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Sibling-Themed Series of Picturebooks in 2021

It's Big Brother/ Big Sister Time!

Myra here.

This July to September, we are doing a book-series marathon.

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We are featuring books that fit the following deliberately-nebulous criteria:

  1. Books that are part of an ongoing series
  2. Themed stories: books that are technically not part of a series, but fit a specific theme – e.g. intergenerational stories, nature-themed stories
  3. Short story collections
  4. Narratives of a similar genre 
  5. Stories written by same author

I was delighted to find these sibling-themed picturebooks via Overdrive, which seem perfect for our current reading theme.


It’s Big Sister Time! [Amazon | Book Depository]

Written by Nandini Ahuja Illustrated by Catalina Echeverri
Published by Harper Festival (2021)
ISBN: 9780062884381 (ISBN10: 0062884387) Borrowed from Overdrive. Book photos taken by me.

It’s Big Brother Time! [Amazon | Book Depository]

Written by Nandini Ahuja Illustrated by Catalina Echeverri
Published by Harper Festival (2021)
ISBN: 9780062884374 (ISBN10: 0062884379) Borrowed from Overdrive. Book photos taken by me.

These two picturebooks are perfect gifts to young children who are about to become big brothers or big sisters. The text in both stories is identical – the only difference is the gender of the main protagonist and a few details (scarves versus head wraps) here and there.

What makes the series immensely attractive though is not so much the text itself (which is fairly simple and straightforward), but the fact that all the characters here are people of color.

The narrative is predicated upon the older sibling providing the younger one the rules to navigate his or her new world. Hence, instead of being annoyed or frustrated at the younger sibling, it becomes the older sibling’s task to serve as the ‘mentor’ since they are, after all, the experts at being babies.

From “It’s Big Brother Time!”
From “It’s Big Sister Time!”

While the role of the extended family is keenly felt in both narratives, I appreciated how the bigger sibling seemed more “in charge” of rules-setting, at least as far as the baby is concerned.

These are fun and charming picturebooks published this year that will make a good addition to anyone’s library, especially for families who are expecting an additional member soon.


#SurvivalStories2021 Update: 79-80 out of target 100

Myra is a Teacher Educator and a registered clinical psychologist based in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates. Prior to moving to the Middle East, she lived for eleven years in Singapore serving as a teacher educator. She has edited five books on rediscovering children’s literature in Asia (with a focus on the Philippines, Malaysia, India, China, Japan) as part of the proceedings for the Asian Festival of Children’s Content where she served as the Chair of the Programme Committee for the Asian Children’s Writers and Illustrators Conference from 2011 until 2019. While she is an academic by day, she is a closet poet and a book hunter at heart. When she is not reading or writing about books or planning her next reads, she is hoping desperately to smash that shuttlecock to smithereens because Badminton Is Life (still looking for badminton courts here at UAE - suggestions are most welcome).

1 comment on “Sibling-Themed Series of Picturebooks in 2021

  1. Completely Full Bookshelf

    These look like such fun picture books, and I can imagine kids with new siblings will really enjoy reading them! It’s interesting that the two are virtually identical, but the illustrations are subtly different and the older sibling’s gender is different. Thanks for the great review!

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