New Siblings

There is so much excitement when your family grows. Making the transition from single child to more can be a monumental change, especially for the soon-to-be-no-longer-only child. Here are some of our favorite books for sharing with your child from pregnancy to becoming a big sibling.

Updated March 15, 2023
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Nine months : before a baby is born
Paul, Miranda
Join a family of three who spend nine whole months waiting, from a frosty winter through a sun-dappled summer, until finally . . . a baby is here. A Boston Globe - Horn Book Honor Recipient An NSTA Outstanding Science Trade Book for Students A Capitol...
Mommy, Mommy, what's in your tummy? : a lift-the-flap book
Simpson-Enock, Sarah.
Every day Mummy's tummy gets bigger and bigger but what could be inside? A fairy with wings? A boat painted blue? The Man in the Moon? This little child just can't wait to see what it could be ? A reassuring lift-the-flap book for all soon-to-be siblings.
What makes a baby
Silverberg, Cory.
Finalist for the 2014 Lambda Award for LGBT Children's/Young Adult "What Makes a Baby is extraordinary! Cory is a Dr. Spock for the 21st century."-Susie Bright "A Truly Inclusive Way to Answer the Question 'Where Do Babies Come From?'- The new book What...
How big is our baby?
Prasadam-Halls, Smriti
A month-by-month guide to pregnancy, including developmental facts, designed to encourage curiosity and bonding between soon-to-be siblings, while allaying fears about changes to come. Gently, the size of the growing baby is compared to something familiar, such as a speck of sand at the seaside...
What's in there? : all about you before you were born
Harris, Robie H.
Continuing her series for preschoolers, New York Times best-selling author Robie H. Harris follows the stages of pregnancy and childbirth in a matter-of-fact and comfortable way. Gus and Nellie have some exciting news: there's going to be a baby in their family! Join them...
Hello in there! : a big sister's book of waiting
Witek, Jo
Help your child celebrate the wonder and excitement of waiting for a new sibling to arrive in Hello in There!: A Big Sister's Book of Waiting, a sweet interactive picture book from author Jo Witek and illustrator Christine Roussey, the New York...
You were the first
MacLachlan, Patricia.
From a Newbery Medal-winning author comes a contemporary classic that's perfect for new parents as well as families with new siblings on the way. You were the first to smile. You were the first to cry. You were the first to lift your head, to look at the trees and...
There's going to be a baby
Burningham, John.
In a first-time creative pairing, two of the world's most treasured picture book creators offer a truly delightful book for new-siblings-to-be. When is the new baby coming? What will we call it? What will he do? We don't really need a baby, do we? With sensitivity and wit, John...
One special day
Schaefer, Lola M.
Does having a new brother or sister make you into MORE than you already are? Spencer is about to find out. He's as strong as a bear, as funny as a monkey, and as wild as a tiger. But on one special day, everything changes. Now Spencer is strong, funny, wild, brave, free . ....
You are new
Knisley, Lucy
"A delightfully assured debut picture book . . . a true standout." -- The New York Times Book celebrates the joys of having -- and being! -- a baby: A world of being new is waiting for little ones and the grown-ups who love them in this warm and funny book. From...
Hey, baby, it's time to come out!
Ziefert, Harriet.
Max does everything he can think of to encourage his new sibling to be born. Nothing seems to work, until . . . Expectant parents will want to read the delightful story about the anticipation of a new arrival with their children, and soon-to-be older siblings are sure to identify...
Before you were born
Kerbel, Deborah
This touching and evocative story about welcoming a baby to the world is a love letter to young children, tenderly expressing the joy and promise a new life brings "Before...You were a song in our hearts, a star in our eyes." Told from the perspective of new parents welcoming...
Pecan pie baby
Woodson, Jacqueline.
Gia is tired of hearing about the new baby. It hasn't even been born yet, but everyone, even her friends, seem fixated on it. Gia thinks things are fine just the way they are! And she's worried- if the baby's such a big deal now, what's going to happen to Gia's nice, cozy life with Mama once it's...
Will you still love me?
Baronian, Jean Baptiste.
This touching story featuring Polo, the beloved polar bear from I love you With All My Heart, portrays the vast love that parents feels for each and every one of their children. When Polo discovers that a new baby is on the way he worries that his mother and father wont him anymore. His mother...
A most unusual day
Mallery, Sydra
