books to prepare your first child for a new baby

September 15, 2010

Little Rabbit's New Baby
Little Rabbit's New Baby by Harry Horse

This is my favorite of all the "new baby" books we've read together. You may remember me writing about it a few months ago.

That New Animal
That New Animal by Emily Jenkins

This one was funny to both of us because it's told from the perspective of two dogs. It's not really a "big sister" book, but I feel like Juliet might kind of think of Lucia as some sort of "animal" at this point, so it was fitting.

Peter's Chair
Peter's Chair by Ezra Jack Keats
This is the Peter of The Snowy Day, so it was fun to read about him getting a baby sister. He's not really happy about how his crib, high chair, and other belongings are being painted pink for little Susie. But eventually, he makes peace with it and offers to help his dad paint his chair pink for her. The illustrations are GORGEOUS. I love anything Keats.

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

Baby's Don't Eat Pizza by Dianne Danzig

This book really gets into the all the details about an upcoming baby. It shows illustrations of a baby inside the womb (complete with umbilical cord! Juliet loved this part) to a scene at the hospital where the baby has just been pushed out. It talks about how babies cry a lot and make messes and need special care. There's a lot of information, but it provides a great starting place to start talking about all the new things coming your older child's way.

Such a Silly Baby!
Such a Silly Baby by Steffanie and Richard Long

This book is a fun book to read and is just about a baby in general. (Babies are now a hot topic of conversation around the house. ) While this doesn't actually "prep" your child, it's just a fun way to continue exploring the baby theme.

How To be A Baby . . . By Me, The Big Sister
How to Be a Baby by Me the Big Sister by Sally Lloyd Jones and Sue Heap

This one is pretty long and is directed at big sisters-to-be, but it's fun and Juliet enjoyed it. We didn't always read every word on every page, but we had fun discussing the illustrations.

Here are a few more that we liked...
Hey, Little Baby! (Harper Growing Tree)
Hey Little Baby! by Nola Buck

Welcome, Little Baby

I'm a Big Sister by Ronne Randall
Sorry, I couldn't find a cover image for this one, but we loved it. My friend Amanda let us borrow it and it has been well read.

What are your favorite "new baby" books? 


Leigh said...

Joanna Cole has a good one called something like "I'm a big brother", and I think she has a girl one, too. I loved reading it to Elias as we waited for Donovan to be born!

jen said...

I enjoyed reading "What's behind the bump?" by Mr. Henderson. It's a fun book about a young girls musings of what could be hidden behind the growing bump on her mom's stomach.

Anne@LittleSproutBooks said...

That New Animal and Peter's Chair look great - might have to keep those titles on my reserve list just in case... Our favorite pre-baby (and post-baby) book was I Used to Be the Baby. I posted about it, and several others, if you want to check it out. Adjusting to a New Baby

avenuesmom said...

We love Hey Little Baby! Especially since the illustratiosn seemed to really capture my life on most days... unfortuantely. :)

Silver Rose said...

I just love Peter's Chair! One of my favorite book characters of all time. :)

Infant Bibliophile said...

Thank you for the list! I am due with our second in November, and I should probably hunt some down for our little Bibliophile. I too love Keats. We've read a few but not while I was expecting, so they didn't have as much meaning. We have Berenstain Bears New Baby one but otherwise we've mostly read books about newborns rather than about the sibling part. I was a little hesitant to introduce books about the negative aspects of being a big sibling (jealousy or feeling ignored etc) in case I put these thoughts in his head to begin with.

Brimful Curiosities said...

There's a bilingual book by Samantha Vamos called Before You Were Here, Mi Amor that is kind of neat. It has older siblings in the book helping prepare for the baby along with grandparents and an aunt an uncle. When I was pregnant I talked to my daughter a lot about her own birth and we looked at pictures when she was a baby.

Lindsey said...

This is such a great list! I'll be back to order some of these for sure. :)

artsy_momma said...

Can't wait to check some of these out.... haven't been too impressed with the few we have checked out at the library so far. There doesn't seem to be a huge selection..... I never thought to get ones with animals as the main characters!

Terry Doherty said...

This is a wonderful list, and one I'll be coming back to (via our wiki). Have you seen Jerome's Jam or Kitty Cuddles. If you're looking for a book about preparing a child about placing a sibling for adoption, you can't get much better than Sam's Sister.

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