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New Sibling: Books For Kids

When a new sibling comes on the scene, joy overflows, but sometimes so do some other emotions. Every child reacts differently to new additions to their home and books can be a great way to help them make sense of their feelings while still feeling a little removed from the situation. We've compiled a list of some of the best books about new siblings coming home to help you out—we hope you enjoy them as much as we do!

Hello in There! book
#1
Hello in There!
Written and illustrated by Jo Witek
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-4
Thoughts from B is for Bookworm

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.

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.

Famously Phoebe book
#2
Famously Phoebe
Written by Lori Alexander and illustrated by Aurelie Blard-Quintard
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7
Thoughts from B is for Bookworm

The cutest book for new big siblings adjusting to their new baby sibling! This book is creative, fun, entertaining, and has an important lesson inside. The illustrations are really cute, too!

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.

The New Small Person book
#3
The New Small Person
Written and illustrated by Lauren Child
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
Thoughts from The Book Snob Mom

This is a great story about an only child who finds himself no longer the only child around. It does a fantastic job of showing some of the struggles of adapting to life with a sibling. I really like that it takes you through a journey starting at a new baby, but also some of the frustrations of having a slightly older little sibling who sometimes gets into your stuff and wants to follow you around and wear your clothes. Lest you worry this is only about sibling frustration, fret now—it also brings the reader around to how nice it can be too. In fact, life might actually be a lot more fun with a little person around ;)

Feeling jealous when a new sibling arrives, little Elmore Green becomes frustrated when the "small person" knocks over his things and licks his jelly-bean collection until a special night when their relationship changes. By the award-winning author of the Charlie and Lola series.

Little Miss, Big Sis book
#4
Little Miss, Big Sis
Written by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and illustrated by Peter H Reynolds
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
Thoughts from The Book Snob Mom

This book is a beautiful take on the (mostly) sunny side of sibling love. I appreciated the positive, upbeat tone and message and how excited, loving and caring this big sis is right from the beginning. The short writing style (in rhyme) and spunky illustrations perfectly compliment each other to create one cohesive story that will give you all the feels.

The big news is this—Little Miss becomes a big sis! In the perfect follow-up to Plant a Kiss, Little Miss learns the wonders of becoming a big sister as she and her family celebrate the momentous arrival of a new baby. New York Times bestselling author Amy Krouse Rosenthal and award-winning illustrator Peter H. Reynolds have teamed up once again to create a charming story about Little Miss. Little Miss, Big Sis is the perfect gift for any child becoming a big brother or sister and any expecting families!

Lola Reads to Leo book
#5
Lola Reads to Leo
Written by Anna McQuinn and illustrated by Rosalind Beardshaw
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

Lola reads story books to her new baby brother Leo, and even though Mommy and Daddy are busy, they still have time to read to Lola at bedtime.

  1. Wolfie the Bunny - Lemony Snickers - Wolfie the Bunny is a clever take on the emotions and stress children can face dealing with new additions to their own family. Dot, an only bunny-child in a family of bunnies is suspicious of the new wolf baby her parents have so enthusiastically welcomed to the family. Dot recognizes the wolf in bunny's clothing--quite literally, in a hilarious nod to the figurative wolf in sheep's clothing, a growing Wolfie is dressed up in a pink bunny outfit to go outside--and warns that the wolf will eat them all. As it turns out, Wolfie isn't a threat to the family. Rather, Wolfie protects Dot. It isn't until Wolfie is, in turn, threatened that Dot steps in to protect Wolfie. The book fabulously captures the bias so many of us display--we might say what we want about our family, but as soon as an outsider says something negative about our family, we immediately bristle and rise to their defense. In this case, that same response helps Dot to overcome her concern about welcoming a new family member.

  2. Maple - Lori Nichols’ enchanting debut features an irresistible, free-spirited, nature-loving little girl who greets the changing seasons and a new sibling with arms wide open. When Maple is tiny, her parents plant a maple tree in her honor. She and her tree grow up together, and even though a tree doesn’t always make an ideal playmate, it doesn’t mind when Maple is in the mood to be loud—which is often. Then Maple becomes a big sister, and finds that babies have their loud days, too. Fortunately, Maple and her beloved tree know just what the baby needs.

