Love comes in all different forms. Encourage your kiddo to appreciate the joys of BFFs with these fun reads on friendship. Kim Tano and Madeline Shier, the children’s book buyers at Powell’s City of Books pick four books all about being a good friend and sharing that special bond. Look for these titles at the Burnside, Hawthorne or Cedar Hills Powell’s locations, or order online.
Written and illustrated by Taro Gomi
This classic from Japanese writer/illustrator Gomi (best known in the U.S. for the iconic and delightful Everyone Poops) is a first exploration of friendship in Gomi’s bright and exuberant style. This charming ode is ideal for the youngest readers (newborns to age 3)! $6.99.
Written and illustrated by Cori Doerrfeld
When Taylor’s castle of blocks is destroyed, different animals each offer suggestions on how Taylor should deal with sad feelings: anger, fix it right away, laugh, get revenge. Rabbit arrives and sits close to Taylor with a simple quiet presence while giving their friend space and time to process feelings. Great for ages 3 and up. $17.99.
By Meg Medina, illustrated by Sonia Sánchez
This moving picture book from Cuban-American author Medina and Spanish illustrator Sánchez is an ode to a beautiful friendship going through a difficult transition. Can Daniela and Evelyn’s friendship withstand distance and absence? The implication is yes, but more important is the celebration of their friendship and its growth and changes. Great for ages 5 and up. It’s also available in Spanish! $17.99.
Written and illustrated by Whitney Gardner
When Vega’s family moves from Portland to Seattle, Vega has to say goodbye to her best friend Halley and figure out how they can stay as close despite the distance. The move means everything is new and strange, but step by step, Vega makes new friends while maintaining her old ones in this charming graphic novel. Great for ages 10 and up. $14.99.