By Karen Stephensenting Exchangeiendship Skills Library #21Friendship Skills #2LibraryFriendship Skills: ChildrensIve never met a parent who didnt hope their child would gather a comfortingcircle of friends to rely upon and enjoy.Friendship skills come naturally to somehildren;but for others,it takes a bit more practice.One very effective way ofhelping children grasp the dynamics of friendship is to read stories together.Sobelow I list childrens books that deal with friendship.The childrens books canalso remind you,as an adult,how children think about friendship.Understandingtheir perspective can help you guide children more sensitively and wisely.The books can be obtained in a variety of ways,including from booksellers,public libraries,or your child care centers lending library.Some of the classicsand more recent releases may be included in your childs classroom book clubofferings (such as Scholastic,Trumpet,or Troll).Consider sharing this list withamily members who want good book ideas for childrens holiday gifts;theyllappreciate the help.Once you land your hands on some of these gems,read the books as often asour child wishes.New reflections
will arise with eacheading.Examining a story characters behavior can be a safe,objective way forhildren to consider and analyze how friendships are formed and maintained.After ending a story,ask your child why the characters were friends.How didthey become friends? How did they settle arguments?
Your child might evenant to be creative with the story line.Ask your child how the story endingmight change,for better or worse,if characters behaved or talked differently.Responses will give you an amazing view of your childs perspective,maturation,and growth.At the end of this list of childrens books,I also cite books written for parents andteachers.Each examines the influence friendship has on development and cangive you tips on nurturing childrens friendship potential.Enjoy the discovery.Children's Books for Preschoolers to Age 8A Book of Friends by David Ross(Scranton,PA:HarperCollins ChildrensA Rainbow of FriendsK.Hallinan (Nashville,TN:Ideals Publications,Alexander and the Wind Up MouseLeo Lionni (New York:BantamDoubleday Dell Books for Young Readers,1974).Being FriendsKaren Beaumont (New York:Penguin Putnam Books foroung Readers,2002).Best FriendsMarcia Leonard (Brookfield,CT:Millbrook Press,1999).Best FriendsSteven Kellog (New York:Penguin Putnam,1986).Best Friends for FrancesRussell Hoban (New York:HarperCollins ChildrensBooks,1969).Best Friends Sleep Overacqueline Rogers (New York:Scholastic,1993).Chesters Wayvin Henkes (New York:Greenwillow,1991).Chicken Chickensaleri Gorbachev (New York:North-South Books,2001).Clifford Makes a FriendNorman Bridwell (New York:Scholastic,,1998).Do You Want to Be My FriendEric Carle (New York:Putnam PublishingGroup,1988).One veryeffective wayhildren graspthe dynamicsof friendshipead storiestogether.Duck on a BikeDavid Shannon (New York:Scholastic,2002).Elmers FriendsDavid McKee (New York:HarperCollins Childrens Books,1994).Dawn Apperley (New York:Scholastic,2001).Helme Heine (New York:Simon & Schuster Childrens,1982).x Tale SoupBonning (New York:Simon & Schuster Childrens,2001).Rob Lewis (New York:Holt,Henry Books for Young Readers,2001).Elaine Scott (New York:Simon & Schuster Childrens,2000).iendship:From Your Old Friends to Your New FriendsNuria Bosch Roca (Hauppauge,NY:BarronsEducational Series,2001).itz and the Beautiful Horsesan Brett (Boston:Houghton Mifflin Company,1987).og and Toad are FriendsArnold Lobel (New York:HarperCollins Childrens Books,1979).George and Martha:The Complete Stories of Two Best Friendsames Marshall (Boston:Houghton MifflinCompany,1997).How to Be a Friend:A Guide to Making Friends and Keeping ThemLaurene Krasny Brown (New York:LittleBrown Childrens Books,2001).How to Lose All Your FriendsNancy Carlson (New York:Viking Childrens Books,1994).Hungry HenRichard Waring (New York:HarperCollins Childrens Books,2001).Ill Always Be Your FriendSam McBratney (New York:HarperCollins Childrens Books,2001).ust My Friend and MeMercer Mayer (Racine,WI:Golden Books,1988).Lets Be Enemiesanice May Udry (New York:Scholastic,1961).Lets Be Friends Again!Hans Wilhem (New York:Scholastic,1986).Make New FriendsRosemary Wells (New York:Hyperion,2002).Making Friendsed Rogers (New York:Putnam Publishing Group,1996)
