Pen Elaine’s Most Favorite Book…New baby sibling edition!

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Getting ready for baby brother, we have been reading an assortment of books about having a new baby in the house! Here’s some of our favorites:

 

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The Berenstain Bears’ New Baby by Stan & Jan Berenstain
This one touches on growing up and the fun of having a big kid bed.

 

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101 Things to do with a Baby by Jan Ormerod
This one is a really fun read, mostly due to the funny ideas and great illustrations. On each reading, I notice a new funny expression that I hasn’t noticed on the baby or the dad or some insightful display of emotion on the big sister. This is a sweet book to give ideas for ways to bond as siblings.

 

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Best Kind of Baby by Kate Laing, illustrated by R.W. Alley
This is a great one for younger readers, being about a toddler becoming a big sister, and the jokes are perfect for that age group. My 2.5-year-old and I had some laughs over remembering parts of the story and questioning whether our new baby was going be a baby monkey or baby mouse or baby puppy, etc., when he is born!

 

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Little Rabbit’s New Baby by Harry Horse
This is a cute one about the joys and also trials of having a new, sometimes fussy baby in the house…and how an older sibling can help.

 
I also plan on checking out this list by mylittlebookcase!

 

Reading together is a great way to open up opportunities for discussion, even with a 2-and-a-half-year-old! Books open her mind to new possibilities and exploring the unknown. When we read together, we both think of questions that we’d like to ask each other. Pen Elaine is very inquisitive, and most all toddlers and preschoolers go through a very long “why” phase of wanting to understand how the world works. Reading a variety of books together helps encourage and develop curiosity and creativity and school preparedness. Reading together, just like eating dinner together as a family, is a way to promote success in school, teaching your child that they are loved and valued by the time you give to them, time where they can listen and also be heard. Reading is a time to snuggle and have safe touch, important for all areas of development in a young individual.

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