Friendship

Picture Books

Amos and Boris in Amos and Boris by William Steig

Curious George and The Man in the Yellow Hat in the Curious George stories by H.A. and Margret Rey

Frances and Thelma in A Bargain for Frances by Russell Hoban

Frog and Toad in Frog and Toad Are Friends by Arnold Lobel

George and Martha in George and Martha by James Marshall

Ira and Reggie in Ira Sleeps Over by Bernard Waber

Rosie and Michael by Rosie and Michael by Judith Viorst

Tim and Ginger in Tim and Ginger by Edward Ardizzone

Cowley, Joy. Snake and Lizard. La Jolla, Calif. : Kane/Miller, 2007.

Cowley, Joy. Friends: Snake and Lizard. Wellington, N.Z.: Gecko Press, 2011, c2009.

Alary, Laura. What Grew in Larry’s Garden. Toronto: Kids Can Press, 2020.
Gardens bring friendship and understanding. They build goodwill in a world often filled with fear and loneliness. This quietly gentle picture book illustrated by Kass Reich is based on the true story of a Toronto schoolteacher who showed his students how to grow tomato plants and share them with others. “We can figure this out,” he says over and over again to his young neighbour Grace when problems arise. Highly recommended for gardeners of all ages. 

Novels

Bobby and Alicia in Things Not Seen by Andrew Clements

Catherine and Jason and in Rules by Cynthia Lord

Chloe and Jordy in Becoming Chloe by Catherine Ryan Hope

Frannie and Jesus in Feathers by Jacqueline Woodson

Harry, Ron and Hermione in the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

Henry and Beezus in Henry and Beezus by Beverly Cleary

Isla and Harry in Flyaway by Lucy Christopher

Jess and Leslie in Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson

Katniss and Peeta in The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Leo and Stargirl in Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli

Maia and Finn in Journey to the River Sea by Eva Ibbotson

Meg and Calvin in A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

Rosie and Bailey in Granny Torelli Makes Soup by Sharon Creech

Soup and Robert in Soup by Robert Newton Peck

Tal and Naim in A Bottle in the Gaza Sea by Valerie Zenatti

Springstubb, Tricia. The Most Perfect Thing in the Universe. New York: Margaret Ferguson Books/Holiday House, 2021.
Eleven-year-old Loah Londonderry is left with elderly caretakers when her mother goes on an Arctic research expedition to study a rare species of bird. While Loah enjoys being at home, she desperately misses her mother and counts down the days until her return. Only her mother doesn’t return. She goes missing. It is up to Loah to sound the alarm. This pitch-perfect novel of friendship and courage is highly recommended for readers 10 to 14 years old.
P.S. Always check out novels published by Margaret Ferguson Books. They tend to be stories of adventure and grace.

“Expeditions come in every size and shape. You can be an explorer without ever leaving home.” (p. 172)

Timberlake, Amy. Skunk and Badger. Toronto: HarperCollins, 2020.
There is Frog and Toad by Arnold Lobel. George and Martha by James Marshall. Snake and Lizard by Joy Cowley. And now there is Skunk and Badger! Two mismatched roommates become the best of friends in this hilarious story illustrated by Jon Klassen. Badger is happy living alone – working on his important rock collection – until Skunk appears at the door, apparently permitted to move into the brownstone by Badger’s Aunt Lula. Badger’s quiet orderly life is abruptly upended by this noisy messy Skunk. What is to be done? How are the two going to resolve their differences? This 122-page little novel is most highly recommended for readers 7 years old and up. Especially readers who like to laugh. Especially readers who appreciate the joys of unexpected friendships.

Classics

Anne and Gilbert in Anne of Green Gables by L.C. Montgomery

Charlotte and Wilbur in Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White

D’Artagnan and his three companions in The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

Dorothy and Toto in The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum

Frodo and Sam in Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

Heidi and Clara in Heidi by Johanna Spyri

Ponyboy and Johnny in The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

Ratty and Mole in The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame

Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson in The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Sterling and his raccoon in Rascal by Sterling North

Tom and Huck Finn in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain

Winnie-the-Pooh and Christopher Robin in Winnie-the-Pooh by A.A. Milne

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