Adjusting to a new baby is a complex change for a new sibling and is full of a huge range of emotions. I think that is a reason why parents are so often looking for books on the subject. Luckily there is a great variety of those books out there! I compiled a list of some of our favorites, many of which may not be as commonly talked about for this subject. And several of them were released just this year!
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Mama’s Belly by Kate Hosford
This first book is set entirely during the pregnancy as a big sister has excitement and questions about the changes to come. The illustrations are beautiful, the text is lovely, and the situations are very realistic. I related with a lot of things I remember from anticipating my brother being born or from my own pregnancies.
Grow, Baby, Grow! by Mertixell Marti and Xavier Salomo
This one is also set entirely during pregnancy. Through beautiful life-sized pop ups it shows the growth of a baby month by month and compares the size to other things in the natural world. Perfect for understanding how babies are growing throughout the pregnancy!
Little Dragon and the New Baby by Deborah Cuneo
This one really captures a child coming to terms with the idea of a new addition to the family. Little Dragon is not thrilled about the new egg, but he comes to realize it’s not so bad after all. The illustrations are adorable and telling a familiar situation through dragons is a fun new approach.
The Littlest Viking by Alexandra Penfold
I love that this story is told from the perspective of a group of people traditionally thought of as violent and brash to tell the tender story of a new birth. It is about a young Viking boy who loves to tell stories. When his little sister is born she takes a lot of the attention, but he might just be the only one who knows how to calm her down. It was fun to have a familiar story of adjusting to a younger sibling in the unique Viking setting.
When A Dragon Moves in Again by Jodi Moore
This is a sequel to When a Dragon Moves In which is one of the most read and loved books in our house. Both my kids love this book and want to read it over and over again. They laugh at the last page of the book every time.
Little Miss, Big Sis by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
With simple text and charming illustrations this book captures all the feelings of girl becoming a big sister. There is so much pride and love in her role (as well as some bumps along the way) and so much tenderness in their relationship.
Maple by Lori Nichols
This is the first book in an adorable series (See my review of the whole series)
It tells the story of a girl named Maple growing up alongside a tree. She notices a new tree growing at the same time her mom’s belly is growing with a new sister. Maple finds a way to share her love of trees with her new sister. This one is so sweet and would be especially enjoyable for lovers of trees and nature.
Welcome to the Party by Gabrielle Union
This book is a beautiful celebration of a new baby joining the family. It is focused on the parents rather than the siblings, but kids might enjoy thinking about how much of a celebration it was when they were born and how they can celebrate the new addition as well.
Rodeo Red by Maripat Perkins
In a fun Wild West twist a big sister has to adjust to a new baby brother, which is especially difficult when he lays claim on her favorite stuffed dog. All the cowgirl phrases and details were a lot of fun and my kids love hearing me read this one with a bit of a drawl!