All set to celebrate Rakshabandhan tomorrow? We have something special in for you that underlines the many interesting aspects of this beautiful bond.
Celebrate siblings by reading these beautiful and diverse books recommended by Sweta Mani. From a book on bringing an adopted child home to fun stories on lovable sibling rivalries, these are books that will warm your heart!
1. Big Red Lollipop
Rubina has been invited to a birthday party. It is her first party, and on her mother’s insistence, she takes her little sister Sana with her to her friend’s party. So both girls go, and not only does Sana demand to win every game, but after the party she steals Rubina’s prized party favor, a red lollipop. What’s a fed-up big sister to do? Rukhsana Khan’s clever story and Sophie Blackall’s irresistible illustrations make for a powerful combination in this fresh and surprising picture book.
2. Bringing Asha home
It’s Rakhi, the Hindu holiday special to brothers and sisters, and Arun wishes he had a sister with whom to celebrate. The family prepares for Asha’s arrival, not knowing it will be almost a year before she makes it to her new home. Arun is impatient and struggles to accept the long delay, but as time passes he finds his own special ways to build a bond with his sister, who is still halfway around the world.Full of warmth, joy and tender care this book is the perfect read for the Rakhi season.
3. Chloe Instead
For some kids, siblings sometimes seem like more of a pain than a delight! Molly’s dream of having a sister just like her fell apart when Chloe turns out to be totally different from her. In fact, sometimes Chloe seems like she’s just in the way. But eventually Molly realizes that having a sister who’s different is just as good. The illustrations are engaging and colorful and the text is short enough to keep little ones interested. A humorous glimpse at sibling love, this book is sure to be a favorite.
4. Louise loves Art
Louise loves to draw and display her masterpieces. She is too busy to pay attention to her little brother Art, who wants to make a masterpiece of his own. What will happen when Louise discovers that Art has made his masterpiece out of her special drawing? Will Louise appreciate his artistic spirit? This charming story captures the ups and downs of a loving sibling relationship.
5. Violet and Victor Write the Best-Ever Bookworm Book
When Violet Small decides to ”write the best-ever book in the whole entire world,” she cajoles her twin brother, Victor, into helping. Victor is reluctant, but Violet is determined, and soon the ideas can’t come quickly enough. Carefully crafted, this is a story about how to write stories from a child’s perspective. Both children have very different views on how this story should be done, but somehow manage to create a story together. This is an endearing story of good-natured sibling rivalry.
6. Gemma and Gus
Meet Gemma and Gus, a sister and brother team from Olivier Dunrea’s world of Gossie & Friends! Like all siblings, Gus & Gemma have their share of squabbles. Little brother Gus wants to do everything big sister Gemma does until she tells him to stop. Gus is always following Gemma around, but one day Gus sets out on his own. Then Gus takes his own lead and Gemma follows him until they both decide it can be more fun to explore together. These two cute goslings make this an endearing story.
Tinysaurus is the youngest in a family of dinosaurs and is desperate to be bigger. He wants to be able to do all the things that his big sister, BigSissysaurus, can. He especially wants to be big enough to look after the eggs that his mum has just laid, but when a hungry Nastysaurus comes and tries to steal the eggs, Tinysaurus discovers that being small has its advantages! He manages to hide in a very small mountain where Nastysaurus can’t reach him. The eggs then hatch and thrilled, Tinyasaurus becomes Bigbrosaurus to his newly hatched siblings! The best Bigbrosaurus ever!
8. My Big Brother, Boris
Little Croc and his big brother Boris live happily in a lovely part of the swamp. Or at least, they used to. Lately Boris has turned into a grumpy teenage croc. All he does is eat, sleep, listen to loud music and spend time with friends his own age. Gone are the days when Little Croc and Boris would swim and play together. Will things ever be the same again? Winner of the Nestlé Smarties Book Prize, this book is a brilliantly funny and reassuring tale about dealing with teenage siblings.
9. Just Because
Just Because is an upbeat children’s book about the friendship between siblings Toby and his sister Clemmie. She has a disability and can’t talk, walk or do normal things like other children but she is her younger brother’s best friend.
This book is about love and acceptance of a brother who has the perfect answer for everything, “just because.” Full of unconditional love, this is a must-have title in today’s world of false perfection.