Jealousy: Books For Kids

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Children’s literature has many notable options when it comes to jealousy. To help you find the right books for you and your young reader, we’ve compiled a list of the best kids books about jealousy.

Our list includes board books, picture books, and chapter books. Board books are best for babies and toddlers from ages newborn to 2 or 3. Picture books are generally great options for toddlers and for preschool and kindergarten age children. Picture books are especially enjoyable for adults to read aloud with young kids. The chapter books on our list are generally best for elementary through early middle school age tween kids. You can filter to sort by the best book type for your kid.

When it comes to children’s stories about jealousy, there are a variety of titles. This list covers everything, from classics like The Fix-It Friends: Three’s a Crowd to popular sellers like Judy Moody Gets Famous! to some of our favorite hidden gems like In a Small Kingdom.

We hope this list of kids books about jealousy can be a helpful resource for parents, teachers, and others searching for a new book! As you explore the list, please comment below to let us know what books you would add.

In a Small Kingdom book
#1
In a Small Kingdom
Written by Tomie dePaola
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

This enthralling modern fairy tale from Caldecott and Newbery Honor winner Tomie dePaola and debut illustrator Doug Salati celebrates the greatest power of all: love.

In a small kingdom along an ancient road, a bell rings out. The beloved king has died, leaving his magnificent and powerful Imperial Robe to his heir, the young prince.

But when the prince’s jealous older half-brother steals the Imperial Robe, slashing it to bits, the prince can no longer rule—and the small kingdom is in great danger. Now the young prince must find another source of power and of strength—and he finds it in a surprising place.

Poppy's Best Paper book
#2
Poppy's Best Paper
Written by Susan Eaddy and illustrated by Rosalinde Bonnet
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

Fans of Olivia and Lilly will delight in Poppy, a little rabbit with big dreams—and an even bigger personality.

More than anything, Poppy wants to be a verrrry famous writer. She’s sure Mrs. Rose will pick her paper to read to the whole class! Trouble is, she has tall ambitions but is short on effort, and her jealousy takes over when her best friend’s paper is chosen instead. In the end, Poppy discovers that she has to get out of her own way if her big dreams are going to come true.

Rosalinde’s adorable, expressive illustrations make memorable, quirky Poppy a real star!

Ninja Baby book
#3
Ninja Baby
Written by David Zeltser and illustrated by Diane Goode
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

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.

The Fix-It Friends: Three's a Crowd book
#4
The Fix-It Friends: Three's a Crowd
Written by Nicole C. Kear and illustrated by Tracy Dockray
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 6-9

Because no one likes to feel left out.

Friends are like sprinkles on a birthday cake—you can never have too many! So when a new girl named Margot joins the class, Veronica and her BFF, Cora, welcome her with open arms. Everything about Margot is super exciting— from her fashion designer mom to the perfect French she speaks—and everyone loves her. Especially Cora.

Before long, Cora and Margot have matching outfits and rhyming nicknames. Veronica feels left out, big time, but she won’t give up on her best friend without a fight. Trouble is, the harder she tries to hold on to Cora, the more she pushes her away—until the two besties end up in a showdown that hurts more than just feelings.

It’s a job for the Fix-It Friends, to be sure. But can the president of the problem-solvers accept help herself?

Anna, Banana, and the Recipe for Disaster book
#5
Anna, Banana, and the Recipe for Disaster
Written by Anica Mrose Rissi and illustrated by Meg Park
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 6-10

Anna and Banana must cook up a solution when her jealousy gets her into some hot water in the sixth book of this “fast-paced, fun, and funny” (Megan McDonald, bestselling author of the Judy Moody series) illustrated chapter book series about the joys and challenges of elementary school friendships.

After watching the contestants on The Batter-Up Bake-Off Show whip up sweet treats, Anna, Isabel, Sadie, and Banana are ready to put their culinary chops to the test. The plan? To make the best-ever cookie recipe for the town library’s bake sale!

There’s only one problem: Isabel and Sadie have started hanging out with a girl named Monica, and suddenly she’s all they can talk about. Anna’s sure she, Sadie, and Isabel are complete as a trio, and winning the bake sale will prove it. But when Monica shows up with Sadie and Isabel for their big baking day things quickly turn from sweet to sour.

