Books About Imaginary Friends

Lots of kids have imaginary friends. In fact, studies show that up to a third of children create one, usually between the ages of 3 and 7, enjoying their company until they grow out of them. And imaginary friends take many forms; kids can treat dolls, character toys, and stuffed animals like real pals during pretend play. In the past, an imaginary friend was seen as a sign of insecurity, but not anymore: Some research indicates that kids who have them may have an advantage when it comes to socializing, problem solving, and empathizing. Check out our list of whimsical books that explore this creative relationship, both from the kid's point of view and the imaginary friend's.

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The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend

age 3+

Cute, fresh take on having an imaginary friend.

By: Dan Santat (2014)
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Imaginary Fred

age 4+

Imaginary pal has abandonment issues in fun, offbeat tale.

By: Eoin Colfer (2015)
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Maggie's Monkeys

age 4+

Sweet tale of love and imagination for preschoolers.

By: Linda Sanders-Wells (2009)
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age 5+

Cute tale of imaginary unicorn may confuse preschoolers.

By: Victoria Kann (2009)
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Dory Fantasmagory: Book 1

age 6+

Funny, relatable tale of 6-year-old with wild imagination.

By: Abby Hanlon (2014)
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age 8+

Pitch-perfect story about boy and family facing hard times.

By: Katherine Applegate (2015)
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Confessions of an Imaginary Friend: A Memoir by Jacques Papier

age 8+

Whimsical, breezy faux memoir told by an imaginary friend.

By: Michelle Cuevas (2015)
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The Imaginary

age 8+

Quirky adventure about the power of friendship and fantasy.

By: A.F. Harrold (2015)