Best Children's Books About Brothers

Our Favorite 31 Books About Brothers

Updated Mar. 18, 2019

Brothers are kind, loving, loyal, protective, and playful. Maybe sometimes they're a tease or put a worm near your face, but you can't help but love them! Whether your little boy is becoming a big brother, your little girl is getting a baby brother, or you already have little ones of both genders, we've gathered the perfect books to help your family celebrate the brothers in your life.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix book
#1
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Written by J. K. Rowling
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 9-12

A special new edition in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the publication of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, with a stunning new cover illustration by Caldecott Medalist Brian Selznick. There is a door at the end of a silent corridor. And it's haunting Harry Potter's dreams. Why else would he be waking in the middle of the night, screaming in terror? It's not just the upcoming O.W.L. exams; a new teacher with a personality like poisoned honey; a venomous, disgruntled house-elf; or even the growing threat of He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named. Now Harry Potter is faced with the unreliability of the very government of the magical world and the impotence of the authorities at Hogwarts. Despite this (or perhaps because of it), he finds depth and strength in his friends, beyond what even he knew; boundless loyalty; and unbearable sacrifice. This gorgeous new edition in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the publication of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone features a newly designed cover illustrated by Caldecott Medalist Brian Selznick, as well as the beloved original interior decorations by Mary GrandPré.

Max's Castle book
#2
Max's Castle
Written by Kate Banks and illustrated by Boris Kulikov
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
Thoughts from Lemony Snickers

Max's Castle is a really clever book and sure to fascinate any early reader. The book brilliantly explores words by mixing around or swapping the letters in one word to create an amalgamation of similar words and anagrams. Early readers are sure to enjoy, for example, that by simply adding an "l" block to the word "adder," Max and his three brothers smartly create a ladder to escape from the dangerous adder in the dungeon of the castle. Kate Banks and Boris Kulikov have some fun with the illustrations and anagrams surprising us with threatening pirates in one page before turning "pirates" into harmless "rat pies" in the next page. This book is sure to delight readers with its wit and imaginative exploration of letters.

When Max finds a pile of forgotten toys under the bed, his brothers Benjamin and Karl wonder what’s so special about some old blocks. So Max shows them. With some clever twists of both blocks and imagination, he constructs not only a castle but an entire adventure, complete with pirates and knights, a dark dungeon and a dragon. This ingenious sequel to Max’s Words and Max’s Dragons shows readers just how much fun wordplay can be.

Caleb and Kit book
#3
Caleb and Kit
Written by Beth Vrabel
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

From award-winning author Beth Vrabel comes a powerfully moving story about a magical friendship, coping with disability, and the pains of growing up and growing apart. Twelve-year-old Caleb is shorter, frailer, and more protected than most kids his age. That's because he has cystic fibrosis, a diagnosis meaning lungs that fill with mucus and a shortened lifespan. Caleb tries not to let his disorder define him, but it can be hard with an overprotective mom and a perfect big brother. Then Caleb meets Kit--a vibrant, independent, and free girl--and his world changes instantly. Kit reads Caleb's palm and tells him they are destined to become friends. She calls birds down from the sky and turns every day into an adventure. Her magic is contagious, making Caleb question the rules and order in his life. But being Kit's friend means embracing deception and danger, and soon Caleb will have to decide if his friendship with Kit is really what's best for him--or her. This new paperback edition includes a Q&A with the author as well as a sneak peek at Beth Vrabel's next middle grade novel, The Humiliations of Pipi McGee.

Hardy Boys 1: The Tower Treasure book
#4
Hardy Boys 1: The Tower Treasure
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

The Hardy Boys series, first published in 1927, has sold more than 70 million copies! Now with a brand-new look, this is an edition that collectors won't want to miss! In The Tower Treasure, the first book in the incredibly popular, long-running series, Frank and Joe Hardy work together to solve a high-stakes jewel heist. A special treat for Hardy Boys fans and any reader who's new to the series!

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer book
#5
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
Written by Mark Twain
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

They’re Puffin Classics for a reason, it’s because they’re the best Tom Sawyer is sure to find trouble wherever the river leads him . . . On the banks of the Mississippi River, Tom Sawyer and his friends seek out adventure at every turn. Then one fateful night in the graveyard they witness a murder. The boys make a blood oath never to reveal the secret, and they run away to be pirates in search of hidden treasure. But when Tom gets trapped in a cave with scary Injun Joe, can he escape unharmed?

How to Build a Snow Bear book
#6
How to Build a Snow Bear
Written by Eric Pinder and illustrated by Stephanie Graegin
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-6

Thomas wants to build the biggest and best snowman ever. Since he can't do it alone, he'll need a helping hand—or a paw. But little bears love to hibernate. How do you wake up a snoozing bear? By tickling it? Singing to it? Maybe making its favorite snack? How to Build a Snow Bear is a story about two siblings sharing a wondrous wintry day.