Can Anna win back the attention of her two besties, or will she learn that friendship—like cookies—is best when shared?

  1. Tallulah's Tap Shoes - It’s summer, and Tallulah is excited about going to dance camp. She’ll get to take plenty of ballet classes. She’ll have to take tap, too, and she’s NOT excited about that. She’s never taken tap before, so she’ll be a beginning beginner. And she’s right—tap class is not much fun. Plus there’s a girl her same age who’s maddeningly good at tap dancing. But that same girl isn’t very good at ballet . . . could it be that she and Tallulah have something in common?

  2. The Mouse House - Excitedly attending her friend’s birthday party, Sophie becomes jealous when her friend receives a mouse house, a gift Sophie has always wanted.

  3. The Major Eights 5: The New Bandmate - In book 5 of the Major Eights series, Jasmine breaks her arm just when the Major Eights have a big show coming up. Can they find a way to save the show? Just before a big show, Jasmine breaks her arm. The Major Eights don’t want to let down their audience, so they ask Leslie to sub. But Jasmine is worried the band will like Leslie better. Is this the end of the Major Eights as they know it?

  4. Flower Girl Dreams - Unable to comprehend a beloved librarian’s imminent marriage to a cafeteria worker who seems to be perpetually grouchy, Pearl becomes jealous when Echo, Shelly, and Kiki are all asked to be flower girls.

Dory Fantasmagory: Head in the Clouds book
#10
Dory Fantasmagory: Head in the Clouds
Written by Abby Hanlon
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 6-8

A loose tooth leads to hilarious hijinks with the tooth fairy in book four of the wonderfully imaginative Dory Fantasmagory series Dory has her first loose tooth, and, with her usual over-the-top excitement, she cannot stop talking about the tooth fairy. Naturally, this drives her brother and sister crazy. But it also sparks a serious jealous streak in her nemesis, Mrs. Gobble Gracker, who wants all of Dory’s attention to herself. But Mrs. Gobble Gracker has decided to steal the tooth fairy’s job, and flying around in a tutu from Rosabelle, she heads for Dory’s house. It’s time for Dory to come up with a serious plan to get the tooth fairy her job back. The fourth installment in the wildly popular Dory Fantasmagory series delivers laughs on every page as Dory teams up with her pals, real and imaginary, to save the tooth fairy for all the world’s children—and get her dollar!

Ruby Starr book
#11
Ruby Starr
Written and illustrated by Deborah Lytton
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

Ruby Starr has a big imagination and an even bigger love of books in this funny, authentic series starter Ruby Starr has always loved books. She loves them so much that her favorite day of school is when her lunchtime book club, The Unicorns, meet. So when Charlotte, the new girl in town, wants to turn the book club into a drama club, Ruby thinks her life is pretty much over. Not to mention that Charlotte is spending a lot of time with Ruby’s best friend… Is she stealing books and her BFF away from her? Ruby’s going to have to use her imagination and love of reading to solve this big problem.

The Alien Next Door 4: Trick or Cheat? book
#12
The Alien Next Door 4: Trick or Cheat?
Written by A.I. Newton and illustrated by Anjan Sarkar
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 6-8

In the fourth book of the Alien Next Door series, Halloween is just around the corner, and Harris is excited to share the holiday with Zeke, who doesn’t even need a costume! Harris is ready for Halloween and is very excited when he sees Zeke’s “costume,” which is just his true alien form. Harris is sure Zeke will win the costume contest at school! Zeke also uses his powers to help Harris make the best costume he’s ever had, but Roxy feels left out, as she and Harris usually make costumes together every year. On Halloween, one of the other kids at school is jealous of Zeke’s amazing costume and plots to sabotage it. Will Harris and Roxy be able to stop him and help Zeke win the costume contest?

Just Right Family book
#13
Just Right Family
Written by Silvia Lopez and illustrated by Ziyue Chen
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Meili, who is six years old and adopted from China, learns that her parents are going to adopt a baby from Haiti. She’s not happy. Why do they need a new baby? Their family is just right as it is. As Meili learns more about her new sibling and the importance of being a big sister, will she realize that a new addition can be just right for their family too?

