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Top 10 Children's Books About Twins & Other Multiples


Updated June 15, 2007

In recent years, several excellent children's books about twins and multiple birth have been published. From picture books for the preschool set to more scientific studies aimed at preteens, these books illustrate and celebrate the unique relationship between multiples.

1. Twin Tales

This 2001 release from Donna M. Jackson lives up to its subtitle as it describes "the magic and mystery of multiple birth" in pictures, text, and anecdotal sidebars appropriate for ages 10 and up. It offers an excellent explanation of some of the technical aspects of twinning and multiple birth on an age-appropriate level. (2001)
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2. About Twins

Beautiful photographs of twins of all shapes and sizes adorn this straightforward book about the relationship between multiples. Simple text is balanced with quotes from twins expressing their feelings. This is an appropriate book for young children who are multiples, or siblings to multiples. (1999, by Shelley Rotner and Sheila M. Kelly)
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3. Just Like Me

Written from the perspective of a twin girl, this book is the perfect pace for beginning readers. Multiples will relate to the familiar settings as the protagonist compares and contrasts her sister and herself. (2003, by Barbara J. Neasi and Johanna Hantel)
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4. Twinnies

This colorful picture books tells the tale of a big sister of baby twin sisters. Describing both the good and the bad aspects of life with twinfants, older siblings of twins and other multiples will certainly relate to this excellent depiction of life with twinfants. (1997, by Eve Bunting)
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5. Double Take: The Story of Twins

This is the perfect book for older children (ages 10 and up) who are fascinated by twins and multiples. It explores some of the scientific, ethical and social issues faced by families, illustrating facts and facets of twinning by introducing five sets of real-life twins of varied ages.(2001, by Daniel Jussim)
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6. Twins Together

Parents of multiples know all-too-well about the conflicts that arise between their twins or triplets. This fun, rhyming picture book aimed at preschoolers addresses the problem and offers a cute resolution that both parents and twins will relate to. (1995, by Jim Pallas)
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7. By My Brother's Side

Football twins, Tiki and Ronde Barber, star in this autobiographical tale. The brothers learn about sportsmanship, twinship and doing your best. Amidst the selection of books aimed at babies and toddlers, or focused on girl twins (such as the Olsen twins' series), this is the perfect choice for elementary-aged boys. (2004 by Tiki and Ronde Barber, with Robert Burleigh)
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8. T is For Twins: An ABC Book

A book that tackles the topic of twins for babies and toddlers should actually be published in a board book that could stand up to their wear and tear. However, part of its appeal is the clever addition of a clear plastic pocket where parents can insert a picture of their own twins and include them in the book. Sharp photographs and fun rhymes highlight the A-B-C format. (2002, by Mary Bond, Ralph Homan and Margaret Viles)
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9. Twin Pickle

My favorite book about twin girls is apparently out-of-print, but readily available in libraries and used book outlets. Claire Mackey's charming illustrations are the star of this 1996 work by Ann Doro. It describes the antics of identical twins Ivory and Jennie, inspired by the author's granddaughters. It takes a lighthearted, enjoyable approach to the age-old dilemma of telling twins apart. (1996)

10. Twin to Twin

Sweet and charming illustrations accompany a rhyming text that encourages young children to chant along with the reader. This is quickly become a favorite in the genre. Parents will appreciate the humorous look at life with twins. (2003, by Margaret O'Hair)
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