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Books for a Soon-To-Be Big Sister

March 29, 2010

With Gadget on the way (just a few months to go!), I’ve been sneaking in a few books about babies, family, siblings, and so forth lately. I wanted Ainsley to start getting interested in the idea of “big sister-ness” and a new family member.

Here are a few favorites from our recent stacks of books.


Ten Little Wishes: I chose this as a counting book (it was in the “Counting and Alphabet” section), but I think it’s really more of a welcoming book. Each new animal family we meet shares a blessing for the new baby sister, and the family plants a welcome tree for the baby. The illustrations are lovely, and the text is so loving. I love the warmth of this book, and Ainsley requests it often, asking, “Ish!” (Translation: Wish)

Bonus: The book includes images of babywearing, which I love!

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Mama’s Day: Simple text and lots of illustrations of babies and toddlers make this an easy one to read when Ainsley is short on attention. Images include mama’s loving and including their babies in many ways: mama at a farmers’ market, at the beach, or quietly nursing. We have many opportunities to discuss each scene.

Bonus: Nursing, siblings involved in helping mama and baby, and more babywearing.

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Feast for 10: Again, this is technically a counting book (and a good one), but Ainsley really enjoys talking about the big brother, little brother, big sister, little sister, and baby in the book. Plus the scenes are familiar to her: shopping for groceries, helping in the kitchen, and eating together.

Bonus: Images of children helping throughout the book — at the grocery store, cooking in the kitchen, setting the table. It’s truly a family book.

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What Baby Needs: This book is all about acclimating an older sibling to life with a new baby. It’s focused on their perspective and reminds them, “Just like when you were a baby…”. We’ll also be grabbing this partner book from the shelf.

Bonus: Lots of positive images of togetherness. Also, babywearing, co-sleeping, nursing — which can be difficult to find in other children’s books.

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Good for You!: Toddler Rhymes for Toddler Times: This was a random pick off the shelf. It’s a bubbly, fun, and interactive book. I include it in this list because I like that it encourages Ainsley to see all the things she can do now that she’s a “big girl”; it helps differentiate between baby (Gadget) and toddler (Ainsley).

There are rhymes about colors, traffic jams, and going to a restaurant. For older toddlers, there are guessing rhymes (e.g. I am on your face and can help you sniff. What Am I?). The partner book for babies also looks wonderful.

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My Baby & Me: All about the big sibling/little sibling relationship. With colorful photos instead of illustrations, it’s a great way to introduce the idea of being a big brother or sister. Throughout the book we see the toddler/preschooler showing baby what each of them can do (e.g. I can walk; you can crawl.). We are currently reading another book by this duo, which focuses on the parent-child relationship. Ainsley loves it.

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Ma! There’s Nothing to Do Here!: Ainsley’s a little too young to really grasp the concept of this book, but it’s a hilarious book told from baby’s (in-utero) perspective. I think this would be a fantastic book for older children who are waiting (along with mommy and daddy) for the new baby.

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Do Like Kyla: This is a book I’ve mentioned before. It reinforces the image of a positive sibling relationship. Little sister does everything just like big sister Kyla, and (SPOILER) in the end, “Kyla does just like me.”

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Do you have any recommendations for wonderful children’s books about…
a new baby?
adoption?
other family relationships?

(This post is part of the Moms’ 30-Minute Blog Challenge at Steady Mom.)

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. March 30, 2010 6:03 am

    Great picks…I read so many books to my oldest when I was pregnant, and some to my middle daughter when I was pregnant again. They loved it and it was such a precious time for me as well! Congratulations on Gadget! = )

  2. Ben Paxson permalink
    March 30, 2010 2:59 pm

    What is a book?

  3. Ben Paxson permalink
    March 30, 2010 3:00 pm

    I thought it was something people stood on to eye Shaq face to face.

  4. March 30, 2010 4:10 pm

    I’ll keep an eye out for that Who Likes Rain book. Thanks for the recommendations. Some other enjoyable books that feature family relationships are Kitchen Dance by Maurie J. Manning and The Seven Silly Eaters , by Mary Ann Hoberman. I described them a bit more in a March 1 post.

  5. March 30, 2010 4:11 pm

    Love your book list!!! Great post!!!

  6. March 30, 2010 8:33 pm

    Looks like you’ve got a GREAT list! We also intentionally read many books to our first born when we were expecting baby #2. I think it helped him in the transition so much!!

    I can’t remember specific titles of the books we read, but I do remember a particular DVD we borrowed from the library. Sesame Street – The Three Bears and a new baby. He loved it SO much he still requests to check it out on occasion, and that new ‘baby’ in our family is nearing two!

    here’s a link:
    http://www.amazon.com/Sesame-Street-Three-Bears-Baby/dp/B00009VU37

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