A tree-hugging, outdoorsy little girl spends hours playing by her maple tree, planted in her honor when she was born. In fact, her parents named her Maple just like her beloved tree. The best thing about her tree is that Maple can be as loud as she likes and no one complains. One day Maple's baby sister arrives and boy is she noisy. The big sister and her favorite tree know just the trick to calm the loud baby.
Best Children's Books About New Siblings
A new baby that joins a family is a wonderful blessing who is showered with gifts, visitors and sometimes all of the attention from mom and dad. For an older sibling who may have been the only child up until this point, a new baby brother or sister may not be welcomed with open arms. If there are multiple siblings at home, this addition to the family requires even more sharing, self-sufficiency, and another layer of chaos to an already busy household. It can be a tough pill to swallow for siblings with the introduction of a this tiny, crying baby who has completely disrupted things at home. So how can you help make this transition easier? By reading kids' books about a new baby!
More Kids' Books About Siblings
New Baby Books for Older Siblings
Older siblings have a lot of adjustments to make with the arrival of a new baby. In households with multiple siblings at home already, the youngest one will no longer be the baby. The entire hierarchy shifts and that can lead to chaos and confusion. Reading books to children about the arrival of a new baby is an excellent way to ease anxiety and provide reassurance that life will be different, but better in so many ways.
An adorable and simple book answers all of the questions a toddler has about a new sibling baby. For any toddler who asks a million questions about what life will be like with a newborn, this sweet book does the perfect job addressing them.
Even animals on the farm have to adjust to new members of the family! Clyde is a rooster who is accustomed to making all the rules and getting all of the attention. Once day a goat and her son arrive, and much to the dismay of Clyde, this kid is now the center of attention. This relatable story is just the right read for a child who is struggling with jealousy and his or her place in the family upon the arrival of a new sibling.
Charming, rhyming and humorous book sets the perfect tone for older siblings anticipating the arrival of a new baby. Cute illustrations and a dose of reality about what life is like with a new baby work well together in one of our favorite new sibling books.
A Spanish/English bilingual book about the special bond between a sibling and a new baby. The love between the two is strong but the challenges of a newborn are real!
A broad definition of family is celebrated in this humorous book about a newborn baby who doesn't exactly look or behave as expected. With four feet and preference for twigs over milk, this baby moose is the talk of the town and the envy of all the neighbors. Everyone wants a new baby moose. That is until he starts growing and outgrowing all of the new baby comforts of his home. Funny and unique new sibling book good for a few chuckles!
A little kitty named Cherie has a perfectly charming life and is showered with love and attention from her mom and dad. One day everything changes when her parents arrive with Cleopatra, and brand new baby kitty to joing their family. This new kitty gets into all sorts of trouble and takes up space in their home. Is there really room for her?
Ana and Andrew are expectantly awaiting the arrival of a new baby sister or brothers. Their mother's family comes all the way from Trinidad to help the growing family. The older siblings learn the importance of the new baby's name and the story it tells of African American culture.
Whimsical, lighthearted, silly, and informative best describe this book perfect for older brothers and sisters learning to adapt to a new baby at home. Little kids will enjoy flipping through this adorable book, soaking in the illustrations, and giggling at all the things babies do and do not do!
A sweet and simple conversation between a pregnant mother and her toddler covers all the excitement and nervousness around a new baby's arrival.
This lovely tribute to first born children is a gentle reminder that their milestones hold a special place in the hearts of parents. If little one's are afraid of being displaced by a new baby, You Were First is a valuable book to read together. First smiles, first cuddles, first kisses and lots of other firsts cannot be taken away by the addition of a new family member.
Sometimes the best method to ease the nerves of an older sibling is through humor. This is a silly book about a bunny family that adopts a baby wolf into their family. The only problem is that Sister Dot is the only one who seems to recognize the true identity of this new baby. She's worried that baby Wolfie is going to eat her family, but in a surprise twist, Dot ends up saving Wolfie from danger. Sibling rivalry, unconditional love, and lots of other important topics are covered in this unique, funny book about the arrival of a strange, new baby.
When new babies finally arrive, they bring with them a level of chaos, stress, and confusion. David Wiesner, the winner of multiple Caldecott awards, delivers a humorous and unique spin on the arrival of a new member to a family of robots. In this case, baby arrives as a bunch of parts in a box. Mom and dad robot are completely flummoxed so big sister applies her knowledge of engineering and brings baby robot to life.
An excellent way to prepare an older sibling for the arrival of a baby is through the prompts and activities in this journal. Big brothers and sisters can draw pictures, write journal entries, and jot down anything they want to share with the new baby. There is always a lot of preparation before a new baby arrives, and now the older sibling has something very important to contribute as well.
