Best Children's Books About Twins

The 22 Best Books For and About Twins

Updated Feb. 19, 2019

Whether you're a twin yourself, have always wanted a twin, or just like to read about twins, we've rounded up the very best books with about twins! Their stories will share with you the best parts about being a twin, some of the harder situations they get put in, and the many adventures they have together.

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
Thoughts from Lemony Snickers

Fred and George Weasley are some of the most likeable twins in all of literature. Their fun really explodes--literally, at times--in the Order of the Phoenix as they plot together in their mischievous way how to help the other students, for a fee, of course. The students at Hogwarts are depressed and downtrodden under the ever-tightening grip of Professor--and for a short time, Headmistress--Umbridge.

Putting their ever-expanding magical prowess to good use, the twins cook up Puking Pastilles and other brilliant foods and devices that they then sell to the other students looking to get out of a rough class or occasionally, for Harry, out of a dangerous environment. Readers love the spunky, clever nature of the Weasley twins and are sure to see the benefit of sharing life with a best friend the way twins sometimes do.

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.

The Templeton Twins Have An Idea book
#2
The Templeton Twins Have An Idea
Written by Ellis Weiner and illustrated by Jeremy Holmes
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 9-12

Suppose there were 12-year-old twins, a boy and girl named John and Abigail Templeton. Let's say John was pragmatic and played the drums, and Abigail was theoretical and solved cryptic crosswords. Now suppose their father was a brilliant, if sometime confused, inventor. And suppose that another set of twins—adults—named Dean D. Dean and Dan D. Dean, kidnapped the Templeton twins and their ridiculous dog in order to get their father to turn over one of his genius (sort of) inventions. Yes, kidnapped. Wouldn't it be fun to read about that? Oh please. It would so. Now in paperback, this is just the first in a series perfect for boys and girls who are smart, clever, and funny (just like the twins), and enjoy reading adventurous stories (who doesn't?!). And now, there's more!

Bathtime for Twins book
#3
Bathtime for Twins
Written by Ellen Weiss and illustrated by Sam Williams
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-3
Thoughts from B is for Bookworm

I absolutely love the illustrations in this book--they remind me of one of my favorite books from my childhood. I think this board book has a great amount of text in it, and I like that it has a storyline. It's especially fun to have it talk about the many fun things that come with twins, and it's a great bath-time or getting-ready-for-bed book.

Bathtime fun, times two! An adorable duo heads for the tub in this board book companion to Playtime for Twins. Splashy, sploshy, splish. We are little fish! A delightful set of twins show what a blast bathtime can be in this playful board book. Expect grins and giggles from little ones as these funny siblings splash, have tea, play peek-a-boo, and more, until it’s time to say “good night.” Bubbly, rhyming text from Ellen Weiss and soft, charming illustrations by Sam Williams bring this playful story to life.

Little Miss Twins book
#4
Little Miss Twins
Written and illustrated by Roger Hargreaves
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

Travel to Twoland where two friends can be double the fun fun!!

Two Is for Twins book
#5
Two Is for Twins
Written by Wendy Cheyette Lewison and illustrated by Hiroe Nakata
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

What makes two? All sorts of things. A bicycle’s wheels. A bluebird’s wings. And twins, as you can plainly see, Are just as two as two can be. This brightly illustrated board book is a buoyant, bouncy ode to the joys of twindom. Perfect for children who are twins, and just as perfect for children who aren’t!

Lost and Found book
#6
Lost and Found
Written by Andrew Clements and illustrated by Mark Elliott
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12
Thoughts from B is for Bookworm

The idea of having a twin and swapping places has always seemed intriguing, but Lost and Found does a great job demonstrating what such an experience might actually be like, along with teaching the valuable lessons of being honest and loving the family you have!

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.

Twin to Twin book
#7
Twin to Twin
Written by Margaret O'Hair and illustrated by Thierry Courtin
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-8

Double born. Twice the blessing. Double kids. Twice the messing. Twins mean double the kisses and double the fun. It's double the joy for everyone!

