Saturday, May 28, 2011

8. What about Me?

Here are a few books to get siblings excited about the baby and show them they're special too.

Pecan Pie Baby, written by Jacqueline Woodson, illustrated by Sophie Blackall (Penguin, $16.99, 2011). Gia's new sibling hasn't been born yet, but it seems like it's the only thing everyone talks about. In this beautiful, reassuring story, a little girl learns that she'll always be as special to momma as she is right now.

There's Going to Be a Baby, written by John Burningham, illustrated by Helen Oxenbury (Candlewick, $16.99, 2010) A little boy's head swirls with all that his baby sibling will want to do and see as he walks with his mom on errands and to their special places -- the garden, seaside and park -- in this tender tale.

Let's Draw and Doodle Together! Drawing Games for Kids and their Grown-Ups, by Elise Gravel (Blue Apple Books, $12.99, 2011) Show young siblings that Mom and Dad are there for them as much as before with this fun doodle book. Symbols direct kids and parents to drawing prompts, from decorating an enchanted forest to filling in colors of a rainbow.

Mama, What's In There? by Diane Muldrow, illustrated by Rick Peterson (Golden Books, $7.99, 2008) Just right for little ones wondering about their mamas' big tummies. Lift a flap to reveal a baby bear, elephant, dolphin, monkey, puppy and human curled up inside. A rotating wheel makes the baby dolphin move in the womb and a pull-out helps a human infant suck its thumb.
Where's Waldo? The Spectacular Poster Book, created by Martin Handford (Candlewick, $20, 2010) On delivery day, it's hard to wait for news of Mom and the baby, but these posters will keep siblings happily occupied. Seven scenes from classic Where's Waldo? books, plus a special poster of Waldo and his friends and jumbo press-outs of Waldo and Woof.

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