Our Top Ten Favorite Picture Book Friendships by Jillian Heise & Kim McSorley
It all started with Elephant & Piggie. A comment about how much I love We Are In a Book led to a question which led to a conversation with Kim which led to a disbelieving look that I had only read the one Elephant & Piggie book, which led to this goal-setting tweet….
Thanks to Kim’s help scouring the classroom and public library shelves, along with numerous 3rd graders in our building who were equally horrified that I had not read all the Elephant & Piggie books loaning me theirs that they were reading, I was able to get through all 20 of them that week.
Shortly afterwards, we were talking about how much we love Elephant & Piggie and their friendship, which led us to thinking about other friendships in picture books that we adore.
Our Top Ten Favorite Picture Book Friendships
Elephant and Piggie in My New Friend is So Fun!
Flora & the Flamingo (& the Penguin) in Flora and the Flamingo & Flora and the Penguin
Zebra and Moose in Z is for Moose
Fish & Snail in The Story of Fish and Snail
Rocket & Owl in Rocket Writes a Story
Super Hair-O & his Superfriends in Super Hair-o and the Barber of Doom
Boy & the Robot in Boy + Bot
Elephant, Zebra, Turtle, Owl, Lion, & Giraffe in Hooray for Hat
Little Elliot & Mouse in Little Elliot, Big City
Scientist & the Viking/the Pirate in Pirate, Viking, and Scientist
Our tenth choice is a book that will not be out until November, but we loved what it has to offer so much that we had to include it.
Jillian Heise & Kim McSorley found each other at the Indian Community School of Milwaukee. Jillian is the 7th & 8th grade language arts teacher and Kim is the K-8 reading specialist. This means they get to talk books with each other all the time and say it’s part of their job…because it is. To say they were meant to work together is an understatement. They enjoy author fangirling, CarPD, rooming together at conferences, sharing books, reading aloud to students, interrupting each other while teaching to share book excitement, and creating school-wide literacy celebrations, especially if they can make it a wear your pajamas and read all day type of thing. Jillian can be found at Heise Reads & Recommends or @heisereads. Kim can be found on twitter @fins025.
I’m so glad to see Elephant and Piggie on this list. They were the first picture book friendship that came to mind when I saw the title of this post.
Toot and Puddle???
Oh, man. The Elephant and Piggie books are HUGE in this house, too. LOVE that you included The Story of Fish and Snail as well as Boy + Bot and Z is for Moose, too! GREAT books! I just read Hooray for Hat this weekend, and it’s adorable. So many good books!
I just love the choices here, Cindy 🙂 There are really so many, it’s hard to narrow them down, right? A couple more might be Bink & Gollie, Duck & Goose, Officer Buckle & Gloria, and Frankie & Sal (from LET’S DO NOTHING). I know there are many more, but those are a few that came to mind 🙂
I highly recommend Suzanne Bloom’s Bear and Goose books featuring the friends Bear, Goose, and Fox. Wonderful stories with amazing illustrations! (A Splendid Friend Indeed, Treasure, Fox Forgets, etc.)
Love these! Thank you for this list! This makes me want to do a friendship unit with my 4th graders!
How about Frog and Toad by Arnold Lobel and George and Martha by James Marshall?
Friendships are wonderful as are all of these books. Smiled my way through the whole list. Thanks!