Something rather extraordinary is happening in Caroline's life today . . . her family is adopting a new baby sister! A warm and loving story about school, family, siblings, and adoption, for anyone eagerly awaiting the arrival of a new sibling. Today is a very unusual day!...
Hey baby! : a baby's day in doodles
Pippins, Andrea
From the master doodler of I Love My Hair and new mom, Andrea Pippins, comes a delightful board book about a day in the life of a baby. Follow a baby throughout the day, from napping to snacking to playing--and everything in between! High contrast, lively illustrations...
Ready, set ... baby
Rusch, Elizabeth
Big kids Anna and Oliver give young readers the inside scoop on what to expect when a new baby is expected. In a fresh picture book/comic style, Ready, Set . . . Baby offers up a funny, loving, reassuring peek into life as a big brother or sister--with solid information, kid...
I am a baby
Allen, Kathryn Madeline
"I am a baby, this is my crib, this is my high chair, this is my bib." Photos of happy babies and words that encourage make this an irresistible read-aloud for every child and family. From the author of the critically acclaimed A Kiss Means I Love You and Show Me Happy...
Who? : a celebration of babies
Harris, Robie H.
Author Robie H. Harris and illustrator Natascha Rosenberg's Who? A Celebration of Babies is a perfect read aloud picture book for young children. Who's that? A BABY! Sweet Baby! Nice Baby!<...
Ten little fingers and ten little toes
Fox, Mem
From two of the most gifted picture-book creators of our time, here is a celebration of baby fingers, baby toes, and the joy they--and the babies they belong to--bring to everyone, everywhere, all over the world! This is a gorgeously simple picture book for very young children, and...
American babies
Fačy, Bernard
Celebrate the American spirit with babies from across the country in this charming addition to the best-selling Global Babies series. Seventeen richly colored photographs embrace the diversity of American babies and the universal joy of play and discovery. The board book's small...
We are brothers, we are friends
Penfold, Alexandra
Being a big brother is a BIG job. There's lots to show your little brother . . . Trains . . . Planes . . . How to be a dinosaur. There are games to play and adventures to be had. And if trouble comes, it's big brother to the rescue because there's no better...
The new small person
Child, Lauren
Lauren Child tells the familiar tale of a less-than-welcome sibling with subtlety, insight, affection, and humor. Elmore Green starts life as an only child, as many children do. He has a room to himself, where he can line up his precious things and nobody will move them one inch....
Real sisters pretend
Lambert, Megan Dowd
"I liked how they took care of one another in their pretend-play scenario about climbing a mountain," Lambert says, "and I loved how they also took care of one another's feelings as they talked about adoption. REAL SISTERS PRETEND captures these interactions perfectly and movingly. ...
Lola reads to Leo
McQuinn, Anna.
Join Lola as she learns what it means to be a big sister, in the third installment in the loveable Lola series. We all know how much Lola loves books, so it is no surprise that she can't wait to share her love of reading with her new baby brother, Leo. Lola gets ready for little Leo's arrival by...
I am helpful
Capozzi, Suzy
The little girl in I Am Helpful thought that having a baby sister would be fun. But with a different daily routine at home, and her parents constantly distracted by the family's newest member, the little girl has a lot to adjust to. However, by helping her parents, and taking on special jobs,...
Double trouble for Anna Hibiscus!
Atinuke
Anna Hibiscus welcomes not one but two new baby brothers in her latest picture book. It�s going to be a big adjustment for everyone, especially Anna Hibiscus. Luckily, her family knows that while two babies mean double the trouble, it also means double the love.
My brother the duck
Miller, Pat Zietlow
A new sibling book with humor, heart, and a dash of the scientific process sure to delight young readers. Is Stella's new baby brother a duck? All the evidence seems to be pointing in that direction, but Stella knows that scientists can't just wing it. Further...
Because I'm new
Sneed, Brad
A new baby in the family means a lot of changes--from late night diaper changes to learning new ways to play--but in this sweet offering from Brad Sneed, baby tells their older sibling just what to expect. This is a heartfelt celebration of those first months with baby and the genesis of the sibling...
The new baby
Platt, Christine A.
Ana & Andrew are expecting a sibling! The family is very excited. Mama's family arrives from Trinidad, and everyone helps to get ready. When the baby arrives, Ana & Andrew learn from Granny that in African American culture, a baby's name often tells an important story. Aligned to Common Core...

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