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New Babies and Pregnancy: Books For Kids

There’s nothing more precious than a brand new baby, and those sweet baby snuggles somehow seem to more than compensate for just about anything. But there’s no doubt about it. Whether this is your first baby and you’re entering into the world of parenthood or if there’s a sibling (or more!) already in the picture with mixed feelings about sharing your attention with this new addition, a new baby will rock your world. Mom and Dad may want to read “What To Expect When You’re Expecting,” but it’s not the only book you should pick up, particularly if you have little people in your life. This list has some of our favorites to help with putting into words how mom (and dad!) are feeling, preparing siblings for what’s to come (be they excited, nervous and frustrated!) and just plain showcasing the joy that comes with each new addition to a loving family!

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Hello in There!
Written & illustrated by Jo Witek
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This book is so perfect for anyone with a little one and expecting another, especially if your first is going to be a big sister. :) I loved that this book has the interactive flaps to open and see the baby growing inside mom's tummy, and it's a great way to help show little children what's happening during pregnancy and help them grasp that there's a baby in mommy's tummy. The illustrations in this book are also so darling. The text is all things big sister is saying to her little sibling, full of thoughts little ones may have when mom's pregnant.
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-4
Combines lighthearted illustrations and interactive flaps in a whimsical tale about a soon-to-be older sibling's happy anticipation of a new baby that compels her to sing loudly to her mother's tummy and describe everything that is waiting in the outside world.
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When I Carried You in My Belly
Written by Thrity Umrigar & illustrated by Ziyue Chen
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
The special bond between a mother and her child begins well before the baby is born. But once the baby is born and starts to grow into her own person, traits from both parents begin to show themselves in delightful and humorous ways. When I Carried You in My Belly is a mother's song to her growing daughter, capturing the warmth and magic of the time when her daughter was housed inside her belly. The girl's laugh, her love of music, her sweet disposition, and her carefree attitude can all be traced back to her time in her mother's tummy, when her mother would laugh, sing songs, eat yummy treats, and dance the day away. Thrity Umrigar's lyrical and playful text are well complemented by Ziyue Chen's soft and delightful illustrations, and together they create a sentimental and insightful book about the special bond between parents and children. With a similar tone to On the Night You Were Born and the spirit of I Loved You Before You Were Born, When I Carried You in My Belly is primed to become a new timeless classic.
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Olive Marshmallow
Written & illustrated by Katie Saunders
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6
A sweet, humorous picture book for all new brothers and sisters who are anticipating the arrival of a new sibling. When Archie notices his Mommy's tummy growing, he knows something strange is happening. Not only that: Mommy's office is suddenly completely pink! Mommy shows Archie a picture of his sister growing in her tummy, but Archie things it looks like an alien. Archie isn't sure that he wants a baby sister. He likes cars and trains and playing cowboys. He knows for sure that he doesn't like fluffy, frilly, and very pink things! But soon, a fluffy, frilly, and very pink bundle arrives at home. It's his new baby sister, Olive! Big brother Archie thinks she looks like a marshmallow, and he wonders if life will ever be the same again.
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The Fruits of Your Labor
Written & illustrated by Andrew Tobin
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-18
The Fruits of Your Labor is a board book that explores the size progression of a baby in the womb in relation to a fruit or vegetable. Beginning at the size of a sweet pea and growing to the size of watermelon, each week of pregnancy is documented as a watercolor painting next to a fun, and also true fact about that specific fruit or vegetable, mixed with a playful quip. With its endearing illustrations and droll humor, The Fruits of Your Labor makes a perfect gift for both new babies and expectant mothers.
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The Baby Tree
Written & illustrated by Sophie Blackall
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8
After learning that his parents are expecting a baby, a young boy asks several people where babies come from and gets a different answer from each before his parents have a chance to give the right answer. Includes advice on answering questions about reproduction.
Mummy, What's in Your Tummy? book
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Baby Tree book
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Mama's Belly book
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Baby on the Way book
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  • Mummy, What's in Your Tummy? -

  • Baby Tree - Cleverly revealing the basics of reproduction in an age-appropriate way, award-winning Sophie Blackall has created a beautiful picture book full of playful details to amuse and engage readers. Sooner or later, every child will ask, Where do babies come from? Answering this question has never been this easy or entertaining! Join a curious little boy who asks everyone from his babysitter to the mailman, getting all sorts of funny answers along the way, before his parents gently set him straight.

  • Mama's Belly - As a curious little girl awaits the arrival of her sister, she asks questions—easy ones like ‘Will she have freckles?’ and less-easy ones like ‘Will I have to share my blanket?’ She helps Mama and Dad prepare to meet little sister, singing her songs and knitting a new blanket to keep her warm once she’s here. But, the most important part of getting ready is taking care of Mama. When Mama can’t see her toes, she counts to make sure there’s still ten like before. When she’s too tired to sleep, the soon-to-be big sis draws her a magic energy machine. An honest and gentle exploration of the excitement and anxiety kids feel when welcoming a new family member, Mama’s Bellyis ultimately a celebration of motherly (and daughterly) love and a soothing story for older siblings that even with the spotlight on a new baby, there is always enough love for everyone.

  • Baby on the Way - Part of a two-book debut of the Sears Children’s Library picture books, this title provides helpful information for young children expecting a new brother and sister.

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Pecan Pie Baby
Written by Jacqueline Woodson & illustrated by Sophie Blackall
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8
Gia is tired of hearing about the new baby. It hasn't even been born yet, but everyone, even her friends, seem fixated on it. Gia thinks things are fine just the way they are! And she's worried: if the baby's such a big deal now, what's going to happen to Gia's nice, cozy life with Mama once it's born? Beloved author Jacqueline Woodson and Sophie Blackall have created a heartwarming story for kids adjusting to the idea of a new family member. Young readers will be reassured by Gia's eventual understanding that the baby won't ruin the special bond she has with her mom, and might even be a sweet addition to the family.
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Will You Still Love Me?
Written by Carol Roth & illustrated by Daniel Howarth
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-3
Said the bunny to his mother, just as sweetly as could be, “When the baby bunnies come, will you still love me?” “Of course,” said Mother Bunny. “You’re my extra-special one. And I’ll love you just as much when the baby bunnies come.” Every child is anxious about the arrival of a new brother or sister. In Carol Roth’s sweet, comforting story, various animal mothers-and one human one-reassure their little ones that love has no limits, and they will be loved as much as before. Daniel Howarth’s soft watercolors tenderly depict the mother-child bond.
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Love, Penelope
Written by Joanne Rocklin & illustrated by Lucy Knisley and Joanne Rocklin
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12
Penny is excited to welcome her new sibling, so throughout her mom’s pregnancy she writes letters to it (not it, YOU!). She introduces herself (Penelope, but she prefers “Penny”) and their moms (Sammy and Becky). She brags about their home city, Oakland, California (the weather, the Bay, and the Golden State Warriors) and shares the trials and tribulations of being a fifth-grader (which, luckily, YOU won’t have to worry about for a long time). Penny asks little questions about her sibling’s development and starts to ask big questions about the world around her (like if and when her moms are ever going to get married “for real”). Honest, relatable, and full of heart, Love, Penelope explores heritage, forgiveness, love, and identity through the eyes (and pen) of one memorable 10-year-old in a special year when marriage equality and an NBA championship made California a place of celebration.

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