Top Ten Books that Taught Me About Friendship

Posted May 20, 2014 by Cristina (Girl in the Pages) in Top Ten Tuesday, Weekly Features/Memes / 10 Comments

TTTcustombannerTop Ten Tuesday is a fun weekly feature hosted by the wonderful blog The Broke and The Bookish! This week’s topic is “Top Ten Books About Friendship” and I decided to break my list down into books that taught me about friendship throughout the various stages of growing up.

Early Childhood:

1) Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans- Madeline teaches class, tenacity, and most of all how to make and keep friends, whether it be her classmates or Pepito the bad hat next door, and does it all with poise and grace.

2) Corduroy by Don Freeman- Because was there ever such a heart warming scene as Corduroy getting bought from the department store by a little girl who sews his missing button back on? Don’t make friends based off of appearances!

3) Curious George by H.A. Rey- The Man in the Yellow Hat sticks with George despite his inability to keep out of trouble.

Early Adolescence:

4) Beezus and Ramona by Beverley Cleary– It’s important to learn how to be friends with your siblings too, despite how much they may annoy you at times.

5) Kristy’s Great Idea (The Babysitter’s Club books) by Ann M. Martin- This series exposed readers to a group of very diverse girls, and how they supported each other as both friends and in starting a business.

6) Amelia’s Notebook by Marissa Moss- A journal series that describes the challenge of keeping old friendships when one moves away, and the importance of making new friends in new situations.

7) Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling- “There are some things you can’t share without ending up liking each other, and knocking out a twelve-foot mountain troll is one of them.”

8) Sailor Moon Mangas- Technically not a series of novels, but the Sailor Scouts were the first characters that I direly, desperately desired to be my friends in real life. Nothing says bonding like becoming a group of female superheroes together.

The High School Years:

9) To Kill a Mocking Bird by Harper Lee- Just because someone’s different doesn’t mean that they’re unworthy of friendship or respect.

10) The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashers- Lena, Carmen, Bridgette and Tibby taught me that friends grow apart and grow differently, but that doesn’t have to devalue your bond.

Did any of these books resonate with you growing up? Tell me in the comments, and link back to your TTT post! I’d love to check it out!

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10 responses to “Top Ten Books that Taught Me About Friendship

    • Thank you! I really struggled with the topic at first (when I really thought about it I was surprised that there weren’t very many books in YA that deal with friendship, they’re all mainly romance) but once I put my own spin on it things got easier.

  1. I loved The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants! And I really always have wanted to read Sailor Moon, it’s the only mainstream manga I haven’t read. x)

  2. Great picks! Harry Potter topped my list because it just has so many wonderful friendships in that book. I actually haven’t read any of the others but do have To Kill a Mockingbird on my tbr list. Nice choices 🙂

  3. Awwww great choices! LOVE Harry Potter, of course. The friendship in that is just so fantastic. Honestly one of my favorites of all time.
    I LOVED BSC as a kid. They were so much fun and really dealt with a lot of issues all around.

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