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When a new sibling comes on the scene, joy overflows, but sometimes so do some other emotions. Every child reacts differently to new additions to their home and books can be a great way to help them make sense of their feelings while still feeling a little removed from the situation. We’ve compiled a list of some of the best books about new siblings coming home to help you out—we hope you enjoy them as much as we do!

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Fuddles and Puddles
Written & illustrated by Frans Vischer
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

The perfectly pampered world of Fuddles comes screeching to a halt when Puddles, a new puppy, joins the family, and Fuddles schemes of ways to get rid of him and return to his charmed life.

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Wren
Written by Katrina Lehman & illustrated by Sophie Beer
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

Sometimes we find what we’re looking for in the most unexpected places–for Wren, this means a little corner of quiet. Wren just wants a bit of peace and quiet. What he gets is the noisiest baby sister you could ever imagine! But when Wren runs away to the country, he discovers that maybe peace and quiet isn’t all he needs… With bright, modern illustrations from rising star Sophie Beer (Love Makes a Family and Kindness Makes Us Strong) and a powerfully simple story, any child (and any parent!) who’s ever had to deal with a noisy sibling will love Wren.

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A New Baby for Birdie
Written by Clever Publishing
board book
Recommend Ages: 5-6

Birdie is learning to fly! Soon, he is flapping his wings high above the forest. He’s not a baby anymore… and when Birdie returns to the nest, he discovers a surprise - Mama has laid an egg. Birdie is going to be a big brother! Join our little feathered friend as he explores the delightful expectations and bashful apprehensions of adding a sibling to the family.

Perfect way to introduce a new sibling!

Sweet storytelling and beautiful illustrations are enjoyable and accessible for all family members.

Portable, sturdy format is just right for the little hands of kids on the go.

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Ruby's Baby Brother
Written by Kathryn White & illustrated by Miriam Latimer
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

When her mother brings new baby Leo home, Ruby feels left out until she realizes that she has the important job of being a big sister.

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Hello in There!: A Big Sister's Book of Waiting
Written & illustrated by Jo Witek
Thoughts from B is for Bookworm
This book is so perfect for anyone with a little one and expecting another, especially if your first is going to be a big sister. :) I loved that this book has the interactive flaps to open and see the baby growing inside mom's tummy, and it's a great way to help show little children what's happening during pregnancy and help them grasp that there's a baby in mommy's tummy. The illustrations in this book are also so darling. The text is all things big sister is saying to her little sibling, full of thoughts little ones may have when mom's pregnant.
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-4

Combines lighthearted illustrations and interactive flaps in a whimsical tale about a soon-to-be older sibling’s happy anticipation of a new baby that compels her to sing loudly to her mother’s tummy and describe everything that is waiting in the outside world.

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  • Famously Phoebe - B is for Bookworm -

    The cutest book for new big siblings adjusting to their new baby sibling! This book is creative, fun, entertaining, and has an important lesson inside. The illustrations are really cute, too!

  • My Brother the Duck - A new sibling book with humor, heart, and a dash of the scientific process sure to delight young readers. Is Stella’s new baby brother a duck? All the evidence seems to be pointing in that direction, but Stella knows that scientists can’t just wing it. Further research is definitely required. This sweet and silly book is just ducky for new siblings, fledgling scientists and anyone who loves a good laugh. • Read-aloud books for children and siblings • New baby gift for siblings • Pat Zietlow Miller has published numerous children’s books, including the critically acclaimed Be Kind. Picture-book-reading new siblings who enjoyed The New Small Person, Little Miss Big Sis, and Julius Baby of the World will love the sweet and silly humor of My Brother the Duck.

  • The New Small Person - The Book Snob Mom -

    This is a great story about an only child who finds himself no longer the only child around. It does a fantastic job of showing some of the struggles of adapting to life with a sibling. I really like that it takes you through a journey starting at a new baby, but also some of the frustrations of having a slightly older little sibling who sometimes gets into your stuff and wants to follow you around and wear your clothes. Lest you worry this is only about sibling frustration, fret now—it also brings the reader around to how nice it can be too. In fact, life might actually be a lot more fun with a little person around ;)

  • Little Miss, Big Sis - The Book Snob Mom -

    This book is a beautiful take on the (mostly) sunny side of sibling love. I appreciated the positive, upbeat tone and message and how excited, loving and caring this big sis is right from the beginning. The short writing style (in rhyme) and spunky illustrations perfectly compliment each other to create one cohesive story that will give you all the feels.

