Recommended children’s books: Sibling stories

No book can ever make the process of welcoming a new child into your family completely seamless and free of pain. However, storytelling is a great way to help your child (and you!) navigate this monumental transition with a sense of the many feelings and possibilities that can accompany baby’s arrival. Here are some children’s books my family and I enjoy about this remarkable time of life.

Before baby: Pregnancy etc.

Where Did I Come From? by Peter Mayle

When You Were in Mommy by Joanna Cole

What’s inside Your Tummy, Mommy? by Abby Cocovini

Hello in there! A Big Sister’s Book of Waiting by Jo Witek

The Baby Tree by Sophie Blackall

Mixed up feelings

Darci and Gran Don’t Like Babies by Jane Cutler

Big Red Lollipop by Rukhsana Khan

Sheila Rae’s Peppermint Stick by Kevin Henkes

Julius, the Baby of the World by Kevin Henkes

Pecan Pie Baby by Jacqueline Woodson

The New Small Person by Lauren Child

A Baby Sister for Frances by Russell Hoban

The Pain and the Great One by Judy Blume

The New Baby by Fred Rogers

Too Small for Honey Cake by Gillian Lobel

Princess Lydi and the Baby Brother by Genie Webb

Lulu Is Getting a Sister (Who Wants Her? Who Needs Her?) by Judith Viorst

Babies Can’t Eat Kimchee by Nanzy Patz

Sweet and Sentimental

The New Baby by Mercer Mayer

I’m a Big Sister/Brother by Joanna Cole

Little Miss, Big Sis by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

The Berenstain Bears’ New Baby by Stan and Jan Berenstain

I’m a Big Sister Now by Katura Hudson


King Baby by Kate Beaton

For additional reading:

Rebekka Helford is a licensed marriage and family therapist in private practice in Los Angeles, California. With over a decade of experience working with parents and young children, Rebekka specializes in short-term intensive parenting consultation, using a variety of tools including home, office, and school visits to help families navigate developmental hiccups and get back on track. Virtual visits now available!

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