Nerdy Birdy Tweets book
#14
Nerdy Birdy Tweets
Written by Aaron Reynolds and illustrated by Matt Davies
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Nerdy Birdy and his best friend, Vulture, are very different. Nerdy Birdy loves video games, but Vulture finds them BORING. Vulture loves snacking on dead things, but Nerdy Birdy finds that GROSS. Luckily, you don’t have to agree on everything to still be friends. One day, Nerdy Birdy joins Tweetster, and the friend requests start flying in. Vulture watches as Nerdy Birdy gets swept up in his new friendships, but when she finally gets angry, Nerdy Birdy knows just what to do to make things right.

  1. Mustache Baby Meets His Match - When Baby Javier comes for a playdate, Baby Billy, a.k.a. Mustache Baby, feels the need to show him a thing or two, seeing how Javier’s new to town—and also sports an impressive beard. What ensues is a hilarious test of wills and facial hair, as each baby sets out to prove his manliness. It seems Mustache Baby may have truly met his match . . . but one-upmanship isn’t the point of a playdate, is it?

  2. Star of the Show - Katie is sad when she is cast as an earthworm in her school play, because that means she cannot be the star.

  3. Ada Lace Sees Red - Ada Lace is building a new robot! She’s determined to beat Milton in the upcoming robotics competition. But she’s distracted—Ada finds her dad’s art class impossible, while Nina is the star of the class, basking in the glory of being Mr. Lace’s star pupil. When Mr. Lace suggests that Nina put on an art show, Ada becomes jealous and loses her temper. Now Ada isn’t speaking to her dad, she’s falling behind in art class, and she still doesn’t know how to fix her robot. As the competition looms closer, Ada starts to wonder if there might be a way to use both science and art to solve her problems. Will Ada make up with her father in time to test her hypothesis? Or will her hurt feelings leave her seeing red and without a medal at the end of the day?

  4. Judy Moody Gets Famous! - back with her many hilarious moods. Fans of JUDY MOODY already know that Judy has a mood for every occasion—and this time Judy is in a jealous mood. Jealous of classmate Jessica Finch, that is, who gets her picture on the front page of the newspaper. When Judy sets off in pursuit of her own fame and happiness, watch out! She’s so determined, she just might find it, or she might merely become more INFAMOUS than ever. Her latest adventures are sure to put readers in a very Judy Moody mood!

Aleca Zamm Fools Them All book
#19
Aleca Zamm Fools Them All
Written and illustrated by Ginger Rue
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 7-10

Aleca Zamm, an ordinary ten-year-old with an extraordinary talent, finds a new friend and has to rescue her Aunt Zephyr from a teleportation crisis in this hilarious third novel in the Aleca Zamm chapter book series.

Aleca Zamm knows she’s not the only Wonder at school with a magical ability. Third grader Ford Kimble is a Wonder as well. Ford is able to see people as they used to be in the past and as they will be in the future. He can time travel! Well, sort of!

Aleca starts hanging out with Ford to discuss their magical abilities, which makes Aleca’s best friend, Maria, jealous. Aleca even forgot the first meeting of the Secret Pals Club, Maria and Aleca’s new idea for a club that performs secret good deeds for bullied kids!

Worse, Maria is onto Aleca’s secret of being a Wonder. She definitely suspects something, but Aleca has sworn to Aunt Zephyr that she won’t tell anyone about her magical ability. Plus, Aunt Zephyr’s ability to teleport is starting to deteriorate along with her age, and Aunt Zephyr’s about to throw in the towel on being a Wonder for good. Can Aleca and Ford figure out how to get Aunt Zephyr’s magical powers back? And can Aleca save her friendship with Maria while still keeping her magical powers a secret?

Marigold and Daisy book
#20
Marigold and Daisy
Written by Andrea Zuill
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

Although Marigold is excited to meet her new snail sister, Daisy, she becomes envious of the attention everyone gives her, but when Marigold reaches her breaking point and decides to run away, she discovers that Daisy may come in handy after all.

