Kindergarten

Books for the Library Corner

Hilda Hen's Happy Birthday
by Mary Wormell
Harcourt 1995 (32p)
Hilda Hen wonders if her farm friends really left all of the presents she finds for her.
Going for a Walk
by Beatrice Schenk de Regniers
Harper 1993 (24p)
A girl goes for a walk and finds a friend.
Best Friends
by Miriam Cohen
Macmillan 1971 (32p) also paper
Kindergarten classmates Jim and Paul realize that they are best friends.
Lizzie and Her Friend
by David Martin
Candlewick 1993 (24p)
Lizzie and a friend have fun playing with water.
A Boy, a Dog, a Frog, and a Friend
by Mercer Mayer
Puffin (32p)
A boy, his dog, and his frog go fishing and catch a turtle which becomes their friend.
Do You Want To Be My Friend?
by Eric Carle
Crowell 1971 (32p) also paper
A small mouse has a hard time finding a friend.
The Friend
by John Burningham
Candlewick 1994 (24p)
A boy describes the ups and downs of his friendship with Arthur.
Margaret and Margarita/Margarita y Margaret
by Lynn Reiser
(Multicultural)
Greenwillow 1993 (28p)
Despite language barriers, Margaret and Margarita meet in the park and play together. In English and Spanish.
It's My Birthday
by Helen Oxenbury
Candlewick 1994 (24p)
In this cumulative story, a child's animal friends bring him the ingredients for his birthday cake.
A Playhouse for Monster
by Virginia Mueller
Whitman 1985 (24p) Puffin 1988 paper
Little Monster is lonely in his playhouse until he shares it with a friend.
Yo! Yes?
by Chris Raschka
(Multicultural)
Orchard 1993 (32p)
Two boys meet on a street and decide to be friends.

Books for Teacher Read Aloud

Benjamin and Tulip
by Rosemany Wells
Dial 1977 pa (32p)
Tulip and Benjamin become friends after they stop fighting. Available in Spanish asLucas y Virginia.
Don't Fidget a Feather
by Erica Silverman
Macmillan 1994 (32p)
Gander and Duck learn about friendship when a fox almost eats them.
Ellen and Penguin
by Clara Vulliamy
Candlewick 1993 (32p)
Ellen and her favorite stuffed animal, Penguin, make friends with Jo and her stuffed monkey, Bill.
Frog and Toad Are Friends
by Arnold Lobel
Harper 1970 (64p) also paper
Five stories about Frog and Toad, two of the most beloved friends in children's literature. Available in Spanish as Sapo y sepo son amigos.
Jamaica and Brianna
by Juanita Havill
(Multicultural)
Houghton 1993 (32p)
Neither Jamaica nor her friend Brianna want to wear hand-me-down boots.
Jessica
by Kevin Henkes
Greenwillow 1989 (24p) Puffin 1990 paper
Ruthie trades her imaginary friend Jessica for a real friend with the same name.
Best Friends for Frances
by Russell Hoban
Harper 1969 (32p) also paper
Frances the badger teaches her next-door neighbor, Albert, about friendship.
What's Claude Doing?
by Dick Gackenbach
Clarion 1984 (32p) paper
None of his animal friends can understand why Claude the dog won't come outside.
Jake and Rosie
by Patricia Lillie
(Multicultural)
Greenwillow 1989 (24p)
Jake is worried when his best friend, Rosie, is not at home.
Orson
by Rascal
Lothrop 1995 (24p)
Orson, a bear, has trouble making friends because he is so big.
Meg and Jack's New Friends
by Paul Dowling
Houghton 1990 (32p)
Sister and brother Meg and Jack, new in their neighborhood, experience different feelings about making friends.
We Are Best Friends
by Aliki
Greenwillow 1982 (32p) also paper
Robert and Peter are sad when Peter moves, but both make new friends.
Lost!
by David McPhail
Little Brown 1990 (32p)
A boy becomes friends with a bear who is lost in the city. Available in Spanish as ¡Perditos!
William and Boomer
by Lindsay Barrett George
Greenwillow 1987 (24p)
William makes friends with a baby goose, and the two share a fun summer.

Books for Shared Reading

The Very Lonely Firefly
by Eric Carle
Philomel 1995 (32p)
A newly born firefly goes in search of other fireflies.
May I Bring a Friend?
by Beatrice Schenk de Regniers
Macmillan 1964 (32p) also paper
A boy invited to visit the king and queen brings along different animal friends every day of the week.
Fifty-five Friends
by Abbie Zabar
(Math)
Hyperion 1994 (24p)
In an imaginary land, fifty-five unusual creatures are friends.
Carnival
by Robin Ballard
(Multicultural)
Greenwillow 1995 (24p)
Didi looks forward to seeing her friend Emma dance in the carnival parade.
Copycat
by Ruth Brown
Dutton 1994 (32p)
Buddy, a cat, copies the actions of his three friends, two cats and a dog.
Do You See Mouse?
by Marion Crume
Silver 1995 (32p)
Five animal friends play hide-and-seek.
The Earth and I
by Frank Asch
(Science)
Gulliver 1994 (32)
A child explains his friendship with the earth.
Happy Birthday, Dear Duck
by Eve Bunting
Clarion 1988 (32p) also paper
Duck's birthday gifts don't seem to make sense -- until the last gift is opened.
Let's Be Friends
by Caroline Ness
Harper 1994 (16p)
Two pets, a dog and a cat, learn how to be friends.
Mouse's Birthday
by Jane Yolen
Putnam 1993 (32p)
Mouse's friends don't fit into his small house so they help him find a bigger place.
Treasure Hunt
by Lorinda Cauley Bryan
Putnam 1994 (32p)
Children and their animal friends hunt for clues that lead them to a picnic lunch.