February 9, 2018

Books for new brothers/sisters

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New Baby?

You’ve read the ‘what to Expect’ books, you’ve talked about where babies come from, but what will your child’s life be like with a new baby in the house?  Many families ask us for story suggestions to share with their soon-to-be big sisters or brothers.  There are as many varied books about babies as there are varied families to welcome them! Here are four picturebooks which share the delights, discoveries, wonders and concerns that arise with new arrivals.

Littles by Kelly DiPucchio, Illustrations by AG Ford.

DiPucchio’s book  gives families a tender, upbeat preview of life with a new baby.  Jolly polka dots ring the text which helps expectant families build anticipation and excitement about life with their own new ‘Little’ coming their way.


There’s Going to Be A Baby by John Burningham and Helen Oxenbury

Children may wonder what will the baby do?  What will we call it?  When will it come?  Husband and wife team Burningham and Oxenbury address a child’s many questions about ‘the baby’ in There’s Going to Be a Baby.  Many of the child’s musings are illustrated in thought bubbles, while each question is lovingly answered by his mom as they go about their daily activities.  Each of her answers brings warmth, humor and reassurance to her child.

Ready, Set…Baby! by Elizabeth Rusch and illustrated by Qin Leng

For the real scoop on daily life with a new baby go no further than consulting Anna and Oliver, who are already big siblings.  This honest guide is informative, humorous, sympathetic and matter-of-fact.  With good cheer Anna and Oliver introduce readers to subjects such as ‘the big wait’, ‘the real scoop on baby poop’, ‘things babies can do, and can’t do’, and ‘what to do while everyone stares at the baby’.  Rusch’s text and Leng’s pictures seamlessly show how life changes inevitably and lovingly.  The categories ‘baby detective work’ and ‘tips for entertaining’ illustrate how siblings are particularly good at understanding babies.

Little Owl’s Egg by Debi Gliori and illustrated by Alison Brown

Little Owl is not so sure about Mommy’s news.  She’s laid a beautiful egg and ‘we’re having a new baby owl’.  He’s her baby owl and she doesn’t need a new one!  She wisely agrees and they begin imagining if the egg holds something else–perhaps a baby worm, or a penguin, or a crocodile, or an elephant!  After they imagine many, many things and talk about each, Little Owl realizes if it’s a new Little Owl, then he will become a new Big Owl.  And—he will be her only Big Owl—always.

Want to browse our collection for more titles?  You can search our catalog right on our website!  Here’s a search tip for finding some of our books on new babies:

In the white search bar on the homepage of our website, type the phrase brothers and sisters-stories, or the word infants-stories,

                Press enter and see the results!

You may place holds on titles in the collection and you can make a list to refer to later! And when you welcome your little one, be sure to sign up for the NH 1,000 Books Before Kindergarden program. We’ll give you a cute canvas tote and all the inspiration you need to read 1,000 books before you child enters kindergarden.

Happy Reading!

Lisa B.


Author: Corinne Chronopoulos
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