March 22nd, 2011 by Kidsmomo
I know you are, but what am I?
Stop hitting yourself.
I’m telling Mom!
You’re in trouble…
Are any of those phrases familiar to you? Then it probably means you have a sibling. And if you do, then you know that sometimes they can be a best friend, a shoulder to cry on, someone who understands you in a way no one else ever could… and sometimes you just want to bop them over the head in frustration. Well, join the club! All the characters in these books about siblings feel your pain. Meet them all (in no particular order):
- The Kneebone Boy by Ellen Potter (Karen’s pick)
- Soupy Saturdays with the Pain and the Great One by Judy Blume (Nancy’s pick)
- Kira-Kira by Cynthia Kadohata
- Tangerine by Edward Bloor
- Rules by Cynthia Lord
- The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall
- Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko
- The Magician’s Elephant by Kate DiCamillo
- From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg
- Millions by Frank Cottrell Boyce
- Never Mind!: A Twin Novel by Avi and Rachel Vail
- Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie by Jordan Sonnenblick
- Beezus and Ramona by Beverly Cleary
- The Red Pyramid (The Kane Chronicles Book 1) by Rick Riordan
- A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
(Also, here’s a printable version of our Siblings booklist, for you to take to the library or bookstore — or use to taunt your brother or sister.)
If you’ve read any of these, send in your book review. Or send in a review of your favorite book about siblings. We’ll feature the best kid-submitted reviews in our next podcast!
UPDATE 4/5/11: We revealed the answer to our Books About Siblings Mystery Book Theater in the “Oh, Brother! (And Sister)” Podcast, so take a listen if you want to know the answer. Or just tune in if you want to hear some hilarious stories about Nancy’s childhood – direct from her siblings!