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Books about new babies for new siblings! Some books focus on pregnancy and waiting for baby, others focus on what it is like to be a new big brother or sister. All are available at Cape Breton Regional Library

Cape Breton Regional Library

Availability: Now I'm big / Karen Katz.

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"A little girl gets used to sharing her parents with her baby brother and realizes there are some benefits to being a big sister now. Includes a Note to parents"--
New Big BrotherBig Sister Little SisterLittle Girl NamesMighty Girl Books

Availability: Big sister now : a story about me and our new baby / written by Annette Sheldon ; illustrated by Karen Maizel.

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Lori Nichols’ enchanting debut features an irresistible, free-spirited, nature-loving little girl who greets the changing seasons and a new sibling with arms wide open

Availability: Maple / Lori Nichols.

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This book chronicles the growth of baby in utero month by month with illustrations to show actual size of the baby.  The information is great for ages 4 & up - although younger children will also enjoy the visual representation of baby getting bigger and bigger.  Also recommended for Dads who want some quick prenatal education
New Big BrotherToddler BooksAttachment ParentingBaby DevelopmentBaby Grows

Availability: What's inside your tummy, Mommy? / Abby Cocovini.

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This is one to share with the youngster.  Although it doesn’t provide much information about pregnancy, it does tell the child’s story of waiting for what seems to be an excruciating amount of time for baby to arrive.  The pictures and story will definitely appeal to toddlers and preschoolers

Availability: Waiting for baby / Harriet Ziefert ; illustrated by Emily Bolam.

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This is an excellent choice for one easy to read comprehensive story about pregnancy and welcoming the newborn.  Told from a little boy's perspective we see mother's growing belly, doctors visits, baby in utero, and welcoming the baby home.  It even talks about caring for the umbilical stump and how to soothe a crying baby.  Despite the scope, it is not lengthy or wordy.  Great for ages 2&up.
Random HouseChildrens Books

Availability: Hello baby! / Lizzy Rockwell.

Description

This older picture book has a very dark sense of humour to it that parents and children either love or hate.  Some parents are hesitant to read this book and its companion book, Nobody asked me if i wanted a baby sister, to their children because they don’t want them to be exposed to the negative fantasy ideas that young Oliver has - others find it hilarious. Read it yourself, before sharing it with your child
New Big BrotherI Want A BabyWanting A BabyBaby SisterMoving Out

Availability: When the new baby comes, I'm moving out / story and pictures by Martha Alexander.

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What to Expect When Mommy's Having a Baby. This children’s version of What to Expect when you’re Expecting is wordy and detailed and probably too much information for the average toddler or preschooler.  On the other hand, parents of children who ask a lot of Why? and how? questions may find this book useful for providing answer.s
Books For Beginning ReadersNew Big BrotherBaby Number 2Baby Development

Availability: What to expect when mommy's having a baby / Heidi Murkoff ; illustrated by Laura Rader.

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I'm a Big Sister! This book is about Ellie, a new big sister who discovers that she’s a big girl now and can do many things by herself which baby cannot do yet.  She also learns to help take care of baby and be a good big sister.   Great book if for parents of preschoolers in the “big kid” phase
Big Sister BooksNew Big BrotherBig Sister GiftsDaughters

Availability: I'm a big sister! / written by Ronne Randall ; illustrated by Kristina Stephenson.

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Vera's Baby Sister. What starts off as a typical tale of older sibling feeling pushed out blossoms into a sweet story of how she finds her own special place in the garden and grows to love her baby sister
New Big BrotherOlder SiblingsBaby Sister

Availability: Vera's baby sister / Vera Rosenberry.

Description

What a Good Big Brother!  This book has many refreshing elements that make it stand out from the typical big brother book.  Big brother Cameron loves his little sister from the start and helps his Dad (one of the few books to give mom a break!) change her diaper and put her down for a nap. Each time the baby cries Cameron finds a way to help out and in the end he is rewarded with seeing the baby smile for the first time.
New Big BrotherBaby Sister

Availability: What a good big brother! / by Diane Wright Landolf ; paintings by Steve Johnson & Lou Fancher.

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How to Be a Baby . . . by Me, the Big Sister A snarky know-it-all big sister explains all the things a baby cannot do.  Her superior and resentful attitude shifts at the end of the book to that of a loving older sister.  This humourous book will appeal to ages 4-8.

Availability: How to be a baby by me, the big sister / (and Sally Lloyd-Jones and Sue Heap).

Description

This book is a friendly and detailed account of what babies do.   Behaviors, eating, bathing and sleeping patterns of newborns and infants are discussed.  It is long and wordy and does not have a real storyline.  As a parent I found this one exhausting to read and skipped over a lot of text.  My 2.5 year old approved of it though and liked talking about the pictures
Kathryn LaskyNew Big BrotherChildrens BooksSisters

Availability: Love that baby! : a book about babies for new brothers, sisters, cousins, and friends / Kathryn Lasky ; illustrated by Jennifer Plecas.

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On Mother's Lap.  Originally written in 1972, this book is a timeless classic.  It is a short and sweet story of a little boy sitting on mother’s lap who worries there won’t be space for him when baby starts to cry.  Mother reassures him there is always room on her lap
Preparing For BabyAttachment ParentingBaby SisterTwins

Availability: On Mother's lap / by Ann Herbert Scott ; illustrated by Glo Coalson.

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Hi New Baby! Again we meet a sibling who is resentful and frustrated by the baby. The beautiful illustrations perfectly capture the emotions of the older sibling and show the calm reassuring nature of the parents and grandparents.  However, some parents may find it too negative.

Availability: Hi, new baby! / written by Robie H. Harris ; illustrated by Michael Emberley.

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