Staff Picks

Brothers and Sisters and New Babies

Most of the following books address a child's feelings about a new baby joining the family.

Children's Services Staff

Picture Books Nonfiction

101 Things To Do With a Baby     101 Things To Do With a Baby    
Jan Ormerod
    (Juvenile Picture Books Nonfiction - Ej 306.8 Or)

Bright pastel drawings feature a six-year-old girl and her parents and grandmother interacting with her baby brother. The family's every-day activities point out to young children how they can help and play with a baby.

Baby's First Year     Baby's First Year    
Debbie MacKinnon
    (Juvenile Picture Books Nonfiction - Ej 305.23 Ma)

Chronicles the first twelve months of baby Neil's life with his parents and big sisters. Large color photos capture Neil's physical and emotion development accompanied by simple text.

Hello Baby!     Hello Baby!    
Lizzy Rockwell
    (Juvenile Picture Books Nonfiction - Ej 306.8 Ro)

Describes the days leading up to and just after the arrival of a new baby, told from the perspective of the older brother. Illustrations and simple text briefly explain how a baby develops in utero and some procedures during prenatal check-ups.

Hello Benny!: What It's Like to be a Baby     Hello Benny!: What It's Like to be a Baby    
Robie H. Harris
    (Juvenile Picture Books Nonfiction - Ej 305.23 Ha)

Follows Benny's first year of life, while simply and humorously explaining infant development. Told with bright, colorful illustrations, this is a good book for older siblings to refer to in anticipation of a new baby.

Here Come the Babies     Here Come the Babies    
Catherine Anholt
    (Juvenile Picture Books Nonfiction - Ej 305.23 An)

Humorous rhyming text from the perspective of older siblings describes the characteristics and antics of babies. Whimsical pen and watercolor illustrations capture the raucous energy of babies and their older siblings.

Hi New Baby     Hi New Baby    
Robie H. Harris
    (Juvenile Picture Books Nonfiction - Ej 306.8 Ha)

Tenderly depicts a young girl's annoyance with her new baby brother, until she realizes that older siblings are still special and loved. Features beautiful, realistic illustrations of a newborn's expressions.

Hi, New Baby!     Hi, New Baby!    
Andrew C. Andry
    Juvenile Picture Books Nonfiction - Ej 306.8 An)

In rhyming text and abstract terms, describes a baby growing inside a little boy's mother and the little boy's eagerness to meet his sibling.

I'm a Big Sister     I'm a Big Sister    
Joanna Cole
    (Juvenile Picture Books Nonfiction - Ej 306.8 Co)

A young girl describes her new role as a big sister in cheerful, affirming simple text.

Our New Baby     Our New Baby    
Wendy Cheyette
    (Juvenile Picture Books Nonfiction - Ej 306.8 Le)

Photographs show young children what a new baby is like. Brief text suggests how young children may feel when a new baby joins the family and points out the "grownup" things an older sibling can do.

Peek-a-boo!: 101 Ways to Make a Baby Smile     Peek-a-boo!: 101 Ways to Make a Baby Smile    
Sheila Hanly
    (Juvenile Picture Books Nonfiction - Ej 305.23 Ha)

Bright, colorful photographs show different family members interacting with a baby and some of the activities an infant can do.

The New Baby     The New Baby    
Fred Rogers
    (Juvenile Picture Books Nonfiction - Ej 306.8 Ro)

Color photos accompany this gentle, frank discussion of how older siblings feel when a new baby joins the family. Follows the experiences of two ethnically diverse families during the first few months together with a new baby.

What Baby Needs     What Baby Needs    
William Sears
    (Juvenile Picture Books Nonfiction - Ej 305.23 Se)

A gentle, frank discussion addressing the emotional needs and responses of new babies and their older siblings, and provides ways for older siblings to meaningfully interact and bond with the new baby. Includes tips for using the book, as well as a glossary and brief description of the Attachment Parenting set forth by Dr. Sears.

