Becoming a big sister is a big deal. Help your toddler understand her new role in the family by reading her age-appropriate ‘big sister’ books.
The announcement of a new baby in the family can evoke a variety of emotions. Your toddler may be happy about the new addition, or she may have concerns that the new baby will take all your time and attention.
Gift the gift of ‘big sister’ books to your toddler to help her deal with the changes that are about to occur. These books will help your child discover all the good things that they have to look forward to as a big sister. Books can also help young children come to terms with having a new baby in the house and the feelings hurdles that come with it.
Here we’ve compiled a list of our favorite ‘big sister’ books for toddlers.
Best-Ever Big Sister
With the introduction of a new baby, many older siblings just want to feel special. Best-Ever Big Sister by Karen Katz provides colorful illustrations in a lift-the-flap style book. Each page celebrates big sister’s accomplishments, such as eating with a fork and riding a tricycle. The warm ending leaves the big sister reassuring her new sibling that “one day you’ll be big like me.”
I’m Going to Be a Big Sister
Winner of the iParenting Media Book Awards Best of 2007, the colorful tales in I’m Going to Be a Big Sister by Brenda Bercun tells the story of Amanda who will soon become a big sister. In the story, Amanda discovers what it means to be a big sister as her family prepares for the new baby’s arrival. With the purchase of the book is a free MP3 download with instructions on how to download the song on the copyright page.
My New Baby
A new baby in the family can be confusing for a toddler. She may have many questions, such as “what does it like to eat?” or “when will it walk?” My New Baby by Rachel Fuller touches on what it’s like to have a new baby in the household and how to cope with new situations and emotions. The series of four board books also illustrates the special relationship that forms between siblings.
Lil Miss, Big Sis
Lil Miss, Big Sis by New York Times bestselling author Amy Krouse Rosenthal is the perfect follow up to Plant a Kiss. The charming story follows Lil Miss who learns the many wonderful things that come with becoming a big sister. This book is the perfect gift for families with toddlers who are expecting a new addition.
The New Baby
Little Critter is a family favorite and this new book is no exception. In The New Baby by Mercer Mayer Little Critter is excited to learn that a new baby is coming to live with his family. His feelings soon change when he discovers that the baby doesn’t pay any attention to him. This heartwarming book is the perfect way for your toddler to welcome home her new sibling.
The Berenstain Bears’ New Baby
Illustrated in full color, join the Berenstain Bears as they celebrate the birth of a new baby. The New Baby tells the story of an older sibling’s joyful acceptable of the baby and how Mama and Papa Bear help him adjust to life with a new baby. The book puts a positive spin on the changes that occur with a new sibling, such as changing from a crib to a big bed.
What Baby Needs
Older siblings often want to help mom and dad with the new baby. The book What Baby Needs by American pediatrician William Sears explains to older siblings the needs and demands of a new baby and how they can help provide care. The insightful book is based on the attachment-parenting theories on parenting and childhood authorities, William Sears M.D. and Martha Sears R.N. It’s a great read for toddlers and parents.
It can sometimes be difficult for toddlers to understand what it means when mom is expecting. Make your child feel special before and after the arrival of the new baby by explaining what changes she can expect in simple words she can understand. ‘Big sister’ books are a fun way to prepare your little one for life with a sibling.