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Saturdays Are For Stella
Written by Candy Wellins & illustrated by Charlie Eve Ryan
picture book
Recommend Ages: 44-8

George loves Saturdays.

That’s because Saturdays mean time with Grandma Stella. The two of them love going on adventures downtown to visit the dinosaur museum and ride on the carousel! Even when they stay in, George and Stella have fun together, making cinnamon rolls without popping open a tube and sharing the biggest, best hugs.

Then one day Stella is gone, and George is ready to cancel Saturdays. But when a new addition to the family arrives, George finds a way to celebrate the priceless memories he made with his grandma―while making new ones too.

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Lola Reads to Leo
Written by Anna McQuinn & illustrated by Rosalind Beardshaw
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

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.

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On Mother's Lap
Written by Ann Herbert Scott & illustrated by Glo Coalson
picture book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

A small Eskimo boy discovers that Mother’s lap is a very special place with room for everyone.

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Wolfie the Bunny
Written by Ame Dyckman & illustrated by Zachariah OHora
Thoughts from Lemony Snickers
Wolfie the Bunny is a clever take on the emotions and stress children can face dealing with new additions to their own family. Dot, an only bunny-child in a family of bunnies is suspicious of the new wolf baby her parents have so enthusiastically welcomed to the family. Dot recognizes the wolf in bunny's clothing--quite literally, in a hilarious nod to the figurative wolf in sheep's clothing, a growing Wolfie is dressed up in a pink bunny outfit to go outside--and warns that the wolf will eat them all. As it turns out, Wolfie isn't a threat to the family. Rather, Wolfie protects Dot. It isn't until Wolfie is, in turn, threatened that Dot steps in to protect Wolfie. The book fabulously captures the bias so many of us display--we might say what we want about our family, but as soon as an outsider says something negative about our family, we immediately bristle and rise to their defense. In this case, that same response helps Dot to overcome her concern about welcoming a new family member.
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

Families of all kinds will delight in this sweet tale of new babies, sibling rivalry, bravery, unconditional love…and veggies! The Bunny family has adopted a wolf son, and daughter Dot is the only one who realizes Wolfie can–and might–eat them all up! Dot tries to get through to her parents, but they are too smitten to listen. A new brother takes getting used to, and when (in a twist of fate) it’s Wolfie who’s threatened, can Dot save the day?

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Finally, Something Mysterious
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

The best mysteries can only be solved with your best friends. The perfect summer read for fans of Stuart Gibbs. Paul Marconi has always thought that Bellwood was a strange town, but also a boring one. Not much for an eleven-year-old to do. Fires are burning nearby, Paul’s parents are obsessed with winning a bratwurst contest, and his best friend, one of the founding members of their only-child detective club, the One and Onlys, is about to acquire a younger sister, sort of undoing their whole reason for existing. But then! Hundreds of rubber duckies have appeared on the lawn of poor Mr. Babbage without any explanation. Finally! There is something that Paul and his friends can actually investigate. In the face of all these bizarre occurrences, Paul is convinced that uncovering who deposited the duckies will finally bring some sense to what has become an upside-down world. Soon the three friends have a long list of suspects, all with their own motives, but no clear culprit. When everything comes to a head at the town’s annual Bellwood Bratwurst Bonanza, Paul discovers that some things don’t have an easy explanation and not every mystery can be solved. A perfect summer story about friends, amateur sleuthing, and a whole lot of rubber duckies. “The perfect mix of hilarious and heartwarming–kids won’t be able to get enough of Paul and his friends’ Bellwood adventures.”–Elsie Chapman, author of All the Ways Home “Delightful fun for budding mystery fans.”–Kirkus “A diverting mystery with clever misdirection that will keep readers guessing until the end.”–The Bulletin “The quirkiness of the premise and the light, punny humor give the narrative its momentum.”–Booklist “The One and Onlys seem primed to become a popular trio among readers who enjoy an old-fashioned whodunit.”–Publishers Weekly

