I'm a Big Sibling!
For parents, there’s a lot to take care of with a new baby on the way, but it can be hard on big-siblings-to-be, too! These books can help make understanding the how’s and why’s of the new baby easier on the big sibling. From younger kids who are concerned about how the new baby will change their family to older kids asking about how babies are made, this list has something for everyone. Happy reading -- and congratulations on your new family member(s)!
What to Expect When the New Baby Comes Home by Heidi Murkoff, illustrated by Laura Rader
From the coauthor of What to Expect When You’re Expecting comes a helpful guide for the big-sibling-to-be. Full of practical advice, What to Expect is a great book to share with children who may have many questions about siblinghood and the baby on the way. With bright and friendly illustrations, Murkoff guides readers through likely questions and helpfully acknowledges the impact a baby can have on a new sibling.
What’s in There?: All about before You Were Born by Robie H. Harris, illustrated by Nadine Bernard Westcott
With a practical approach to understanding babies and birth, What’s in There? is a nonfiction look at the how of new baby siblings. Harris explains things in simple terms, sometimes leaving room for additional lessons (such as the concepts of sex vs. gender and the actual mechanics of the joining of egg and sperm) while still providing ample information for children. Westcott illustrates with a bold and colorful take on the world. This is an appropriate selection for sharing with a child and kickstarting plenty of conversations, particularly for the child who is more concerned about how babies are made as opposed to how will the new baby change the family.
Sophie and the New Baby by Laurence Anholt, illustrated by Catherine Anholt
Through the course of the seasons, Sophie learns she is going to have a baby sibling before the next spring. Known as the Winter Baby, Sophie’s brother brings some big changes to her life. As she processes her thoughts and feelings about this seeming disruption of her life, Sophie, with the help of her parents, finds ways to enjoy her baby brother.
Little Rabbit’s New Baby by Harry Horse, illustrated by Harry Horse
With a little sibling on the way, Little Rabbit is very excited. He soon discovers, however, that living with a sibling -- or more -- can be pretty challenging. Can Little Rabbit learn his way around the frustration his new family structure causes? Paired with charming illustrations, Little Rabbit’s New Baby depicts the joy of welcoming new family members.
Brand-New Baby Blues by Kathi Appelt, illustrated by Kelly Murphy
With a sing-song rhyming verse, Appelt’s big sister character finds the challenges of having a new baby brother include a lack of attention from Mom and Dad along with stinky diapers and a repurposing of her old pajamas. But before long, the big sister starts to find things about her baby brother that aren’t so bad. With bold and engaging illustrations, Brand-New Baby Blues is a lighthearted take on some of the harder parts of new-siblinghood.
When the New Baby Comes, I’m Moving Out by Martha Alexander, illustrated by Martha Alexander
In a conversation between a big-brother-to-be and his mom, the reader sees the new big brother process anger at the idea of the perceived loss of his mother and things he used as a baby -- and has plans for now! What will he do without his highchair as a spaceship launchpad? Follow along with this family’s chat to see how the main character’s expectations are met -- or not. Illustrations help emphasize the humor in this short read.
The New Baby by Mary Packard, illustrated by Amanda Haley
Skeptical after the arrival of his baby brother, a new big brother navigates the obstacles of living with a new sibling, including busy parents and an upset sibling. By the end, this new big brother learns how he can still feel a part of the family while welcoming his baby brother. Amanda Haley provides adorable illustrations to accompany the rhyming text.
Arthur’s Baby by Marc Brown, illustrated by Marc Brown
The familiar faces of Arthur welcome Arthur Read’s youngest sister, Kate. While Arthur’s first sister, D.W. is excited for their new sibling, Arthur isn’t so sure. Despite the big change, Arthur rises to the occasion when Kate meets a baby crisis. Great for nervous new siblings, Arthur’s New Baby is one of many Arthur stories and a classic among them.