Teaching Friendship with Peanut Butter & Cupcake

I recently discovered the cutest book ever.  Not only is it adorable, it is perfect for teaching students about friendship!  
In the story, Peanut Butter is new to town and doesn't have any friends.  
He attempts to make friends with hamburger, cupcake, egg, meatball, french fries, and soup before he finally meets his best friend...JELLY.  
This book is perfect for talking to kiddos about what characteristics make a good friend, as well as how to make friends, and how to welcome new students.  How amazing are these photographic illustrations?  The author managed to teach an important lesson, while being hilarious and totally creative! 
Create an anchor chart about the characteristics of a good friend.  
I created a FREEBIE to go along with my new favorite book.  :)
You'll find two printables where students can brainstorm how to be a good friend.  Additionally, there are three writing activities.  
1.  List 5 ways to make friends
2.  Write about a time when you were a good friend.  Illustrate.
3.  Write about a time when you were NOT a good friend.  How could you have been a better friend?  How did you feel?  How did your friend feel?  
Take a peek.  Click on any of the pictures to download these for FREE.


  1. Wonderful blog.Thank you so much for sharing this blog.

  2. This book and activity sound SO cute and a great way to identify good friendship qualities! Do you happen to know what level this would be appropriate for? I am a school counselor and work with 4th graders. Do you think this book would be too immature for their age (8 years old)? Thank you for posting and for the awesome freebies! :)

  3. Hi CounselorS! I think 8 year olds would still very much appreciate this book, and they will get the humor and awesome use of photographs in the illustrations. I think they would be able to expand upon the principals of a good friend and how to treat classmates after reading this fun and silly book. Have fun!!! Hope they love it!! -Liz (TheHappyTeacher)

  4. Helpful! Thanks for the free TpT resource!