Brothers and Sisters and New Babies

Most of the following books address a child's feelings about a new baby joining the family.

Compiled by:
Children's Services Staff

Picture Books

Arthur's Baby

Marc Brown
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Br)

Arthur's sister, D.W., is more interested in learning about and helping with the new baby than Arthur is, but Arthur manages to lend a helping hand.

A Baby Sister for Frances

Russell Hoban
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Ho)

Things change around the house after her baby sister is born, so Frances decides to run away--but not too far. Her parents reassure her that she is missed and needed to make their family complete.

Big Brother Now: A Story About Me and Our New Baby

Annette Sheldon
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej She)

A young boy describes how he feels when a baby sister joins the family. Realistically depicts how a baby brings changes, how an older child can help, and how that child can still be special, too. Includes a note to parents at the end.

The Bossier Baby

Marla Frazee
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Fra)

Boss Baby used to be in charge of his family, but that was before he got an even bossier baby sister.

Cornelius P. Mud, Are You Ready for Baby?

Barney Saltzberg
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Sal)

Is Cornelius P. Mud ready? Not really! The baby may be getting all the attention, but he isn't very much fun. Of course, fans of Cornelius know that even the arrival of a sibling won't get this resourceful little piggy down for long.

Everywhere Babies

Susan Meyers
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Me)

Endearing illustrations and brief text depict a diversity of babies, the various ways they are cared for, and all they can do in their first year of life.

Hey, Baby, It's Time to Come Out!

Harriet Ziefert
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Zie)

When Max learns that his mother is going to have a baby, he talks and sings to his unborn sibling but he cannot seem to make the baby come out sooner.

I'm a Big Brother

Joanna Cole
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Col)

A child observes all the things that his new baby brother does and gives all the reasons why he loves being a big brother.

I'm a Big Sister

Joanna Cole
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Col)

A sister enumerates the joys of welcoming a new baby to the family and the advantages of already being "big."

Julius, the Baby of the World

Kevin Henkes
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Hen)

This classic picture book takes a lighthearted look at sibling jealousy. After he is born, Lilly is not very nice to baby Julius, or "the Germ" as she calls him. But in the end, Queen Lilly teaches her cousin to show the proper respect for the baby of the world.

King Baby

Kate Beaton
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Bea)

Baby is King, and all his needs must be met by his subjects, otherwise known as his parents. But soon he will grow up, and who will rule them then - perhaps a baby sister?

Lola Reads to Leo

Anna McQuinn
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Mcq)

Lola reads story books to her new baby brother Leo, and even though Mommy and Daddy are busy, they still have time to read to Lola at bedtime.

McDuff and the Baby

Rosemary Wells
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Wel)

McDuff, a small terrier, enjoys his life reading the paper with Fred and taking walks in the woods with Lucy, but all that changes when they bring a new baby home. This story endearingly portrays the adjustment that animals and pet-owners must make when a new baby arrives.

Mission: New Baby

Susan Hood
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Hoo)

A whimsical story for reluctant older siblings invites them to assume a "Special Agent" identity and help train the family's "newest recruit" in the top-secret ways of walking, talking, reading and more.

Monkey Not Ready for the Baby

Marc Brown
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Bro)

Feeling apprehensive about an expected new baby and preferring his role as the younger brother, little Monkey receives support from his parents and older sibling as he learns what to expect and how to help.

A Monster in the House

Elisa Kleven
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Kl)

A boy imagines a huge fierce beast as he listens to his new neighbor describe the monster that lives at her house, who screams, spits up on everything, and sucks his toes. But he discovers that "monster" is just the endearing nickname she uses for her baby brother.

The New Small Person

Lauren Child
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Chi)

Elmore Green likes being an only child, so when his parents bring a new small person, his baby brother, into the house he is not pleased and does his best to keep the new small person out of his life.

On Mother's Lap

Anna Herbert Scott
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Sco)

A small Inuit boy discovers that Mother's lap is a very special place with room for everyone.

One Special Day

Lola M. Schaefer
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Sch)

An energetic and imaginative boy becomes a big brother.

Oonga Boonga

Frieda Wishinsky
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Wi)

Baby Louise can't stop crying, no matter what her mother, father, grandparents, and neighbors try to make her stop. Only when her big brother Daniel comes home and says the magic words, Oonga Boonga, does Louise finally stop. Cheerful, colorful illustrations help depict this story of close sibling ties.

Peter's Chair

Ezra Jack Keats
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Ke)

When Peter discovers his blue furniture is being painted pink for a new baby sister, he rescues the last unpainted item, a chair, and runs away.

There's Going to Be a Baby

John Burningham
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Bur)

A young boy imagines what life will be like when his sibling arrives.

Use Your Words, Sophie!

Rosemary Wells
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Wel)

Preferring to speak in nonsense languages to tell her parents how she feels, little Sophie is challenged to use her words but prefers to communicate with a baby sister who understands her better.

Picture Books Nonfiction

Babies Don't Eat Pizza: The Big Kids' Book About Baby Brothers and Baby Sisters

Dianne Danzig
(Juvenile Nonfiction - J 305.232 Dan)

With humor and honesty, the author prepares children for the arrival of a new baby and describes what they can and cannot do. Includes tips for parents on how to help an older child welcome a new baby to the family.

Hello Benny!: What It's Like to be a Baby

Robie H. Harris
(Juvenile Picture Books Nonfiction - Ej 305.23 Ha)

Follows Benny's first year of life, while simply and humorously explaining infant development. Told with bright, colorful illustrations, this is a good book for older siblings to refer to in anticipation of a new baby.

Hi New Baby

Robie H. Harris
(Juvenile Picture Books Nonfiction - Ej 306.8 Ha)

Tenderly depicts a young girl's annoyance with her new baby brother, until she realizes that older siblings are still special and loved. Features beautiful, realistic illustrations of a newborn's expressions.

The New Baby

Fred Rogers
(Juvenile Picture Books Nonfiction - Ej 306.8 Ro)

Color photos accompany this gentle, frank discussion of how older siblings feel when a new baby joins the family. Follows the experiences of two ethnically diverse families during the first few months together with a new baby.

Welcome With Love

Jenni Overend
(Juvenile Nonfiction - J 618.4 Ove)

A loving family helps Mom deliver her baby at home.

What Baby Needs

William Sears
(Juvenile Picture Books Nonfiction - Ej 305.23 Se)

A gentle, frank discussion addressing the emotional needs and responses of new babies and their older siblings, and providing ways for older siblings to meaningfully interact and bond with the new baby. Includes tips for using the book, as well as a glossary and brief description of the Attachment Parenting set forth by Dr. Sears.