Books on: New Baby

Books to help children who are coming to terms with a new baby in the family. Some titles tackle the subject of jealousy, others explain pregnancy, childbirth and baby care in a way that young children can understand.

There's a House Inside My Mummy
Author: Giles Andreae
Illustrator: Vanessa Cabban
How this book may help: Providing a reassuring introduction to pregnancy and child birth for the very young.
This rhyming book is narrated by a small boy, who describes his mother's pregnancy in a positive... read more

Tags: facts of life, brother, family, new baby, sibling, sister


My Sister is an Alien
Author: Rachel Bright
Illustrator: Rachel Bright
How this book may help: This book would be a good choice for a child who is getting to grips with the birth of a brother or sister. It cleverly addresses the confusion children may sometimes feel about whether or not their new sibling is a permanent fixture in the household!
Alfie is crazy about space. His favourite things are: 1. aliens, 2. rockets, 3. the moon – in... read more

Tags: new baby, sibling, sister


How Are Babies Made? (Flip Flap)
Author: Alistair Smith
Illustrator:
How this book may help: A good choice for a child who is curious about how babies are made, how they grow inside their mother, and what happens when they are born. It is factually accurate but also simple enough for very young children and is not sexually explicit.
This non-fiction picture book answers many questions a curious child may have about pregnancy and... read more

Tags: brother, facts of life, mother, new baby, sister


Ever So Ever So
Author: Kes Gray
Illustrator: Sarah Nayler
How this book may help: This book may help to explore disgruntled feelings between an older sister and a new baby arriving home. It is hard to accept the adoration and attention mum and dad are giving to new baby sister Susan.
A new baby coming home can be very difficult for the older sister to accept. Especially as mum and... read more

Tags: new baby, mother, jealousy, father, family, brother, anger, sibling


There's Going to Be a Baby
Author: John Burningham
Illustrator: Helen Oxenbury
How this book may help: Prepares a child for the birth of a sibling, guiding a young reader through the excitement of pregnancy towards the birth of a brother or sister to love.
A little boy is told that there is going to be a baby and so begins a series of questions about... read more

Tags: brother, mother, new baby, sibling, sister

My Baby Sister
Author: Emma Cichester Clark
Illustrator: Emma Chichester Clark
How this book may help: Acknowledging that children may feel jealous of new siblings at first, but promoting their acceptance. May also comfort a child who is nervous about a loved one going to hospital.
Humber's Granny looks after him while his Mum goes away. She tells Humber that when she returns she... read more

Tags: sibling, new baby, jealousy, sister

Just Like You Did
Author: Marjorie Newman
Illustrator: Ken Wilson-Max
How this book may help: Acknowledging feelings of anxiety or jealousy that can sometimes come up when a new baby arrives. Reassuring children that despite the fact life has changed, they are still special and loved by their parents.
The story starts as Tom is just about to have a new baby brother or sister arrive. He watches... read more

Tags: sibling, relationships, new baby, jealousy, growing up, family, emotions, brother, anger

Our Stripy Baby
Author: Gillian Shields
Illustrator: Paula Metcalf
How this book may help: Encourages children to accept the fact that everyone is different. This book may help a child who is struggling to come to terms with having a sibling with special needs.
The characters in this book are purple alien-like creatures with coloured spots on their skin. Zara... read more

Tags: new baby, family, diversity, disability, brother, being different, behaviour, sister

Wilbie's Gift
Author: Sally Chambers
Illustrator: Sally Chambers
How this book may help: Acknowledging some common uncertainties a child may have associated with a new baby in the house.
Wilbie the duck spots a pair of fantastic trainers in a shop window. He asks his Dad if he can have... read more

Tags: brother, new baby, sister

The New Baby (Usborne First Experiences)
Author: Anne Civardi
Illustrator: Stephen Cartwright
How this book may help: Describing the arrival of a new baby in a positive way.
This book is written in simple language that young children will be able to understand. Stephen... read more

Tags: new baby

Where Did That Baby Come From?
Author: Debi Gliori
Illustrator: Debi Gliori
How this book may help: The book reflects the frustration of the toddler in a sympathetic way at the presence of a new sibling and the pictures present plenty to talk about and laugh at with a young child as you go through the tale.
This book deals with the arrival of a new baby in the home of a toddler. It is written from the... read more

Tags: brother, emotions, family, jealousy, new baby, sibling, sister

Topsy and Tim: The New Baby
Author: Jean and Gareth Adamson
Illustrator: Belinda Worsley
How this book may help: A positive yet realistic view of what it's like to have a new baby sibling. Acknowledges that children often feel jealous when a new sibling arrives.
One of a popular series of books featuring boy and girl twins Topsy and Tim. Topsy and Tim the... read more

