Books to help children prepare for the arrival of a new sibling.
When a Dragon Meets a Baby by Caryl Hart
When a new baby comes home with Mummy and Daddy one day, will a dragon share her squishiest toy, fetch the changing mat and help to tidy the house while Mummy has a nap? Or will she refuse to say hello, and bash and crash her toys at bedtime? It's going to be hard to behave herself - she is a dragon after all!
The New Baby by Lynne Benton
Holly wants a little sister, so when her mum has a baby boy, Holly is disappointed. In this sweet tale of worry, assumptions and big changes, Holly learns that little brothers can be great fun too!
How Big is Our Baby? By Smriti Prasadam-Halls
When a new baby is on the way, siblings-to-be have lots of feelings and plenty of questions. But whether they're impatient, curious or a little worried, this friendly and reassuring guide explains each step of the pregnancy journey and helps little ones feel involved and excited. With a month-by-month approach that compares the size of the growing baby to something familiar to the young reader, such as a speck of sand at the seaside or an egg, readers also find out about how the baby is developing, from when the heart might first beat to when they'll be able to feel it kick. The book also includes information about how life might change once the baby arrives, and how exciting it will be to have a new baby brother or sister.
That is Actually My Blanket Baby! By Angie Morgan
Bella LOVES her blanket. But when New Baby arrives, the only thing that will stop him crying is Bella's precious, sparkly, muddy, smelly blanket! Uh-oh. What's a big sister to do?
The New Small Person by Lauren Child
Elmore Green started life as an only child, as many children do. He had a room all to himself, and everything in it was his. But then one day, everything changed ...
We Just Had a Baby by Stephen Krensky
It's not easy getting used to a new baby in the house. Everyone in the world thinks whatever the baby does is amazing! And if you aren't the baby, everyone acts like you're invisible. This clever, funny picture book is told from a slightly older sibling's point of view. The observations about living with a new sister or brother are poignant, spot-on, and will make even the youngest reader chuckle.
Waiting for Baby by Rachel Fuller
A new addition to the family is exciting but the experience can also be worrying and confusing for siblings. This series of board books deals with the anticipation of waiting for the new baby, the excitement of the arrival itself, and the beginnings of the special relationship between siblings.
Elephant Has a Brother by Sue Graves
When Elephant's brother arrives, Elephant is not happy. He has to share everything! And nobody seems to have any time for him anymore. Luckily, Monkey is on hand to help him enjoy the new arrival.
We Are Brothers by Joy Cowley
Having a brother can be tough. Little Brother does not always want to share his toys and sometimes starts a fight. Big Brother gets in trouble for not setting a good example and sometimes has to sit in the thinking chair. Despite it being tough, Big Brother and Little Brother realise having a brother can be fun.
Sibling Rivalry by Karen Doherty
According to a survey of paediatricians, 92% of children bicker and fight. Based on hundreds of interviews with real parents, as well as with psychologists and teachers, this book provides a lifeline for parents who are desperate for their children to get along.