Even if your little sprouts seem to set up a grudge match over just about everything: choosing the Friday night movie, toppled LEGO towers, and endless hours of she-touched-me-again, in the end, a brother or sister is a built-in best friend. (Who better to help drive Mom crazy or snicker with at Dad’s creative cooking?). Flip through the album to see our picks for best picture and chapter books celebrating the ultimate family bond.

Me First

Age: 4-9

Hal and Martha (fans of the classic Sylvester and the Magic Pebble will appreciate the donkey characters and expressive illustrations) can’t stop bickering and trying to outdo each other. Their competitiveness threatens to get out of hand, until Martha—insisting on being the first to walk across a log bridge—falls into a creek and the siblings realize there are more important things than being first.

Available at amazon.com, $15.96.

What’s your favorite book about siblings? Share with us in a comment below!

— Emma Bland Smith