Picture Books

A Baby for Grace     A Baby for Grace    
Ian Whybrow
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Wh)

Little Grace feels left out when the new baby comes home, but receives some welcome attention when she brings some garden flowers in for the baby, and later, when her dad takes her to the park.

A Baby Sister for Frances     A Baby Sister for Frances    
Russell Hoban
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Ho)

Things change around the house after her baby sister is born, so Frances decides to run away--but not too far. Her parents reassure her that she is missed and needed to make their family complete.

A Monster in the House     A Monster in the House    
Elisa Kleven
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Kl)

A boy imagines a huge fierce beast as he listens to his new neighbor describe the monster that lives at her house, who screams, spits up on everything, and sucks his toes. But he discovers that "monster" is just the endearing nick-name she uses for her baby brother.

A Special Something     A Special Something    
Jan Fearnley
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Fe)

A little girl imagines what strange things could be inside her mother's tummy and is pleased to learn it's her new baby brother.

Arthur's Baby     Arthur's Baby    
Marc Brown
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Br)

Arthur's sister, D.W., is more interested in learning about and helping with the new baby than Arthur is, but Arthur manages to lend a helping hand.

Baby Knows Best     Baby Knows Best    
Kathy Henderson
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej He)

Rhyming text and whimsical pictures humorously portray the truth that babies often prefer adult objects to the toys and other baby items presented to them.

Baby on Board     Baby on Board    
Kes Gray
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Gr)

Preparing to be an older sister, a girl reports on the changes in her mother and the developing baby over nine months. A midwife is mentioned as the mother's caregiver during the birth.

Ben's Baby     Ben's Baby    
Michael Foreman
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Fo)

Ben asks his parents for a baby for his next birthday and by the time it comes around he has a baby brother.

Best Kind of Baby     Best Kind of Baby    
Kate Laing
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej La)

When Sophie's parents tell her that they are going to have a baby, she pretends that it will be a baby animal, but decides that a baby brother is best after all.

Big Brother Now: A Story About Me and Our New Baby     Big Brother Now: A Story About Me and Our New Baby    
Annette Sheldon
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej She)

A young boy describes how he feels when a baby sister joins the family. Realistically depicts how a baby brings changes, how an older child can help, and how that child can still be special, too. Includes a note to parents at the end.

Big Like Me     Big Like Me    
Anna Grossnickle Hines
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Hi)

A little boy plans what he'll show his baby sister how to do, month to month, as she grows bigger.

Cornelius P. Mud, Are You Ready for Baby?     Cornelius P. Mud, Are You Ready for Baby?    
Barney Saltzberg
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Sal)

Is Cornelius P. Mud ready? Not really! The baby may be getting all the attention, but he isn't very much fun. Of course, fans of Cornelius know that even the arrival of a sibling won't get this resourceful little piggy down for long.

Darcy and Gran Don't Like Babies     Darcy and Gran Don't Like Babies    
Jane Cutler
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Cu)

Darcy's grandma helps her accept that it's okay not to really like the new baby - and to realize that deep down she probably does.

Don't Wake the Baby     Don't Wake the Baby    
Jonathan Franklin
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Fr)

Marvin sneaks into the sleeping baby's room and incorporates the baby's crib in his noisy play activities. But it's not until Marvin falls asleep that the baby awakes.

Everywhere Babies     Everywhere Babies    
Susan Meyers
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Me)

Endearing illustrations and brief text depict a diversity of babies, the various ways they are cared for, and all they can do in their first year of life.

Geraldine's Baby Brother     Geraldine's Baby Brother    
Holly Keller
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Ke)

Resentful of the attention her crying baby brother receives, Geraldine ignores him, until one night she decides to read him some stories.

Good as Goldie     Good as Goldie    
Margie Palatini
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Pa)

Big sister Goldie lists all the things she can do that her baby brother Nicholas cannot.

Hey, Little Baby!     Hey, Little Baby!    
Nola Buck
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Bu)

An energetic, upbeat romp featuring an older sister showing the new baby all of the things she is able to do--with the intention of teaching it all to him.

How I Named the Baby     How I Named the Baby    
Linda Shute
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Sh)

As he happily anticipates the new baby, James and his family try to come up with the best name possible. Includes lists of girls' and boys' names and their meanings.

