Books for Soon-to-Be Big Brothers and Big Sisters

Worried about how your child will respond to a new baby? Play up the importance of being a big brother or big sister with these colorul books.

By Cindy Nurik, Ed.D. for Mommy & Me

Arthur’s New Baby Book, by Marc Brown, Bullseye Books, 1999. Arthur helps D.W. get used to the idea of a new baby in the house.

Hello Baby, by Lizzy Rockwell, Dragonfly, 2000. A detailed and informative picture book, told from a child’s perspective.

I’d Rather Have an Iguana, by Heidi Stetson Mario, Charlesbridge Publishing, 1998. A big sister doesn’t welcome – and then gets used to – the idea of a new baby.

I’m a Big Brother and I’m a Big Sister, by Joanna Cole, William Morrow & Co., 1997. The texts of these two books – describing what babies are really like and what they can and cannot do – are identical, except for the words “sister” and “brother.”

The New Baby at Your House, by Joanna Cole, Mulberry Books, 1999. Full-color photographs give siblings-to-be a true-to-life picture of life with a baby.

Waiting for Baby, by Harriet Ziefert, Henry Holt & Co., 1998. A little boy anticipates the birth of a new baby.

What to Expect When the New Baby Comes Home, by Heidi Murkoff, Harper Festival, 2000. Written by one of the co-author’s of the “What to Expect” series for adults, this book adapts the question-and-answer format for children.

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