Format: Picture book
Author: Annette Sheldon
Illustrator: Karen Maizel
Publisher: Magination Press (published August 2005)
Rare is the book that explains challenging topics to young readers clearly without talking down to them. Big Sister Now: A Story About Me and Our New Baby by Annette Sheldon hits the mark perfectly. Kate is not sure how she feels about her new baby brother, Daniel. (“I don’t know how to be a big sister. It feels all different.” “I feel like they forgot me.”) Daniel takes up her parents’ time and attention (the illustration of the harried mother when Daniel “cried and cried” will be very relatable for any parent who’s ever felt at a loss with a crying infant and a demanding toddler) and Kate is not impressed. With help from loving parents and Grandma, though, Kate learns to embrace her new role as big sister and learns that even though she’s not the only child anymore, she is still special and loved — and it still feels “warm and safe and lovey.” The back of the book offers some great tips for parents expecting a new addition; author Annette Sheldon is a storyteller, preschool specialist, and librarian with four children and ten grandchildren, so she should know!