Brothers and sisters may occasionally argue like there's no tomorrow, but deep down inside, we all know they're best pals. Or we'd like to think so, at least.
Did you know that there's a holiday for brothers and sisters? A day where siblings are expected to celebrate the fact that they're siblings and are friends for life?
Well there is. It's Brothers and Sisters Day, and it's May 2nd.
Here are a few books for your children to read to prepare for this special day. Or better yet, read them together while celebrating this exciting, little-known holiday!
I love the variety here; some books are about brothers and sisters working together, some are about getting to know each other. Some are funny and some are really serious. There's something for everyone, and the most important thing is that by reading these books, brothers and sisters learn to appreciate and love each other!
For the little guys: (preschool and early elementary)
Brothers & Sisters by Ellen Senisi and Ellen B. Senisi
A Princess, a Pirate, and One Wild Brother by Cornelia Funke
Fathers, Mothers, Sisters, Brothers: A Collection of Poems by Mary Ann Hoberman and illustrated by Marylin Hafner
The Day I Had to Play With My Sister by Crosby Newell Bonsall
Emma's Yucky Brother by Jean Little and illustrated by Jennifer Piecas
All About My Brother: An Eight-Year-Old Sister's Introduction to Her Brother Who Has Autism by Sarah Peralta
Give Me Half! by Stuart J. Murphy and illustrated by G. Brian Karas
For the bigger guys: (upper elementary)
My Brother Charlie by Denene Millner, Holly Robinson Peete, and Ryan Elizabeth Peete and illustrated by Shane Evans
Karen's Brothers by Ann M. Martin
The New Baby at Your House by Joanna Cole
Clouds of Terror by Catherine A. Welch and illustrated by Laurie K. Johnson
Views From Our Shoes: Growing Up With a Brother or Sister with Special Needs by Cary Pillo and edited by Donald Joseph Meyer
For the really big guys: (middle grades)
The Wright Sister: Katherine Wright and Her Famous Brothers by Richard Maurer
Brother Brother, Sister Sister by Heather Dunmore
My Brother, My Sister, and I by Yoko Kawashima Watkins
What are your favorite books that celebrate brothers and sisters? Share the titles with us on the Scholastic Parents Facebook page, or find Amy on Twitter, @teachmama, and let's continue the conversation!
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