5 Books on Friendship
From the Kumon Recommended Reading List, these stories of unlikely friendships show how people with differences can become best friends. Mostly award-winning titles, these books feature unique pairs of friends and the value in companionship.
- Yo! Yes? by Chris Raschka
Though they only exchange a few words, two boys become great friends when they meet in the neighborhood. This story demonstrates the beginning of friendship and includes vivid illustrations that will engage pre-readers. Yo! Yes? was a 1994 Caldecott Honor title and is great to read aloud.
- Cork and Fuzz: Short and Tall by Dori Chaconas
Readers between K and 2nd grades
Cork is a short muskrat, and Fuzz is a tall possum. They share a close and endearing friendship, which focuses on their differing characteristics. This title teaches children that individuality is something to be celebrated and that physical differences should not dictate the rules of friendship. This easy-to-read chapter book is part of a series.
- Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
Readers between 2nd and 4th grades
This book is a beloved children’s classic and winner of many literary awards including recognition as a Newbery Honor title. Charlotte’s Web is a tender novel of friendship, love, life, and loss that will continue to be enjoyed by generations to come. Placed at number one on the list of 100 “Greatest Books for Kids” from Scholastic’s Parent & Child Magazine, this book is also recommended by the Common Core State Standards.
- Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
Readers between 4th and 6th grades
This Newbery Medal-winning novel by bestselling author Katherine Paterson has become a touchstone of children’s literature. Bridge to Terabithia is a modern classic of friendship and although punctuated with a sudden tragedy, ends on a note that is strong and hopeful.
- The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
Readers between 6th and 8th grades
Written in 1952, this Pulitzer Prize-winning book is one of Ernest Hemingway’s most famous works and was cited by the Nobel Committee as contributing to the awarding of the Nobel Prize in Literature. Despite great odds, an aging fisherman, Santiago and his apprentice, Manolin, try to catch a marlin and form a special friendship that represents determination, compassion, and loyalty.