Books on: Sibling Rivalry

Books which focus on the rivalry which can sometimes arise between brothers and sisters. Some books offer practical suggestions to help resolve disputes while others reassure children that they are loved equally by their parents.

Tinysaurus
Author: Sheryl Webster
Illustrator: Jan Fearnley
How this book may help: May help a child who is feeling fed up about being the youngest and not being able to do some of the things an older sister or brother gets to do.
Tinyasaurus comes from a family of dinosaurs. He is the youngest but is fed up with getting told he... read more

Tags: brother, co-operation, emotions, family, sibling, sister


Ever So Ever So
Author: Kes Gray
Illustrator: Sarah Nayler
How this book may help: This book may help to explore disgruntled feelings between an older sister and a new baby arriving home. It is hard to accept the adoration and attention mum and dad are giving to new baby sister Susan.
A new baby coming home can be very difficult for the older sister to accept. Especially as mum and... read more

Tags: new baby, mother, jealousy, father, family, brother, anger, sibling

My Little Brother
Author: Debi Gliori
Illustrator: Debi Gliori
How this book may help: Promoting tolerance between siblings.
A big sister lists the reasons why her little bother - I mean brother! - is a pest, and her efforts... read more

Tags: brother, new baby, sibling

Just Like You Did
Author: Marjorie Newman
Illustrator: Ken Wilson-Max
How this book may help: Acknowledging feelings of anxiety or jealousy that can sometimes come up when a new baby arrives. Reassuring children that despite the fact life has changed, they are still special and loved by their parents.
The story starts as Tom is just about to have a new baby brother or sister arrive. He watches... read more

Tags: sibling, relationships, new baby, jealousy, growing up, family, emotions, brother, anger

You're All My Favourite
Author: Sam McBratney
Illustrator: Anita Jeram
How this book may help: Reassuring a child their parents love them and their siblings equally.
Three sibling bears start to worry that they can't ALL be "the most wonderful baby bears in the... read more

Tags: brother, emotions, family, love, new baby, sharing, sister

Our Stripy Baby
Author: Gillian Shields
Illustrator: Paula Metcalf
How this book may help: Encourages children to accept the fact that everyone is different. This book may help a child who is struggling to come to terms with having a sibling with special needs.
The characters in this book are purple alien-like creatures with coloured spots on their skin. Zara... read more

Tags: new baby, family, diversity, disability, brother, being different, behaviour, sister

Wilbie's Gift
Author: Sally Chambers
Illustrator: Sally Chambers
How this book may help: Acknowledging some common uncertainties a child may have associated with a new baby in the house.
Wilbie the duck spots a pair of fantastic trainers in a shop window. He asks his Dad if he can have... read more

Tags: brother, new baby, sister

Happy Hector
Author: Polly Dunbar
Illustrator: Polly Dunbar
How this book may help: Helping children deal with sibling rivalry and sharing parental affections.
Hector is one of Tilly's toy friends, and loves being close to her. When Tilly's other toys decide... read more

Tags: co-operation, family, friends, sadness, sharing, sibling

I Feel Jealous (Your Emotions)
Author: Brian Moses
Illustrator: Mike Gordon
How this book may help: Helping a child come to terms with feelings of jealousy, including sibling rivalry.
This book explores the emotion of jealousy from the point of view of a young child. It reassures... read more

Tags: family, emotions, friends, jealousy

There's an Ouch in my Pouch!
Author: Jeanne Willis
Illustrator: Garry Parsons
How this book may help: Gently explains to an older sibling that they are not 'being replaced' by a new baby, and their parents will love them just as much.
Little kangaroo is upset because his mother's pouch, which used to be so comfortable, is now all... read more

Tags: jealousy, new baby, sibling, sister

Share!
Author: Anthea Simmons
Illustrator: Georgie Birkett
How this book may help: This book may help to explore disgruntled feelings between an older and a younger baby sibling who at about 6 months is starting to want to play with their toys and things. It is hard to share everything and resentment can build up inside.
Sharing can seem difficult and a bit unfair, especially with a younger baby brother wanting to pull... read more

Tags: brother, co-operation, compliance, sharing, sibling, sister

Do You Still Love Me?
Author: Charlotte Middleton
Illustrator: Charlotte Middleton
How this book may help: This could help a child overcome feelings of jealousy and learn to become friends with someone they may have seen as a rival. It could also help a child cope with their feelings when a new baby comes into the family.
Anna has a faithful dog called Dudley and Dudley wakes up early, eats a hearty breakfast, plays... read more

Tags: cat, dog, friends, jealousy

It's Not Fair!
Author: Anita Harper
Illustrator: Mary McQuillan
How this book may help: Children with a baby brother or sister may identify with this story, which acknowledges the advantages and disadvantages of being the older sibling.
The central character in this picture book (a young cat) feels that lots of things about having a... read more

Tags: brother, emotions, family, jealousy, new baby, sibling, sister

Naughty Toes
Author: Ann Bonwill
Illustrator: Teresa Muffin
How this book may help: For any child who doesn't quite fit in
Chloe's sister, Belinda, is the perfect ballerina, in her pink and white leotard and moving... read more

Tags: being different, sister

That's Mine
Author: Jennifer Northway
Illustrator:
How this book may help: New Baby/Sibling Rivalry/Parent's Attention
William doesn't like the fact that his baby sister gets all the attention and mum doesn't seem to... read more

Tags: jealousy, new baby, sharing, sister

Titch
Author: Pat Hutchins
Illustrator:
How this book may help: Siblings relationships, particularly the youngest child
Titch is the youngest child in the family and always seems to get the smallest item, until the day... read more

Tags: sibling

Not Me!
Author: Nigel McMullen
Illustrator:
How this book may help: This book presents a slightly different view of an older sibling's attitude to his younger brother. A lovely book for demonstrating the special relationship that can exist between two brothers.
Jack thinks Kenny is the best little brother in the world - when things go wrong Kenny is there to... read more

Tags: brother, new baby, sibling

I Don't Like Gloria
Author: Kaye Umansky
Illustrator: Margaret Chamberlain
How this book may help: Jealousy and rivalry amongst siblings and young children
Colin the dog is not pleased - no-one has asked him if it's O.K. for Gloria the cat to come and... read more

Tags: cat, dog, jealousy, sibling

Martha in the Middle
Author: Jan Fearnley
Illustrator:
How this book may help: May help children who feel ignored or not special because they are the middle child.
Middle sibling Martha Mouse is fed up with being squashed between older sister Clara and little... read more

Tags: family, sibling

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