Famously Phoebe

Written by Lori Alexander and illustrated by Aurelie Blard-Quintard

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5.8

Phoebe was the shining star of her family. Then someone came along to take her place. For as long as Phoebe can remember, she’s known the clickety click click of a photographer snapping her picture. Thanks to the camera-carrying “paparazzi” (aka Mom and Dad), she’s always been the star of the show . . . until the day a tiny newcomer arrives on set. Will Phoebe learn to share the spotlight and assume the role she was born to play: big sister? This sweet tale of sibling rivalry resolved is perfect for every older brother and sister.

Shhh!

Written and illustrated by Valeri Gorbachev

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5.0

When baby brother is sleeping, it's time to be ever so quiet. There's no singing or jumping or laughing at all. Even the toys need to be quiet! The pirates stop firing their cannons, the knights stop fighting, even the tiger stops growling. But when baby wakes up . . . it's time to jump and laugh and sing again! And the knights begin to fight, the pirates fire up the cannons, and the tiger growls so loudly! Until it's time to be quiet once again. In this beautifully and expressively illustrated picture book, we celebrate the love between siblings as a big brother uses his imagination to calm his urge to cause a ruckus so that his little brother can sleep.

Ninja Baby

Written by David Zeltser and illustrated by Diane Goode

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4.9

From the day she was born, Nina was a ninja baby. She obliterated her applesauce. She concealed herself at bath time. And she was training herself in advanced infiltration (of movie night). Nina wants to do everything by herself, until the day her parents bring home a Kung Fu Master (a baby brother). Now with a sibling, Nina will face the one thing she cannot do alone: be part of a family. With verve and humor, David Zeltser and Diane Goode tell the story of an unusually gifted child, and the family that is more than a match for her.

Wolfie the Bunny

Written by Ame Dyckman and illustrated by Zachariah OHora

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4.6

Families of all kinds will delight in this sweet tale of new babies, sibling rivalry, bravery, unconditional love...and veggies! The Bunny family has adopted a wolf son, and daughter Dot is the only one who realizes Wolfie can--and might--eat them all up! Dot tries to get through to her parents, but they are too smitten to listen. A new brother takes getting used to, and when (in a twist of fate) it's Wolfie who's threatened, can Dot save the day?

Sweet Dreams

Written by Jewel and illustrated by Amy June Bates

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4.5

A mother who would do anything for her son lovingly urges him to fall into sweet dreams.

Babar's Little Girl

Written and illustrated by Laurent de Brunhoff

The arrival of new baby Isabelle creates much excitement in Babar's family, particularly after she learns to walk and gets lost in the mountains, in a reissue of a delightful story in the Babar series.

Mama's Belly

Written by Kate Hosford and illustrated by Abigail Halpin

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.

Not Yet, Rose

Written by Susanna Leonard Hill and illustrated by Nicole Rutten

As Rose anxiously awaits the birth of her family’s new baby, she isn’t sure what to expect about her new role as big sister. She isn’t sure whether she wants a baby brother or a baby sister. Actually, she isn’t sure she wants a new baby at all! But when the new baby arrives, suddenly everything seems just right. Susanna Leonard Hill’s text perfectly captures the excitement and apprehension of children anticipating the arrival of a new baby, and Nicole Rutten’s sweet hamster characters make this an ideal story for siblings-to-be.

Spit & Sticks

Written by Marilyn Grohoske Evans and illustrated by Nicole Gsell

Succinct and factual text follows chimney swifts as they arrive on a Texas farm, build their nest, lay eggs, ready for fledglings to take flight, and eventually prepare to migrate back to South America. In a parallel, wordless story, a mom, dad, and young girl on the farm watch the chimney swifts throughout the summer and fall, even as they build a new crib and ready for the new baby they’re expecting. As they enjoy their baby’s first months, they also celebrate the fledglings’ first flight and bid the birds good-bye until next year. Nicole Gsell’s soft illustrations follow the tales of both families—bird and human—from each unique perspective. A beautiful addition to bird lovers’ collections, as well as classrooms and libraries.

Hello in There!

Written and illustrated by Jo Witek

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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