8 celebratory picture books from our 'friendship' category

In case you missed them—or perhaps to remind you of something you loved—here's a small revisit to our ‘friendship’ category: 

It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them.
— Ralph Waldo Emerson

1. Good News Bad News - friends sometimes act in absurd ways, but they can come to appreciate each other’s perspective.

2. When Pigasso Met Mootisse - when stupid behaviour that could ruin a friendship is forgiven, everyone is better for it.

3. Mr Nick's Knitting - a tender look at the insights old friends have into each other’s lives.

Friends show their love in times of trouble, not in happiness.
— Euripides

4. Willy & Max -  friendships can endure to overcome the hardest parts of life, distance and time.

5. Do Not Forget Australia - friendships aren’t always individual – it’s possible to make a friend of a town or a nation.

6. Space Travellers -  when times of happiness follow times of trouble, friends rejoice. 

Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends.
— Maya Angelou

7. My Two Blankets - taking a chance can lead to friendships that overcome prejudice. (This beautiful book was awarded the 2015 Picture Book of the Year by the Children's Book Council of Australia.) 

8. Follow the Swallow - sharing knowledge and the wonders of the world can elevate friends and the friendship itself.

Sam’s husband (and my son) Alec was Groomsman for his friend David recently – they’ve been friends since they were 7 or 8 years old. It’s a wonderful thing to have friendships that span decades. Wonderful too to have fleeting friendships – the kind that little ones develop instantly at the park.  

And then there are the friendships that go through difficult stages but endure. Or the surprising friendships – the ones that start off prickly and end up tender.

We hope you enjoyed this small celebration of friendships of every kind: the kind that weather difficult times, or the tender kind, or the instant connections that leave us happy. Lots more in our 'friendship' category.

Image by Lindsay Hood for WhereTheBooksAre