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  • Maple - 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. When Maple is tiny, her parents plant a maple tree in her honor. She and her tree grow up together, and even though a tree doesn’t always make an ideal playmate, it doesn’t mind when Maple is in the mood to be loud—which is often. Then Maple becomes a big sister, and finds that babies have their loud days, too. Fortunately, Maple and her beloved tree know just what the baby needs.

  • Socks - Newbery Medal-winning author Beverly Cleary charms readers with yet another lovable character—Socks, a jealous cat who must learn to share his owners with their new baby.

  • Once Upon a Baby Brother - When he goes away on a trip, Lizzie, who loves to tell and write stories, is surprised to discover that much of her storytelling inspiration comes from her messy baby brother Marvin.

  • Green on Green - Discover the joys of nature, seasons, family—and the vibrant colors of them all—in this lyrical picture book from the author of the acclaimed Blue on Blue. A child is on a colorful journey through the seasons, filled with yellow flowers and blue coral in spring and summer and orange pumpkins and green pine forests in fall and winter. All the while, there is another colorful change on the horizon—the birth of a new sibling. With gentle, rhyming text and vivid artwork, this book is a heartfelt celebration of family, nature, seasons, colors, and the wonder and magic of them all.

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Ninja Baby
Written by David Zeltser & illustrated by Diane Goode
Thoughts from B is for Bookworm
This is sure to be a hit with all the ninja skills in this story! This is a great book about adjusting to a new sibling and talks through some of the feelings an older sibling might have, and ends on a great note of sibling love. My one concern is that this book could prompt some unwanted ninja behavior in kids reading it, as the older sibling can be a little destructive to things around her with her talents.
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

From the day she was born, Nina was a ninja baby. She obliterated her applesauce. She concealed herself at bath time. And she was training herself in advanced infiltration (of movie night). Nina wants to do everything by herself, until the day her parents bring home a Kung Fu Master (a baby brother). Now with a sibling, Nina will face the one thing she cannot do alone: be part of a family. With verve and humor, David Zeltser and Diane Goode tell the story of an unusually gifted child, and the family that is more than a match for her.

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Lulu Is Getting A Sister
Written by Judith Viorst & illustrated by Kevin Cornell
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 6-10

Lulu is getting the sister she never asked for in this oh-so-funny illustrated chapter book filled with hilarious hijinks and fiesty twists from Judith Viorst.

Lulu has received the worst. News. EVER. She’s getting…a baby sister. No one ever asked HER opinion on this debacle. But she’ll tell you anyway, because she no how, no way, no thank you wants a sibling.

Undeterred, and to prepare Lulu for big sisterhood, her parents bribe—AHEM, ask—Lulu to attend Camp Sisterhood, a.k.a. big sister training camp. As a Sister-in-Training (SIT), Lulu is assigned a variety of temporary little “siblings” who are supposed to be so much fun Lulu will become excited to have a permanent sibling of her own. Well, no one ever said Camp Sisterhood was supposed to teach Lulu how to be a good big sister, so Lulu resolves to be a bad big sister. She insults her little siblings. She taunts them with secrets. She even tricks one of them into carrying both of their backpacks up a mountain!

Then some BITs (brothers-in-training) from the neighboring Camp Brotherhood start picking on Lulu’s siblings, and Lulu responds by doing her red-faced, steam-coming-out-of-her-ears thing and showing those BITs who’s boss! After all, Lulu’s siblings may be duds, but they’re her duds, and sisters have to stick together.

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Awesome Man: The Mystery Intruder
Written by Michael Chabon & illustrated by Jake Parker
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Recommend Ages: 4-8

Awesome Man, our favorite superhero, is back, and in this fantastic sequel from New York Times bestselling author Michael Chabon, he must prepare for his greatest threat yet!

