Your siblings are your best friends and your greatest rivals; they’re the first to defend you and the first to annoy you. It’s a complicated relationship, for sure, but we think it’s safe to say that the bond between siblings is like no other.
There are a lot of great picture books out there celebrating this bond, and we’ve highlighted a few of our favorites below. If your family is preparing a child for the addition of a new sibling, or if you simply want to help your children celebrate the sibling(s) they already have, try some of these picture books that deal with sibling relationships. (Click the cover images for more information.)
Note: This is by no means an exhaustive list. Stop by blue manatee and browse our full selection of sibling books!
Gemma & Gus by Olivier Dunrea
Gemma is the big sister. Gus is the little brother. And Gus does everything Gemma does. When Gemma tires of her little brother always following her around, Gus sets out to explore on his own. But both goslings soon find that exploring together is always better!
The New Small Person by Lauren Child
Elmore Green has spent his whole life as an only child, and that’s the way he likes it. But when a new small person comes along, all of a sudden Elmore has to share everything—his room, his toys, even his parents’ attention. Elmore decides he does not like this new small person, until one night when everything changes.
Brothers by David McPhail
There’s nothing quite like having a brother, is there? Brothers are wonderful and maddening in ways that no one else is. Some days brothers get along; other days they don’t. But on this they agree: brothers stick together. Always. (Also available: Sisters.)
Wolfie the Bunny by Ame Dyckman & Zachariah OHora
When the Bunny family adopts a wolf son, Dot feels like she’s the only one who is worried—and rightfully so! Wolves don’t belong in bunny families, and Dot is convinced that one day Wolfie is going to eat them all up! Then Dot surprises herself one day by staunchly defending Wolfie in a sticky situation, and realizes she likes him more than she thought. This humorous story proves you don’t have to share genes to call someone “family.”
A Guide to Sisters by Paula Metcalf & Suzanne Barton
If you have a sister, or you’re going to have a sister, then this guide is a must-have. Covering everything from cuteness to sharing to making stuff, this book will help you be prepared for (almost) anything that comes with having a sister. The lesson? Little sisters are GREAT. And big sisters are AWESOME.
Peter’s Chair by Ezra Jack Keats
Peter has a new little sister, which means all of his old baby furniture is being painted pink! In hopes of saving his old blue chair, Peter grabs it and runs away with his dog Willie. But when Peter discovers he is too big for the chair, he thinks perhaps it’s better for his sister after all.
Ninja Baby by David Zeltser & Diane Goode
Ever since she was born, Nina has been a ninja baby. Her ninja skills have allowed her to do everything on her own—until the day her parents bring home a new baby. A kung-fu master who commands all of his parents’ attention. Now Nina really is on her own, unless she can find a way to team up with her new brother.
Hoot and Peep by Lita Judge
Hoot and Peep are brother and sister, and Hoot can’t wait to teach Peep all about what it means to be an owl. For starters, he says, owls always say “hooooo.” And they ONLY say “hooooo.” But why say “hooooo,” Peep thinks, when you could say “schweeepty peep” or “dingity dong”? At first Hoot is annoyed and frustrated with his little sister, until he realizes that perhaps she has something to teach him.
The Twins’ Blanket by Hyewon Yum
The bond between twins is a unique kind of sibling bond. And these twins have always shared everything: their room, their toys, a crib… and, since the day they were born, a blanket. But as they grow into new beds, they need new blankets, too. Now they face a new dilemma: they don’t know how not to share!
Twin to Twin by Margaret O’Hair & Thierry Courtin
We just had to include one more book about twins. Having twins means double everything—including double the love! A simple, rhyming story perfect for celebrating the twins in your life, big or small.
What are your favorite books about siblings? Tell us in the comments below!