English children's books

Big Brother Ian – Pauline Oud

  • Ian is going to be a big brother, but it takes some getting used to. At first, everything belonged to him, and he could play with anything. The little bottle, the little cradle, the little top, the little bath, and the little baby seat were toys for Ian and his toy bunny.
  • When he becomes a big brother, Ian suddenly has to share all his toys. When the baby also takes up his mommy’s entire lap, Ian is fed up. But then something unexpected happens…
  • A warm and tender picture book about a toddler who has to get used to the fact that he is not an only child anymore. Pauline Oud paints a playful and familiar picture of what goes on in a child’s minds when a new little brother or sister comes home.

But I Wanted a Little Sister – Pauline Oud

  • An excellent and interesting book about appreciating your siblings. Rogene Carter, educator Sophie always wanted a little sister. Instead she got a little brother.
  • At first she was angry, but then Sophie had an idea. Pigtails, a pink dress… and little brother!
  • Sophie’s pretend-sister is the perfect solution, until she finds out that having a little brother isn’t so bad after all.
  • A book about expectations and acceptance, and about loving little sisters and little brothers. For children ages 4 and up.

I’m a Big Brother – Joanna Cole

  • Someone new is at our house, begins this loving, reassuring celebration of brotherhood from trusted author Joanna Cole. Told through the eyes of a new older brother, this simple story lays out all the good things about being an older sibling, and just how exciting welcoming a new member to the family can be.
  • With an author’s note about what big siblings need-extra guidance, reassurance, love-and sweet, engaging artwork by Rosalinda Kightley, it’s no wonder that nearly 4 million families have chosen I’m a Big Brother and I’m a Big Sister to prepare their young ones for their first big transition.

Our New Baby is in the NICU – Lindsey Coker Luckey

  • A big brother is excited about the arrival of his new sibling. But when the new baby is born, the baby must stay in the NICU.
  • The parents and hospital staff explain what the NICU is so that the big brother is not afraid of the things that he may see.
  • They remind him that these things are helping his new baby sister, and it continues to be an exciting time for him – because he is still a new big brother!

Small but Mighty – Alyssa Veech

  • Small But Mighty is a beautifully illustrated inspirational book for mothers who wish to read to their premature baby in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
  • Preemies often spend several months in the NICU, making bonding between mother and baby challenging.
  • Reading to preemies also promotes literacy and reading comprehension as adolescents.

Princess Arabella is a Big Sister – Mylo Freeman

  • The newest title in the popular Princess Arabella series! Princess Arabella can’t wait to have a younger sibling to play with.
  • But what would be most fun- a brother or a sister? Sisters seem great… until she meets Prince Mimoen’s sister.
  • A brother then? Princess Ling’s brothers seem like too much trouble! What do Mum and Dad have in store for Princess Arabella?