Sunday, October 28, 2018

25 Books for a New Big Brother or Sister

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Let me be very clear.

This is NOT a pregnancy announcement. I repeat... This is NOT a pregnancy announcement.

Like most blog posts I write, though, I wanted to share this list of books to read when a new baby is on the way a long time ago. You know... when I was still pregnant with Jonathan... and well before my unexpected hospital stay ahead of his early arrival.

Caroline developed a love for books and reading at a very early age. So it made sense for us to turn to books to help her understand that our family was growing. But she wasn't yet two when we started talking to her about the new baby. Because of that, we had to make sure we weren't relying on books that were over her head.

Target to the rescue!

While out on one of our many Target runs, Stephen and I found an endearing interactive book about a little girl who was waiting... and waiting... and waiting... for their new sibling to arrive. We read the book to Caroline as often as she wanted, guaranteeing her lots of one-on-one cuddle time. But the lift-the-flap format also allowed her to explore the book on her own.

That book helped Caroline get excited by the idea of having a baby brother to love. When Jonathan came home from the hospital, she wanted to read the book to him. And now, she loves telling him how she was just like the little girl in the book and that she couldn't wait to meet him.

Caroline's transition from only child to big sister wasn't without incident, though. As one would expect, there were some definite moments of sibling rivalry that we had to contend with. (There still are.) But the books we read to her about becoming a big sister certainly helped make things easier.

Are you looking for ways to help your little one get used to the idea of having a new baby in the house? Then check out this list of books for a new big brother or sister!

25 Books for a New Big Brother or Sister


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The Berenstain Bears' New Baby by Stan & Jan Berenstain

There's Going to be a Baby by John Burningham & Helen Oxenbury

I Am a Big Brother! by Caroline Jayne Church

I Am a Big Sister! by Caroline Jayne Church

I'm a Big Brother by Joanna Cole

I'm a Big Sister by Joanna Cole


Waiting for Sophie by Sarah Ellis

Little Frog's Tadpole Trouble by Tatyana Feeney

Waiting for Baby by Rachel Fuller

Snuggle the Baby by Sara Gillingham

Little Big Girl by Claire Keane


You Were the First by Patricia MacLachlan

What Brothers Do Best by Laura Numeroff

You're Getting a Baby Brother! by Sheila Sweeny Higginson

You're Getting a Baby Sister! by Sheila Sweeny Higginson

Lola Reads to Leo by Anna McQuinn


Big Brother Daniel by Angela C. Santomeero


Olive Marshmallow by Katie Saunders

I'm Big Now! by Anthea Simmons

Behold! A Baby by Stephanie Watson

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Ninja Baby by David Zeltser


Which books would you add to this list?

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