Kindergarten teachers in Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 do a lot in the first few weeks of school to help students make friends. One of the things that families can do at home to help their child is to read books that talk about friendship. To help families get started, Digital Learning Specialist and Elementary Media Coordinator Katie Salmela compiled six books about friendship for incoming kindergarten families.
Swimmy by Lio Lionni
Deep in the sea lives a happy school of fish. Their watery world is full of wonders, but there is also danger, and the little fish are afraid to come out of hiding . . . until Swimmy comes along. Swimmy shows his friends how—with ingenuity and team work—they can overcome any danger. Available at the Dakota County Library and Scott County Library.
The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister
The Rainbow Fish is an international best-seller and a modern classic. Eye-catching foil stamping, glittering on every page, offers instant child appeal, but it is the universal message at the heart of this simple story about a beautiful fish who learns to make friends by sharing his most prized possessions that gives the book its lasting value. Available at the Dakota County Library and Scott County Library.
How Do Dinosaurs Play with Their Friends? by Jane Yolen
A fun guide to friendship and playing nicely with others. What if a dinosaur's friends come to play? Does he mope, does he pout if he can't get his way? Does he hide all his dump trucks, refusing to share? Does he throw his friends' coloring books up in the air? Available at the Dakota County Library and Scott County Library.
Pete the Cat and the New Guy by Kimberly and James Dean
There's a new guy in town, and Pete can't wait to meet him. After all, more friends mean more fun. When Pete finally meets Gus, he realizes they're very different from each other...but that's what makes him cool. Gus is special in his own way, just like Pete and just like you, and there is something everyone can do! Available at the Dakota County Library and Scott County Library.
My Friend Rabbit by Eric Rohmann
Rabbit saves the day in a most ingeneous way. When Mouse lets his best friend, Rabbit, play with his brand-new airplane, trouble isn't far behind. From Caldecott Honor award winner Eric Rohmann comes a brand-new picture book about friends and toys and trouble, illustrated in robust, expressive prints. Available at the Dakota County Library and Scott County Library.
Can I Play Too? by Mo Willems
Learn more about kindergarten in Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191.