Friends Children’s Book Review

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Do you love the show Friends? Are you always looking for new books to read to your class? Want to teach some valuable lessons? Then today is your lucky day! We are discussing the new Friends children’s book, “Life is Better with Friends”, the official Friends picture book, by Micol Ostow! Could we BE any more excited?!?

The Friends children’s book is here and IT IS AMAZING! If you are a fan of the show, this book is perfect for you! There are so many great conversations about friendship throughout, with all the great references that will have you feeling happy and nostalgic!

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The One With the Best Book Ever!

We absolutely love this Friends children’s book, and we know you will too. As Phoebe says, this book is our lobster! There are so many reasons to get it, but here are some of our favorites:

  • Very simple sentences-perfect for reading to kinders!
  • Really easy concepts to teach about friendship
  • Adorable artwork
  • Iconic moments from the show

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Pivot, Pivot, PIVOT!

You can’t read that quote and not immediately picture Ross squeezing a couch up the stairs. Don’t worry, that scene definitely made it into the Friends children’s book! Here are some of our favorite moments from the show that are also featured:

  • Monica, Rachel, & Phoebe sitting on the couch after wedding dress shopping (The One With The Cheap Wedding Dress. Season 7, episode 17.)
  • Monica’s jellyfish sting. “That’s right! I stepped up! She’s my friend and she needed help. If I had to, I’d pee on any one of you!” (The One With The Jellyfish. Season 4, episode 1.)
  • Monica dancing around with the turkey on her head. (The One With All The Thanksgivings. Season 5, episode 8.)
  • Jumping into the map in “London, baby!” (The One With Ross’ Wedding. Season 4, Episode 23.)
  • Rachel’s trifle! “What’s not to like? Custard, good! Jam, good! Meat, gooood!” (The One Where Ross Got High. Season 6, episode 9.)

There are also so many more quotes throughout the book that you can’t forget!

  • “We were on a break!”
  • “Joey doesn’t share food!”
  • “Smelly cat, smelly cat, what are they feeding you?”
  • “You’re my lobster!”

I’m Not Great at the Advice. Can I Interest You in a Sarcastic Comment?

Do you need some tips on how to teach friendship in kindergarten? This Friends children’s book can definitely help you! There are some great discussion topics in the book.

  • Talking about different types of friends and how we are all unique. It is so important to teach about acceptance and diversity among friends.
  • Discuss different things to do with friends. This book talks about how you can still have fun even if you have different likes or dislikes from your friends.
  • One of the most important lessons is talking about saying sorry when you have hurt a friend. (When Chandler locks himself in a box for 6 hours as a way to say sorry to Joey- make sure to tell your students NOT to do that haha!)

They Don’t Know That We Know They Know We Know

We know the Friends children’s book has all those amazing moments from the series, but there are so many more that could also make great books! For example:

  • When Joey wears all of Chandler’s clothes. “Could I BE wearing any more clothes?” (The One Where No One’s Ready. Season 3, episode 2.) This would be a great opportunity to talk about not taking revenge, working through a conflict, time management, or anxiety (as Ross gets increasingly more anxious when no one is getting ready on time.)
  • Chandler having a roommate he doensn’t like, and Joey being lonely in his new apartment. Some lessons about conflict resolution and talking about your feelings could definitely come from this scene. (The One Where Eddie Won’t Go. Season 2, episode 19.)
  • Monica and Chandler adopting the twins is a wonderful way to talk about how all families look different, but are still special. (The Last One, Part 1. Season 10, episode 18.)
  • Chandler and Joey leaving baby Ben on a bus would be a great book idea to talk about what to do if you get lost, talking to strangers, and general safety! (The One With The Baby On The Bus. Season 2, episode 6.)

I’ll Be There For You

Overall, we could not recommend this book more! If you are looking for a fun, lighthearted, easy way to talk about how to be a good friend in your classroom, you definitely need this book! It is perfect for every teacher who is a Friends fan, and even for those who aren’t!

If you want another fun way to have a Friends theme in your classroom, grab this adorable coloring book below, too! One of our Simply Kinder teammates found this at a Scholastic Book Fair… can you believe these books are from SCHOLASTIC as well!

Let us know if you get the book, and how much you love it! Head to our Facebook page here to discuss how you’re using it in your classroom. If you post any pictures on Instagram, be sure to tag #simplykinder and check out our page here.

This post was written by Johanna, an experienced early elementary teacher who loves learning about new teaching ideas for preschool, kindergarten, and first grade! (She loves Friends too!) Video and pictures by Jennifer, creator of Simply Kinder and biggest Friends fan there is!

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