Five years ago I was a relatively new mom to a 17 month old daughter.  When I first received the news that I was pregnant with twins, I was shocked, to say the least!  My husband and I had just settled into life with one baby.  We literally couldn’t imagine what having three kids under two years old was going to be like.  Of course, as happens in parenting (and in life), we accepted our new reality and began the usual planning that goes into welcoming a new sibling into the family.

            When I began to think about introducing my only child to the idea of having two new babies in the family, one of the first things that I wanted to do was to find a simple picture book on the subject.  By familiarizing herself with a fictional character with a similar family to hers, she could start to imagine herself in her new role of “Big Sister of Twins.”  Unfortunately, once I began to search Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and various twin parenting blogs, I came up empty handed.

            Ever since then, when I’ve come across a children’s book with twins or an older sibling of twins as the main character, I’ve added it to an ongoing list.  In an effort to save some of you from research that you likely don’t have time to do, below is my list so far.  Please comment if you have other favorites!  Happy reading!

Books to introduce an older sibling to twins

Double Trouble for Anna Hibiscus by Atinuke and Lauren Tobia

Two Boring Twin Brothers by Katelyn Halko

Jojo and the Twins By Jane O’Connor (Fancy Nancy’s sister)

Board books with twins as main characters

Two Is For Twins by Wendy Cheyette Lewison

Playtime for Twins, Bathtime for Twins and Twins in the Park by Ellen Weiss

Preschool books with twins as main characters

Twin to Twin by Margaret O’Hair

The Twins Blanket by Hyewon Yum

The Twins’ Little Sister by Hyewon Yum (Great for twins who are expecting a new sibling!)

A Twin is to Hug Boni Ashburn

The Twinniest Twins by Amy Kuhr

Fraturtles by Keith Greenstein

Lucy and Henry Are Twins by Elizabeth Winthrop

Series of Books for Elementary School

The Carlos and Carmen Series by Kirsten McDonald

About the author

Allison Merriman MA, TLC’s San Francisco Associate, is a licensed Literacy Specialist as well as mother to 3.5 year old Evelyn and 1.5 year old twins, Abby and Jack. Her passion has always been working to support young children, beginning as a camp counselor and nanny (to identical twin boys!) and continuing on to become an elementary school teacher and Literacy Specialist, coaching parents and educators on how to best teach children to develop a love for reading, writing and language. You can contact Alli at for more information about our services in San Francisco.

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