Julius, the Baby of the World     Julius, the Baby of the World    
Kevin Henkes
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Hen)

This classic picturebook takes a lighthearted look at sibling jealousy. After he is born, Lilly is not very nice to baby Julius, or "the Germ" as she calls him. But in the end, Queen Lilly teaches her cousin to show the proper respect for the baby of the world.

Just Like a Baby     Just Like a Baby    
Rebecca Bond
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Bon)

Family members, from grandparents to sibling, each contribute a step in making a cradle for the new baby. Colorful illustrations and fine lyrical text.

McDuff and the Baby     McDuff and the Baby    
Rosemary Wells
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Wel)

McDuff, a small terrier, enjoys his life reading the paper with Fred and taking walks in the woods with Lucy, but all that changes when they bring a new baby home. This story endearingly portrays the adjustment that animals and pet-owners must make when a new baby arrives.

Monster Brother     Monster Brother    
Mary Jane Auch
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Au)

Rodney imagines his baby brother will look like a monster if he arrives with his aunt's skinny legs and his Grandpa's large nose. Fortunately, the baby looks like Rodney and is loud enough to scare away any actual monsters from their bedroom.

My Baby and Me     My Baby and Me    
Lynn Reiser
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Rei)

Photographs and simple text portray interactions between babies and their toddler siblings.

My Dog, My Cat, My Mama, and Me!     My Dog, My Cat, My Mama, and Me!    
Nigel Gray
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Gra)

Lift the flaps to find out why a dog . . . and a cat . . . and finally a mom might go off with expanded tummies and return with a big surprise.

My Mama Needs Me     My Mama Needs Me    
Mildred Pitts Walter
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Wa)

A touching portrayal of Jason who determined to help his mother during her first day home with the new baby despite entreaties from friends and neighbors to play.

New Baby     New Baby    
Emily Arnold McCully
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Mcc)

This wordless picturebook follows the story of a young mouse in a large family coping with and ultimately welcoming the addition of a new baby.

New Big Sister     New Big Sister    
Debi Gliori
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Gl)

A young girl describes her mother's pregnancy from bouts of morning sickness to spaghetti sandwich snacks to the birth of her twin siblings!

On Mother's Lap     On Mother's Lap    
Anna Herbert Scott
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Sco)

A small Inuit boy discovers that Mother's lap is a very special place with room for everyone.

One Round Moon and a Star for Me     One Round Moon and a Star for Me    
Ingrid Mennen
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Me)

The father of a young boy from rural South Africa assures him that he is indeed his son, and as special as the new baby.

One Special Day     One Special Day    
Lola M. Schaefer
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Sch)

An energetic and imaginative boy becomes a big brother.

Oonga Boonga     Oonga Boonga    
Frieda Wishinsky
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Wi)

Baby Louise can't stop crying, no matter what her mother, father, grandparents, and neighbors try to make her stop. Only when her big brother Daniel comes home and says the magic words, Oonga Boonga, does Louise finally stop. Cheerful, colorful illustrations help depict this story of close sibling ties.

Our Teacher's Having a Baby     Our Teacher's Having a Baby    
Eve Bunting
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Bu)

As they wait for their first grade teacher's baby to be born, the children in her class write letters to the baby, suggest names for the baby, and learn that teachers can be mothers and mothers can be teachers.

Peter's Chair     Peter's Chair    
Ezra Jack Keats
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Ke)

When Peter discovers his blue furniture is being painted pink for a new baby sister, he rescues the last unpainted item, a chair, and runs away.

Sam is My Half-Brother     Sam is My Half-Brother    
LIzi Boyd
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Bo)

A father explains to his daughter, Hessie, why the baby born to him and her stepmother is called her "half-brother." The baby needs a lot of attention now, but by next summer you'll be able to play with him, the father reassures Hessie.

