- Arthur - "Francine Redecorates"
Francine likes bats and lizards, while Catherine's taste runs to lace. Normally, it's fun to be different, but not if you're two sisters sharing the same room. Space gets very tight at the Frensky's, when this odd couple decides they've had enough togetherness.
- Caillou - "My Sister Rosie"
It's a mixed bag having a little sister, but Caillou learns to appreciate Rosie as daily events unfold.
Do in Class
- Arthur: Family Matters - Ask students to reflect on their experiences with siblings or other relatives through a sentence completion exercise.
- Arthur: Parent Guides: Sisters and Brothers Working Things Out - Guide siblings to work out their arguments and enjoy each other's company.
- Barney: Family Day - Discuss what makes a family and then plan a classroom family day.
- Clifford: Family Puppets - Explore family dynamics by making paper sack puppets that look and "act" like the members of your family. Share what you like best about yourself, your parents and your siblings, and demonstrate each person's skills and talents in a puppet show.
- Dragon Tales: Cassie, the Green-Eyed Dragon - Explore feelings of sibling rivalry by describing three things that are hard about having a brother or sister. Then list three things that are great about having a sibling, and understand that both kinds of feelings are okay.
- Dragon Tales: Quibbling Siblings - Learn that communication is key. The next time your child has a conflict with a friend or a sibling, remind them of the importance of telling each other how they feel.
- It's My Life: Family: Birth Order - Find out how birth order affects you and your family. (Advanced Reading)
- It's My Life: Family: Sibling Rivalry - Explore sibling issues and find out how to make the best of things. (Advanced Reading)
- The Whole Child: FAQs - Get advice from the experts on how to prepare your child for a new sibling.
- It's My Life: Celebrity Birth Order - Take a quiz about celebrities' birth order and discover what your birth order says about you.
- Brianna, Jamaica, and the Dance of Spring
By Juanita Havill and Anne Sibley O'Brien
Published March 2002 by Houghton Mifflin Co.
Brianna and Jamaica both want to be the butterfly queen for their dance recital but are assigned roles as flowers. Brianna's older sister Nikki is chosen to be butterfly queen. When Nikki gets sick, Brianna has a chance to dance the part but then falls sick as well. When they recover, the sisters triumph over their disappointment by staging their own smaller recital.
- My Very Own Room: Mi Propio Cuartito
By Amada Irma Perez and Maya Christina Gonzalez
Published September 2000 by Children's Book Press; Bilingual edition
A nine-year-old girl shares a room with her five little brothers. She loves them, but she wants a place of her own where she can read, write, and dream. When she discovers a storage space her mother has fashioned with flour sack curtains, she asks her mother to help her make a place. This picture book for readers 9-12 is told in parallel texts of English and Spanish.
*As most PBS children's programs offer one year extended taping rights for teachers, please feel free to tape them now and save them for use in your classroom during the school year.