Books for Big Brothers and Sisters

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Adding a new baby to the family brings a lot of excitement and joy. However, children who are waiting for a baby brother or sister to be born may have a range of emotions and reactions as they wait those weeks and months, watching their mother's belly grow. During the pregnancy, changes may happen to their room, their home, their place in the family vehicle, or their ability to be picked up or carried by mom. In these ways and more, a new baby can also bring confusion, uncertainty, and challenge.

One of the easiest ways to prepare children, especially young children, for the arrival of a new sibling is to read to them about it. Books provide wonderful opportunities to talk with your child about how they're feeling or questions they have about the new baby, what will happen when it's time for the new baby to be born, and what it might be like once they're here. Fortunately, there are many great children's books available revolving around the topic of a new baby in the family. Here is a list of titles and authors of books to help children adjust to your newest addition, with our favorites in bold. Which books have you found to be particularly helpful for your older child(ren)?

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Brand New Baby Blues, by Kathi Appelt

Berenstain Bears and Baby Make 5, by Stan and Jan Berenstain

What the No-Good Baby is Good For, by Elise Broach

Changes, by Anthony Browne

Will It Be a Baby Brother? by Eve Bunting

There's Going to Be a Baby, by John Burningham

I Am a Big Brother! by Caroline Jayne Church

I Am a Big Sister! by Caroline Jayne Church

I'm a Big Brother, by Joanna Cole

I'm a Big Sister, by Joanna Cole

Barfburger Baby, I Was Here First! by Paula Danziger

Samuel's Baby, by Mark Elkin

But I Wanted a Baby Brother! by Kate Feiffer

Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes, by Mem Fox

The Boss Baby: As Himself! by Marla Frazee

Where Did That Baby Come From? by Debi Gliori

Bernard Wants a Baby, by Joan Elizabeth Goodman

Julius, the Baby of the World, by Kevin Henkes

A Baby Sister for Frances, by Russell Hoban

That New Animal, by Emily Jenkins

Best Kind of Baby, by Kate Laing

Froggy's Baby Sister, by Jonathan London

Tell Me My Story, Mama, by Deb Lund

Bad Baby, by Ross MacDonald

Bittle, by Patricia MacLachlan

All the Places to Love, by Patricia MacLachlan

Everywhere Babies, by Susan Myers

I Wanna New Room, by Karen Kaufman Orloff

Hello Baby! by Lizzy Rockwell

The New Baby, by Fred Rogers

Vera's Baby Sister, by Vera Rosenberry

Dear Baby: Letters from Your Big Brother, by Sarah Sullivan

Pecan Pie Baby, by Jacqueline Woodson

Love That Baby: A Book About Babies for New Brothers, Sisters, Cousins and Friends, by Katherine Lasky

Babies Don't Eat Pizza: A Big Kids' Book About Baby Brothers and Baby Sisters, by Dianne Danzig

Our New Baby (How Do I Feel About... series), by Jen Green

What to Expect When the New Baby Comes Home, by Heidi Murkoff

Welcome With Love, by Jenni Overend

It's Not the Stork, by Robie Harris

Baby On the Way, by William Sears

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