Reading in the Rain: Books for Kids — Siblings

Today’s picks have been inspired by wonderful relationship with my younger brother, who is one of my best friends. At the heart of all three books are siblings who may fight and squabble, make each other wear silly hats or throw dolls in the waffle batter, but who know at the end of the day that they will always have each other. Read these books to a child who is going to be an older sibling or have an older sibling read these stories to their younger brothers and sisters. Currently, King County Library System (KCLS) has copies of these books in their catalog.


Cooking with Henry and Elliebelly by Carolyn Parkhurst, Illustrated by Dan Yaccarino

Feiwel & Friends, 978-0312548483


5 year old Henry and his 2 year old sister Eleanor, better known as Elliebelly, have a treat for you. Today on their cooking show they’re going to make raspberry-marshmallow-peanut butter waffles. Henry does his best to keep the show on track, even though Elliebelly insists that they wear pirate hats and that her dolls need to go swimming in the batter. Yaccarino’s illustrations bring a classic 1950’s look to a timeless story about getting along with your siblings.




Another Brother by Matthew Cordell

Feiwel & Friends, 978-0312643249


For four wonderful years it was just Davy and his mom and dad. Then Petey came along. Davy’s little brother got all the attention and no one was impressed by Davy's singing or knitting anymore. But it got worse, next came Stu, then Mickey, then Carl. Well, you get the idea. Soon Davy had 12 brothers and they all wanted to be just like him.




I Will Never Not Ever Eat a Tomato by Lauren Child

Candlewick, 978-0763621803


When Charlie’s parents put him in charge of giving Lola her dinner, he knows it’s going to be tough because Lola is a very picky eater and she has a very long list, starting with carrots and ending with the most horrible of all – tomatoes. Charlie, a very caring older brother, uses his imagination to convince his sister to eat even the most horrible of foods. The illustrations use photographs of real objects combined with textures and patterns to create a playful, eye-catching world.