Consent is on everybody’s mind these days, and parents and teachers everywhere are thinking about how to raise kids who can communicate clearly about what they want and need, and who can really consider a situation from someone else’s point of view, and adjust their actions accordingly.
On a child’s level, a lot of this ties into learning to be a good, thoughtful, safe friend. So today, I’m sharing 5 picture books about friendship, collaboration, and manners. There are so many good ones, and I hope you’ll share some of your favorites in the comments.
First up is Blue vs. Yellow by Tom Sullivan. Which one is the best color of all? Are they stronger if they join forces?
I really love the heavy brush-stroke illustration style in this book. It has a bold, graphic quality to it, and some of the mono-tone spreads are truly gorgeous.
Next up is Nothing Rhymes With Orange by Adam Rex. This is a rhyming, sing-song book that’s fun to read aloud.
But poor Orange, He’s feels so left out. All the other fruits have great rhymes. But not him, because we all know nothing rhymes with orange. Thank goodness Apple notices how Orange is feeling and figures out a way to make things more inclusive.
Another great one is A Bad Seed by Jory John, with illustrations by Pete Oswald. This one received lots of attention in 2017, and was an Amazon Best Children’s Book of the Year selection.
The book gives us some back story on how this Bad Seed got so bad. He has a bad temper, bad manners, and a bad attitude. But happily, it’s not too late for this seed to experience a transformation.
Pine & Boof: The Lucky Leaf, by Ross Burach, is a charming one where you get to see a friendship develop. You’ll fall in love with these sincere characters.
Book the Bear is scared of of lots of things (including bears) and loves to make collection. One day, a leaf he collected flew away. So it’s fortunate that he ran into a porcupine who had a compass and was up for an adventure.
And the fifth pick on my list today is Love, Triangle by Marcie Colleen, with illustrations by Bob Shea.
Circle and Square have been best friends forever. That is, until the cool, exciting Triangle enters their life. Uh oh. Will their friendship survive?
And one more recommendation from me, for a classic series on friends you might remember from your own childhood: Frog & Toad. It’s still so good!
Now it’s your turn. What are your favorite children’s books about friendship, collaboration, and manners.