Best Kids Books About Jealousy

14 Kids Books About Jealousy

Updated Jan. 19, 2019
Ninja Baby book
#1
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.

Nerdy Birdy Tweets book
#2
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.

Horse and Unicorn book
#3
Horse and Unicorn
Written by David Miles and illustrated by Hollie Mengert
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

Unicorn is a unicorn. And Horse is, well . . . not. Horse is brown. Horse is plain. And Horse can't stand the unicorn he shares a pen with. Unicorn dances. Tra la la! Horse does not. Blah blah blah. But when robbers kidnap Unicorn for a local circus, what will Horse decide to do? Packed with forty-eight pages of hilarious illustrations and deadpan wit, Unicorn (and Horse) is a funny yet endearing lesson on envy with one important truth: We are sometimes unicorns. We are sometimes horses. And happiness doesn't always come from pink cupcakes for breakfast.

Fuddles and Puddles book
#4
Fuddles and Puddles
Written and illustrated by Frans Vischer
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

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.

Lucille Gets Jealous book
#5
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.

JP and the Stinky Monster book
#6
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?

Just Right Family book
#7
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?

You Get What You Get book
#8
You Get What You Get
Written by Julie Gassman and illustrated by Sarah Horne, Julie Gassman
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-6

Melvin likes to throw a tantrum when he does not get what he wants, but he learns that the classroom rule, "you get what you get and you don't throw a fit" applies at home as well.

Poppy's Best Babies book
#9
Poppy's Best Babies
Written by Susan Eaddy and illustrated by Rosalinde Bonnet
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

Poppy is thrilled when her grandmother comes to help with the new babies. But when the twins keep GeeGee too busy to play, Poppy's jealousy spirals out of control. After some thinking time, Poppy finds a way to use her talent and creativity to welcome both her grandmother and her little sisters. An honest and heartwarming look at sibling rivalry, and readers will identify with Poppy as she struggles with sibling rivalry--and cheer when her big heart helps her overcome her negative feelings.

Mustache Baby Meets His Match book
#10
Mustache Baby Meets His Match
Written by Bridget Heos and illustrated by Joy Ang
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-6

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?

Marigold and Daisy book
#11
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.

Poppy's Best Paper book
#12
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!

Something Fishy book
#13
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!

In a Small Kingdom book
#14
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.

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