Becoming a big sibling

Princess Arabella is a Big Sister

It can be a confusing time for children when they find out there's going to be a new addition to the family - from understanding what pregnancy is right through to trying to work out what will happen when their baby sibling arrives. These books explore all those issues, from what takes place when someone finds out that they're expecting to the thorny issue of sibling rivalry.

  • There's Going to be a Baby

    Author: John Burningham Illustrator: Helen Oxenbury

    Interest level: 2+

    Reading age: 6+

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  • There's Going to be a Baby

    Author: John Burningham Illustrator: Helen Oxenbury

    Interest level: 2+

    Reading age: 6+

    A mother tells her little boy that ‘there’s going to be a baby’, but the little boy doesn’t like the sound of this – he doesn’t th…

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  • When I Became Your Brother

    Author: Susannah Shane Illustrator: Britta Teckentrup

    Interest level: 4-5

    Reading age: 7+

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  • When I Became Your Brother

    Author: Susannah Shane Illustrator: Britta Teckentrup

    Interest level: 4-5

    Reading age: 7+

    A heartfelt picture book that celebrates the special bond between a brother and his new sibling. Two fox cub siblings share woodla…

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  • My Sister is an Alien

    Author: Rachel Bright

    Interest level: 3+

    Reading age: 7+

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  • My Sister is an Alien

    Author: Rachel Bright

    Interest level: 3+

    Reading age: 7+

    Alfie's new baby sister, Ruby, looks, sounds and smells like an alien. Alfie is convinced she often cries for home. He decides to …

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  • Just Because

    Author: Rebecca Elliott

    Interest level: 3+

    Reading age: 6+

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  • Just Because

    Author: Rebecca Elliott

    Interest level: 3+

    Reading age: 6+

    This uplifting book focuses on a sibling relationship, as a little boy affectionately describes his older sister

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  • Lulu Reads to Zeki

    Author: Anna McQuinn Illustrator: Rosalind Beardshaw

    Interest level: 0+

    Reading age: 4+

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  • Lulu Reads to Zeki

    Author: Anna McQuinn Illustrator: Rosalind Beardshaw

    Interest level: 0+

    Reading age: 4+

    Lulu has a new baby brother - little Zeki, who sleeps a lot and cries a lot too. Luckily, Lulu has a book for every situation. So …

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  • Boris Babysits

    Author: Sam Lloyd

    Interest level: 0-3

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  • Boris Babysits

    Author: Sam Lloyd

    Interest level: 0-3

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    Join Boris as he tries his best to look after monster baby when monster mummy takes a trip to the shops. Kids will love this book …

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  • The Baby's Catalogue

    Author: Janet and Allan Ahlberg

    Reading age: 3+

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  • The Baby's Catalogue

    Author: Janet and Allan Ahlberg

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    Reading age: 3+

    This book's packed with lots of baby pictures and baby items. It's great for learning and making up stories - this fantastic book …

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  • The New Small Person

    Author: Lauren Child

    Interest level: 3+

    Reading age: 6+

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  • The New Small Person

    Author: Lauren Child

    Interest level: 3+

    Reading age: 6+

    An endearingly funny story, featuring Lauren Child's heart-warming illustrations, about the arrival of a new sibling and the havoc…

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  • Lulu and the Noisy Baby

    Author: Camilla Reid Illustrator: Ailie Busby

    Interest level: 1+

    Reading age: 4+

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  • Lulu and the Noisy Baby

    Author: Camilla Reid Illustrator: Ailie Busby

    Interest level: 1+

    Reading age: 4+

    Mummy and daddy have some great news for Lulu - she is going to be a big sister! This is an absolutely adorable book about adaptin…

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  • The Boy Who Grew a Tree

    Author: Polly Ho-Yen Illustrator: Sojung Kim-McCarthy

    Interest level: 6-8

    Reading age: 6+

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  • The Boy Who Grew a Tree

    Author: Polly Ho-Yen Illustrator: Sojung Kim-McCarthy

    Interest level: 6-8

    Reading age: 6+

    Timi is a quiet little boy who loves to grow plants and is a keen observer of nature. When his mum becomes pregnant, Timi isn’t th…

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  • Lion Practice

    Author: Emma Carlisle

    Interest level: 2-5

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  • Lion Practice

    Author: Emma Carlisle

    Interest level: 2-5

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    Laura goes to long and noisry lengths to remind her mum and dad she's still there after a new sibling arrives on the scene.

