Friendship Fiction (Grades 2-4)

Baker, Barbara.  Digby and Kate.  Reader 2 B 
Six episodes in the friendship of Digby the dog and Kate the cat, who enjoy each other’s company even when they have their differences in such areas as catching a mouse or fixing lunch.CHECK OUT MORE TITLES IN THIS SERIES!

Barrows, Annie.  Ivy and Bean.  J FIC Barrows (SERIES)
When seven-year-old Bean plays a mean trick on her sister, she finds unexpected support for her antics from Ivy, the new neighbor, who is less boring than Bean first suspected.

Broach, Elise.  The Miniature World of Marvin & James.  J FIC Broach
When his best friend, a human boy named James, goes away on vacation, Marvin the beetle worries that their friendship may end.

Cazet, Denys.  Minnie and Moo Go to the Moon.  J FIC Cazet Two cow friends, Minnie and Moo, decide to drive the farmer’s tractor all the way to the moon.  CHECK OUT MORE TITLES IN THIS SERIES!

Danziger, Paula.  Amber Brown Goes Fourth.  J FIC Danziger // JPB D
Entering fourth grade, Amber faces some changes in her life as her best friend moves away and her parents divorce.

Elliott, Rebecca.  Eva’s Treetop Festival.  J FIC Elliott
Having a Bloomtastic Festival at school to celebrate spring is a great idea–but Eva Wingdale, a young owl, discovers that it is also a lot of work, and there is nothing wrong with asking her friends for help. 

Fowler, Susi G.  Albertina, the Animals, and Me.  J FIC Fowler
When Molly and her best friend Albertina devise a scheme to get a pet, everyone ends up surprised.

Fox, Paula.  A Likely Place.  JPB F
A little boy who can’t spell or ever seem to please his parents spends a week with a kooky babysitter and makes a special friend.

Hayashi, Nancy.  Cosmic Cousin.  J FIC Hayashi
During her frequent trips to the public library, Eunice seeks to uncover the identity of Cosmic Cousin, a mysterious reader who shares her love for science fiction and seems to be searching for a new friend by leaving notes inside books.

Haywood, Carolyn.  Back to School with Betsy.  J FIC Haywood // JPB H
Third-grader Betsy and her friend Billy seem to be always getting into scrapes both inside and outside of school.

Jacobson, Jennifer. Winnie at her Best. J FIC Jacobson
Zoe is the smartest speller and Vanessa is the top actress in the fourth grade, but Winnie doesn’t know what she does best until she helps a young neighbor in need.

Jennings, Patrick.  Odd, Weird & Little.  J FIC Jennings
Befriending a very strange new student, Toulouse, helps outsider Woodrow stand up to the class bullies who have been picking on them both.

Komaiko, Leah. Annie Bananie and the Pain Sisters. J FIC Komaiko
Excluded from her friends’ new club, The Pain Sisters, because she has never broken a bone or been to the hospital, Libby comes up with a plan to join.

Lawlor, Laurie.  How to Survive Third Grade.  J FIC Lawlor  //  J PB L
Ernest, an unpopular third grader, has a difficult adjustment to make until he finds a friend and experiences his first real successes in life.

Lisle, Janet Taylor.  The Gold Dust Letters.  J FIC Lisle
When nine-year-old Angela and her friends begin investigating the letters she has received from her fairy godmother, it helps take Angela’s mind off her strained relationship with her father.

Paterson, Katherine. Flip-Flop Girl. J FIC Paterson  //  J PB P
Uprooted following the death of their father, nine-year-old Vinnie and her five-year-old brother, Mason, cope in different ways–one in silence–but both with the help of Lupe, the flip-flop girl.

Pennypacker, Sara.  Waylon! One Awesome Thing!  J FIC Pennypacker
Waylon, a boy with the mind of a scientific genius and the vulnerable heart of an eight year old, is trying to understand his older sister and deal with changes among the kids at school.

Rissi, Anica Mrose.  Anna Banana and the Friendship Split.  J FIC Rissi
Anna and Sadie have always been best friends so when Sadie suddenly starts being mean, Anna is very sad and seeks support from her dog Banana and classmate Isabel, as well as advice from her brother Chuck and her parents.  SEQUEL: Anna Banana and the Monkey in the Middle (2015).

Spinelli, Jerry. Fourth Grade Rats. J FIC Spinelli
Suds learns that his best friend is wrong. You don’t have to be a tough guy, a “rat,” to be a grown up fourth grader.

Springstubb, Tricia.  Cody and the Fountain of Happiness.  J FIC Springstubb  (SERIES)
A girl named Cody is looking forward to a great summer vacation, but dealing with her mopey older brother, busy mother, and a father away on a long distance truck delivery don’t promise a good start, until she meets a new friend in search of a lost cat.  SEQUEL: Cody and the Mysteries of the Universe (2016).

Weeks, Sarah.  Oggie Cooder.  J FIC Weeks
Quirky fourth-grader Oggie Cooder goes from being shunned to everyone’s best friend when his uncanny ability to chew slices of cheese into the shapes of states wins him a slot on a popular television talent show, but he soon learns the perils of being a celebrity–and having a neighbor girl as his manager.

Wilkowski, Susan.  The Bad Luck Chair.  J FIC Wilkowski
After having to sit in the legendary Bad Luck Chair at school, nine-year-old Addy is determined to break its curse, but first she and her friends have to figure out the puzzling directions written by one of the chair’s earlier victims.

Willems, Mo.  The Story of Diva and Flea.  J FIC Willems
In the bustling city of Paris, a small yet brave dog, Diva, and an adventurous cat named Flea become two unlikely friends.

Zemke, Deborah.  My Life in Pictures.  J FIC Zemke
When budding artist Bea Garcia’s best friend moves to Australia and a loud, rambunctious boy moves into her old house, Bea must learn to make new friends.

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