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June 1, 2016

Happy National Sibling Day!

Growing up, I often thought of my fraternal twin sister and me as characters in a book. Not a boring book, but something totally crazy: goofy yet daring, brave and honest, overly temperamental, and not at all short of growing pains. If I had to choose, I’d cast us in a chapter book, with colorful illustrations of the places we visited and imagined.

Elizabeth and I did many things together, because being together felt like the most natural thing. We weren’t glued at the hip, but we entered the world basically at the same time: a fact that may or may not have contributed to becoming each other’s living, breathing, and lovably annoying shadows.

We tackled horseback riding camps together, slept outside on our trampoline, and fought over what to name our house’s many visiting stray cats. Sure, we enjoyed each other’s company, but not necessarily all the time. At the end of the day, we both seemed to understand that a regularly wacky childhood should not be conquered alone. So we did what made the most sense: sibling’d our days away like a dynamic and genetic duo. There was comfort in living stories that might fill pages of a book not yet written, but already drafted somewhere inside us.

There are dozens of good books that feature siblings as main characters—here are a few favorites in honor of National Sibling Day. Happy reading, everyone!

Judy and Stink Moody in Judy Moody and Stink books

Raina, Amara, and Will in Sisters

Beezus and Ramona Quimby in Ramona books

Josh and Jordan Bell in The Crossover


Jack and Annie in The Magic Treehouse books

Anna and Elsa in Frozen books

Brother and Sister Bear in The Berenstain Bears

Carter and Sadie Kane in The Kane Chronicles

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