An adorable keepsake book for toddlers who are adjusting to a newborn brother or sister. There are just a couple of short sentences on each page prompting siblings to think about their role. Charming illustrations capture the tender moments shared between a big and little fox. There are blank pages so that gift-givers can write personal notes inside.
Children's Books about Becoming a Big Sister
Being a brand new big sister is an exciting role for little girls, but it also comes with some insecurities and unknowns. How is a big sister supposed to behave? Will the new baby steal all of mom and dad's attention? Can big sister hold the baby, give bottles, and change diapers? What will life at home be like with the new little creature? Here is a collection of the best big sister books that will provide reassurance and answer all of these questions and then some!
This sweet board book is the perfect story for a toddler girl who is a new big sister. It reassures big sisters that they, too, need a lot of tender, love, and care in addition to the new baby.
Clementine is a spunky girl who gets into a little mischief sometimes. So when she sees a sign in her house- Family Meeting!- she immediately goes into panic mode. The endearing redhead recounts all her mishaps, mistakes, and wrongdoings over the past few days. But she can't recall anything so terrible that would warrant a big sit-down with her parents and brother. When the time for the meeting arrives, Clementine learns that her perfectly square family of four is expanding. And one thing is for certain- Clementine is most definitely not happy about a new baby sibling disrupting her life.
A charming book perfect for any little girl who is learning the ropes to becoming a big sister. A rhyming story full of charm and whimsical illustration deserves a place on the bookshelf of every girl transitioning to her new role in the family.
Just Grace is a popular chapter book series that delivers a charming book about the arrival of a new baby brother. Mimi is Grace's best friend, and she is about to become a big sister! Grace is nervous, excited, and all of the other emotions that come with expecting a new baby, even if it is her friend's family, and not her own, that is expanding.
A hilarious tutorial on exactly what is expected of a baby told through the eyes of a big sister. Equal parts nasty and sweet, a big sister provides very specific instrustions for her baby sibling. She matter-of-factly tells the baby everything he can't do and doesn't know now, like his gender, his age, what to do with books and other objects. And then she optimistically presents her prediction for his very bright future.
The Lola series celebrates the joy of reading, so it's no surprise that Lola reads books to prepare for the arrival of her new baby brother or sister. She spends all her free time reading books to learn about newborn babies. Lola also delights in picking out all of her favrotie stories that she cannot wait to share with the baby.
A simple, gentle, lift-the-flap, interactive book depicts a little girl who is overcome with excitement as her new baby sister will soon be here. She sings to the baby through her mommy's tummy and tells her everything she knows about the world. Meanwhile a cute little baby is nestled comfortably inside, taking it all in.
A best-selling book about being a big sister captures all the excitement a new baby brings to a family. Very simple text and adorable illustrations make this the perfect book for little girls anxiously awaiting the birth of a baby sibling.
A sweet little girl is eagerly anticipating the arrival of her little sister. In the months leading up to the baby's arrival, she is attentive to her mother and everything she needs. There are lots of tender moments shared between mother and daughter as they prepare for the new arrival.
Lots of new big sisters will share the sentiments in a funny book about all the trouble caused by newborn babies. A feisty little girl is quick to point out everything the baby cannot do- like throwing frisbees or whistling. But baby is quite effective at drooling on her toys, ruining her birthday party, and being a general disruption. Finally, big sister comes to the realization that maybe she can learn to be a better sibling to her new baby.
An adorable girl named Matisse lives a big life despite her little stature. She goes on big adventures in the city, she makes very big messes, and she takes big naps when she is tired. When her baby brother arrives home, Matisse realizes that she is not so little anymore. And boy, she cannot wait to show him all the wonderful things in the world.
A classic book that has stood the test of time! Poor Frances feels displaced with the arrival of her new baby sister. Her clothes are not cleaned, there are no raisins for her oatmeal, and her parents are always paying more attention to the baby. So Frances decides that she will take a drastic measure and run away, but she's sure to stay close enough so that she can hear how much her parents miss her.
A darling story for toddlers who are adjusting to a baby sibling. The older sister learns all the ways she can help take care of the baby. She also learns that there are plenty of hugs and kisses to go around. The sweet illustrations capture all the emotions of an older sister who feels excited, nervous, worried, and happy about the arrival of the new baby.
Flora's Very Windy Day is a highly imaginative, artful story about the relationship between an older sister and her little brother. Flora would do anything to get rid of her pesty brother, Crispin. One windy day, she is presented with multiple chances to pass him along to a dragofly, the man in the moon, and even the wind. But now that her wish has become a reality, does she really want to say goodbye to her brother after all?
