Tuesday, June 22, 2010

The best of friends

Today is my best friend's birthday. We've been best friends since the first grade, as evidenced by our inseparability in this first grade class photo. (Awww!)

(Note the properly-folded hands. We were *very* well-behaved first graders.)

In her honor, I thought I'd do a salute to books about best-friendship. In no particular order, and just off the top of my head, here are a few wonderful tributes to friendship--and to the ways friends love us at our best and worst, and help us grow, and change, and become, and learn to recognize our truest selves.

Toot and Puddle *** Gossie and Gertie *** Best Friends for Frances

Charlotte's Web *** Anne of Green Gables *** A Little Princess *** Bridge to Terabithia

Say Goodnight, Gracie *** Sweethearts *** Before I Fall

But I'm sure I'm missing about a million stories that belong on this list! So you tell me: what are some of your favorite books about friendship?


  1. The Frog and Toad books! I hadn't cracked one open for decades until I started reading them to my daughter, and I was happily surprised to see how genuine those two amphibians are as characters. They're a little neurotic, a tad clueless, a smidge cowardly, and a tiny bit mean. But they're also as devoted and caring and giving as friends can be.

  2. I love Anne of Green Gables, A Visitor for Bear, Mo Willems' Elephant and Piggie books (esp. My Friend is Sad), Wemberly Worried, The Secret Garden, and I Like You. There are so many more I know I'm forgetting, though!

  3. Both George and Martha and Amos & Boris come immediately to mind when I think about great depictions of friendship.

  4. There's something really sweet and innocent about Mary Ann Rodman and E.B. Lewis's - My Best Friend.
    About a girl who so badly wants to be friends with someone who won't give her the time of day...but all along there's another girl who's just dying to be friends with HER.

  5. Dog and Bear (I like the first one best) by Laura Vaccaro Seeger and Jumpy Jack And Googily by Meg Rosoff and Sophie Blackall.

  6. Thanks for your list, and congrats on the faithful friendship! My fave is The Fox & the Hound...my brother & I cried together during their separation!