June 8 is National Best Friend Day.

…One is silver and the other gold.

Friendship can be complicated.

Friends make life fun and help you through rough patches but making friends and maintaining those relationships can be hard work. Enjoy these Magination Press stories that help kids explore the ins and outs of friendship. 

Too Shy to Say Hi by Shannon Anderson

This rhyming picture book will help kids navigate difficulties of shyness and social anxiety. Shelli used to be content in her little world, thinking that her pet friends were enough. Readers will relate as Shelli takes brave steps toward breaking out of her shell to make friends at school. Includes a Note to Parents and Caregivers with more information about shyness and social anxiety.

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Read an excerpt from the Reader’s Note in Too Shy to Say Hi

Baby Blue by Judi Abbot

Baby Blue is a little boy who lives in a blue world, full of blue trees, flowers, and animals. One day, he accidentally tears a hole in the world and a strange light pours in. Through the hole, he can see a world that isn’t blue, and another little person like him. Though Baby Blue is scared, he overcomes his fear and introduces himself to Baby Yellow.

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Read an interview with Judi Abbot about creating Baby Blue

The Friendship Book by Wendy Moss, PhD

This book helps middle-grade readers figure out what they want out of their friendships, how to be a good friend, how to resolve conflicts, and much more. Full of practical tips, insightful quizzes, and relatable examples, The Friendship Book is the resource kids need to figure out friendship.

Read an excerpt from The Friendship Book

Band Together by Chloe Douglass

Duck loves peace and quiet! When a rowdy band asks him to join the show, he agrees, but gets nervous to perform with them. Why would they want him to play with them? A charming tale about being with friends and making new ones.

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Read an interview with Chloe Douglass about creating Band Together

Giraffe Asks For Help by Nyasha M. Chikowore

Gary the giraffe is old enough to reach the leaves on the trees all by himself. However, he simply can’t reach on his own. With a little guidance from his friends, Gary learns that it’s okay to ask for help.

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Read an excerpt from the Note to Parents and Caregivers in Giraffe Asks for Help

Three Little Birds by Lysa Mullady

When two birds go find worms, they don’t invite their friend and his feelings are hurt. So he decides to start a rumor, which quickly spirals out of control. Can he make things right before it’s too late?

Browse our complete list of more than 20 books about friendship.