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Five Books about Sibling - By Clare Helen Welsh

For those of us lucky enough to have brothers or sisters, siblings are often our first friends. Sibling relationships can be loving, fun, but challenging too, which makes for a dynamic story set up. Throughout my childhood and adult life, I have enjoyed many books about sibling adventures. So, in no particular order, here are my ‘Five Best Books about Siblings:’

The Night Iceberg

Helen Stephens

 I always recommend this book to families with a new a baby on the way. It can be a tricky time for siblings but ‘The Night Iceberg’ is a magical, night time adventure with a subtle message about learning to share. Tofta wants the night iceberg to be just for her but thinks again when a group of penguins show up. This story gently unpicks the anxieties siblings may be having in a beautiful and delicate way. You won’t be able to resist the yellows and blues of this magical, snowy world.

Charlie and Lola

Lauren Child

All of the books in this series are packed with humour and charm, not least ‘I Will Never Not Ever Eat a Tomato!’ It’s authentic and relatable to children and adults alike, capturing the frustration, challenges and heart of young children. The care, attention and patience that Charlie has for his younger sister, who is being picky about her food, is a relationship all siblings can aspire to. If you’re lucky, Charlie and Lola might rub off a little on your young readers. The story may even persuade them to try ‘moon squirters!’

Owl Babies

Martin Waddell & Patrick Benson

I don’t think I could love this story more, but yet with every read it gets better and better. In my role as primary school teacher, I’ve begun every ‘first day of school’ for the last 13 years with this book. It’s a timeless classic and one with the perfect sentiment for little ones trying to be brave. The owls are terrified when Mummy Owl goes hunting, but they find strength in each other as they wait for her return. I especially like that each sibling has a very individual character and role. I have two younger brothers… I think I can identify which owl baby I am most like!

How Rude & How Selfish

Clare Helen Welsh and Olivier Tallec

If it’s not too cheeky to sneak in a couple of my own titles, Dot and Duck in the ‘How’ series have an extremely testing relationship that all siblings will be able to relate to. I’m often asked where I came up with the ideas for ‘How Selfish’ and ‘How Rude’. I tell people that with two brothers, two children and ten years’ teaching experience, I didn’t need to look too far for inspiration! What is empowering about these books, is that both characters are equally as bad as each other but work out the right way to behave in the end.

The Perfect Shelter

Clare Helen Welsh & Asa Gilland

 Finally, I’d love to share this image with you from The Perfect Shelter. The two sisters in our book have the ultimate friendship, but when the older sibling becomes seriously unwell, their whole worlds are threatened. Their den becomes a symbol of the sisters’ emotions, security and safety through the older sister’s hospital treatment. But thankfully, all you need to build a den… is love and the pair find ‘emotional shelter’ in an extremely uncertain time.

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Five Books about Sibling - By Clare Helen Welsh For those of us lucky enough to have brothers or sisters, siblings are often our first friends. Sibling relationships can be loving, fun, but challenging too, which makes for a dynamic story set up. Throughout my childhood and adult life, I have enjoyed many books about sibling adventures. So, in no particular order, here are my ‘Five Best Books about Siblings:’ ​ The Night Iceberg Helen Stephens I always recommend this book to families with a new a baby on the way. It can be a tricky time for siblings but ‘The Night Iceberg’ is a magical, night time adventure with a subtle message about learning to share. Tofta wants the night iceberg to be just for her but thinks again when a group of penguins show up. This story gently unpicks the anxieties siblings may be having in a beautiful and delicate way. You won’t able to resist the yellows and blues of this magical, snowy world. Buy Online Charlie and Lola Lauren Child Brit and Etho are the best of friends. Every day they take their cardboard boxes to the top of Sudden Hill and turn them into adventures.  But when Shu comes along, their comfortable two-by-two relationship is changed and Brit finds it difficult to adjust.  Eventually, with much persuasion from Etho and Shu, Brit learns that three-by-three can be even better.  This heartwarming story perfectly captures and explores the feelings of insecurity many of us feel when a new personality comes along, and shows children that it is okay for friendships to change over time. Buy Online Owl Babies Martin Waddell & Patrick Benson I don’t think I could love this story more, but yet with every read it gets better and better. In my role as primary school teacher, I’ve begun every ‘first day of school’ for the last 13 years with this book. It’s a timeless classic and one with the perfect sentiment for little ones trying to be brave. The owls are terrified when Mummy Owl goes hunting, but they find strength in each other as they wait for her return. I especially like that each sibling has a very individual character and role. I have two younger brothers… I think I can identify which owl baby I am most like! Buy Online How Rude & How Selfish Clare Helen Welsh and Olivier Tallec If it’s not too cheeky to sneak in a couple of my own titles, Dot and Duck in the ‘How’ series have an extremely testing relationship that all siblings will be able to relate, too. I’m often asked where I came up with the ideas for ‘How Selfish’ and ‘How Rude’. I tell people that with two brothers, two children and ten years’ teaching experience, I didn’t need to look too far for inspiration! What is empowering about these books, is that both characters are equally as bad as each other but work out the right way to behave in the end. Buy Online The Perfect Shelter Clare Helen Welsh & Asa Gilland Finally, I’d love to share this image with you from The Perfect Shelter. The two sisters in our book have the ultimate friendship, but when the older sibling becomes seriously unwell, their whole worlds are threatened. Their den becomes a symbol of the sisters’ emotions, security and safety through the older sister’s hospital treatment. But thankfully, all you need to build a den… is love and the pair find ‘emotional shelter’ in an extremely uncertain time.

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