National Friendship Day is August 6

What could be better than a day dedicated to friends and friendship? In 1935, the U.S. Congress thought so and declared the first Sunday of August as Friendship Day. Observance of this special day has since spread around the world. In fact, Winnie the Pooh was named the world’s Ambassador of Friendship at the United Nations.

On August 6, celebrate Friendship Day with your child. There are many activities that help teach the meaning of friendship at an early age, and you can start at your local library. Here are some kid-favorites books on friendship.

  • Should I Share My Ice Cream, by Mo Willems. This is one of the many classic Elephant and Piggy books that teach children easy to understand moral lessons.
  • George and Martha: The Complete Stories of Two Best Friends, by James Marshall. This is a collection of entertaining little stories about two best friends, George and Martha. As with real best friends, George and Martha’s interactions are not always perfect, but they learn how to be friends.
  • Poindexter Makes a Friend, by Mike Twohy. Poindexter is a quiet pig who prefers to spend all his time helping out at the library. When a shy turtle named Shelby requests a book about how to make friends, Poindexter finds it, they read it together and become friends in the process.
  • How Do Dinosaurs Play with Their Friends? by Jane Yolen and Mark Teague. This book is one of the he “How Do Dinosaurs…” series. It is perfect for teaching preschoolers that friends are kind, sharing, thoughtful and generous.

You librarian will have many other recommendations for books on friendship as well. Enjoy Friendship Day with your little best friend.