  3. Once Upon a Baby Brother - When he goes away on a trip, Lizzie, who loves to tell and write stories, is surprised to discover that much of her storytelling inspiration comes from her messy baby brother Marvin.

  4. Ninja Baby - B is for Bookworm - This is sure to be a hit with all the ninja skills in this story! This is a great book about adjusting to a new sibling and talks through some of the feelings an older sibling might have, and ends on a great note of sibling love. My one concern is that this book could prompt some unwanted ninja behavior in kids reading it, as the older sibling can be a little destructive to things around her with her talents.

My Sister is an Alien! book
#10
My Sister is an Alien!
Written and illustrated by Rachel Bright
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Alfie is crazy about space. His favourite things are: 1. aliens, 2. rockets, 3. the moon - in that exact order. He doesn't really think much about anything else, until his new baby sister comes along. Then he notices that she looks a bit funny, she talks funny and sometimes she smells funny and he realizes . . . she MUST BE AN ALIEN! Alfie knows he needs to be brave and take her back to the moon where she belongs - after all, she often cries for home - and that's when the adventure really starts. . . A positive, funny and charming take on the joys of a new sibling with gorgeous etched illustrations from a rising picture book star.

Julius, the Baby of the World book
#11
Julius, the Baby of the World
Written and illustrated by Kevin Henkes
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Lilly is convinced that the arrival of her new baby brother is the worst thing that has happened in their house, until Cousin Garland comes to visit.

Use Your Words, Sophie book
#12
Use Your Words, Sophie
Written and illustrated by Rosemary Wells
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Preferring to speak in nonsense languages to tell her parents how she feels, little Sophie is challenged to use her words but prefers to communicate with a baby sister who understands her better. By the award-winning creator of the Max & Ruby series.

Benny and Beautiful Baby Delilah book
#13
Benny and Beautiful Baby Delilah
Written by Jean Van Leeuwen and illustrated by LeUyen Pham
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

There’s a little newcomer at Benny’s house, and everyone who visits sayshow beautiful she is. Only Benny seems to notice that she cries too much and she takes away from his time with Mom and Dad. What’s the big fuss about? Then one night Baby Delilah really won’t stop crying, and her big brother Benny comes up with a silly, perfect way to make her smile.

Big Sisters Are the Best book
#14
Big Sisters Are the Best
Written by Fran Manushkin and illustrated by Kirsten Richards
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

The story follows a young girl as she helps to care for the new baby in her family.

  1. You Were the First - You will always be the first... A touching tribute to baby's early milestones -- those unforgettable moments that will always be cherished. From first smiles to first cuddles and even to that first kiss, here's a loving ode to every child's -- and parent's -- momentous "firsts."

  2. Little Frog's Tadpole Trouble - Little Frog lives with his mommy and daddy. It’s just the three of them, and Little Frog likes it that way. But one day, his parents tell him he is going to be a big brother—to NINE tadpoles! Little Frog is not impressed with his baby siblings. They can’t jump. They can’t play drums. They can’t do anything! All they do is keep Mommy and Daddy busy—too busy for Little Frog. But with a little time, big brother realizes that tadpoles grow into little frogs, just like him. And having nine new playmates makes his family better than ever.

  3. Olive Marshmallow - 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.

  4. The New Baby - The new baby takes some getting used to, but she's worth it.

The Boss Baby book
#19
The Boss Baby
Written and illustrated by Marla Frazee
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-4

From the moment he arrives, it is obvious that the new baby is boss and he gets whatever he wants, from drinks made-to-order around the clock to his executive gym.

