I'm a New Big Brother
What It Is
Becoming a big brother can be both a wonderful and nerve-wracking time in a little boy’s life. Written with the brother-to-be speaking in first person to his new sibling, this book subtly reviews the highs and lows of having a newborn in the house. Brother explains to the baby that he will help hold, feed and diaper him (or her), among other things. He also mentions that the baby won’t be able to play just yet and that big brother gets some time with their parents when the baby is sleeping. The book concludes with a portrait of everyone smiling together as one, big happy family.
Why It’s Fun
There are tons of books on the market that address this topic and Nora Gaydos’ book is a good pick for younger kids, even toddlers, because of its simplicity. The illustrations are appropriately simple as well, helping to make this a sweet, cuddle-close book to read. There are helpful tips for parents and a list of milestones for which the big brother-to-be can be on the lookout, such as when the baby will recognize faces and can imitate sounds.
Who’s Going To Love It
This book is most appropriate for kids aged 2 to 4 who are expecting their very first sibling. The information is presented in a very easy-to-understand manner; however, kids at the older end of the publisher’s recommended age range might need a more detailed examination of the emotional issues that may come up. Of course, the book’s easy-to-read style makes it ideal for an older sibling to read to a younger sibling. At a good price for a hardcover, this book makes a nice gift and a “big sister” version of the book is also available.
Less than two minutes
7 out of 10
I’m a New Big Brother
By: Nora Gaydos, Illustrated by Akemi Gutierrez
Published by: innovativeKids (2010)
Approximate retail price: $6.99
Publisher’s recommended ages: 3 - 7