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Sibling Rivalry: Books For Kids

Looking for a list of the best children's books about sibling rivalry?

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

Our list includes picture books and chapter books. 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 sibling rivalry, there are a variety of titles. This list covers everything, from classics like The Pain and the Great One to popular sellers like North! or Be Eaten to some of our favorite hidden gems like Wizardmatch.

We hope this list of kids books about sibling rivalry can be a helpful resource for parents, teachers, and others searching for a new book!

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Famously Phoebe
Written by Lori Alexander & illustrated by Aurelie Blard-Quintard
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

Phoebe was the shining star of her family. Then someone came along to take her place.
For as long as Phoebe can remember, she’s known the clickety click click of a photographer snapping her picture. Thanks to the camera-carrying “paparazzi” (aka Mom and Dad), she’s always been the star of the show . . . until the day a tiny newcomer arrives on set. Will Phoebe learn to share the spotlight and assume the role she was born to play: big sister? This sweet tale of sibling rivalry resolved is perfect for every older brother and sister.

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Wizardmatch
Written by Lauren Magaziner
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

Twelve-year-old Lennie Mercado’s grandfather, the current Prime Wizard of Pomporromp, is retiring and decides to host a tournament for Lennie and her cousins to compete to win his title, land, position, castle, and unlimited magical powers, but when Poppop introduces new rules to eliminate sibling rivalry, Lennie decides the games are unfair and makes plans to sabotage the event.

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North! or Be Eaten
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 9-12
ECPA BESTSELLER - Now in hardcover for the first time, featuring all-new illustrations! First they found themselves On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness. Now they must make their way North! Or Be Eaten . . .
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My Rotten Redheaded Older Brother
Written & illustrated by Patricia Polacco
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

After losing running, climbing, throwing, and burping competitions to her obnoxious older brother, a young girl makes a wish on a falling star.

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Lift
Written by Minh Lê & illustrated by Dan Santat
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7
From the award-winning and bestselling creators of Drawn Together comes the fantastic tale of a magical elevator that will lift your spirits--and press all the right buttons!
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  • Clementine and the Family Meeting - This<i> New York Times </i>bestselling chapter book series has been keeping readers engaged and laughing for more than a decade with over one million copies sold!</b><br> Clementine’s having a nervous breakdown. The <em>FAMILY MEETING!</em> sign is up in her house, and she just knows she’s in trouble for something. Has she been too mean to her little brother? Too sloppy? Eating too much junk food? Try as she might to find out what’s on the agenda, her parents won’t reveal anything before the meeting. <br>As far as Clementine is concerned, the agenda should be something like: “We’re getting a gorilla.” But no, it’s something entirely different. “We’re talking about a new baby,” says her father. “A sibling for you two. What do you think about that?” NO THANKS! is what Clementine thinks. After all, <em>four</em> is the perfect number for a family. There are four sides to a table, not five. Will Clementine learn to make room for one more? <p/>

  • The Pain and the Great One - Judy Blume’s quintessential tale of sibling rivalry is as funny as ever—and has a fresh new look! When an eight-year-old girl and her six-year-old brother take turns describing each other, it’s no surprise that “The Pain” and “The Great One” are the nicknames that emerge. As this duo debates whom Mom and Dad love most, their competition becomes increasingly humorous—because when it comes to family affection, there’s no such thing as win or lose.

  • The Magic Mirror - Magic, friendship, and adventure are the perfect ingredients for a new twisted fairy tales Branches series from Anna Staniszewski!

  • Soupy Saturdays with the Pain and the Great One - MEET THE PAIN:
    My sister’s name is Abigail. I call her The Great One because she thinks she’s so great. Who cares if she’s in third grade and I’m just in first?
    MEET THE GREAT ONE:
    My brother’s name is Jacob Edward, but everyone calls him Jake. Everyone but me. I call him The Pain because that’s what he is. He’s a first-grade pain. I’ll always know exactly what he’s thinking. That’s just the way it is.
    These seven warm-hearted stories will give readers a peek at how a brother and sister relate to each other.

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Mother, You're the Best!
Written & illustrated by Diane DeGroat
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-8

It’s Mother’s Day, and Gilbert wants to show his mother that she’s the best! But nothing he does seems to work out quite right. To make matters worse, his little sister always manages to be in the way! Can Gilbert ever have his mother all to himself today? But more importantly, can he make this Mother’s Day truly special?

Diane deGroat’s heartfelt story and endearing illustrations will resonate with any reader who has ever had to share a parent’s attention with a sibling.

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Lulu Is Getting A Sister
Written by Judith Viorst & illustrated by Kevin Cornell
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 6-10

Lulu is getting the sister she never asked for in this oh-so-funny illustrated chapter book filled with hilarious hijinks and fiesty twists from Judith Viorst.

Lulu has received the worst. News. EVER. She’s getting…a baby sister. No one ever asked HER opinion on this debacle. But she’ll tell you anyway, because she no how, no way, no thank you wants a sibling.

Undeterred, and to prepare Lulu for big sisterhood, her parents bribe—AHEM, ask—Lulu to attend Camp Sisterhood, a.k.a. big sister training camp. As a Sister-in-Training (SIT), Lulu is assigned a variety of temporary little “siblings” who are supposed to be so much fun Lulu will become excited to have a permanent sibling of her own. Well, no one ever said Camp Sisterhood was supposed to teach Lulu how to be a good big sister, so Lulu resolves to be a bad big sister. She insults her little siblings. She taunts them with secrets. She even tricks one of them into carrying both of their backpacks up a mountain!

Then some BITs (brothers-in-training) from the neighboring Camp Brotherhood start picking on Lulu’s siblings, and Lulu responds by doing her red-faced, steam-coming-out-of-her-ears thing and showing those BITs who’s boss! After all, Lulu’s siblings may be duds, but they’re her duds, and sisters have to stick together.

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I'll Fix Anthony
Written by Judith Viorst & illustrated by Arnold Lobel
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

A little brother imagines how great life will be once he’s bigger than his older brother in this classic, saucy tale of sibling rivalry from master storyteller Judith Viorst.

Mother says deep down in his heart Anthony loves me. Anthony says deep down in his heart he thinks I stink.

Anthony’s younger brother puts up with a lot. Anthony won’t read to him. Anthony is always threating to clobber him. Anthony thinks he stinks. There’s nothing he can do now…but just wait until he’s six! Then he’ll fix Anthony! Judith Viorst’s funny, classic sibling rivalry story is as timeless as ever.

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