Awesome Man’s secret identity has stayed safe, and he’s still the coolest superhero around. He loves protecting the people of Awesome City from evildoers, like the giant Plutonian octolizard, with his trusty sidekick, Moskowitz. But there have been reports that a new hero is coming to town soon. What if the people of Awesome City no longer need Awesome Man?

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Benny and Beautiful Baby Delilah
Written by Jean Van Leeuwen & illustrated by LeUyen Pham
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

There’s a little newcomer at Benny’s house, and everyone who visits sayshow beautiful she is. Only Benny seems to notice that she cries too much and she takes away from his time with Mom and Dad. What’s the big fuss about? Then one night Baby Delilah really won’t stop crying, and her big brother Benny comes up with a silly, perfect way to make her smile.

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Use Your Words, Sophie!
Written & illustrated by Rosemary Wells
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Preferring to speak in nonsense languages to tell her parents how she feels, little Sophie is challenged to use her words but prefers to communicate with a baby sister who understands her better. By the award-winning creator of the Max & Ruby series.

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  • Julius, the Baby of the World - Lilly is convinced that the arrival of her new baby brother is the worst thing that has happened in their house, until Cousin Garland comes to visit.

  • My Sister is an Alien! - Alfie is crazy about space. His favourite things are: 1. aliens, 2. rockets, 3. the moon - in that exact order. He doesn’t really think much about anything else, until his new baby sister comes along. Then he notices that she looks a bit funny, she talks funny and sometimes she smells funny and he realizes . . . she MUST BE AN ALIEN! Alfie knows he needs to be brave and take her back to the moon where she belongs - after all, she often cries for home - and that’s when the adventure really starts. . . A positive, funny and charming take on the joys of a new sibling with gorgeous etched illustrations from a rising picture book star.

  • Babies Don't Eat Pizza - With kid-friendly honesty and humor, Babies Don’t Eat Pizza informs and reassures children experiencing babies joining their families. Debbie Tilley’s fun, whimsical illustrations highlight the book’s lighthearted, yet sensitive, tone. To encourage family discussions, Babies Don’t Eat Pizza is best read over time.

  • There's Going to Be a Baby - A young boy imagines what life will be like when his new sibling arrives.

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Cuddle Monkey
Written by Blake Liliane Hellman & illustrated by Chad Otis
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

A little monkey looks for the perfect cuddle while his parents are busy with his new baby brother in this insanely adorable picture book about learning to be an older sibling.

Lewis loves to cuddle. But ever since his baby brother Owen was born, cuddle time with his mom and dad has been in short supply. Lewis, however, remains undaunted! He wants his cuddles! So:

He cuddles his favorite book. He cuddles his stuffed animals, Hedwig, Lamby, and Monster Dude. He even cuddles a puddle, just because it rhymes!

But cuddling the bus driver turns out to be a little dangerous. Cuddling at dinner is too messy. And cuddling Owen is wiggly and squiggly. Then Lewis finds that a cuddle doesn’t have to be perfect for it to be just the cuddle you need.

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You Were the First
Written by Patricia MacLachlan & illustrated by Stephanie Graegin
picture book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

You will always be the first… A touching tribute to baby’s early milestones – those unforgettable moments that will always be cherished. From first smiles to first cuddles and even to that first kiss, here’s a loving ode to every child’s – and parent’s – momentous “firsts.”

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Olive Marshmallow
Written & illustrated by Katie Saunders
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

A sweet, humorous picture book for all new brothers and sisters who are anticipating the arrival of a new sibling. When Archie notices his Mommy’s tummy growing, he knows something strange is happening. Not only that: Mommy’s office is suddenly completely pink! Mommy shows Archie a picture of his sister growing in her tummy, but Archie things it looks like an alien. Archie isn’t sure that he wants a baby sister. He likes cars and trains and playing cowboys. He knows for sure that he doesn’t like fluffy, frilly, and very pink things! But soon, a fluffy, frilly, and very pink bundle arrives at home. It’s his new baby sister, Olive! Big brother Archie thinks she looks like a marshmallow, and he wonders if life will ever be the same again.

