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17 books for a new big brother or sister

Is there a new baby on the way? Help ease the transition for your older kid with these top picks.

By Ashley Metzger

17 books for a new big brother or sister

Books for new big siblings

Little Dragon and the New Baby

Written and illustrated by Deborah Cuneo, Sky Pony Press (AGES 3-6) Little Dragon like surprises, but not when the surprise is an egg! He tries and tries, but just can’t get used to it being there. Then one day, Crack! The egg hatches with a surprise for the whole family. $26, indigo.ca

Cover art for Little Dragon and the New Baby showing a kid dragon with his back turned to a big eggPhoto: Sky Pony Press

No Room for Baby

Written and illustrated by Emile Jadoul, Kids Can Press A new baby is coming to Leon’s house and he just can’t find any room to put him. New big brothers and sisters will learn along as Leon realizes there’s more than enough room to go around. $19, indigo.ca

Cover art for the book, No Room for BabyPhoto: Kids Can Press

Waiting for Sophie

Written by Sarah Ellis and illustrated by Carmen Mok, Pajama Press Liam has been waiting for baby Sophie to arrive for so long. But when she finally comes home, he realizes that he has a lot more waiting to do until his new baby sister can play with him. Liam is tired of waiting, so he makes a Get Older Faster Machine with help from Nana-Downstairs. $13, indigo.ca

Cover art for the book, Waiting for SophiePhoto: BNC CataList

I’m Big Now!

Written by Anthea Simmons and illustrated by Georgie Birkett, Andersen Press USA When her new baby brother starts getting all the attention, one little girl decides to try being a baby again. But she soon discovers being a big sister is a lot more fun. $28, indigo.ca

17 books for a new big brother or sister

Monkey: Not Ready for the Baby

Written and illustrated Marc Brown, Penguin Random House Monkey’s not ready to be a big brother. He likes being the little brother. But before the baby arrives, Mommy, Daddy and Brother teach Monkey that having a little sibling isn’t so bad. $23, indigo.ca

Monkey not ready for baby book

Behold! A Baby

Written by Stephanie Watson and illustrated by Joy Ang, Bloomsbury Behold one of the most amazing wonders of our world: a baby! Adults think every smile, every laugh, every eaten bit of food is astounding when it comes to babies, but big brothers are harder to please. What is it that eventually convinces this big brother of how wonderful the baby is? $19, indigo.ca

17 books for a new big brother or sister

The Twins’ Little Sister

Written and illustrated by Hyewon Yum, Raincoast Books Being twins means two of everything. Two pretty dresses, two beds, and two hands – one of moms hand’s each. Until they find out mom is about to have another girl. What does that mean for the twins? Who will hold the new babies hand? Who will mom pay attention to? Read along and find out how these twins learn to be big sisters. $20, indigo.ca

17 books for a new big brother or sister

Ninja Baby

Written by David Zeltser and innustrated by Diane Goode, Raincoast Books Ever since Nina was a baby she has been a ninja. Disappearing in the blink of an eye, showing up when she shouldn’t, and being whole-heartedly independant. Until a new baby arrives. Now Nina has to learn to be a part of a larger family. But can the ninja baby do that? $23, indigo.ca

17 books for a new big brother or sister

Little Miss Big Sis

Written by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds, Harper Collins This adorable follow up to Plant A Kiss follows Little Miss as she becomes a big sister. Little Miss is totally excited about being a big sister—she feeds the baby and sings to the baby, and as the baby grows, their friendship does too. $22, indigo.ca

17 books for a new big brother or sister

Gwendolyn Grace

Written and illustrated by Katherine Hannigan, Harper Collins Gwendolyn is a new big sister, and with that comes some new rules. There are things that aren’t allowed (like noise, it’ll wake up the baby!) and things that are allowed (nothing fun!). All Gwendolyn wants to do is practice her drums in the kitchen and play music, but mom says no, it’ll wake up the new baby. But what happens when the baby wakes up? $22, indigo.ca

17 books for a new big brother or sister

Don’t Eat The Baby

Written and illustrated by Amy Young, Penguin Random House You know how parents say ’that baby is cute enough to eat’? Well, imagine how that comes across to a toddler. Will his parents really eat the baby? Will they eat him next? This book is hilarious for kids and parents alike! $18, indigo.ca

17 books for a new big brother or sister

Maple

Written and illustrated by Lori Nichols, Penguin Random House When Maple was born, her parents planted a tree in her honor. Maple and her tree grow together until one day Maple gets a little sister, Willow. Willow can be loud sometimes and happy sometimes, but Maple and her tree know exactly what Willow needs. $18, indigo.ca

17 books for a new big brother or sister

Edgar’s Second Word

Written by Audrey Vernick and illustrated by Priscilla Burris, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Hazel can’t wait for her new baby brother to be born – she wants to talk with him all day long. Then he’s born and he just…sits there. But Hazel waits patiently until her brother finally says his first word: ”No.” But what will his second word be? $10, indigo.ca

17 books for a new big brother or sister

I’m A Big Brother

Written and illustrated by Joanna Cole, Harper Collins From the maker of the Magic School bus books comes a book about the wonders of being a big brother. $9, indigo.ca

17 books for a new big brother or sister

I’m A Big Sister

Written and illustrated by Joanna Cole, Harper Collins Being a big sister is a new job, but it isn’t all bad. Written by Magic School bus creator Joanna Cole, this sweet book shows what it means to be a new big sister. $9, indigo.ca

17 books for a new big brother or sister

Big Brother

Written and illustrated by Marianne Richmond, Raincoast Books Read along as this new big brother goes from not wanting a baby that does nothing to understanding what it’s really like to be a big brother. With heartfelt moments mixed with hilarious ones – yes, babies can be funny too! $14, indigo.ca

17 books for a new big brother or sister

My Blue Bunny Bubbit

Written and illustrated by Maggie Smith, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt The narrator of this story is obsessed with Bubbit, her homemade bunny rabbit toy. Her Nonni made Bubbit for her when she was born and she hasn’t let go of Bubbit since. When she finds out she is about to be a big sister, she doesn’t know what to do – until Nonni shows up with her sewing kit. $23, indigo.ca

17 books for a new big brother or sister

This article was originally published on Jan 28, 2016
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