Exploring the Power and Processes of Friendship through Picturebooks
Friendships are among the most treasured and important experiences in the lives of children. These relationships afford young learners opportunities to develop social skills, gain self knowledge, and make authentic human connections. This article offers an overview of the role friendships play in children's lives and positions high quality picturebooks as relevant, accessible, and developmentally appropriate resources to explore ways of initiating friendships, sustaining friendships, and navigating challenges within friendships. Touchstone texts are explored and suggestions for supporting transactions with relevant literature are provided.
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