6 Charming Children’s Books About Getting a New Sibling
When my partner and I learned that we were going to welcome our first child, we were impeccably thrilled. It was the same when we learned about our secondborn's arrival.
However, our child didn’t share the same excitement we had. He also showed an emotional override after we shared the news with him. Our new addition was totally not working for him. He kept asking lots of questions, something we really struggled to understand and explain to him in a palatable way.
We didn’t realize that as the shift was happening, our baby’s curiosity and nervousness were growing. Until my friend talked to me about it and suggested reading children's books about the matter with our young one.
The truth is that a new sibling addition is life-changing not only for parents but also for other children. Could you be going through a similar dilemma we had and are confused about what to do? If so, below are books that can help you address the mind-boggling concerns, curiosities, and questions together with your little prince or princess.
We have specially selected titles that will introduce the subject matter and prepare your young one(s) accordingly while granting them the needed comfort after a new sibling’s arrival.
What Are Some Fascinating New Sibling Books?
I Don’t Want a Brother, by Lory Mastracci (2022)
Children develop countless feelings and emotions whenever a newborn is about to join their family. They may not even want them. But this sibling book captures such issues with good essence. It is a good story for children to learn the importance of sharing.
In the book, you meet George, who is in an emotional shift following his transition from being an only child to being a big brother. Initially, he does not want to share his room, toys, or Paco. However, when his little brother comes home, everything changes. He loves him very much.
This is a big brother book that any child will relate to easily, because it teaches the importance of sharing with others. It will be of great help if you have a young boy who is not so keen on becoming a big brother.
It is an excellent story to ease little boys into the upcoming role of being older brothers. The illustrations are well done, and Lory has used them excellently to demonstrate the introduction of a new baby. It teaches young ones a great concept of how sharing impacts and grows the love within a family. It is ideal for kids within the 3-6 age gap.
You’re the Biggest, by Lucy Tapper (2017)
You’re the Biggest is a delightful picture book for any new sibling celebrating their responsibility of being the bigger one following a new baby’s arrival. The full-color illustrations in this book will impress your child pleasantly and remain in their memory even as they take on the new challenge.
This book’s story follows two foxes on a fantastic journey. They are just beginning to discover the remarkable role an older sibling plays. I particularly loved how the book promotes acceptance and involvement, which are essential for children welcoming another sibling(s).
The book begins by letting children know that when a new baby arrives, a critical role begins for them. It then proceeds to guide them on why the duty of being the bigger sister or brother is rewarding.
One unique thing about this book you will love is its space for a handwritten personal message. Children between the ages of 2-5 will benefit greatly from this book and even reflect on why feeling closer to those who matter is essential. It teaches older children without overwhelming them with challenging tasks.
Just Right Family, by Silvia Lopez (2018)
We mostly talk about birth being the prevalent way of getting new siblings and tend to forget that adoption counts too. Just Right Family is a book to help children grasp the idea of adoption.
This book follows the story of Meili. She is six and an adopted baby from China. But she is unhappy when she learns that her parents will be adopting another baby from Haiti. She can’t seem to make out why they need another baby. After all, their family is just right the way it is. But as Meili learns a lot more about her new sibling and why being a big sister is important, she realizes that even this new addition can be the right thing for their family. She falls in love with the new baby.
This book is a great way to teach children that despite the situation, accepting a new sibling calls for certain change(s) and acceptance. It is a perfect addition if you have adopted a child or children or are planning to adopt one as an addition. The illustrations are inviting and just as beautiful as this story is. Reading this book with your 3-5-year-old will be greatly rewarding.
I am a Big Sister Now, by Jennifer L. Trace (2021)
I am a Big Sister Now is a sweet story that gets into the details of sisterhood, care, and change. This big sister book not only explores the challenges that come with being a big sister to a new baby but also talks about the blessings. As Jennifer puts it across, a sister is a life companion. Packed with love and reassurance, this book is an excellent opportunity to enable you to talk out the feelings of welcoming a new sibling- it will help you start the conversation with your daughter regarding how she truly feels about the transition.
As a parent, it will help you reflect on how easy it can be to miss something your child is struggling with and how easily they may also feel left out. The book is an excellent addition for kids to learn about jealousy, anger, and emotional management. The illustrations are beautiful, adorable, and fun for children to relate and the rhyme scheme is even more fun. Based on the book’s size, it is fun and educational for kids between four and eight.
The New Small Person, by Lauren Child (2018)
This is a familiar story about a less-than-welcome sibling, but Lauren skillfully and subtly tells it with insight, affection, and humor.
In the book, Elmore Green begins life as the only child. Like many others. He has his own room where he can arrange his precious things without anybody moving them. But one day, this good life changes. The new small person who comes along seems to be getting everyone else’s attention. They seem to like this new person a bit more than they like Elmore.
What’s worse, the small person licks Elmore’s jelly-bean collection and knocks over his items. His mom and dad say Elmore can’t be mad at the small person. He wishes this baby would return to where he came from. But one night, everything takes a shift.
This is one of the books about becoming a big brother with essential truths about kid experiences that will highly resonate with older siblings. The theme is familiar, and the pleasing twist and insight regarding sibling rivalry are even more fulfilling. The illustrations are also playful for kids between 4-8 to embrace family expansion.
Noelle the Best Big Sister, by Mikaela Wilson (2021)
This book will help young ones understand that they are bound to experience various emotions with the arrival of a new sibling. But what is more, it echoes that these feelings are totally normal. It will teach you as a parent that allowing kids undergoing the transition to feel heard, supported, and validated is crucial.
With an engaging storyline and beautiful illustrations, Noelle the Best Big Sister depicts a multi-ethnic family growing the love they share. Noelle is excited since her baby sister is about to come home.
She has made plans on how she will share her toys and books. However, when she sees her mother holding the baby, she soon starts to feel left out. She has just realized that she is officially no longer the baby of the house and has to come to terms with the same. Regardless, she soon figures out some ways she can share chores and responsibilities to unify their family.
If you have a child between 2 and 4, grab this book and help them cultivate a good relationship with the new sibling. Some of the tactics Noelle’s parents use to instill involvement and care will help your child develop social skills and even build confidence. This fun and sweet story will be beneficial even if you are not expecting a new baby.
Final Thoughts New Sibling Children's Books
The anticipation of a new sibling may be exciting, but it can also cause kids a lot of anxiety and confusion. The momentous occasion can derange their little lives and cause an enormous shift in the life they have known. But the books listed above can help out.
We trust you will find the right pick for your family, whether big or small. But most importantly, we hope this selection will ease the transition for your young ones. All the best!
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