April 10th – National Sibling Day

Brothers, you can’t live with them, you can’t miss them like crazy until you grow up and only get to see them once a year!  Sibling relationships are so special – it’s the only person that has the same experiences as you, the same memories from the perspective of a child of your own upbringing.  It’s also the person you share the most with (from DNA to history) and fight the most with in your whole life.  And unfortunately, it’s definitely a relationship you don’t tend to appreciate until time and space gives you the perspective to do so.  Just like finding books where kids share a name with the main character, it can be fun to find books where the sibling relationships mirror the ones kids are growing up with to reinforce how their own relationships can feel (and can grow/change).

Some of our favorite literary siblings are:

Big Sis/Little Brother

Meg  and Charles Wallace Murray (from the Wrinkle in Time series by Madeleine L’Engle)

Claudia and Jamie (from From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L Konigsburg)

Big Bro/Little Sis

Carter and Sadie Kane (from the Kane Chronicles by Rick Riordan)

Twins

John and Philippa Gaunt (from The Children of the Lamp series by Philip Kerr)

Josh and Sophie Newman (from The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel series by Michael Scott)

Nan, Bert, Flossie and Freddie Bobbsey (from The Bobbsey Twins series by Laura Lee Hope)

Sisters

Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy March (from Little Women by Louisa May Alcott)

Francis, Julia, Gwen & Sarah Purcell (from the The Sisters of the Quantock Hills series by Ruth Elwin Harris)

Big Families

Mark, Jane, Katherine and Martha (from the Edward Eager Magic books)

Brothers

Frank and Joe Hardy (from The Hardy Boys series by Franklin W. Dixon)

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