The New Small Person book
#7
The New Small Person
Written and illustrated by Lauren Child
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
Thoughts from The Book Snob Mom

This is a great story about an only child who finds himself no longer the only child around. It does a fantastic job of showing some of the struggles of adapting to life with a sibling. I really like that it takes you through a journey starting at a new baby, but also some of the frustrations of having a slightly older little sibling who sometimes gets into your stuff and wants to follow you around and wear your clothes. Lest you worry this is only about sibling frustration, fret now—it also brings the reader around to how nice it can be too. In fact, life might actually be a lot more fun with a little person around ;)

Feeling jealous when a new sibling arrives, little Elmore Green becomes frustrated when the "small person" knocks over his things and licks his jelly-bean collection until a special night when their relationship changes. By the award-winning author of the Charlie and Lola series.

Wolfie the Bunny book
#8
Wolfie the Bunny
Written by Ame Dyckman and illustrated by Zachariah OHora
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6
Thoughts from Lemony Snickers

Wolfie the Bunny is a clever take on the emotions and stress children can face dealing with new additions to their own family. Dot, an only bunny-child in a family of bunnies is suspicious of the new wolf baby her parents have so enthusiastically welcomed to the family. Dot recognizes the wolf in bunny's clothing--quite literally, in a hilarious nod to the figurative wolf in sheep's clothing, a growing Wolfie is dressed up in a pink bunny outfit to go outside--and warns that the wolf will eat them all. As it turns out, Wolfie isn't a threat to the family. Rather, Wolfie protects Dot. It isn't until Wolfie is, in turn, threatened that Dot steps in to protect Wolfie. The book fabulously captures the bias so many of us display--we might say what we want about our family, but as soon as an outsider says something negative about our family, we immediately bristle and rise to their defense. In this case, that same response helps Dot to overcome her concern about welcoming a new family member.

Families of all kinds will delight in this sweet tale of new babies, sibling rivalry, bravery, unconditional love...and veggies! The Bunny family has adopted a wolf son, and daughter Dot is the only one who realizes Wolfie can--and might--eat them all up! Dot tries to get through to her parents, but they are too smitten to listen. A new brother takes getting used to, and when (in a twist of fate) it's Wolfie who's threatened, can Dot save the day?

A New Chick for Chickies book
#9
A New Chick for Chickies
Written and illustrated by Janee Trasler
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-4

For Chickies life was good. Life was perfect until . . . CRAAACK . . . the Chickies have a new brother! With engaging rhymes, endearing illustrations, and a soft padded cover, Janee Trasler's books are perfect for babies and toddlers to enjoy. Big sisters- and brothers-to-be will be excited to take a cue from the lovable Chickies and cheep for joy when a new baby arrives!

Just Me and My Little Brother book
#10
Just Me and My Little Brother
Written and illustrated by Mercer Mayer
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

The little critter describes all the things he will be able to do with his little brother, from picking apples to getting in snowball fights and hunting Easter eggs

Lost and Found book
#11
Lost and Found
Written by Andrew Clements and illustrated by Mark Elliott
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

Twelve-year-old identical twins Jay and Ray have long resented that everyone treats them as one person, and so they hatch a plot to take advantage of a clerical error at their new school and pretend they are just one.

Ninja Baby book
#12
Ninja Baby
Written by David Zeltser and illustrated by Diane Goode
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5
Thoughts from The Book Snob Mom

A humorous and clever take on new parenting as well as new siblings and the shifting balance of power. The illustrations are cute and provide an additional level of entertainment to the story.

From the day she was born, Nina was a ninja baby. She obliterated her applesauce. She concealed herself at bath time. And she was training herself in advanced infiltration (of movie night). Nina wants to do everything by herself, until the day her parents bring home a Kung Fu Master (a baby brother). Now with a sibling, Nina will face the one thing she cannot do alone: be part of a family. With verve and humor, David Zeltser and Diane Goode tell the story of an unusually gifted child, and the family that is more than a match for her.

We Are Brothers, We Are Friends book
#13
We Are Brothers, We Are Friends
Written by Alexandra Penfold and illustrated by Eda Kaban
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-6

Being a big brother is a BIG job. There’s lots to show your little brother . . . Trains . . . Planes . . . How to be a dinosaur. There are games to play and adventures to be had. And if trouble comes, it’s big brother to the rescue because there’s no better friend than a brother.