No Two Alike book
#8
No Two Alike
Written and illustrated by Keith Baker
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7
Thoughts from Mr. Stacatto

Can you find two snowflakes that are exactly the same? Almost, almost, but not quite. The story is simple with cute winter illustrations of two birds exploring the forest. This book also exists as a board book and I think it's a better fit as such.

Follows a pair of birds on a snowflake-filled journey through a winter landscape, where everything everywhere, from branches and leaves to forests full of trees, is unique.

One of a Kind book
#9
One of a Kind
Written by Ariel S. Winter and illustrated by David Hitch
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

In this wry and witty picture book, an only child learns that in a classroom of multiples, individuality can be awesome. All the kids in Lysander Singleton’s class are either twins or triplets, which means Lysander Singleton is the only “only child” at Twin Oaks Elementary. He tries to do what he can to fit in—making photocopies of himself, or attempting to play games with the other kids—though his efforts are usually met with unfortunate results. But when it comes time for the schoolwide Twindividuation competition, a series of events meant to encourage individuality, Lysander quickly realizes that being the only “only child” does have its advantages—and that being unique isn’t such a bad thing after all.

Playtime for Twins book
#10
Playtime for Twins
Written by Ellen Weiss and illustrated by Sam Williams
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-3

A charming set of twins make the most of their imaginations in this board book companion to Bathtime for Twins. Hooray! We love to play! What will we do today? The twins are ready for some fun! Laugh along as these cheerful siblings make some noise, read about rocket ships, seesaw, and more before they wave good-bye to the sun as it sets and head for home. Pitch-perfect rhyming text from author Ellen Weiss and soft, engaging images from bestselling illustrator Sam Williams showcase the twins’ appealing personalities and capture all the joy of playtime!

The Tapper Twins Go to War book
#11
The Tapper Twins Go to War
Written and illustrated by Geoff Rodkey
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

This bestselling first book in the Tapper Twins series is a hilariously authentic showcase of what it's like to be in middle school in our digitally-saturated world, told as a colorful "oral history" with photos, screenshots, text messages, chat logs, and online gaming digital art. Twelve-year-old twins, Claudia and Reese, who couldn't be more different...except in their determination to come out on top in a vicious prank war. But when the competition escalates into an all-out battle that's fought from the cafeteria of their New York City private school all the way to the fictional universe of an online video game, the twins have to decide if their efforts to destroy each other are worth the price.

Monster Mayhem book
#12
Monster Mayhem
Written and illustrated by Christopher Eliopoulos
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

Jeremy and Justin are twins, but they couldn't be any more different from each other. Jeremy is a risk taker who likes to get his hands dirty; Justin prefers to read, focus, and get all his facts straight before jumping in. But they do have one important thing in common- They both love video games. When Jeremy wins a cereal-box charm that brings his favorite video game to life, villains and all, he finds that he's in way over his head. Justin knows everything there is to know about the rules of the game-he read the handbook, of course-and Jeremy isn't afraid to try new things. Can these two mismatched brothers work together to beat the video game that has become their life?

The House in Poplar Wood book
#13
The House in Poplar Wood
Written and illustrated by K. E. Ormsbee
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 10-13

For as long as the Vickery twins can remember, Lee and his mother have served Memory, while Felix and his father assist Death. This is the Agreement. But one Halloween, Gretchen Whipple smashes her way into their lives. Her bargain is simple: If the twins help her solve the murder of local girl Essie Hasting, she'll help them break the Agreement. The more the three investigate, however, the more they realize that something's gone terribly wrong in their town. Death is on the loose, and if history repeats itself, Essie's might not be the last murder in Poplar Wood. Simultaneously heartwarming and delightfully spooky, The House in Poplar Wood is a story about a boy's desire to be free, a girl's desire to make a difference, and a family's desire to be together again.