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  • Perfect

    Author: Nicola Davies

    Interest level: 4-7

    Reading age: 6+

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  • Perfect

    Author: Nicola Davies

    Interest level: 4-7

    Reading age: 6+

    A young boy is very excited that there's to be a new arrival in the family. However, when the baby arrives, it is clear that there…

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  • Baby Ruby Bawled

    Author: Malaika Rose Stanley Illustrator: Ken Wilson-Max

    Interest level: 2+

    Reading age: 7+

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  • Baby Ruby Bawled

    Author: Malaika Rose Stanley Illustrator: Ken Wilson-Max

    Interest level: 2+

    Reading age: 7+

    Theo loves his baby sister Ruby who is happy as long as she is awake and being entertained. But Ruby simply will not sleep: not at…

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  • New Baby

    Author: Sarah Shaffi & Isabel Otter Illustrator: Lucy Farfort

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  • New Baby

    Author: Sarah Shaffi & Isabel Otter Illustrator: Lucy Farfort

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    Bilal and Sofia, who are perhaps around three or four, are excited that Mum – Ammi – is going to have a new baby. Bilal plans to s…

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  • Wolfie the Bunny

    Author: Ame Dyckman Illustrator: Zachariah O’Hora

    Interest level: 3+

    Reading age: 5

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  • Wolfie the Bunny

    Author: Ame Dyckman Illustrator: Zachariah O’Hora

    Interest level: 3+

    Reading age: 5

    Dot the bunny does not want a little brother – especially if that brother is a wolf! This book is an absolute delight to rea…

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  • A Welcome Song for Baby

    Author: Marsha Diane Arnold Illustrator: Sophie Allsopp

    Interest level: 3-5

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  • A Welcome Song for Baby

    Author: Marsha Diane Arnold Illustrator: Sophie Allsopp

    Interest level: 3-5

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    This reassuring, sensitively illustrated story celebrates the milestones of pregnancy as the seasons pass, foregrounding the natur…

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  • Stupid Baby

    Author: Stephanie Blake

    Interest level: 2+

    Reading age: 6+

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  • Stupid Baby

    Author: Stephanie Blake

    Interest level: 2+

    Reading age: 6+

    There is a new baby in Simon’s family, and Simon is not pleased. He wants to know when the stupid baby is going back to the …

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  • Catch That Egg!

    Author: Lucy Rowland and Anna Chernyshova

    Interest level: 4-6

    Reading age: 5+

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  • Catch That Egg!

    Author: Lucy Rowland and Anna Chernyshova

    Interest level: 4-6

    Reading age: 5+

    Floppit is a bunny with very big, bouncy feet. Unfortunately, he is just too boisterous for his friends looking after little ones.…

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  • I'm Big Now

    Author: Anthea Simmons Illustrator: Georgie Birkett

    Interest level: 2-5

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  • I'm Big Now

    Author: Anthea Simmons Illustrator: Georgie Birkett

    Interest level: 2-5

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    When her little brother is born, a little girl realises she is no longer the baby!

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  • The New Baby and Me!

    Author: Christine Kidney Illustrator: Hoda Haddadi

    Interest level: 2-5

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  • The New Baby and Me!

    Author: Christine Kidney Illustrator: Hoda Haddadi

    Interest level: 2-5

    Reading age:

    This joyful picture book beautifully celebrates the birth of a child and highlights the importance of recognising everyone’s uniqu…

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