Brothers and Sisters and New Babies

Bringing a new baby home is a special time in a family's life, but it can often bring up unexpected emotions in family members. Take a look at this list of books specifically meant to address a child's feelings about a new baby joining the family.

Compiled by:
Children's Services Staff

Picture Books

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. Recommended for ages 3-6.

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. Recommended for ages 3-6.

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. Recommended for ages 3-6.

Double Trouble for Anna Hibiscus

(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Ati)

Everything is changing for Anna Hibiscus, she's a sister! But - oh dear - everyone is now so busy! Uncle Bizi-Sunday is shopping for the babies, Aunty Joli and Aunty Grace are rocking the babies and Mama and Grandma are fast asleep ... but just who has time for Anna Hibiscus? I hate Double Trouble! shouts Anna. But Anna Hibiscus is amazing so it won't be long before everyone finds time for her again! A story which perfectly captures the anxiety and thrill of having a new sibling, this is a great title for any family with a new baby, or a baby on the way! Recommended for ages 3-6.

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. Recommended for ages 3-6.

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. Recommended for ages 3-6.

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. Recommended for ages 3-6.

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? Recommended for ages 3-6.

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. Recommended for ages 3-6.

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. Recommended for ages 3-6.

One Special Day

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

An energetic and imaginative boy becomes a big brother. Recommended for ages 3-6.

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. Recommended for ages 3-6.

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. Recommended for ages 3-6.

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. Recommended for ages 3-6.

We Are Brothers, We Are Friends

Alexandra Penfold
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Pen)

A brother explains to his new baby brother all the fun adventures they will have together because they are brothers and friends. Recommended for ages 3-6.

When Aidan Became A Brother

Kyle Lukoff
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Luk)

Aidan, a transgender boy, experiences complicated emotions as he and his parents prepare for the arrival of a new baby. Recommended for ages 6-9.

Juvenile Nonfiction

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. Recommended for ages 3-6.

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. Recommended for ages 3-6.

A New Baby

Jane Lacey
(Juvenile Nonfiction - J 306.875 Lac)

when families change, that can sometimes cause difficulty for children. A new baby in a family can be particularly tough for young people to deal with. This informative book guides readers through understanding that situation. Problems are presented in an accessible way and then resolved with helpful and realistic tips. Colorful illustrations and relatable stories help readers relate to each situation. This book will prove invaluable for any reader with a changing family. Recommended for ages 6-9.

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. Recommended for ages 3-6.