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Little Frog's Tadpole Trouble
Written & illustrated by Tatyana Feeney
picture book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Little Frog lives with his mommy and daddy. It’s just the three of them, and Little Frog likes it that way. But one day, his parents tell him he is going to be a big brother—to NINE tadpoles!

Little Frog is not impressed with his baby siblings. They can’t jump. They can’t play drums. They can’t do anything! All they do is keep Mommy and Daddy busy—too busy for Little Frog.

But with a little time, big brother realizes that tadpoles grow into little frogs, just like him. And having nine new playmates makes his family better than ever.

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The New Baby
Written by Mercer Mayer & illustrated by C. Nahmad
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

The new baby takes some getting used to, but she’s worth it.

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  • Big Sisters Are the Best - The story follows a young girl as she helps to care for the new baby in her family.

  • The Boss Baby - From the moment he arrives, it is obvious that the new baby is boss and he gets whatever he wants, from drinks made-to-order around the clock to his executive gym.

  • Best-Ever Big Sister - Older sisters describe what they can do compared to their baby sisters.

  • Peter's Chair - The award-winning, classic stories about Peter and his neighborhood friends from the Caledcott Medal-winning author, Ezra Jack Keats. Peter has a new baby sister. First his father paints Peter’s old cradle pink, then his crib. Then his parents want to paint Peter’s chair! “Let’s run away, Willie,” he says to his dog. And they do. This is a gentle and reassuring story about sibling rivalry.

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I'm a Big Brother
Written by Joanna Cole & illustrated by Rosalinda Kightley
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

“Someone new is at our house,” begins this loving, reassuring celebration of brotherhood from trusted author Joanna Cole.

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My New Baby
Written & illustrated by Rachel Fuller
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

A child adjusts to the arrival of a new sibling and to how life is different with a newborn baby around. On board pages.

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King Baby
Written & illustrated by Kate Beaton
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
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The New Baby at Your House
Written by Joanna Cole & illustrated by Margaret Miller
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

It’s natural for children to be concerned about the arrival of a new baby at their house. Most big brothers and sisters feel loving and tender one minute, angry or jealous the next. With over forty vivid full-color photographs and a clear, supportive text by award-winning author Joanna Cole, this revised edition of a much-loved classic will prepare children for the ups and downs of having a new baby in the house. “Should help small children sort out and deal with the turbulent mixed feelings that assail them when a new baby comes home.” –Benjamin Spock, MD., author of Baby and Child Care

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Just for Me
Written & illustrated by Jennifer Hansen Rolli
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

The adorable and spunky Ruby learns a new life lesson about sharing: “Just for me” isn’t nearly as much fun as “just for us!” When Ruby has something special, she likes to say “just for me!” That includes everything from her dolly to the colorful candy sprinkles she uses to decorate her cookies. But when a friend comes over for playtime, Ruby takes her mantra just one step too far, and a precious toy is broken. Just when it looks like playtime has been ruined, Ruby realizes that having a friend is much more fun than having everything to herself. “Sharing is caring” has never felt so spot-on as it does in Just For Me. With sparse text and bright, bold illustrations, this is the perfect story for parents to share with their little readers–and for readers to share with their friends!

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  • Waiting for May - A young boy looks forward to the day when a new sister, who will be adopted from China, joins his family.

  • You Can Do It Too! - Karen Baicker’s can-do heroine is back. This time, instead of figuring out what she has to learn, as she did in I Can Do It Too!, she is teaching her young sibling everything she thinks he needs to know. From banging a spoon on the back of a pan for music to march by to spitting straight into the sink when it is tooth-brushing time, the big sister is very busy—so busy that it takes a while for her to realize that her little brother can do something she cannot!

  • Will it be a Baby Brother? - A baby is on the way. Edward’s mom is having a baby and everyone is excited. There is so much to do and so many things to think about. What will the baby’s name be? What will the baby wear? Most important of all—will it be a boy or a girl? Edward wants a baby brother. He waits and wonders and gets ready to fill the crib with a dump truck, wooden train, and other toys. Then the big day comes. Will Edward’s mom come home with his brother or his sister in this Society of School Librarians International Honor Book?

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