Happy Saturday, y’all!
I’m thrilled to be back with another Saturday book list. I’ve started really looking forward to my weekly lists and anticipating what to share. I hope you’re enjoying these as much as I am!
This week, I am sharing some of my favorite siblings in (mostly) middle grade fiction. These are great options to read aloud with your kids.
There is something special about books that have fantastic siblings that care about each other, drive each other crazy, and love each other no matter what. I feel lucky to have great siblings myself (love you gals!) and can’t wait to live closer to them later this year. And my kids are starting to become best friends which makes my mommy heart soar. I hope you enjoy this week’s list!
The Penderwicks // The Penderwicks series is a must read for all middle graders. I’ve reviewed the full series on my blog starting with book one here. This five book series follows the stories of the four original Penderwick sisters, their best friend Jeffrey, their loyal dog Hound (who might be the only dog in literature that I truly love) and their growing family. I love this family. I love that we get inside the heads of all the siblings. I love their misadventures and the way they always stick up for each other. Read these out loud to your kids now! You’re welcome!
The Vanderbeekers // This family was the perfect medicine for me after finishing the Penderwicks and wanting more stories like theirs. The Vanderbeekers series currently has two books out (my double review here) and a third is coming out later this year–hurrah! This family of 5 kids–4 girls and 1 boy right in the middle–is as endearing and ridiculous as the Penderwicks. The first book follows their misadventures trying to convince their curmudgeony, strict landlord to renew their lease on their beloved family home. These books are delightful, hilarious, and heart warming. Another great series to read aloud!
The Pevensies // A list about siblings would be incomplete without a reference to these Narnian siblings. From the first moments we meet them and their first encounters with Narnia, I loved these four. It’s fun to see them in multiple books as they mature and interact with Narnia in different ways. Check out my review of the full series. If you haven’t read the complete Chronicles of Narnia yet, start now. It’s a series that can change the way you see the world.
The Pullmans // August and Via Pullman are the brother and sister at the center of RJ Palacio’s Wonder. Have you read this book yet? It is incredible. It tells the story of Auggie as he enters public school for the first time. Auggie has a severe facial deformity and the kids at his new school react to it in varying ways. From bullying to befriending, Auggie experiences it all with his peers. But the ending shows the power of kindness and of doing hard things. I love this book (my review).
The Ingalls // These books are classics for so many reasons. But at the heart of these stories is a family that loves and works together. It’s special to read a series that shows the changing relationships between siblings over so many years. I loved this books as a girl and look forward to reading at least the first few with my kids in the coming years. I participated in a read along in 2016 in which we read all the books, a biography, and some of Laura’s letters. Such a fun way to reread the series!
Who are some of your favorite siblings in literature?