The best picture books for expanding families

The Books I Picked & Why

The Littlest Viking

By Alexandra Penfold, Isabel Roxas

The Littlest Viking

Why this book?

Sven is the littlest and loudest attention-demanding Viking until a new warrior princess arrives. Sven’s baby sister is even louder and more attention-demanding than Sven and no one has time for his stories anymore… that is until Sven dreams up the perfect solution for all. Filled with heart and humor this book celebrates imagination, Vikings, storytelling, and new siblings.


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Mia Moves Out

By Miranda Paul, Paige Keiser

Mia Moves Out

Why this book?

When Mia’s new brother arrives, she finds herself without a place of her own – Brandon’s stuff is everywhere! She moves from place to place around the house, but nowhere feels quite right. In the end, Mia comes to find that having her own space doesn’t have to mean moving away from Brandon. This book beautifully opens the door to conversations around adjusting to a new sibling, sharing, and personal space. I also love that it incorporates adoption without making that the focus point of the story.


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His Royal Highness, King Baby: A Terrible True Story

By Sally Lloyd-Jones, David Roberts

His Royal Highness, King Baby: A Terrible True Story

Why this book?

When King Baby arrives, a young princess is forced to share her kingdom. The princess protests her new brother and his attention-demanding ways. She plots to break the spell King Baby holds over the rest of the kingdom until she discovers that perhaps there are benefits to co-ruling after all. Filled with humor, this voice-y princess is sure to be a hit with young rulers everywhere.


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The New Small Person

By Lauren Child

The New Small Person

Why this book?

Elmore Green is perfectly happy being an only child and likes his life just the way it is, so when the ‘new small person’ arrives and throws everything out of line, Elmore Green wishes they would go back to wherever they came from. One night when Elmore has a nightmare though, everything changes, and he begins to find that there are upsides to having a sibling after all. With heart and humor, The New Small Person embraces the complex emotions surrounding becoming an older sibling and shows that while sometimes a sibling bond takes a little time to form, it can be pretty spectacular.


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The Bossier Baby

By Marla Frazee

The Bossier Baby

Why this book?

Boss Baby is used to being in charge but when his baby sister arrives, it is clear that there is a new CEO in town, and he is not happy about the perks she is getting that he never got. Boss baby feels replaced and ignored until an unexpected move from the new CEO shows that perhaps there is room for two CEOs after all. With a loud fun voice and adorable artwork, this is a hilarious and heart-squeezing read.


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