Baby Books Elma Family Kitty Reading what we're reading

I’m a Big Sister {what we’re reading}


Don’t get too excited; we’re just talking about a book today!

It’s probably no surprise at all that we’ve been talking about being big sisters and trying to steer the girls in the direction of stories about siblings in the last few weeks.  With only a couple of weeks (or four) before the Little Bump makes an arrival we’re counting down not only the days until we become a family of five, but the days that we’ve got left to prepare the girls for being part of a family of five.  For Kitty of course this is all old news; she was thrilled when the calendar in the kitchen was finally flipped over onto August’s picture of Minnie Mouse and the daily question “is it still July?” was finally met with a “no, not any more”.  In as much as she can ever be ready for having her world turned upside down again; she’s ready.

Elma on the other hand has just about mastered “what’s in Mummy’s tummy?”; “Baby!….Minnie!……Blankie!”; I think she might be in for a bit of a surprise when the baby comes out, and I’ll be surprised if it’s also accompanied by a Minnie and a Blankie.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life - What We're Reading - I'm a Big Sister


And in the meantime we read “I’m a Big Sister” as often as I can get away with it, which as the cover is purple and one of Kitty’s favourite colours, and the illustrations are beautiful, turns out to be fairly frequently!

It was given to Kitty after Elma arrived by one of her honorary aunts in our church family, after I’d given up searching for something that was age appropriate to Kitty and didn’t make me wince either because it seemed patronising, or just overly twee.  Auntie K told me she’d spent a while looking too so there’s obviously a gap in the market for really sweet new baby books.

It’s an American book and so the references are to Mommy not Mummy and a diaper not a nappy, but when you’re children can’t read yet they’re easy to change in the reading; the little girl also helps to feed her baby a bottle and I admit I edit that one just to manage a few sisterly expectations.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life - What We're Reading - I'm a Big Sister

And I think it is a lovely book for managing expectations; we talk about how the baby is too little to do fun things like play with toys and eat pizza and apples and ice cream like the big sisters can do; that the baby will just want to be warm and cozy and cuddled; and how the baby is going to cry, and that that just means that they need to tell us something.  I love that the parents in the book look through the big sister’s baby photos to remind her of how small she once was and it’s something I definitely need to do with Kitty and Elma both before and after Little Bump arrives.  And if we’re talking about managing expectations, the fact that the Mummy is most often pictures in her dressing gown is I think a decision of absolute genius!

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life - What We're Reading - I'm a Big Sister


But most of all it talks about how becoming a big sister makes you extra special; how much Mummy loves you, Daddy loves you and the new baby loves you.  After all: “I’m the only me in the whole world!”

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life - What We're Reading - I'm a Big Sister


And as a little extra touch which I think is really lovely, there’s a page at the back as a note to parents.  It’s not patronising, or irritatingly officious, it’s just gentle; a few suggestions on what a new big sister needs; and a wonderful reminder to new parents (which should probably be in four foot high fold out letters) that you can’t do everything perfectly all the time, go with the flow, give yourself a little extra attention too and know that watching your children grow up as siblings will make it all worth while.

Space for the Butterflies: What We're Reading

 And if you have a favourite, or just something fun your little ones have enjoyed reading lately please do join us. The linky is always open for the whole week so there’s plenty of time. And so, without further ado, it’s over to you to tell me what we should be reading!

You Might Also Like

  • hena tayeb 05/08/2014 at 9:54 pm

    We read the I’m a Big Brother book for D when I was expecting H and the book was a big hit.. the baby he decided didn’t exist for the first month and chose to simply ignore it’s presence. But now.. just a few month later they are all over each other!

    • Carie 07/08/2014 at 9:47 pm

      Aww that’s lovely to hear – I’ve seen that there is a Big Brother book but not actually seen it in person, it’s good to know it’s just as awesome!

  • Vickie Rich 07/08/2014 at 9:12 am

    What a sweet book. I love that the mummy is in her jim jams! It’s great to see a book that tries to show the reality of life with a new baby.

    • Carie 07/08/2014 at 9:37 pm

      It’s definitely my reality with a new baby!!

  • sally 08/08/2014 at 10:55 pm

    Love that you picked up on the Mum’s state of dress! Looks a perfect book for right now – although you really should get a copy of that ‘How to be a baby, by me the big sister’ book! The internet can be a very strange thing sometimes, I just want to pop our copy round to you and it feels totally wrong that actually that’s not a practical option!

    • Carie 09/08/2014 at 12:24 pm

      It is isn’t it – it feels like such a small village some of the time – especially when I start posting pictures of your part of the world – I forget we’re all a few hundred miles apart! (and the rest!)

    • Carie 09/08/2014 at 12:30 pm

      Also I’ve just had a quick peek at that book on Amazon and it looks hilarious – definitely being added to basket thank you 🙂