Stella has been eagerly waiting for the arrival of her baby brother. Yet when the newborn comes home from the hospital, she isn't convinced the baby is a human. He has a strange little face, makes weird noises, and is dressed in a fuzzy, yellow outfit. Putting her science skill to work, Stella concludes that this supposed baby is, in fact, a duck! A humorous book for kids who are a bit surprised when a baby sibling doesn't exactly match their expectations.
Ruby's life is upended with the arrival of her baby brother. She once had the undivided attention of her mother, but the new baby is so needy that Ruby spends much of her time keeping herself occupied. One day her imagination gets the better of her and she dreams up a rocket ship to send the new baby off to a faraway place. Fortunately, her mother recognizes Ruby's despair and provides the much-needed reassurance and attention she's been missing.
Best Children's Books about Becoming a Big Brother
Becoming a new big brother is a big, big deal! It comes with all kinds of responsibilities, like helping mom and dad take care of the baby. Brothers also have to learn to be more independent now that his parents are busier than ever taking care of a newborn. Here is a collection of books we recommend reading to any little boy adjusting to his new role.
The Berentain Bears' have added a new baby girl to the family and big brother has a lot to learn! Always funny while delivering an important message, the Bear family does not disappoint in this fun addition to the "new sibling" book genre. Big Brother has ougrown his big boy bed just in time for the arrivale of a baby girl. He learns how to adjust to his new role and the change to his family with the guidance of Mama and Papa Bear.
Little Critter is beyond excited to take care of his new baby sister. He holds her, rocks her to sleep, changes her diaper, and pushes her in the stroller. Mercer Mayer always delivers a warm, reassuring message through the eyes of her endearing Critter. This book should be part of every new big brother's storybook collection.
Ok, if this cover doesn't sell you on this book, then let's just say there is plenty more cuteness overload on the rest of the pages. This wordless picture book is the perfect opportunity for a mom or dad to tell their own story. A little boy watches as his mommy's belly grows bigger and bigger with each passing day. Will his new baby brother or sister ever arrive?
A little polar bear is perfectly happy being an only child. He doesn't have to share his bed, his toys, or his food. Then one day a baby brother arrives, and everything changes. Will Roly Poly be able to adjust to being a big brother and having his whole life upended?
A yummy twist on the big brother, big sister book theme, this time the older sibling is focused on how he can be the best big brother ever. He asks his best friends, like Apple Pie and Cucumber, each who have plenty of experience navigating the world of big siblinghood. After lots of good advice, he finally figures out exactly what he must do.
Brothers do so much for their little siblings, like push them on the swing and take them on fun visits to the library. This big brother has a big piece of his mom and dad's heart, but he is also equally loved by his baby brother. Munsinger and Numeroff have another winning story in this adorable board book that begs to be read over and over again.
A charming book with the touch and feel of a classic. A little boy is eagerly awaiting the birth of his new baby brother or sister. He peppers his mom with kinds of questions which she gently answers in a reassuring manner.
Archie is a car loving, cowboy playing, rough and tumbling kind of little boy. Much to his dismay, that big bump inside his mommy's belly is a girl. All pink and frilly and fliuffy and did we say pink? Archie has seen pictures of the alien baby inside his mommy's belly, but when the bundle of joy arrives home, she now looks like a marshmallow. How will Archie ever adjust to having a little sister around?
A little Eskimo boy finds warmth and comfort snuggling on his mother's lap. He learns with the arrival of his baby sister, there is more than enough room on his mother's lap and in her heart for two children.
Daniel Tiger can't wait to meet his new baby sister. He desperately wants to give her a special gift to welcome her into the world. When he digs through a box of his old baby things, he finds the perfect present for her.
Charlie Brown is so excited to be a big brother to his sister Sally! He is surrounded by his best pals Linus and Snoopy as he takes care of his sister. He is so proud of his role and loves his sister so very much that he accidentally refers to himself as her father!
It's will come as no surprise that this is a best-selling book for big brothers. Sweet and simple with cute illustrations, this book captures all the good things about being a an older sibling.
Elmore Green is used to having his personal space and the undivided attention of his parents. All of that changes when a new baby comes home. Elmore wishes the little person would go away so things could return to normal. Then one day something happens, and he realizes having a baby sibling around isn't so bad after all.
A big brother dinosaur is bursting with excitement when his baby sibling finally hatches. His patience is tested when he learns that the baby dinosaur is not ready to do much of anything yet. Big brother cannot wait to teach him how to roar, play hide and seek, and everything about being a dinosaur.
A young boy is excited to welcome his baby brother into the family. He behaves as a good big brother should, from sharing his toys to being quiet while the baby is napping. He embraces his role as the older sibling, however sometimes he wishes he was still the baby of the house. His loving parents show him that he doesn't always have to act like the older brother.
