You're Getting a Baby Sister! (Board book)

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You’re Getting a Baby Sister by Sheila Sweeny Higginson is a delightful rhyming board book that will help prepare young big siblings for a new baby sister.  The illustrations by Sam Williams are multicultural and adorable, as Higginson warns, “before you start cheering, there are a few things you should know.”  Among other things, “Your sister will drool.  She will smell.  She will scream.  She might pull your hair.  She’ll do things that seem mean.”  She needs lots of help, you see, because “She’s not smart yet like you.”  The last page of the book has a place where mom and dad can paste a photo of baby sister and big sib.  Higginson also is the author of You’re Getting a Baby Brother.  Ages 1 to 3 (Simon and Schuster).

— From Best Books for Big Siblings


A baby sister is on the way! Older siblings will love this board book primer on how to receive their new addition.

A baby sister is joining the family! That’s great news, but older siblings may be a bit uncertain. Fortunately for them, this rhyming board book addresses what to expect: “Your sister will drool. She will smell. She will scream. She just might pull your hair. She’ll do things that seem mean.” The text, accompanied by irresistible art from renowned illustrator Sam Williams, also explains how older kids can be role models to their new little sister: “You can be her first teacher. Show her things that you know. Give her patience and love, she’s just starting to grow.” At the back of the book, there’s even designated space for older siblings to write about their new baby sister.

This book is a great gift for the new big brother or big sister to be! And a great gift for parents, too!

Sam Williams’s Baby Cakes has sold more than 65,000 copies!

About the Author

Sheila Sweeny Higginson is an award-winning author who has worked in children’s and educational publishing for twenty years. She has written more than 100 books for children. Sheila lives with her husband Felipe and their two children in Brooklyn, New York.

Sam Williams is the author, illustrator, and designer of numerous picture books for young children. Some of the books he’s lent his talent to include Babycakes and Baby I Love You by Karma Wilson. He recently put down his paintbrushes and took up the challenge to climb Mount Blanc. Sam lives with his wife in Hertfordshire, England.

Praise For…

You’re Getting a Baby Sister!
Sheila Sweeny Higginson, illus. by Sam Williams. Little Simon, $7.99 (24p) ISBN 978-1-4424-2050-2 

With sensitivity and humor, Higginson gives prospective older siblings the scoop on what to expect from the new bundle of joy: “Baby sisters are darling./ Baby sisters are cute./ But don’t let her looks fool you—/ because here is the truth.” Williams’s gentle pastel palette depicts families celebrating the arrival of their baby girls; the expressions on the older siblings’ faces show mixed emotions. Little sisters drool, smell, scream, and break toys (“the ones you love too”), concedes Higginson. But there is a silver lining: “You can be her first teacher—/ show her things that you know./ Give her patience and love—/ she’s just starting to grow.” It’s a pitch-perfect primer that reminds readers of the upsides of being a big brother or sister, without minimizing or trivializing those less-than-wonderful moments. Available simultaneously: You’re Getting a Baby Brother!
--Publishers Weekly, December 12, 2011, *STAR

Product Details
ISBN: 9781442420502
ISBN-10: 1442420502
Publisher: Little Simon
Publication Date: February 7th, 2012
Pages: 24
Language: English