International Day of Friendship: Top Literary Friendships

by Kirsti Granholm

Today is the International Day of Friendship! That means the CCBC is celebrating in the best way we know how: reminiscing about the top literary friendships in Canadian literature. Check out our favourite best friend duos.

Anne Shirley and Diana Barry in Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery (1908)

Diana Barry grew up with an average family, in an average home, in an average small town. When orphaned Anne arrived, Diana’s mother was skeptical of their blossoming friendship. But the two were meant to be friends! Once Diana’s mother approved, the girls’ lives change forever, bringing them on an incredible journey of lifelong friendship. Anne and Diana are an obvious pick for this list!

Bodger, Luath and Tao in The Incredible Journey by Sheila Burnford (Hodder and Stoughton, 1961)

The animal trio in The Incredible Journey went down in CanLit history as an iconic group. For a good reason too! The trio travelled nearly 500km across Ontario together, on foot! Bodger, Luath and Tao had to get back to their owners, who are travelling, but they know it won’t be easy. With resilience, determination and a few good friends, the trio discovers that they can get through anything if they stick together!

Franklin and Bear in the Franklin series by Paulette Bourgeois (Kids Can Press, 1986-2011)

While Franklin and Bear have a lot of amazing friends, they are the closest pair in the group. Franklin and Bear play, laugh, dance, argue and explore together and they have for as long as they can remember! Plus, their parents’ are even friends. Since the late 1980’s the duo has made a mark on Canadian literature, becoming one of the most beloved pair of fictional friends.

Giraffe and Bird in Giraffe and Bird by Rebecca Bender (Pajama Press, 2017)

Giraffe and Bird have a very special friendship. They are constantly getting on each others nerves, fighting and bickering about anything and everything! But every time they are apart, it just doesn’t feel right. At the end of the day, the two know they are better off being friends than frenemies. Giraffe and Bird deserve a spot on this list for their not-so-typical, yet hilariously relatable, friendship.

Hermione, Harry and Ron in the Harry Potter series by J.K Rowling (Scholastic, 1997-2007)

Although it’s not Canadian, the Harry Potter series does an incredible job at presenting a genuine connection through Harry, Hermione and Ron. Throughout the series, the trio encounter many challenges and triumphs together. In each book, the lengths of their friendships is tested when they are faced with unpredictable life-or-death situations. Harry, Hermione and Ron stick together while at Hogwarts, building an indestructible bond throughout the series.

Piggy and Bunny in Me and You by Geneviève Côté (Kids Can Press, 2009)

Piggy and Bunny admire one another’s features wholly. Piggy likes Bunny’s big feet and Bunny likes Piggy’s swirly tail. In this story, they dress up as each other, painting themselves pink and white, attempting to create each others features. But after all their effort, they realize they like being themselves more. They can appreciate each other, while loving themselves too!

The Mole Sisters in The Mole Sisters by Roslyn Schwartz (Annick, 1999—)

The Mole Sisters are a curious pair. They splash, dance, and wiggle their way through the woods together. The sisters are always adventuring, and that’s what makes them best friends. All of the challenges they are faced with, they solve together. There isn’t another sister duo in literature quite like the mole sisters.

Winnie the Pooh and Christopher Robin in Winnie the Pooh by A.A Milne (Methuen Publishing, 1926)

Winnie the Pooh and Christopher Robin are an unlikely duo, but they still make the best of friends. Pooh is a stuffed bear, given to Christopher when he was one. Pooh comes to life and the two explore and play in their enchanted world called the Hundred Acre Woods, along with their many other friends. The story is based off of Harry Colebourn’s real life bear named Winnie and Christopher is based off of Milne’s young son. Their cherished friendship touched generations of young readers. Plus, the real Winnie the Pooh, the bear that inspired the story, was as Canadian as the CCBC. She was even named after the city of Winnipeg. What’s more Canadian than that?

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