Episode 111: Books About Siblings

August 11, 2023

In episode 111 of the Your Kid’s Next Read podcast:

Books About Siblings

 Megan and Allison look at books that feature the sibling relationship, for all ages and stages. Plus, a tip for writers (young and young at heart), and balloons are having a moment.

See the Teachers’ Notes for ‘Meet Me at the Moon Tree’ here. Purchase ‘Meet Me at the Moon Tree’ here.

Books we mention

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Bookmail and TBR pile

‘The Secret Science Society in Space’ by Kathy Hoopmann and Josie Montano. Illustrated by Ann-Marie Finn 

‘The Secret Science Society’s Spectacular Experiment’ by Kathy Hoopmann and Josie Montano. Illustrated by Ann-Marie Finn  

‘Mr Impoppable’ by Trent Jamieson. Illustrated by Brent Wilson

Fab book trailer for Mr Impoppable!

‘The Balloon Blow Up!’ by Andy Geppert

‘The Gargoyle’ by Zana Fraillon. Illustrated by Ross Morgan


Bingo Question

Books about Siblings

Picture Books

‘The Brothers Quibble’ by Aaron Blabey 

Spalding Quibble ruled the roost.

He shared it with no other.

But then his parents introduced

a brand new baby brother.

‘When You’re Older’ by Sophie Laguna

‘This Small Blue Dot’ by Zeno Sworder

‘Go Go and the Silver Shoes’ by Jane Godwin

Go Go is confident and creative about her clothes, even though most of them are hand-me-downs from her three older brothers. The only new things she ever gets are underwear and shoes…

‘The Swap’ by Jan Omerod. Illustrated by Adrew Joyner 

‘Hello in There! A Big Sister’s Book of Waiting’ by Jo Witek

‘Me and My Sister’ by Rose Robbins 


Junior Fiction

‘The Wish Sisters’ series by Allison Rushby 

‘Bored’ series by Matt Stanton. We discussed this series in Episode 97

‘Ramona’ series by Beverly Cleary

‘Koori Princess’ by Anita Heiss 

‘Hodgepodge’ by Lili Wilkinson

‘The Book of Sisters Biographies of Incredible Siblings Through History’ by  Katie Nelson and Olivia Meikle

‘Billie B Brown: The Big Sister’ by Sally Rippin  

‘Karen’s Haircut: A Graphic Novel Baby-sitters Little Sister: Book 7’ by Ann Martin. Illustrated by Katy Farina

‘Naughty Dragons Make Trouble’ by Natalie Jane Prior. Illustrated by Simone Howe

When Ava and Jack’s parents agree to foster two young dragons, the siblings can’t believe their luck.

But teaching a mischievous pair of dragons how to behave isn’t easy, and Jack and Ava will have their work cut out for them with Graun and Fafnine. They might look sweet, but don’t let that fool you – these dragons can cause trouble like you wouldn’t believe.

‘Naughty Dragons Try School’ by Natalie Jane Prior. Illustrated by Simon Howe 

‘Naughty Dragons Camp Out!’ by Natalie Jane Prior. Illustrated by Simone Howe


Middle Grade

‘My Brother Ben’ by Peter Carnavas

‘Callie’s Castle’ by Ruth Park 

‘Pie in the Sky’ by Remy Lai. My full review and teachers notes are here.  

‘Catch a Falling Star’ by Meg McKinlay My full review and teachers notes are here.  

‘Lenny’s Book of Everything’ by Karen Foxlee

‘We are Wolves’ by Katrina Nannestad

‘Fudge’ series by Judy Blume

‘The Land of Roar’ by Jenny McLachlan 

‘Return to Roar’ by Jenny McLachlan 

‘Kensy and Max’ series by Jaccqueline Harvey

Twins Kensy and Max Grey’s lives are turned upside down when they are whisked off to London, and discover their parents are missing. As the situation unfolds, so many things don’t add up: their strange new school, the bizarre grannies on their street, the coded messages they keep finding and the feeling that, all around them, adults are keeping secrets . . .

‘Little Brother’ by Allan Baillie. First published 2004. Readers 12+ (content warning) 


Quick tips

‘Is your Protagonist too Comfortable?’ by Allison Tait


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