Shirley's Wonderful Baby     Shirley's Wonderful Baby    
Valiska Gregory
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Gr)

Everyone thinks Shirley's new baby brother is wonderful - except Shirley. It isn't until Shirley learns how to help with some of the things a new baby needs (diaper changes, feeding and playtime) that she discovers how special babies are and how wonderful it is to be a big sister.

Sophie and the New Baby     Sophie and the New Baby    
Laurence Anholt
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej An)

After the arrival of the long awaited for "Winter Baby," Sophie is dismayed to find how much attention he needs from her parents. But by Spring, she teaches her brother to smile and is able to play with him.

Tell Me My Story, Mama     Tell Me My Story, Mama    
Deb Lund
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Lu)

As they look forward to the arrival of a new baby, a mother tells her young daughter of the time when they waited for her to be born.

The Baby     The Baby    
John Burningham
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Bu)

A young boy expresses his feelings and observations about having a new baby in the house. Very simple, succinct text and illustrations reflect an older toddler to young preschool attitudes.

The Difference Between Babies and Cookies     The Difference Between Babies and Cookies    
Mary Elizabeth Hanson
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Ha)

A young girl thinks that her mother is confused when she compares babies to such things as cookies, puppies, bread, tiger cubs, and sunshine.

There's a House Inside My Mommy     There's a House Inside My Mommy    
Giles Andreae
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej An)

In rhyming text and abstract terms, describes a baby growing inside a little boy's mother and the little boy's eagerness to meet his sibling.

There's Going to Be a Baby     There's Going to Be a Baby    
John Burningham
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Bur)

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

Waiting for Baby     Waiting for Baby    
Harriet Ziefert
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Zie)

After waiting nearly nine months, Max tries everything to coax his new sister out of his mother, from singing to using a walkie-talkie. Humorous simple text and illustrations will appeal to preschoolers and young schoolage children.

When I Am a Sister     When I Am a Sister    
Robin Ballard
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Ba)

A father reassures his young daughter that they will still have special times together even after he and her stepmother have a new baby.

When the Teddy Bears Came     When the Teddy Bears Came    
Martin Waddell
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Wa)

So many teddy bears arrive at his home as gifts for the new baby, little Tom worries that there won't be any more room for him. But his mother assures him there is and together they can all look after the baby.

Will There Be a Lap for Me?     Will There Be a Lap for Me?    
Dorothy Corey
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Co)

Kyle misses his time on Mother's lap while she is pregnant and is happy when the birth of his baby brother makes her lap available again.

Would They Love a Lion?     Would They Love a Lion?    
Kady MacDonald Denton
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej De)

Feeling neglected because of the family's new baby, Anna transforms herself into different animals hoping to be noticed.

Nonfiction

Babies Don't Eat Pizza: The Big Kids' Book About Baby Brothers and Baby Sisters     Babies Don't Eat Pizza: The Big Kids' Book About Baby Brothers and Baby Sisters    
Dianne Danzig
    (Juvenile Nonfiction - J 305.232 Dan)

With humor and honesty, the author prepares children for the arrival of a new baby and describes what they can and cannot do. Includes tips for parents on how to help an older child welcome a new baby to the family.

Babies: All You Need to Know     Babies: All You Need to Know    
Deborah Heiligman
    (Juvenile Nonfiction - J 305.232 He)

Published by National Geopgraphic, this colorful picturebook describes some of the scientific facts about a baby's growth and development.

Kid's Book to Welcome a New Baby: Fun For a Big Brother or a Big Sister     Kid's Book to Welcome a New Baby: Fun For a Big Brother or a Big Sister    
Barbara J. Collman
    (Juvenile Parent/Teacher Resource Room - J 649.1 Co)

Suggests activities to help children feel good about themselves as they prepare for baby's birth, and entertain and help care for the baby.

Our New Baby     Our New Baby    
Jen Green
    (Juvenile Nonfiction - J 306.875 Gr)

Colorful drawings illustrate various situations that prompt the variety of feelings real kids have about a new baby joining the family.

Welcome With Love     Welcome With Love    
Jenni Overend
    (Juvenile Nonfiction - J 618.4 Ove)

A loving family helps Mom deliver her baby at home.