.May I Bring a FriendBeatrice Schenk De Regniers (New York:Simon & Schuster Childrens,1974).Moonbears Friendank Asch (New York:Simon & Schuster,1993).My Best Friendt Hutchins (New York:HarperCollins Childrens Books,1993).My Best Friend Moved AwayNancy L.Carlson (New York:Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers,2001).My Friend Bearez Alborough (Cambridge,MA:Candlewick Press,2001).My Friend JohnCharlotte Zolotow (New York:Bantam Doubleday Dell Books for Young Readers,2002).Now One Foot,Now the Otheromie de Paola (New York:Putnam Publishing Group,1981).enguin Petes New FriendsMarcus Pfister (New York:North-South Books,1995).oppy and Ella:3 Stories about 2 Best FriendsKaminsky (New York:Disney Press,2000).Rainbow Fish,The by Marcus Pfister.(New York,NY:North-South Books,2000.)SnowmanRaymond Briggs (New York:Random House,1986).ohn Steptoe (New York:Harper & Row,1969).SwimmyLeo Lionni (New York:lfred Knopf,1973).he Best of FriendsPirkko Vainio (New York:North-South Books,2000).aul Galdone (Boston:Houghton Mifflin Company,1991).acqueline Woodson (New York:Penguin USA,2001).he Relatives CameCynthia Rylant (New York:Bradbury Press,1985).he Very Best of FriendsMargaret Wild (San Diego:Harcourt Brace Jovanovich,1990).y Friend,ObadiahBrinton Turkle (New York:Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers,1969).are Best FriendsAliki (New York:HarperCollins Childrens Books,1982).Wemberly Worriedvin Henkes (New York:Greenwillow Books,2000).What Will I Do Without You?Sally Grindley (New York:Scholastic,1999).Where is My Friend?Marcus Pfister (New York:North-South Books,2001).Whistle for WillieEzra Jack Keats (New York:Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers,1976).ilfred Gordon McDonald PartridgeMem Fox (Brooklyn,NY:Kane Miller Book Publishers,1985).ill I have a Friend?Miriam Cohen (New York:Simon & Schuster Childrens,1971).ill You Be My Friend?Nancy Tafuri (New York:Scholastic,2000).ill You Forgive Me?Sally Grindley (New York:Kingfisher,2001).itzys Best FriendsSuzy Spafford (New York:Scholastic,2002).enting Exchangeiendship Skills Library #22 Karen Stephens 2002Karen Stephens is director of Illinois State University Child Care Center and instructor in childdevelopment for the ISU Family and Consumer Sciences Department.She writes a weekly column for parents in herlocal newspaper.Karen is author of two books and frequent contributor to Child Care Information Exchangebout creative parenting ideas,check out the Parenting Exchange Library at www.ChildCareExchange.com.Friendship Skills related articles #1,#3enting Exchangeiendship Skills Library #23 Karen Stephens 2002Books of Interest to Parents and TeachersChildrens FriendshipsZick Rubin (Cambridge,MA:Harvard University Press,1980).Cliques:8 Steps to Help Your Child Survive the Social JungleCharlene Giannetti and Margaret Sagarese (Newoadway Books,2001).Building Healthy Friendships:Teaching Friendship Skills to Young Peopley Beck (Saratoga,CA:R & EPublishers,1994).he Friendship Factorenneth Rubin (New York:Skylight Press,2002).Best Friends,Worst Enemies:Understanding the Social Lives of ChildrenMichael Thompson and CatherineONeill Grace (New York:Ballantine Books,2001).Connecting:Friendship in the Lives of Young Children and Their Teachersedited by Dennie Palmer Wolf(Redmond,WA:Exchange Press,1986).Currently being revised,expanded,and updated.Good Friends are Hard to Find:Help Your Child Find,Make and Keep Friendsed Frankel (Pasedena,CA:espective Publishing,1996).Books Written Specifically for Early Childhood TeachersBuilding Social Competence in Children:A Practical Handbook for Counselors,Psychologists and TeachersLilian Katz,Diane McClellan,James Fuller,and Garry Walz (Greensboro,NC:ERIC Counseling and StudentServices in the Lives of Young Children and Their Teachersedited by Dennie Palmer Wolf(Redmond,WA:Exchange Press,1986).Currently being revised,expanded,and updated.ostering Childrens Social Competence:The Teachers RoleLilian G.Katz and Diane Association for the Education of Young Children,1997).Guiding Childrens Social DevelopmentMarjorie Kostelnik,et.al.(Albany,NY:Delmar Press,1993).Kids Can Cooperate:A practical guide to teaching problem solvingElizabeth Crary ( Social and Moral Development in Young ChildrenCarolyn Pope Edwards (New York:TeachersCollege Press,1986).Promoting the Social Development of
Young ChildrenCharles Smith (Palo Alto,CA:Mayfield Publishing,Roots of Caring,Sharing,and Helping:The Development of Prosocial Behavior in ChildrenNancy Eisenberg-Berg (San Francisco:W.H.Freeman and Co.,1977).ether We're Better:Establishing a Coactive Learning EnvironmentBev Bos (Roseville,CA:Turn the PagePress,1990)..
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