Introducing a child to the concept of a new baby arriving can be a challenging time. Picture books make a fantastic resource for parents to gently introduce the idea and all the concepts that come with it, like sharing, hospitals and crying babies.
A picture book can also be a fantastic present for the baby to bring a big brother or sister on arrival. Here are our favourites.
There’s a House inside My Mummy by Giles Andreae & Vanessa Cabban.
There’s a house inside my mummy
Where my little brother grows,
or maybe it’s my little sister
No one really knows.
This is a gentle and tender story of a little boy waiting for his new brother or sister to arrive. It is told with humour and a simple rhyming text, with bright and colourful illustrations.
The story is told from a first born toddlers perspective it is simple and heart-warming.
The Swap by Jan Ormerod & Andrew Joyner
In this multiple award winner, a jealous sister attempts to swap her dribbly, smelly baby brother crocodile for something else. When she tests out the alternatives, she realises her baby brother isn’t so bad after all.
This is a fun story full of cute baby animals that are all either too squirty, to tiring, or too fussy. Andrew Joyner’s illustrations are full of fun and expression with lots of detail to explore. This is a beautiful hardcover book with fabric binding. Recommended for ages 3+.
I’m a Big Brother or I’m a Big Sister by Joanna Cole
“Someone new is at our house,” begins this loving, reassuring look at becoming a big brother or sister as told through the eyes of a new older sibling. The simple text lays out all the good things about being an older sibling, and reminds first born children that that they are just as special as ever. Suitable for ages: 2 – 5
This is a bestselling and reassuring children’s picture book about how special it is to become a big brother or sister. It also covers a new baby crying and not being able to play or eat ice-cream! We love Joanna Cole’s helpful tips about how to make the adjustment process a little easier on a new sibling.
The New Baby (Usborne First Experiences) by Anne Cavarti & Stephen Cartright
This series introduces young children, in an amusing and friendly way, to situations they might find themselves in for the first time. Stephen Cartwright’s gently humorous illustrations are full of things for children to look at, learn from and talk about, and the simple text will enable slightly older children to read the books for themselves.
This book is a very practical introduction to the idea of a new sibling. It goes through to the end of the pregnancy, getting looked after whilst mum and dad go to the hospital to have baby, visiting the new baby in hospital and even features mum breastfeeding the new baby. The story continues until baby is home and goes on its first family outing.
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Debbie Hatswell is the Director at Story Mama, an online bookstore specialising in picture books for children. Story Mama helps time poor parents and early childhood educators discover recommended picture books for children ages 0-7. You can find us at www.storymama.com.au