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Birth, Babies, and becoming a Big Brother or Sister: A Booklist for Parents
Booklists for Adults

NONFICTION

Andry, Andrew C. HOW BABIES ARE MADE.
Simple, informative text and bright cut paper pictures explain how reproduction occurs in plants, chickens, dogs, and humans. (Preschool-Grade 3)

Banish, Roslyn. LET ME TELL YOU ABOUT MY BABY.
In this photo essay with simple text, a little boy explains his mother's pregnancy, the birth and care of the baby, and his feelings about having a new baby in the family. (Preschool-Grade 2)

Brooks, Robert B. SO THAT'S HOW I WAS BORN!
When Joey's friend Lisa tells him how babies are made, he doesn't believe her and asks his parents for the truth. Conversational language and clear, simple illustrations introduce the differences between males and females and how reproduction occurs. (Grade 1-Grade 3)

Cole, Joanna. HOW YOU WERE BORN.
Cole uses simple, reassuring language to explain the process of conception and birth. Photographs depict a wide range of families. (Preschool-Grade 3)

Cole, Joanna. MY PUPPY IS BORN.
Wonderful color photographs and a simple text show the birth and growth of Norfolk terrier puppies through the eyes of a little girl. (Preschool-Grade 2)

Rogers, Fred. THE NEW BABY.
Fred Rogers gives a realistic look at the changes that occur in a family after a baby arrives. Photographs depict a wide range of families. (Preschool-Grade 1)

FICTION

Alexander, Martha. NOBODY ASKED ME IF I WANTED A BABY SISTER.
Oliver dislikes the attention showered on his new baby sister so he tries to give her away. But he changes his mind when his sister prefers him to the new family he has found to take her. (Preschool-Grade 2)

Anholt, Catherine. AREN'T YOU LUCKY!
When the new baby arries everyone tells big sister, "aren't you lucky"; but big sister doesn't feel lucky and behaves badly. This attitude ends when she learns her value as a big sister. (Preschool-Grade 2)

Balter, Lawrence. WHAT'S THE MATTER WITH A.J.?
A.J. responds to his new baby sister with anger and jealousy. It takes time for him to realize his important and unique place in the family. (Grade 1-Grade 3)

Bradman, Tony. BILLY AND THE BABY.
Billy's parents take special care to prepare him for the baby's arrival even though Billy appears to be unconcerned. When the baby does arrive, Billy gives her a present he has been preparing all along. (Preschool-Grade 2)

Clifton, Lucille. EVERETT ANDERSON'S NINE MONTH LONG.
After learning to accept a new father, Everett must then learn to accept a new half-sister. (Preschool-Grade 3)

Collins, Pat Lowery. WAITING FOR BABY JOE.
Baby Joe has been born prematurely and needs special care at the hospital. His big sister Missy eagerly awaits his arrival home. Clear, simple text complements the soft tone of the black and white photgraphs. (Preschool-Grade 2)

Corey, Dorothy. WILL THERE BE A LAP FOR ME?
A bright, simple picture book in which Kyle misses his "special place," his mother's lap, while she is pregnant. Once the baby is born, Kyle also misses his mother's attention. (Preschool-Grade 1)

Dahl, Tessa. BABIES, BABIES, BABIES.
A brother and sister ask their pregnant mother questions about human and animal babies. Bright, colorful illustrations add to the simple, informative text. (Preschool-Grade 1)

Holabird, Katharine. ANGELINA'S BABY SISTER.
Angelina couldn't wait to be a big sister until she discovered that nobody had time for her anymore. (Preschool-Grade 3)

Iwasaki, Chihiro. A NEW BABY IS COMING TO MY HOUSE.
A quite story about a little girl's waiting for her new baby brother's joyous arrival home from the hospital. (Preschool-Grade 1)

Keats, Ezra Jack. PETER'S CHAIR.
When father starts painting Peter's old baby things pink, Peter decides to leave home. He soon realizes, though, that he has outgrown these things and the baby needs them. (Preschool-Grade 2)

Ormerod, Jan. 101 THINGS TO DO WITH A BABY.
Simple captions explain 101 illustrations of things to do with a new baby. (Preschool-Grade 2)

Watts, Bernadette. DAVID'S WAITING DAY.
David has been waiting a long time for the new baby. Finally he and his grandmother welcome everyone home. (Preschool-Grade 2)

Compiled by Kim Shapiro, Faneuil Branch, Boston Public Library, 1994.