The most effective tools I use in talking to my daughters about life issues are books. Books are an amazing way to gently illustrate a point while transporting a child into a different world. The morals contained in a story can teach your child right from wrong. Some books are themed to help them understand the beauty of friendship and the importance of gratitude. In this post, I share with you six books on friendship.
The Fairiest Fairy by Anne Booth is a magnificent read. It is a story of Betty who always get into muddles. She can’t paint a rainbow or scatter dewdrops, nor do other things that a fairy should… not with so many animals to rescue and friends to help. But when it comes to the Fairy Ball, Betty’s friends return her gifts of kindness and it becomes clear who is actually the fairest fairy of them all.
The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend is a beautiful story by Dan Santat. On one very special day, an imaginary friend is born on an island far away. Here he and his other imaginary friends hope and wait for their turn to be picked by a real child. But this particular imaginary friend waits and waits, and still no child picks him. So he does the unimaginable – he sets off into the real world. Once there, he searches so long that he is just about to give up when Alice meets him. Gradually they discover they are perfect for each other, and Alice has the perfect name for her imaginary friend: Beekle.
What is the secret of happiness in humans? Gratitude for the big and small things. That’s why it is important we teach our children gratitude. Dear Bunny by Katie Cotton is a book that will help you talk with your child about what makes her happy and what she’s grateful for.
A younger brother or sister may face being left behind when their older sibling turns into a teenager. Whatever Happened to My Sister is a sweet story by Simona Ciraolo. It is the a story of a younger girl whose older sister is changing. This is a fab book if your child is going through such an experience.
Viviane Schwarz’s How to Find Gold is a story of two friends, Anna and Crocodile, who are on the hunt for gold. But finding gold isn’t easy… it’s dangerous and difficult and requires planning. What will the two friends discover? Teeming with an adventurous spirit and funny dialogue, this story introduces us to two unforgettable characters.
One Hundred Bones by Yuval Zommer a heart-warming story about an underdog who comes out on top. Scruff is a stray dog who just loves to dig. It doesn’t make him the most popular dog in the neighbourhood. But, when he sniffs out a pile of old bones, he gets all the neighbourhood dogs to help him. They uncover not one but 100 bones. It is the most exciting dinosaur discovery of all time! Scruff’s find wins him new friends and a new home.
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