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Friendship and Mice: Books For Kids

Reading about friendship helps us learn how to be a good friend. While friendship can change as we age, it's essence remains the same; friendship is loyalty, fun, communication, support, compassion, and love. Enjoy our list of our favorite books showing the joy, journeys, hardships, and value of friendship! We hope you might even make a few (book) friends along the way.

“Reading for me, is spending time with a friend.” – Gary Pauls

Stuart Little book
#1
Stuart Little
Written and illustrated by E.B. White
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

A hardcover edition of this treasured story, for which Garth Williams's original black-and-white line drawings for the jacket of Stuart Little have been colorized by the celebrated illustrator Rosemary Wells. Stuart Little is no ordinary mouse. Born to a family of humans, he lives in New York City with his parents, his older brother George, and Snowbell the cat. Though he's shy and thoughtful, he's also a true lover of adventure. Stuart's greatest adventure comes when his best friend, a beautiful little bird named Margalo, disappears from her nest. Determined to track her down, Stuart ventures away from home for the very first time in his life. He finds adventure aplenty. But will he find his friend?

Lionel and Molly: Opposites book
#2
Lionel and Molly: Opposites
Written by Joanna Lake and illustrated by Jess Racklyeft
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

Introducing Lionel and Molly--two best friends exploring the world around them in this touch and feel concept board book. Lionel the lion and Molly the mouse are best friends who love exploring the world together. Join them as they discover the concept of opposites by comparing themselves to each other. Lionel is big and loud, while Molly is quiet and small.

A Mouse Called Julian book
#3
A Mouse Called Julian
Written and illustrated by Joe Todd-Stanton
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Julian is a mouse who is perfectly happy avoiding other animals. They seem to just get in the way, and sometimes even try to eat him! But one day, Julian has an unexpected dinner guest... When the fox tries to sneak into Julian's burrow for a tasty bite of mouse, it finds itself stuck headfirst in Julian's front door! At first alarmed and wary, they soon find themselves having a lovely dinner together, and it's not long before each realizes that they have found in the other a lifelong friend.

Paper Mice book
#4
Paper Mice
Written by Megan Wagner Lloyd and illustrated by Phoebe Wahl
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

It’s the middle of the night, and two paper mice find adventure—and each other—as they explore their new home in this beautifully written, stunningly illustrated story of friendship. With a snip and a clip, two paper mice are made. They are given names: Della and Ralph. Each alone, they explore their new house in the dark. Della dashes up the stairs; Ralph skitters through the dining room. There is so much to see and so much to discover! But a big, dark house can be scary for those so small, until they find…each other. Beautiful, cut-paper illustrations bring to life this lyrical story of adventure and friendship.

Edison book
#5
Edison
Written by Torben Kuhlmann
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Award-winning illustrator Torben Kuhlmann’s stunning new book transports readers to new depths where imagination lights the way! A long time ago, one mouse learned to fly, another landed on the moon...what will happen in the next Mouse adventure? From the creator of Lindbergh—The Tale of a Flying Mouse and Armstrong, comes Edison—The Mystery of the Missing Mouse Treasure. When two unlikely friends build a vessel capable of taking them to the bottom of the ocean find a missing treasure—the truth turns out to be far more amazing.

Journey to the Crystal Cave book
#6
Journey to the Crystal Cave
Written by Poppy Green and illustrated by Jennifer A. Bell
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

Sophie Mouse and her friends are playing hide-and-seek near Butterfly Brook. Sophie finds the perfect hiding spot, but she also finds a glowing cave. The problem is, when Sophie tells her friends about her discovery, they don't believe her! Illustrations. 5 1/2 x 7 5/16.

Bear Counts book
#7
Bear Counts
Written by Karma Wilson and illustrated by Jane Chapman
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

As friends Bear and Mouse share a day together, Bear counts various objects, from one to five, and the reader is invited to do the same. Simultaneous eBook.

Little Mouse and the Big Cupcake book
#8
Little Mouse and the Big Cupcake
Written by Thomas Taylor and illustrated by Jill Barton
picture book
Recommend Ages: 1-3

When one small mouse finds one BIG cupcake (a chocolate chip, raspberry cream cupcake!), he wonders how he’ll ever manage to get it home. So, one by one, Little Mouse asks his friends to help. They all say “yes”—but only afer nibbling the yummy treat. Will there be any leffor Mouse? A tasty story offriendship and sharing . . . with a satisfying ending!

Big Bear, Small Mouse book
#9
Big Bear, Small Mouse
Written by Karma Wilson and illustrated by Jane Chapman
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

"A big bear and a small mouse discover all of the opposites between their animal friends"--

Motor Mouse book
#10
Motor Mouse
Written by Cynthia Rylant and illustrated by Arthur Howard
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Join Motor Mouse on three hilarious adventures in this irresistible start to a brand-new series from the creators of Gooseberry Park and the Mr. Putter and Tabby books! Motor Mouse is a busy little mouse, between driving his delivery car, eating cake, and visiting with friends. Come along with him on his adventures! In “The Friday Cake Day,” Motor Mouse and his friend Telly have been looking forward all week to their Friday tradition of eating cake. But when Friday arrives, the Cake Shop is closed. This is not acceptable! Could a friendly hedgehog help them with their predicament? In “Going For a Look-About,” Motor Mouse decides that instead of driving, he’d like to go for a look-about as a passenger instead. So he hires a cab to take him to places that bring back good memories of old friends. But is a brand-new friend right in front of him? In “Front Row at the Picture Show,” Motor Mouse and his brother, Vincent, are going to a movie. Vincent always insists on getting a large bucket of popcorn to share, since it’s a better deal than two small buckets. But he always hogs it! What is Motor Mouse to do? This sweet and funny trio of stories is sure to have young readers wanting to visit with Motor Mouse again and again.

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