Sunday is National Sisters Day, and in addition to spending some time with our siblings, we’re also reading some great books from Scholastic to celebrate. Check out the roundup below!
Zoe’s Room (No Sisters Allowed) (Ages 3–5) by Bethanie Murguia: Zoe is the Queen of the whole Universe...but her favorite place in the Universe is her own room, where she hosts tea parties, builds empires out of blocks, and gazes out upon the stars. Then her parents announce that her little sister Addie is moving into Zoe's room. Little sisters aren't good at tea parties (too rude), block-building (too clumsy), and starwatching (just plain too young!). So the Queen's new roommate is a royal pain...until Zoe discovers that even her smallest subjects can be useful in a storm!
Olive & Beatrix: The Not-So Itty-Bitty Spiders (Ages 5–7) by Amy Marie Stadelmann: Twin sisters Olive and Beatrix don”t get along. Olive is “ordinary” and loves science and nature, and exploring. But Beatrix is a witch! She has a brain full of tricks, and she uses her magic powers to play pranks on Olive and her best friend, Eddie. In The Not-So Itty-Bitty Spiders, Beatrix ruins Olive and Eddie’s latest science experiment. So Olive and Eddie play a prank on Bea. They rig up a bucket of spiders over her bedroom doorway. But when the spiders crawl into one of Bea’s magic potions—WHAM! Giant spiders on the loose! The sisters will have to work together to shrink these not-so itty-bitty spiders down to size.
Sisters (Ages 8–12) by Raina Telgemeier: Raina can’t wait to be a big sister. But once Amara is born, things aren’t quite how she expected them to be. Amara is cute, but she’s also a cranky, grouchy baby, and mostly prefers to play by herself. Their relationship doesn't improve much over the years, but when a baby brother enters the picture and later, something doesn't seem right between their parents, they realize they must figure out how to get along. They are sisters, after all. Telgemeier uses her signature humor and charm in both present-day narrative and perfectly placed flashbacks to tell the story of her relationship with her sister, which unfolds during the course of a road trip from their home in San Francisco to a family reunion in Colorado.
The Secret Language of Sisters (Ages 12 and up) by Luanne Rice: Roo is the good and responsible sister, the one who would never text and drive so Tilly thinks nothing of sending her sister multiple silly messages — until the day Roo looks away from the road and at her phone. That’s the day Roo gets in a terrible accident, the day the girls’ lives are completely upended. Roo wakes up paralyzed in an unfamiliar hospital. Everyone thinks she’s in a coma, but she can see, hear, and understand everything around her. She is trapped inside her own body, screaming to be heard. Tilly, grappling with her own overwhelming guilt and grief, desperately wants to stay connected to her sister, to heal her, but she doesn’t know how. Can Roo and Tilly use medicine, miracles, and the power of sisterly love to make themselves whole again?
Untwine (Ages 12 and up) by Edwidge Danticat: Giselle Boyer and her identical twin, Isabelle, are as close as sisters can be. Even as their family seems to be unraveling and their parents are considering a divorce the sisters are each other’s strongest support system. Then the Boyers are caught in a car crash that will shatter everyone’s world forever. Trapped in the prison of her own body, Giselle wakes up in the hospital, injured and unable to speak or move. She doesn’t know what’s happened to her sister, to her family or to herself. Now, Giselle has no choice but to revisit her past in order to understand how the people closest to her—friends, parents, and above all, Isabelle, her twin—have shaped and defined her. Will she allow her love for her family and friends to lead her to recovery? Or will she remain lost in a spiral of longing and regret?