What Brothers Do Best book
#14
What Brothers Do Best
Written by Laura Numeroff and illustrated by Lynn Munsinger
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3
Thoughts from B is for Bookworm

This book shows many different pairs of animal siblings and talks about all of the wonderful things brothers can do, from just being there when we need them to playing pretend. I've found that it's quite difficult to find a good children's book about brothers, and I appreciate that this one talks about so many of the good things about brothers!

This delightful board book by renowned author-illustrator team Laura Numeroff and Lynn Munsinger celebrates all the wonderful things brothers can do! Brothers can push you on a swing, make music with you, and take you to the library. But what do brothers do best? The answer is clear in this appealing board book, celebrating brothers and the everyday things they do.

Charlie & Mouse book
#15
Charlie & Mouse
Written by Laurel Snyder and illustrated by Emily Hughes
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 6-9
Thoughts from B is for Bookworm

This book contains a few short stories about the silly shenanigans of brothers Charlie and Mouse. They make plans together, have fun together, and come up with great ideas together. Their fun behavior might remind you of your own brothers. :)

Four hilarious stories, two inventive brothers, one irresistible and award-winning beginning chapter book—now in paperback! Join Charlie and Mouse as they talk to lumps, take the neighborhood to a party, sell some rocks, and invent the bedtime banana. With imagination and humor, Laurel Snyder and Emily Hughes paint a lively picture of brotherhood that children will relish in a beginning chapter book format perfect for young readers graduating from picture books.

The Brother Book book
#16
The Brother Book
Written and illustrated by Todd Parr
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

Bestselling and beloved creator Todd Parr brings his trademark wit and wisdom to this celebration of all different kinds of brothers! Some brothers are big. Some brothers are little. Some brothers are quiet. Some brothers are a little wild. All brothers are a special part of your family! Following up on his family classics The Mommy Book, The Daddy Book, The Grandma Book, and The Grandpa Book, Todd Parr turns to siblings! With his trademark childlike art, Todd celebrates all different kinds of brothers. Whether they are older or younger, enjoy playing sports or dancing, or prefer to hang out together or need time to themselves, brothers are always a special part of your family. This sibling celebration is perfect for brothers of all ages, and for older boys and girls who are expecting a new little one.

Little Rex, Big Brother book
#17
Little Rex, Big Brother
Written by Ruth Symes and illustrated by Sean Julian
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

Rex tries to be the biggest, scariest tyrannosaurus around until he learns that he is just the right size to be a big brother.

Big Brother, Little Brother book
#18
Big Brother, Little Brother
Written and illustrated by Penny Dale
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

When Little Brother and Big Brother are upset, they both know why--because they're brothers!

The Amazing Adventures of Bumblebee Boy book
#19
The Amazing Adventures of Bumblebee Boy
Written by Jacky Davis and illustrated by David Soman
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

From the creators of the New York Times bestselling Ladybug Girl series comes a story about sibling cooperation and play featuring a member of the Bug Squad, Bumblebee Boy! When Sam is Bumblebee Boy, he likes to fly alone, using his imagination to battle dragons, pirates, and tigers. Sam’s little brother, Owen, would like to play with him, but Owen doesn’t have a cape or a mask, and Bumblebee Boy doesn’t need his help. But when more aliens than Bumblebee Boy can handle land on the moon, will he be able to defeat them by himself? Through their imaginary adventures, Sam and Owen discover just how much fun a brother can be, and learn that there are times to play alone and times to play with others.

The Boxcar Children book
#20
The Boxcar Children
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 7-10

The Aldens begin their adventure by making a home in a boxcar. Their goal is to stay together, and in the process they find a grandfather.

Big Brothers Are the Best book
#21
Big Brothers Are the Best
Written by Fran Manushkin and illustrated by Kirsten Richards
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

Follows a young boy as he helps to care for the new baby in his family.

Little Brothers & Little Sisters book
#22
Little Brothers & Little Sisters
Written and illustrated by Monica Arnaldo
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

The good, the bad, and the lovely about having a sibling

Brothers Forever book
#23
Brothers Forever
Written and illustrated by P. K. Hallinan
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

Rhyming text celebrates the relationship between an older and younger brother.

Brothers book
#24
Brothers
Written and illustrated by David McPhail
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-5

Sometimes brothers are different. Sometimes they're alike. Some days brothers get along. Other days they don't! But on this they agree: brothers stick together. Always. A sweet and humorous companion to David McPhail's Sisters, a favorite since 1984, Brothers celebrates the lasting bond between siblings.

Big Little Brother book
#25
Big Little Brother
Written by Kevin Kling and illustrated by Chris Monroe, Kevin Kling
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

A four-year-old boy explains that his little brother is bigger than he is, follows him everywhere, and is annoying, but his presence becomes indispensible when bullies are around.

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