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National Siblings Day 2019

Today is National Siblings Day (here is mine; and the picture above is Roger’s brother with his bloopah). Here are some booklists and articles that highlight “siblings doing what siblings do best.” From Notes from the Horn Book: Sassy siblings From Notes from the Horn Book: Sibling rivalry From Notes from the Horn Book: Family […]

From The Guide: Family Matters

Julie Roach’s “BGHB at 50” column, “Amber and Essie and Vera and Me” (January/February 2018 Magazine) looks back at Vera B. Williams’s classic Amber Was Brave, Essie Was Smart, about “two sisters who take care of each other while missing their incarcerated father and overworked mother.” Williams offers readers an “intimate look at sisterhood,” as […]

Recommended Preschool Books: Families

Atinuke Double Trouble for Anna Hibiscus! 32 pp. Kane/Miller 2015. ISBN 978-1-61067-367-9 Illustrated by Lauren Tobia. In her latest picture book, Anna (Splash, Anna Hibiscus!) adjusts to the arrival of twin baby brothers, or “Double Trouble.” The story follows her struggles with the family’s diverted attentions immediately after the births: “You will have to share […]

Sibling rivalry

As every big sibling knows, having a little brother or sister can be…complicated. One minute they’re acting “slippery as a snake’s belly in a mudslide,” the next they’re protecting you from things that go bump in the night. The following picture books capture this ever-shifting sibling dynamic. Gemma & Gus welcomes two new goslings into […]

Which All-of-a-Kind Family sibling are YOU?

Are you the type to gobble up your penny candy or savor it in tiny bites? Can you imagine a world where candy costs a penny? These and other important questions have been on our minds lately at The Horn Book, the Association of Jewish Libraries, and Lizzie Skurnick Books. It all started when Elissa […]

Sassy siblings

There’s nothing like a sibling when it comes to trouble-making, attention-seeking, and one-upping. Also: support, companionship, and giggle-sharing. These four new picture books feature brothers and sisters doing what siblings do best. The star of Kelly DiPucchio’s Gaston looms over his poodle sisters Fi-Fi, Foo-Foo, and Ooh-La-La. At the park, they meet a family like […]

What Makes a Good Book about Sharing?

It doesn’t take long when working in a bookstore or a public library to realize that many parents are after one thing in a picture book — they want it to make their child better. Parents want children who are polite, cooperative, and kind. They want them to be good listeners who easily relinquish the […]