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 our son... and well before my unexpected hospital stay ahead of his early arrival.

Our daughter 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

The Berenstain Bears' New Baby by Stan and Jan Berenstain

The Berenstain Bears' New Baby by Stan & Jan Berenstain

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

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 Brother! by Caroline Jayne Church

I Am a Big Sister 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 Brother by Joanna Cole

I'm a Big Sister by Joanna Cole

I'm a Big Sister by Joanna Cole

Babies Don't Eat Pizza: A Big Kids' Book About Baby Brothers and Baby Sisters by Dianne Danzig

Waiting for Sophie by Sarah Ellis

Waiting for Sophie by Sarah Ellis

Little Frog's Tadpole Trouble by Tatyana Feeney

Little Frog's Tadpole Trouble by Tatyana Feeney

Waiting for Baby by Rachel Fuller

Waiting for Baby by Rachel Fuller

Snuggle the Baby by Sara Gillingham

Snuggle the Baby by Sara Gillingham

Little Big Girl by Claire Keane

Little Big Girl by Claire Keane

How to Be a Baby... By Me, the Big Sister by Sally Lloyd-Jones

You Were the First by Patricia MacLachlan

You Were the First by Patricia MacLachlan

What Brothers Do Best by Laura Numeroff

What Brothers Do Best by Laura Numeroff

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

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

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

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

Lola Reads to Leo by Anna McQuinn

Lola Reads to Leo by Anna McQuinn

The Big Sibling Book: Baby's First Year According to ME by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

Big Brother Daniel by Angela C. Santomeero

Big Brother Daniel by Angela C. Santomeero

Olive Marshmallow by Katie Saunders

Olive Marshmallow by Katie Saunders

I'm Big Now! by Anthea Simmons

I'm Big Now! by Anthea Simmons

Behold! A Baby by Stephanie Watson

Behold! A Baby by Stephanie Watson

Hello in There!: A Big Sister's Book of Waiting by Jo Witek

Ninja Baby by David Zeltser

Which books would you add to this list?


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