Book Review: My Way to Making Friends by Elizabeth Cole

Would you like to raise your child as a friendly and socially active person? Would you like to teach your kid the ideas of friendships, respect, empathy, sharing, and other skills of healthy social interactions? Then you are at the right place! This lovely kids book about friendship will help you for sure!

Sometimes both preschoolers and school kids may have problems with confidence and may find themselves lost in a company of new children. Well, everyone could face such problems in the childhood. Friendship is a rather complex concept even for the grown-ups, which requires emotional effort and developed social skills. This kids’ book about making new friends will take your child to the sunny Jungle of Friendship. Boys and girls will surely like the adventures of little Melissa and her new adorable animal friends.

This social-emotional book for kids:

  • teaches children how to make friends
  • offers children many examples of social activities and friendly behavior
  • contains lovely illustrations and a light rhyming storyline
  • suitable for toddlers, preschool kids ages 3 to 5, as well as primary school students of 6-10 years old
  • contains a number of funny animal characters that children will love from the first sight

There are many books about big emotions available. However, what makes this picture book stand out from other books for kids about making friends is a clear message about what friendship means as well as numerous useful examples of being a good friend to somebody and understanding other people’s feelings and emotions. It also introduces kids to the concepts of kindness, diversity, and inclusion, which are essential for comprehension of the nature of friendship.


My Review

I have read a few of Elizabeth Cole’s books, so I was pretty sure that this would be another great children’s book.

Melissa is shy and doesn’t play with the other kids because of her shyness. She tells herself she doesn’t need friends, but, of course, she’s fooling herself. When she goes to sleep, she dreams about all kinds of different animals who are friends. They give her examples of how to approach others to start a conversation and then perhaps play with them.

The story is told in rhymes and the illustrations are cute and colorful. It encourages children to use their imaginations as well as teaching them ways to make friends.

About the Author

Being a mother of two kids, Elizabeth Cole very well understands that childhood is a great period of life filled with a tremendous amount of different and often changing emotions. Since the time Elizabeth received her master’s degree in psychology from University of New Orleans in 2008, she fully devoted herself to the research of kids, understanding their needs as well as their true emotions. Her five years period of working as the school teacher very much improved Elizabeth’s knowledge and motivated her even stronger. Finally, all of her experience inspired Elizabeth to write a series of children’s books.

Learn more at or email Elizabeth at!