10 Best Books About Becoming A Big Brother Update 05/2022

The stages of grief your child goes through when they learn they’ll be a big brother or sister are many. So, in exchange for leaving the baby at the hospital, your wife will let her eat raw broccoli. This is a possible deal: Maybe they don’t believe they won’t have their own room for a long time. But instead of letting them think about the idea of sharing their parents, start reading them books to help them get used to it. It won’t be until years after you’ve put away the picture books that real rivalry will start.

Ish by Peter H. Reynolds

The book is about Ramon, who is an aspiring artist and the middle child. Many people who are in between have their dreams shattered by their older brother (hey,somebody needed to tell him those drawingslacked realism). In a way that isn’t cool like Jackson Pollock’s, Ramon is crushed and throws away his work. When he’s about to give up, his younger sister comes over with a few words of encouragement. If you make these paintings, they don’t have to look perfect. They can be kind of shaky. How about tree-like? Vase-like, or something like that. If only your boss would let you be on time. Ages: 5 and up

Little Frog’s Tadpole Trouble by Tatyana Feeny 

There isn’t a how-to book for when you’re no longer the center of attention. Then, there’s a book that tells the story of a little frog who’s going to be the big brother to a tadpole. It’s called “The Big Brother” (and, herpetologically speaking, probably thousands of them). It’s no wonder this frog is so scared. Some of the things your child will have to do and be nice about when they move are in the book. 2–4

Benny and Beautiful Baby Delilah by Jean Van Leeuwen 

When you have a new sibling, you feel happy and sad at the same time. New baby sister Benny doesn’t like. She has a lot of annoying baby habits that he doesn’t like (like existing). One night, she’s crying so much that Benny decides he has to do something very, very bad to fix it. Not at all. It makes you feel warm inside, and it isn’t a bad thing at all. I bet you’re thinking of The Omen. Ages 4 and up

Olive Marshmallowby Katie Saunders .

Which means that he doesn’t like that baby growing inside his mother (unless it turns out to be an android quarterback).

There are a lot of things in his mom’s old office that make him unhappy, like all the pink things. He thinks that’s a direct challenge to the early heteronormative ideas that he’s had in his head. No need to be afraid. Olive looks like a marshmallow and there are twice as many toys now. Ages 3 to 6.

Wolfie The Bunny by Ame Dyckman 

Wolfie You don’t have to live with rabbits to enjoy The Bunny. A family of rabbits takes in a baby wolf that was left on their doorstep and raises them as if they were their own. He or she also learns why it’s bad when you have a little faith in people (or predators). Another thing: Who is right? I mean, who are you to say that this didn’t happen at least once in nature? When the daughter of the bunny family, Dot, thinks they’ve all gone crazy and are going to be eaten, things start to get really bad. The wolves are still coming to get their bunny guns and bunny jobs. 3–6

What Brothers Do Bestby Laura Numeroff

Laura Numeroff, the author of If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, shows the sweet side of brotherhood in her book. They help each other climb trees, swing and eat party subs in this book. It’s possible that this all happens with brothers, but it’s pretty clear that Numeroff only had sisters. The book is dedicated to them, which is kind of ironic. Not one time did they say “forgot” to pick you up from the movies. Years 2–4.

Hello in There by Jo Witek 

Your child will get their first, but not entirely accurate, look at the stages of a developing fetus thanks to this interactive flip book that moves around as you read. The book is unique in that this little girl is so excited to tell her baby sister about cupcakes, swimming, strawberries, and all the other great things adults take for granted in their lives. For ages: 4+

Little Miss, Big Sis by Amy Krouse Rosenthal 

Follow-up to Plant a Kiss, Amy Krouse Rosenthal’s new book shows the charmed life of Little Miss, who is precocious to the point of being adorable. Images are clear and the words are rhyming as Little Miss counts down the days until she is a big sister. Apparently, someone already has a stake in the new baby and wants to show that she’s a good member of the team by raising the baby. That’s when she gets the Glengarry leads from the company. Years 4–8

Babies Don’t Eat Pizza by Dianne Danzig

In this book, there is no need to hide the fact that this is not about pizza. If you haven’t already skipped this blurb, you should know that it gives soon-to-be brothers and sisters a general idea of what life with a baby from birth to toddlerhood is like for them. Even adoption, premature and special-needs babies, breast and bottle feeding, twins, older kids’ feelings, and a “parents’ tips” page are covered. It also has a bonus “parents’ tips” page. As a Mom’s Choice Award Gold Winner. Jeez, book, why don’t you just raise this child instead? 4–8 years old

Ninja Baby by David Zeltser and Diane Goode 

Nina, a toddler who is tough as nails and uses her ninja skills to get what she wants, is the star of this kung-fu movie about a sister and sister-in-law who fight (and, like all toddlers, seems to vanish whenever they hear the bath running). Until her parents bring home their real Kung Fu Master, she’s all about living the ninja life. Now, who’s the boss?

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