From the Penderwicks to the Ingalls girls to the March sisters, the world of literature is filled with examples of stellar siblings. In honor of National Siblings Day on April 10, we pulled together a list of seven characters we would want to be siblings with. Let us know in the comments below which characters you wish you were related to!
We can only imagine how many other Bookish readers grew up reading about Beezus and Ramona, the Quimby sisters in Beverly Cleary’s beloved book series. Ramona is always driving Beezus crazy and getting into mischief, but that is part of her charm. We’d be pretty excited to have Ramona as a sibling and spend afternoons playing with her and her doll, Chevrolet.
Where do we sign up for Saturday nights filled with baking snickerdoodles alongside Lara Jean, Margot, and Kitty? The Song sisters from Jenny Han’s To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before series have a special place in our heart. Joining their clan would definitely include tons of baking, gossiping about crushes, and raiding each other’s closets (because Lara Jean’s book cover outfits are always too cute and we want to steal them).
Life with Simon as a brother would be pretty excellent. We’d blast Panic! at the Disco, eat way too many Oreos, and plan Harry Potter movie marathons. Plus, he has a pretty great group of friends we wouldn’t mind hanging out with.
We love Rahel, Estha’s younger sister by 18 minutes, in Arundhati Roy’s The God of Small Things. Rahel’s imagination is a joy to behold and we adore her rebellious spirit, even if it gets her kicked out of a few schools. We also really appreciate her loyalty to Estha. It’s her care for him that brings her back to Ayemenem even though they have spent so many years apart.
Velveteen Vargas from Mary Gaitskill’s The Mare is a sweet and smart preteen with a serious love of horses. We can’t think of a better way to spend an afternoon than brushing horses and then riding around the countryside with Velvet. Maybe we could even pay a visit to Fiery Girl!
Throughout the Shades of Magic series, Rhy proved that there were no limits to what he would do for his family. As a brother, we know he would support and champion us endlessly. He also would ensure our lives were never dull. Life with Rhy would be an adventure, and we’d love to be a part of it.
Portia and Regan Carmichael, of Beverly Jenkins’ Old West series, have seen each other through thick and thin. These are the kind of sisters we know would have our backs no matter what and would always encourage us to follow our hearts. Plus, thanks to Aunt Eddy, Regan knows her way around a kitchen and we are dying to taste her cooking.