Gertie's Leap to Greatness book
#21
Gertie's Leap to Greatness
Written by Kate Beasley and illustrated by Jillian Tamaki
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

Gertie Reece Foy is 100% Not-From-Concentrate awesome. She has a daddy who works on an oil rig, a great-aunt who always finds the lowest prices at the Piggly Wiggly, and two loyal best friends. So when her absent mother decides to move away from their small town, Gertie sets out on her greatest mission yet: becoming the best fifth grader in the universe to show her mother exactly what she’ll be leaving behind. There’s just one problem: Seat-stealing new girl Mary Sue Spivey wants to be the best fifth grader, too. And there is simply not enough room at the top for the two of them.

Emma Catwalks and Cupcakes book
#22
Emma Catwalks and Cupcakes
Written and illustrated by Coco Simon
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

Emma loses a modeling assignment—to Katie!—in the latest addition to the Cupcake Diaries series.

When Emma goes on an audition for a new modeling job, Katie tags along to keep her company. But as it turns out, everyone wants Katie to model instead of Emma! At first Emma is happy for her friend. Soon though, she realizes sharing the spotlight isn’t much fun, even if it is with your BFF! Will the Cupcake girls continue to bicker amongst themselves or will they finally realize there’s just one person you need to please—yourself?

Something Fishy book
#23
Something Fishy
Written and illustrated by Polly Dunbar
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Like all cats, this cat absolutely loves fish. But what do you do when your owners start acting strangely? They don’t seem to understand the importance of fish any more. They are too busy buying tiny clothes, gathering colorful toys, and redecorating in pastel colors. And one owner in particular seems to be getting a lot . . . bigger. Something Fishy is a very funny family story from the award-winning Polly Dunbar. The adorable cat’s journey from jealousy and anxiety to love and acceptance will appeal to any child with a new brother or sister on the way!

  1. Fuddles and Puddles - The perfectly pampered world of Fuddles comes screeching to a halt when Puddles, a new puppy, joins the family, and Fuddles schemes of ways to get rid of him and return to his charmed life.

  2. Keep Dancing, Katie - Katie loves being the best dancer in her dance class, so when Mattie joins the class and begins to outshine her, Katie is jealous.

  3. If I Were You - Be careful what you wish for. A refreshing twist on the Freaky Friday set-up, If I Were You by Leslie Margolis is a fun, touching middle-grade story about friendship, family, and overcoming jealousy. Katie is jealous of her best friend, Melody. Turns out that Melody is jealous of Katie, too. It’s the end of what was supposed to be the best summer of their lives, before they start middle school, and the girls aren’t on speaking turns. They’ve had a big fight over-what else?-a boy. When the two girls wish for the exact same thing at the same moment-to redo the summer as each other-their wishes are granted. But, as the girls will learn, sometimes the grass isn’t always greener on the other side.

  4. King Flashypants and the Evil Emperor - Edwin isn’t any ordinary boy. He is a king with a crown, his own suit of armor, a castle with secret passages and water slides—oh, and the most horribly evil man in the universe living next door. Emperor Nurbison is permanently up to no good. He wants Edwin’s kingdom for himself, so when the Edwinland piggy bank runs out of money, he seizes his opportunity. None of this could possibly lead to a thrilling adventure with action, chocolate, and snappy crocodiles—could it?

Katie Woo, Super Scout book
#28
Katie Woo, Super Scout
Written by Fran Manushkin and illustrated by Tammy Lyon
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 5-7

On a hike with the Super Scouts, Katie is paired up with a girl she does not know who seems much better at scouting then Katie is, but eventually Katie finds that she has discovered a new friend.

JP and the Stinky Monster book
#29
JP and the Stinky Monster
Written by Ana Crespo and illustrated by Erica Sirotich
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

JP is excited to spend the day with Grandma, but his plans are derailed by the arrival of an unwanted, monstrous guest—a baby! This strange and stinky creature requires lots of Grandma’s attention, and JP begins to worry that she will have no time to play with him. As JP’s imagination runs wild, his jealousy builds. Will JP realize the day is better spent shared?

Lucille Gets Jealous book
#30
Lucille Gets Jealous
Written by Julie Gassman and illustrated by Charlotte Cooke
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-6

With her grandmother’s help, Lucille learns to control her jealousy toward her sister Margaret.

A New Friend for Sparkle book
#31
A New Friend for Sparkle
Written and illustrated by Amy Young
board book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

A picture book starring Sparkle and Lucy about what happens when your best friend makes a new pal.

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