Siblings Day Reading List

April 10th is Siblings Day, a fun day to celebrate brothers and sisters, big or small. Here is our reading list of sibling centric books to be used in libraries or classrooms for Sibling Day or any day we want to be reminded of how great siblings can be.

Picture Books

Little Miss, Big Sis
Written by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
Illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds
HarperCollins Publishers, 2015
ISBN 978-0-06-230203-8
IL: Ages 4-8 RL: Grades 2-3

Siblings | Family | Babies | Love

In the perfect follow-up to Plant a Kiss, Little Miss learns her mother is going to have a baby! She and her family celebrate the momentous arrival of a new baby and Little Miss experiences all the wonders of becoming a big sis — from drool wiping and cuddling to chasing, sharing and playing!

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Milo and Georgie
Written by Bree Galbraith
Illustrated by Josée Bisaillo
Owlkids Books, 2017
ISBN 978-1-77147-170-1
IL: Ages 4-8 RL: Grade 2

Siblings | Moving | Change | Courage | Adventures | Fears

Eight-year-old Milo never wanted to move and refuses to go outside. But his little sister, Georgie, yearns to explore their new neighbourhood. Finally, Milo lets Georgie wander — tied to the end of a big ball of yarn — but she must come home when he tugs the string twice. One day, Georgie doesn’t come home… what will Milo find when he steps outside?

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Rhino Rumpus
Written by Victoria Allenby
Illustrated by Tara Anderson
Pajama Press, 2016
ISBN 978-1-927485-96-5
IL: Ages 2-5 RL: Grades 2-3

Humour | Bedtime Rituals | Siblings | Animals | Rhyme

Three little rhinos are having trouble getting along as Mama tries to coax them through the evening routine. Will they fidget, fuss and fight right up until bedtime? Or will they realize how tired their bickering has made Mama Rhino, and find common ground in order to give her a sweet surprise?

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A Squiggly Story
Written by Andrew Larsen
Illustrated by Mike Lowery
Kids Can Press, 2016
ISBN 978-1-77138-016-4
IL: Ages 4-7 RL: Grades 2-3

Siblings | Writing | Imagination | Inspiration | Early Literacy | Self-Expression

A boy wants to write a story, just like his big sister. But, though he knows his letters, he doesn’t know many words. “Every story starts with a single word and every word starts with a single letter,” his sister says. So the boy tries. And to his delight, with just one letter and the power of his vivid imagination, an amazing story unfolds.

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Junior & Intermediate Fiction

The Sky is Falling
Written by Kit Pearson
Puffin Canada, 2014 (1989)
ISBN 978-0-14-319233-6
IL: Ages 10-13 RL: Grades 5-6

World War II | Siblings | Historical Fiction | War Guests | Journeys | Separation

It is 1940, and under the threat of a German invasion of Britain, Norah and her brother Gavin are sent to Canada. Norah begins to make friends and discovers a surprising responsibility that will help her accept her new country — and her new situation. Will Norah and Gavin be able to find their way through the shadows of war? Introduction by Sarah Ellis. Originally published in 1989, by Viking Kestrel, in The Guests of War Trilogy (Our Choice 1990).

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Look Out for the Fitzgerald Trouts!
Written by Esta Spalding Illustrated by Sydney Smith Tundra Books, 2016
ISBN 978-1-77049-876-1
IL: Ages 9-12 RL: Grades 4-6

Family | Siblings | Adventure | Humour

Meet the Fitzgerald-Trouts, a band of four loosely related children living together on a tropical island. They take care of themselves. They sleep in their car, bathe in the ocean, eat fish they catch and fruit they pick, and can drive anywhere they need to go — to school, the laundromat or the drive-in. The Fitzgerald-Trouts can do anything… maybe even find a real home.

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Young Adult Fiction

Are You Seeing Me?
Written by Darren Groth
Orca Book Publishers, 2015
ISBN 978-1-4598-1079-2
IL: Ages 12 and up RL: Grades 7-8

Siblings | Autism | Letting Go | Family | Adventure | Love | Loss

Twins Justine and Perry have left Australia and embarked on a road trip in the Pacific Northwest. When their dad died, Justine became caregiver for her autistic brother, who has now been accepted into a group home. Before he moves in, the twins want to create the perfect memory. For Perry, the trip is a celebration; for Justine, it’s an opportunity to learn how to let go.

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Worlds of Ink and Shadow
Written by Lena Coakley
HarperCollins Publishers, 2016
ISBN 978-1-44341-659-7
IL: Ages 14 and up RL: Grades 8-9

Sustainability | Consumerism | Making a Difference | Empowerment | Environmentalism

Charlotte, Branwell, Emily and Anne. The Brontë siblings have always been inseparable. Their vivid imaginations let them escape from their strict upbringing, transporting them into their created worlds. But as Branwell descends into madness and the sisters feel their real lives slipping away, they must weigh the cost of their powerful imaginations, even as their characters refuse to let them go.

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