Day Care and Early Education

, Volume 15, Issue 1, pp 42–43 | Cite as

Books for children New siblings

  • Madalynne Schoenfeld


  1. Alexander, Martha.Nobody Asked Me If I Wanted a Baby Sister. New York: Dial Press, 1971. unp., $9.95. Oliver packs his new baby sister into his wagon and sets ff to find her a new home. Humorous pastels accompany this perceptive story.Google Scholar
  2. Anglund, Joan Walsh.Baby Brother. New York: Random House, 1985. unp., $6.99. A little girl describes all the good and bad things her baby brother can do. Typically sweet Anglund drawings.Google Scholar
  3. Arnstein, Helen S.Billy and Our New Baby. New York: Human Sciences Press, 1973. unp., $7.95. Feeling jealous of his new baby brother, Billy wants to behave like a baby but realizes that it's more fun to be a big brother. Black-and-white drawings overlaid with bright yellow wash. There is a guide on the subject for parents and those who work with children.Google Scholar
  4. Banish, Roslyn.I Want to Tell You About My Baby. Berkeley, CA: Wingbow Press, 1982. 48 pp., $5.95. A little boy explains his mother's pregnancy, the care the new baby needs, and his feelings about the newcomer. This experience is captured from the child's perspective in simple and honest text and wonderfully expressive photographs.Google Scholar
  5. Bond, Felicia.Poinsettia & Her Family. New York: Thomas Y. Crowell, 1981. 32 pp., $7.89. OC Poinsettia Pig thinks the house she lives in would be perfect without her noisy, messy always-in-the-way brothers and sisters until she finds herself alone in the house and doesn't like it. Pastel drawings complement this funny yet tender tale.Google Scholar
  6. Byars, Betsy.Go and Hush the Baby. New York: Viking Press, 1971. unp., $3.50. Will tries singing songs, doing magic tricks, and telling stories, but only the bottle will keep the baby quiet. Amusing black, white, and brown drawings show Will on his way out of the house just as the baby starts to cry again.Google Scholar
  7. Caseley, Judith.My Sister Celia. New York: Greenwillow Books, 1986. unp., $11.75. OC When her sister Celia begins to prepare for her wedding, Emma feels left out and misses the private times they used to have.Google Scholar
  8. Eisenberg, Phyllis Rose.Don't Tell Me a Ghost Story. New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1982. unp., $8.95 OC Jeff tries to frighten his younger brother with a more and more spooky ghost story, until he finds the tables turned on himself. Black-and-white pen and ink drawings make this a comfortable, scary story.Google Scholar
  9. Greenfield, Eloise.She Come Bringing Me That Little Baby Girl. Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott Company, 1974. unp., $5.95. A child's disappointment and jealousy over a new baby sister disappear when he becomes aware of his new role as a big brother. Interesting paintings in semisurrealistic style by John Steptoe.Google Scholar
  10. Hoban, Russell.A Baby Sister for Frances. New York: Harper & Row, 1964. unp., $3.27. VYC Frances is not sure she wants baby Gloria in the family, since no one has time for anyone except the new baby. This realistic problem is treated with warmth and understanding. Charming drawings by Liflian Hoban in pink, black, and white.Google Scholar
  11. Jarrell, Mary.The Knee-Baby. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1973. unp., $6.95. VYC What Alan does as he waits by his mother's knee until she finished nursing the baby, and it is his turn to sit on her lap. Beautifully sensitive pastels by Symeon Shimin.Google Scholar
  12. Keats, Ezra Jack.Peter's Chair. New York: Harper & Row, 1967. unp., $3.79. VYC Peter runs away from home when his mother and father paint his cradle pink and make him play quietly so he won't disturb his new baby sister. The gently humorous story is enhanced by the vivid colors and rich details of the imaginative collage pictures.Google Scholar
  13. Robins, Joan.My Brother Will. New York: Greenwillow Books, 1986. unp., $11.88. A young boy tells of his baby brother's progress from the time of his arrival from the hospital until he takes his first steps. A tender and sympathetic treatment of a familiar situation.Google Scholar
  14. Scott, Ann Herbert.On Mother's Lap. New York: McGraw-Hill Book Company, 1972. unp., $4.72. VYC With the arrival of a baby sister, Michael is afraid there will be no room for him on mother's lap, until he learns that there is room for both. This Eskimo family story illustrates the universality of the problems arising with the arrival of a new baby.Google Scholar
  15. Sharmat, Marjorie.Goodnight, Andrew, Goodnight, Craig. New York: Harper & Row, 1969. 32pp., $2.92. OC Humorous illustrations by Mary Chalmers accompany this typical bedtime dialogue between two young brothers.Google Scholar
  16. Smith, Peter.Jenny's Baby Brother. New York: Viking Press, 1981. unp., $5.95. Jenny is unhappy because her baby brother is too young to play with her, but he is soon able to join the fun and become her friend. Cartoon-style illustrations.Google Scholar
  17. Wolde, Gunilla.Betsy's Baby Brother. New York: Random House, 1975. unp., $2.99. Betsy helps her mother take care of her new baby brother.Google Scholar
  18. Zolotow, Charlotte.Big Brother, New York: Harper & Row, 1960. unp., $2.57. OC Simplicity and humor in the story of the big brother who made his sister cry because of his teasing, until she discovered that his teasing stopped when her crying stopped, and then they could play together very well. OC refers to books best suited for older children (5 to 7). VYC refers to books best suited for very young children (3 to 5).Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Human Sciences Press 1987

Authors and Affiliations

  • Madalynne Schoenfeld
    • 1
  1. 1.Westchester Jewish Center inMamaroneck

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