animation series launching on Milkshake in 2021 Pip and Posy are best friends - they love to play, and make things, and…
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This Zoo is Not for You

Written by Ross Collins
2-5
A funny, rhyming picture book about the importance of tolerance and kindess, from the bestselling and award-winning author and illustrator, Ross Collins. When a small, friendly platypus arrives at the zoo, the animals assume he has come about the vacancy and are all keen to interview him. But the chameleons…
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This is NOT a Dinosaur!

Written by Barry Timms Illustrated by Ged Adamson
2-5
Prepare for a hilarious adventure with the funniest dinosaur you've EVER seen! This book is NOT about a dinosaur! Well, not any old dinosaur. THIS dinosaur can become the most amazing things - a footballer, pirate, deep-sea diver, knight, magician and even a hairdresser! Having a dinosaur for a friend…
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Pip and Posy: The New Friend

Written by Camilla Reid Illustrated by Axel Scheffler
0-2
Pip and Posy are having a lovely day at the seaside, collecting shells and digging the sand. But when Posy has a nap, Pip makes friends with a boy called Zac who has lots more toys and beach gear. A funny and dramatic story about working out that two's company…
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A House for Christmas Mouse

Written by Rebecca Harry
2-5
A touching tale about a little mouse with a big heart, featuring festive silver foil on every page! Mouse is very excited for Christmas, but first she needs to find a home to spend it in! On her way through Treetop Forest, she meets Fox, Bunny and Bear, all in…
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Super Milly and the Super School Day

Written by Stephanie Clarkson Illustrated by Gwen Millward
2-5
On Superhero Day, Super Milly helps out her school friends with the best superpower of all . . . her super-kindness! It's Superhero Day at school, and Super Milly can't wait to wow everyone with her costume and amazing powers! The only problem is she can't actually fly, climb buildings…
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The Elephant Detectives

Illustrated by Ged Adamson
2-5
A charming, funny adventure about missing elephants and finding friends. It's the perfect kind of day until Alan's elephant goes missing! Lucky for him, Edie's an Elephant Detective and she knows exactly where to look. Together they examine doughnut shops, investigate dinosaur bones, and search the skies from a cable…
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Zac and Zeb and the Make Believe Birthday Party

Illustrated by Sarah Massini
0-2
Two irresistible preschool characters go on an out-of-this-world imaginary adventure! It's Zac's birthday and by the end of his party, his best friend - Zeb - is feeling glum: Zeb wishes it was his birthday too, as parties look such fun. Zac decides to cheer Zeb up with a make-believe…
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