It’s a dream many of us have at some point. As soon as our kids are born, we fill their nurseries with copies of Goodnight Moon and Beatrix Potter books. In order to make their shelves look nice, we buy them limited edition copies of Madeline and carefully put The Velveteen Rabbit in their Easter baskets. Putting our kids to bed with a good book at night is a way for us to show them another world. Finally, their eyes will look up at their older sibling’s because your big child also gets to show your little one a whole new world.
When it comes to your daughters, you already know what kind of relationship you want them to have with each other. You want them to be sisters who share, who learn, and who love each other, just like you do. There are things you want them to do together that will make them trust each other. They should push and lean on each other. Big girl: You see your big girl leading your little girl, and your little girl is following your big girl, too. Because books are a great way to start a friendship. The big girl will love reading these books to your little girl.
Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott
Sure, it’s a no-brainer, but it’s still a classic. Louisa May Alcott’s story about the March sisters is one that broke with old gender rules. It’s a book that shows that women can be whatever they want to be, no matter what that is. It’s also a great book for your big girl to read to her little sister, because the March sisters have a strong relationship. After all, you might have both Jo and Amy on your hands!
Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret, by Judy Blume
Maybe you’ve wondered how your big girl can help your little girl transition into puberty and womanhood one day. If so, Judy Blume’s classic is an excellent guide. Not only does it also cover Margaret finding her way through religion, it’s also a great story about speaking up when you feel like you’re all alone in your opinion.
Harriet the Spy, by Louise Fitzhugh
Your girls can learn from Harriet M. Welsch, who is the star of one of the most powerful books for young children. People who are close to Harriet read her hurtful words, and she learns how far people will go to “punish” her for them. One thing sisters should learn from each other: Apologies and friendship are two things they should learn from each other.
Matilda, by Roald Dahl
Matilda is a character who has inspired millions of people to read. She is the story of a young girl who fights through bad things. If you read this book to your little girl, your big girl will tell her to never give up.
A lot of things were learned from Matilda. She told us about pranks that worked well, reading, and telekinesis. This book not only encourages kids to be their own person, but it also gives them power in a world that is run by adults.
Beezus & Ramona, by Beverly Cleary
It’s the ultimate sister story, and Beverly Cleary has made two characters who are both annoying and adorable in almost every situation. In this book, the relationship between these two sisters is so strong and real that your own daughters will be able to feel it right away. It is a story about love and honesty, and sweet Beezus feels bad about how much she likes her younger sister. It’s also a true story about how you can love your sister even if you don’t always like her crazy moves. This is a lesson your big girl will love to teach your little girl.
The Secret Garden, by Frances Hodgson Burnett
The story is about how a family can rebuild after a lot of bad things happen. Your big girl will love exploring the real-life secret garden with her little sister. As Mary gets over her sour attitude, courage, friendship, and unconditional love are all big themes in this timeless story. Mary gets over her sour attitude to befriend those around her and to help her cousin and uncle get back together once again. Symbolism and life lessons aren’t the only reason this book is worth reading. The garden descriptions alone make it worth sharing.
A Little Princess, by Frances Hodgson Burnett
“If I’m a princess in rags and tatters, I can be a princess inside.” This quote alone makes your big girl have to share this one with your little girl. Dressed in cloth of gold, it would be easy to be a princess. But being a princess all the time when no one knows is a lot more of a victory.” A Little Princess is a great book about being who you are because that’s how you feel, not because someone else wants you to be that way. Talk about giving your daughters power!
Charlotte’s Web, by E.B. White
People can change the world just by standing up for what they believe in and never giving up. This is how Charlotte, Wilbur and Fern show how this works. This could be the perfect thing for your little girl to learn from her big sister. No matter how small you are, you are important!
The Little House series, by Laura Ingalls Wilder
If you want to read about adventure, history, and three sisters, this is the book for you. You and your kids will both love these stories. Give your oldest daughter a chance to tell her younger sister about the stories her sisters told her when they went on new adventures. There is no better person to go on a trip with than your sister.
Winnie-the-Pooh, by A. A. Milne
Everyone can relate to and love Winnie-the-Pooh and his friends. You might think this collection of stories is too young for your big girl, but everyone can find something to love about them. My promise to you: If one day you can’t be together with me, keep me in your heart. I will stay there forever.