A sweet book that focuses on all the amazing things big brothers can do. Perfect for toddler boys adjusting to a new baby brother or sister, this simple and easy-to-understand book will help older brothers feel better about their new status. Boys will learn all the things babies cannot do when they are newborns, and the many ways they can help.
Peter Rabbit has always enjoyed his status as an "only bunny". But all of that changes when his mother gives birth to three new bunny siblings. Peter experiences mixed emotions with this sudden change in the size of his family. Sensing that he is having a hard time, his mother gives him the very special job of naming one of the new babies. She has already chosen Flopsy and Mopsy for the first two babies. Will Peter be able to pick the perfect name for number three?
Becoming a big brother is a really big deal! Before a new baby arrives, there is a lot of preparation. A nursery is decorated, supplies are purchased, and work schedules are rearranged. One important step to remember is getting a nervous big brother ready to take on his new role. This helpful book contains a collection of stories from big brothers in all sorts of families. They share all the ways they help with the newborn sibling and provide reassuring words of wisdom for little boys ready to become older siblings.
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Recommended Kids' Books for Siblings About New Baby
Big brothers and big sisters will often require even more attention than usual during this so-called "transition." Just when mom and dad are at their breaking point with sleeplessness, constant feedings, diaper changes, and all the other new baby demands, the older child may just take a step or two backwards in their own behavior. As frustrating as this can be, it's pretty normal and fortunately pretty temporary.
Older siblings, who may only be toddlers themselves, sometimes can't express everything they are feeling using their words. They may feel neglected, jealous, fearful, confused, exasperated....any every other emotion under the sun. These feelings are especially hard to process when, in most cases, these children excitedly anticipated the arrival of their new baby sibling. And now that the baby is here, well, it sure isn't what they expected!
After a few weeks (or months...), things will eventually settle down and the brother or sister will adjust to a new routine at home. A wonderful way to help a child understand his or her feelings and learn some coping mechanisms is to read books about a new baby sibling. We have gathered together a wide variety of books on this topic that we highly recommend.
More Kids' Books About Adjusting to Family Change
Tips to Help Older Siblings Adjust to a New Baby Brother or Sister
There is no doubt that it will take time for siblings to adjust to the addition of a new baby. Big brothers and sisters may experience setbacks both in their emotional maturity and behavior when a newborn arrives. They may feel like there is not enough love to go around, or that their parents will no longer have time for them. Babies do deplete the energy of parents who are at the mercy of their feeding and sleeping requirements. So in some ways, these fears can become a reality for toddlers who feel displaced, at least temporarily. There are some things parents can do, however, to make this adjustment period easier on older brothers and sisters.
- Give the older sibling some choices when decorating the nursery. Let them pick out some items, like the bedding or some stuffed animals, so that they feel like they are an integral part of the planning. Bite your tongue if the toddler chooses something that does not match your theme or color scheme. It's more important that the sibling feels like his or her opinion counts.
- Do not forgo bedtime stories and other important nightly routines. After the sun sets, everything seems to get more difficult when juggling the needs of a newborn alongside older siblings. It may not be possible for the family to do everything exactly as they had before the new baby arrived. For instance, sitting down at the dinner table all at once may be tough. But no matter how exhausted you feel, make sure to take the extra few minutes to spend some one-on-one time with the sibling(s) to snuggle up and read some books.
- Assign some baby-related responsibilities to the siblings. Kids like to feel like they are contributing to the household. Giving them chores makes them feel like they are needed, valued, and an integral part of the family unit. If the sibling is just a toddler, the task can be something simple like carrying the baby's soiled clothing to the washing machine. Older siblings can handle more difficult tasks, like perhaps changing a diaper or preparing a bottle.
- Break some rules and spoil big brother or big sister from time to time. Maintaining a normal schedule can be difficult during the first few weeks (or, more likely, months) after a new baby arrives. So consider taking advantage of this crazy time by doing things a little differently. If the baby is sleeping, take the siblings out for ice cream, even if dinner time is right around the corner. Buy your little ones some treats or small toys for no particular reason at all. Allow little ones to stay up a bit past their bedtime if it means squeezing in a few more precious minutes alone with them. All of these little things will go a long way in reminding your older children that they are loved as much as ever before.
- Have patience with toddlers who regress temporarily. It is not uncommon for siblings to revert to old habits when a newborn baby arrives. Temper tantrums, thumb-sucking, whiny voices, and other irritating behaviors may rear their ugly head. This can be especially frustrating for parents who are sleep-deprived while juggling more balls than ever before. Just remember that this phase will pass quickly and try not to overreact.