Books on Family

Baby, Baby!

Title: Baby Makes Five (2000)

Authors: Stan & Jan Berenstain

Published By: Random House


On this Family Friday we continue our focus on the littlest member of the family, the baby! Though little, a baby can be a big deal! The Berenstain Bears are here again to teach us how to deal with a new sibling.

For the longest time in the big tree house, in Bear County, it was only Papa, Mama, Brother, and Sister Bear. Then one day everything changed when Honey Bear arrived! Now Brother Bear was an old pro, as he had been through all of this before when Sister Bear was born! He was use to the crying, fussing, burping,and all that came with a baby. Sister Bear on the other hand was the youngest and did not like all of the attention that Honey Bear was receiving from Papa and Mama Bear. Sister Bear was a bit jealous! Even her Aunt, Uncle, and all of Bear County, it seemed, focused all of their attention on the baby. Sister Bear grew grumpy and angry, even taking her anger out on her toys. When she did not include Honey Bear in her family drawing at school Mama Bear knew she has to do something! She pulled out the old home movies, featuring Sister Bear as a baby! And guess what? Sister Bear did the same things that Honey Bear does! This is all it took for Sister Bear to come around and accept that Honey Bear was indeed part of the family and was not going anywhere!

A new baby in the house can be very hard on siblings, especially the youngest sibling as they have been use to being the baby of the family. It is good to talk with and prepare siblings for a new baby before the day baby comes home. Reading books such as this one about babies and everything that comes along with having a baby in the house will help siblings better prepare and know what to expect. Mama Bear used a very good technique in showing Sister Bear videos of herself as a baby. Siblings will realize that they to cried, fussed burped too! Remind and show siblings that they are still special and that the new baby has not taken their place by spending some special one on one time away from the baby or house where the focus can solely be one the older sibling. Bringing a new baby home is frought with changes and challenges but it is a great time to develop and strengthen that sibling bond which will last for a lifetime!


My favorite part of this book: When Sister Bear added Honey Bear to her family drawing!


3 other books by Stan & Jan Berenstain:

▪The BB and Mama’s New Job

▪The BB Learn About Strangers

▪The BB and The Sitter

Books on Family


Title: The New Small Person (2014)

Author: Lauren Child

Published By: Scholastic


It is Family Friday and we are introducing someone New!  The New Small Person!  This New Small Person definately changes the family structure and routine!  Sometimes this New Small Person causes some chaos and disruption of the norm.  And sometimes this New Small Person may cause the Older Big Person to experience feelings of jealousy, feelings of being left out and ignored, feelings of resentment, feelings of losing their place and space in the family, etc…  Elmore Green went through these feelings and emotions when his mom and dad brought home The New Small Person.  Elmore Green had been totally fine with and enjoyed being the only child!  He had his own room, toys, T.V., and jelly beans! (Elmore especially loved the orange jelly beans!)  But the best thing he had as the only child was his parents undivided and constant attention.  Elmore Green did not understand the fuss over The New Small Person because he did not do much of anything!  He soon began to feel jealous, thinking that everyone liked The New Small Person more than him.  Elmore Green did not want The New Small Person watching his T.V., touching his things (especially not his jelly beans!)  Elmore Green did not understand why his parent’s could not just send The New Small Person back where he came from!  Eventually The New Small Person began to walk and talk, he even moved into Elmore Green’s room and wearing his old clothes! (The nerve!)  But the more The New Small Person grew the more he grew on Elmore Green.  And one night when Elmore Green has a bad dream, The New Small Person chases the scaries away for him!  They are best buds after that, Elmore Green and Albert! (Elmore Green still did not share his orange jelly beans with Albert though!)

Favorite line in this book: “It was nice to have someone there in the dark when the scaries were around.”

3 other books by Lauren Child:
▪My Wobbly Tooth Must Not Ever Fall Out (1994)

▪Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Book (2002)

▪Clarice Bean Spells Trouble (2004)

Books on Family

We Are Family!

Title: We Are Family (2017)

Author: Patricia Hegarty

Illustrated By: Ryan Wheatcroft

Publisher: Tiger Tales


We Are Family is our first book featured on Family Fridays!   This book is awesome!!!  It shows families of different races, ethnicities and cultures.  Big families, little families, young families, and older families.  Families with one parent, two parents, families with two moms, and families with two dads.  Families of different abilities.  This book covers it all.  Follow different families throughout their day from the early morning rush until they settle in for the night!  Some families walk, ride, or drive everywhere they go.  Families have fun with one another in different ways.  Some relax in the peace and quiet of nature while some get their thrills on a roller coaster ride!  But one thing that all families have in common is unconditional love and support!  The illustrations in this book are so soft, warm, and inviting!  There is so much detail and the beautiful colors used throughout compliment the book so well!  I love how you get a snapshot of each family as if you were flipping through a photo album!



¤My favorite line in this book:

“Our journeys are different, by bus, bike, or car, But family is with us, wherever we are.”


¤3 other books by Patricia Hegarty:
▪Bear’s Truck is Stuck (2015)

▪Above and Below (2016)

▪Everybody’s Welcome (2017)


¤Ryan Wheatcroft also illustrated:

▪Camels Close Their Noses (2015)