April 10 is National Siblings Day, and as many of us know, having a new sibling join the family can be both blessing and curse. For a child who's used to being the center of attention, it can be really hard to understand what on earth is happening, and who is this creature who just ruined everything!?
Below are half-a-dozen picture books that are fun, funny, and most of all warmhearted—stories about kids who discover wonderful perks to being a big brother or sister, even when they don't expect to like it, and may not even want to.
As the littlest Viking with the loudest cry, Sven is used to being the main attraction. But then a new addition comes along—a little warrior princess who cries so loud, and is so sad. Only Sven's stories can soothe her, and soon he no longer cares about being the littlest Viking. A sweet story that demonstrates the magic of being a big brother. Ages 4-8
This one has been around for a couple of years, but is a favorite for an older child getting a new sibling. Elmore, used to the perks of being an only child, suddenly has to share his family with a new small person. And he doesn't like it one bit. But when the little person reaches out with love and courage, Elmore has a change of heart. A nice twist on the usual aha sibling moment. Ages 4-8
Chick is totally annoyed by the constant presence of his baby brother, who is too little to play, is too slobbery, and whose big diaper is always in the way. When he manages to elude his baby brother, Chick is happy—until night falls and he realizes that having a little brother around all the time is actually pretty nice. A sweet ode to the comfort of always having a buddy when you have a sibling. Ages 3-7
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This story is told from the point of view of a poor put-upon princess, whose Happy Family is grossly disrupted by the arrival of King Baby. His royal highness is a royal attention hound, and King Baby is all anyone can talk about, leaving the poor princess alone and bereft. The drama is perfect for a little girl learning the share the spotlight, but there is a happy ending after all. Bonus—the Happy Family also includes a blind gerbil in a rolling ball that appears in most illustrations. Lots of fun. Ages 4-8
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