Brothers and sisters can be playmates, partners in crime or brilliant entertainment for one another, but the arrival of a sibling can be tricky for a big brother or sister. This is a time of change and there is a lot to take on board. If you are looking for some inspiration, here are suggestions for stories to share with your big boy or girl that can gently prepare and reassure them about the arrival of the new small person and help them adjust to life with a sibling.
The New Small Person by Lauren Child
‘Elmore Green started off life as an only child, as many children do. He had a room all to himself, and everything in it was his.’
Things change for Elmore when a NEW small person arrives. Can Elmore Green and the new small person ever be friends? This is a beautifully illustrated picture book by the multi-award-winning creator of Charlie and Lola, and is required reading for anyone who has ever had – or is preparing for – a sibling.
The New Small Person, finalist for the 2015 Kirkus Prize.
Pirate Pete: I’m a New Big Brother and Princess Polly: I’m a New Big Sister
Ladybird’s brilliant Pirate Pete and Princess Polly toddler range introduce children to key milestones in a fun and reassuring way. I’m a New Big Brother and I’m a New Big Sister can help younger children look forward to becoming an older sibling and encourage them to play with the new baby.
The Big Alfie and Annie Rose Storybook by Shirley Hughes
This gorgeous storybook is full of snapshots of family life, from breakfast to bedtime and from birthdays to walks in the park. Small children will be able to identify with Alfie and Annie Rose, pre-schoolers who are constantly tackling new experiences and making new friends. This is a lovely book for siblings to share at bedtime.
‘Shirley Hughes is a national treasure’, Philip Pullman
Peppa Pig: George and the Noisy Baby
This is a perfect picture book for Peppa fans about to experience life with a noisy new arrival! Peppa and George are having a sleepover at Cousin Chloe’s house and they are very excited to see their new cousin Baby Alexander. But during the night Baby Alexander wakes George up and he helps Daddy Pig find a way to get Alexander back to sleep.
Topsy and Tim: The New Baby by Jean Adamson
Topsy and Tim’s engaging stories are reassuring for young children having first experiences of their own and this is a top pick for those about to have a new little one arrive in the family.
My Sister is an Alien! By Rachel Bright
This is a funny and charming take on the joys of a new sibling. My Sister is an Alien! stars Alfie, crazy about space and convinced his new baby sister is an alien; she looks a bit funny, she talks funny and sometimes she smells funny, so she must be from THE MOON! Alfie thinks he needs to be brave and take her back to the moon where she belongs – after all, she often cries for home – and that’s when the adventure really starts…
Share! By Anthea Simmons
This picture book is about the tricky subject of sharing with a gentle message that learning to share your favourite things with a baby brother or sister can be hard at first, but once you get used to it, it can be fun!
Angelina and the New Baby by Katharine Holabird and Helen Craig
In this classic Angelina story Angelina is very excited by the arrival of a new baby, Polly, and can’t wait to be a big sister. But her family spend so much time doting on the baby that Angelina soon feels left out and forgotten. As the story unfolds we see that, of course, Angelina hasn’t been forgotten and her family love her very much.
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