inspiration from the nephews and cousin babies! How does
and explain to a youngster the arrival of a newer and smaller
Here are some classics, together with some good stories about
and becoming a big boy (like a big brother should be).
Take it from
Flint, he's a big brother who knows about these things.
will soon figure it out!)
Please confirm availability before ordering. Many of these are quick to go out of print...
|Alexander, Martha. Nobody Asked
Me If I Wanted
a Baby Sister. Dial Books, 1971. A
classic story of
a boy who tries to give his little sister away. When
he finally succeeds,
the baby cries and can be comforted by no one except her
brother, who decides
to keep her after all. Out-of-print. See the Alexander
page for current inventory.
Aliki. Welcome, Little Baby. Greenwillow, 1987. A joyous celebration of the first few days of life, with tender illustrations. New hardback, $16
Berenstain, Stan and Jan. The Berenstain Bears' New Baby. Random House, 1974. The beloved Berenstain Bears get a new baby bear, and big brother learns to accept the changes this brings. New paperback, $4
Brown, Marc. Arthur's New Baby Book : A Lift-The-Flap Guide to Being a Great Big Brother or Sister. Bullseye Books, 1999. (Great Big Flap Book) Arthur prepares D.W. for a new sibling, complete with 40 flaps to flip, alphabetical baby blocks, and nursery rhymes. New board book, $12
Cole, Joanna. I'm a Big Brother. Illustrated by Maxie Chambliss. Morrow, 1997. A child's-eye view of becoming a big brother, with lessons on what new baby can and cannot do, and how quickly these rules change. Complete with notes to the parents, and different only in gender from I'm a Big Sister. New paperback, $6
Cole, Joanna. I'm a Big Sister. Illustrated by Maxie Chambliss. Morrow, 1997. A child's-eye view of becoming a big sister, with lessons on what new baby can and cannot do, and how quickly these rules change. Complete with notes to the parents, and different only in gender from I'm a Big Brother. New paperback, $6
Collman, Barbara J. Kid's Book to Welcome a New Baby: Fun for a Big Brother or Big Sister. Marlor, 3rd revised edition, 1999. An activity and learning book for the older siblings from announcement to acceptance. New paperback, $13
Cory, Dorothy. Will There Be a Lap for Me? Illustrated by Nancy Poydar. Whitman, 1995. Kyle fears that the new family addition will crowd him out of his favorite lap, and the alternative laps just aren't the same. Luckily, his fears are unfounded. New paperback, $6. New hardback, $13.50
Douglas, Ann. Before You Were Born: The Inside Story. Illustrated by Eugenie Fernandes and photographed by Gilbert Duclos. Firefly Books, 2000. Before the big brotherhood or sisterhood, there are plenty of questions, and this book helps answer them plainly and with a kid's sense of humor, complete with extra factoids and activities of expectation. New paperback, $7. New hardback, $19.
Douglas, Ann. Baby Science: How Babies Really Work! Illustrated by Helene Desputeaux. Owl Communications, 1998. Why babies cry and how they grow, featured with contemporary photographs, games, and great primary colors. New paperback, $7. New hardback, $19.
Gentieu, Penny. Grow! Babies. Crown, 2000. Photographs of a multicultural mix of babies throughout their first year. Good for babies as well as their older siblings who are still babies themselves. New hardback, $13.
Hoban, Russell and Lillian. A Baby Sister for Frances. Harper Collins, 1970. I love Frances. Nobody sings songs like Frances. And when Frances gets a baby sister, she has plenty to sing about, and has to work harder to be heard. New paperback, $7
Hutchins, Pat. You'll Soon Grow into Them, Titch. Mulberry Books, 1992. It's tiring receiving all those hand-me-down clothes that don't fit, but at last Titch has someone to hand his hand-me-downs to, and to say with confidence to baby, "you'll soon grow into them." New paperback, $6. New hardback, $12.50
Keats, Ezra Jack. Peter's Chair. Harper, 1967. A wonderful classic about growing up: Peter's crib gets reassigned to the new baby, but by the end of the book, Peter thinks his new brother will fit his little favorite chair better than he can. Currently out-of-print.
L'Engle, Madeline. The Other Dog. Books of Wonder: 2001. A new release by L'Engle about Touche the poodle and her resentment over the new dog in the house who knows no tricks and no manners. Luckily, "Jo thing" progresses to "Jo dog" and eventually to "our Jo" like a baby should. New hardback, $16
Mayer, Mercer. The New Baby. Golden Books, 1985. What to do with a new little critter who doesn't pay attention to you when you read it a book or share your best jokes? Here's real advice, from a little critter who relates well to toddlers. New paperback, $4
Nilsson, Lennart. A Child Is Born. Bantam Doubleday, 1986, 1990 New amazing photographs are included in this international classic of conception and the very beginnings of life inside the womb. Graphic. New paperback, $20. New hardback, $30.
Scott, Ann Herbert. On Mother's Lap. Illustrated by Glo Coalson. Clarion, 1972, 1992. An Inuit boy learns that there is room for both the new baby and himself on mother's lap. Wonderful soft illustrations. New paperback, $7. New hardback, $15.
Smith, Dian G. My New Baby and Me: A First Year Record Book for Big Brothers and Sisters. Athaneum, 1986. A scrapbook/ activity book to chronicle the growth and achievements of baby, geared for their older siblings. This book involves the older kids in the journey, gives them a sense of pride, while keeping their own successes and milemarks a part of the story. New paperback, $13
Schwartz, Amy. A Teeny Tiny Baby. Orchard Books, 1994. Told from the point of view of the teeny tiny baby (aka little dictator). Older sibling is amazed by the attention teeny tiny garners, and all its toys and accessories. Wonderful illustrations and welcome sense of humor. out-of-print
Skrypuch, Marsha Forchuk. The Best Gifts. Illustrated by Halina Below. Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 1999. A nice story about a new baby which helps the older sibling understand breastfeeding in a way which does not provoke jealousy. New paperback, $5. New hardback, $10
Wells, Rosemary. Noisy Nora. Dial Press, 1973. Viking, 1997. Middle child Nora always has to wait for attention. She tries to entertain herself, but only gets shushed. At last she is taken for missing, and comes crashing back to the scene, and is gratefully welcomed. The new version features all new color illustrations. New hardback, $16
Wilkes, Angela. See How I Grow. DK Publishing, 2001. A photographic record of an infant's first 18 months, designed for the older sibling to read. New hardback, $14.