Ruby Holler book
#14
Ruby Holler
Written by Sharon Creech
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

"You are now entering Ruby Holler, the one and only Ruby Holler! Your lives are never going to be the same—" "Trouble twins" Dallas and Florida are orphans who have given up believing there is such a thing as a loving home. Tiller and Sairy are an eccentric older couple who live in the beautiful, mysterious Ruby Holler, but they’re restless for one more big adventure. When they invite the twins to join them on their journeys, they first must all stay together in the Holler, and the magic of the place takes over. Two pairs of lives grow closer and are changed forever.

Lisa and Lottie book
#15
Lisa and Lottie
Written by Erich Kastner
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

When they meet for the first time at summer camp, two ten-year-old girls discover they are twins and plot to bring their divorced parents together again.

Twice As Nice book
#16
Twice As Nice
Written and illustrated by Nicole Rubel
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

Presents facts, anecdotes, studies, opinions, and advice on the topic of twins.

By My Brother's Side book
#17
By My Brother's Side
Written by Robert Burleigh, Ronde Barber, Tiki Barber and illustrated by Barry Root
picture book
Recommend Ages: 6-10

Introduces twin brothers Tiki and Ronde Barber, who worked hard to overcome obstacles and became National Football League stars, one as runningback for the New York Giants, the other as cornerback for the Tampa Bay Bucs.

Take Two! book
#18
Take Two!
Written by Jane Yolen, J. Patrick Lewis and illustrated by Sophie Blackall
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

A collection of original poems by the current children's poet laureate celebrates the joys and mischief of twinhood while sharing twin facts.

Fraturtles book
#19
Fraturtles
Written and illustrated by Keith Greenstein
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-6

"How come fraternal twins are called twins when they don't look alike?" That's the most common question fraternals ask (and are asked) when they're young. Not only does Fraturtles answer that question, but it does so through a fun, easy-to-understand story about a twin who comes to realize that having a twin isn't about sharing their looks. It's about sharing their lives.

A Twin Is to Hug book
#20
A Twin Is to Hug
Written by Boni Ashburn and illustrated by John Nez
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-6

Hand in hand, side by side, a twin is your friend. Every step of the way, from beginning to end. Having a twin can be great! With a twin, you have a lifelong bond, a partner in crime, and a food-I-don’t-want-to-eat eater. But with a twin, you also have to share, and take turns, and compare. It’s not always easy, but for better or worse, a twin is a friend who will always be by your side. With a small trim and expressive illustrations, this package will make the perfect gift for the expectant mother or twin in your life.

Lucy and Henry Are Twins book
#21
Lucy and Henry Are Twins
Written by Elizabeth Winthrop and illustrated by Jane Massey
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

Lucy and her twin brother Henry take a trip to the park, where they each do their own thing, together.

The Salmon Twins book
#22
The Salmon Twins
Written and illustrated by Caroll Simpson
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

In her third book inspired by First Nations' stories, children's author and illustrator Caroll Simpson explains the significance of community values. She introduces readers to a world of creatures like Sea Lion, Killer Whale, Dogfish and Kingfisher. Her dramatic tale of young twins and their transformation shows how working together keeps a community healthy. When new twins are born in a mythical Pacific Coast village, everyone celebrates because the birth of twins is a rare occasion; twins are the children of the salmon. But when the twins grow selfish and greedy, Thunderbird transforms them into a Two-Headed Sea Serpent. Can the Serpent's heads learn to work together? The question becomes more important when the salmon don't run up the river and the villagers start to go hungry. The Serpent's heads have to co-operate with each other to solve the mystery and restore the salmon run. Written for children aged 3 to 10, this charming story is illustrated with Simpson's distinctive colour paintings that celebrate First Nations culture. A glossary of mythical creatures and sea life provides informative teaching points and invites further exploration of West Coast cultures. Also available in hardcover.

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