Peter's Chair book
#20
Peter's Chair
Written and illustrated by Ezra Jack Keats
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

The award-winning, classic stories about Peter and his neighborhood friends from the Caledcott Medal-winning author, Ezra Jack Keats. Peter has a new baby sister. First his father paints Peter’s old cradle pink, then his crib. Then his parents want to paint Peter’s chair! “Let’s run away, Willie,” he says to his dog. And they do. This is a gentle and reassuring story about sibling rivalry.

Socks book
#21
Socks
Written by Beverly Cleary and illustrated by Alan Tiegreen, Tracy Dockray
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

Newbery Medal-winning author Beverly Cleary charms readers with yet another lovable character—Socks, a jealous cat who must learn to share his owners with their new baby.

The New Baby at Your House book
#22
The New Baby at Your House
Written by Joanna Cole and illustrated by Margaret Miller
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

It's natural for children to be concerned about the arrival of a new baby at their house. Most big brothers and sisters feel loving and tender one minute, angry or jealous the next. With over forty vivid full-color photographs and a clear, supportive text by award-winning author Joanna Cole, this revised edition of a much-loved classic will prepare children for the ups and downs of having a new baby in the house. "Should help small children sort out and deal with the turbulent mixed feelings that assail them when a new baby comes home." --Benjamin Spock, MD., author of Baby and Child Care

Waiting for May book
#23
Waiting for May
Written and illustrated by Janet Morgan Stoeke
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

A young boy looks forward to the day when a new sister, who will be adopted from China, joins his family.

  1. Lulu Is Getting A Sister - Lulu is getting the sister she never asked for in this oh-so-funny illustrated chapter book filled with hilarious hijinks and fiesty twists from Judith Viorst. Lulu has received the worst. News. EVER. She’s getting…a baby sister. No one ever asked HER opinion on this debacle. But she’ll tell you anyway, because she no how, no way, no thank you wants a sibling. Undeterred, and to prepare Lulu for big sisterhood, her parents bribe—AHEM, ask—Lulu to attend Camp Sisterhood, a.k.a. big sister training camp. As a Sister-in-Training (SIT), Lulu is assigned a variety of temporary little “siblings” who are supposed to be so much fun Lulu will become excited to have a permanent sibling of her own. Well, no one ever said Camp Sisterhood was supposed to teach Lulu how to be a good big sister, so Lulu resolves to be a bad big sister. She insults her little siblings. She taunts them with secrets. She even tricks one of them into carrying both of their backpacks up a mountain! Then some BITs (brothers-in-training) from the neighboring Camp Brotherhood start picking on Lulu’s siblings, and Lulu responds by doing her red-faced, steam-coming-out-of-her-ears thing and showing those BITs who’s boss! After all, Lulu’s siblings may be duds, but they’re her duds, and sisters have to stick together.

  2. Best-ever Big Sister - Older sisters describe what they can do compared to their baby sisters.

  3. On Mother's Lap - A small Eskimo boy discovers that Mother's lap is a very special place with room for everyone.

  4. I'm a Big Brother - "Someone new is at our house," begins this loving, reassuring celebration of brotherhood from trusted author Joanna Cole.

My New Baby book
#28
My New Baby
Written and illustrated by Rachel Fuller
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

A child adjusts to the arrival of a new sibling and to how life is different with a newborn baby around. On board pages.

Babies Don't Eat Pizza book
#29
Babies Don't Eat Pizza
Written by Dianne Danzig and illustrated by Debbie Tilley
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

With kid-friendly honesty and humor, Babies Don’t Eat Pizza informs and reassures children experiencing babies joining their families. Debbie Tilley’s fun, whimsical illustrations highlight the book’s lighthearted, yet sensitive, tone. To encourage family discussions, Babies Don’t Eat Pizza is best read over time.

There's Going to Be a Baby book
#30
There's Going to Be a Baby
Written by John Burningham and illustrated by Helen Oxenbury
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

A young boy imagines what life will be like when his new sibling arrives.

Ruby's Baby Brother book
#31
Ruby's Baby Brother
Written by Kathryn White and illustrated by Miriam Latimer
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

When her mother brings new baby Leo home, Ruby feels left out until she realizes that she has the important job of being a big sister.

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