Tags: new baby, jealousy, family, brother

My Little Brother
Author: Debi Gliori
Illustrator: Debi Gliori
How this book may help: Promoting tolerance between siblings.
A big sister lists the reasons why her little bother - I mean brother! - is a pest, and her efforts... read more

Tags: brother, new baby, sibling

There's an Ouch in my Pouch!
Author: Jeanne Willis
Illustrator: Garry Parsons
How this book may help: Gently explains to an older sibling that they are not 'being replaced' by a new baby, and their parents will love them just as much.
Little kangaroo is upset because his mother's pouch, which used to be so comfortable, is now all... read more

Tags: jealousy, new baby, sibling, sister

Share!
Author: Anthea Simmons
Illustrator: Georgie Birkett
How this book may help: This book may help to explore disgruntled feelings between an older and a younger baby sibling who at about 6 months is starting to want to play with their toys and things. It is hard to share everything and resentment can build up inside.
Sharing can seem difficult and a bit unfair, especially with a younger baby brother wanting to pull... read more

Tags: brother, co-operation, compliance, sharing, sibling, sister

Our Baby Inside
Author: Mick Manning
Illustrator: Brita Granstrom
How this book may help: A positive yet realistic view of what it's like to have a baby – explaining to children where they come from.
This engaging book uses half-page flaps to reveal how a baby grows inside its mother’s tummy. It... read more

Tags: brother, family, new baby, sister

When the World Was Waiting for You
Author: Gillian Shields
Illustrator: Anna Currey
How this book may help: Understanding and celebrating the arrival of a new baby.
A family of rabbits prepares for the much-anticipated arrival of a new baby by decorating the... read more

Tags: brother, new baby, sibling, sister

The Perfect Baby
Author: Tony Bradman
Illustrator: Holly Swain
How this book may help: It may help an older sibling cope with the bringing home of a new baby.
When baby William was brought home from hospital he was not quite what his big sister Lucy was... read more

Tags: sibling, new baby, jealousy, family, brother, sister

Do You Still Love Me?
Author: Charlotte Middleton
Illustrator: Charlotte Middleton
How this book may help: This could help a child overcome feelings of jealousy and learn to become friends with someone they may have seen as a rival. It could also help a child cope with their feelings when a new baby comes into the family.
Anna has a faithful dog called Dudley and Dudley wakes up early, eats a hearty breakfast, plays... read more

Tags: cat, dog, friends, jealousy

No, Baby, No
Author: Grace Nichols
Illustrator: Eleanor Taylor
How this book may help: A good choice for an older sibling to set expectations of what it is like to have a baby in the household. Featuring a multi-cultural family.
Baby is busy doing all the things babies love to do, like exploring the kitchen, chewing up... read more

Tags: sibling, multicultural, diversity, brother, sister

It's Not Fair!
Author: Anita Harper
Illustrator: Mary McQuillan
How this book may help: Children with a baby brother or sister may identify with this story, which acknowledges the advantages and disadvantages of being the older sibling.
The central character in this picture book (a young cat) feels that lots of things about having a... read more

Tags: brother, emotions, family, jealousy, new baby, sibling, sister

That's Mine
Author: Jennifer Northway
Illustrator:
How this book may help: New Baby/Sibling Rivalry/Parent's Attention
William doesn't like the fact that his baby sister gets all the attention and mum doesn't seem to... read more

Tags: jealousy, new baby, sharing, sister

Not Me!
Author: Nigel McMullen
Illustrator:
How this book may help: This book presents a slightly different view of an older sibling's attitude to his younger brother. A lovely book for demonstrating the special relationship that can exist between two brothers.
Jack thinks Kenny is the best little brother in the world - when things go wrong Kenny is there to... read more

Tags: brother, new baby, sibling

Mummy, Mummy, What's In your Tummy?
Author: Sarah Simpson-Enock
Illustrator: Linzi West
Publisher's summary: "A fantasy lift-the-flap book for children awaiting the arrival of a new baby brother or..." read more

Tags: mother, new baby

Sophie and the New Baby
Author: Catherine Anholt
Illustrator: Laurence Anholt
Publisher's summary: "One day, Sophie’s mum tells her some big, important news: there’s going to be a new baby in the..." read more

Tags: jealousy, new baby

Baby on Board
Author: Kes Gray
Illustrator: Sarah Nayler
How this book may help: A good starting point to discuss the facts of life with young children. May help to set expectations of how a mother's pregnancy will change life for an older sibling.
Publisher's summary: "The story traces the 9 months during which a family await the birth of a new baby. Written from the..." read more

Tags: brother, facts of life, new baby, sister

Our New Baby
Author:
Illustrator: Rebecca Finn
How this book may help: A positive, fun introduction to the arrival of a new baby for very young children
Publisher's summary: "This reassuring book about the birth of a younger sibling is designed especially for toddlers and..." read more

Tags: brother, jealousy, new baby, sibling

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