Ready, Set…Baby! – Elizabeth Rusch and illustrated by Qin Leng

 Ready, Set…Baby! – Elizabeth Rusch and illustrated by Qin Leng, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 9780544472723, 2017

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or starred review)  5

What did you like about the book? This is a must-have book for parents who are going to bring a new baby into an already established family with older siblings. Anna and Oliver are two children who appear to be about 4 and 6 years old. This book is a manual told from their perspective of the whole process of having a baby from the time mom is pregnant until the baby becomes a part of the family. I especially liked how there are two resource pages at the end of the book for the new parents with tips, websites and books on life with big kids and new babies. The entire book is child-centered and attempts to allay fears of older children when they are shocked by the sight of the umbilical cord or are freaked out by the baby spitting up on them. It is comprehensive and fun and makes the older children feel included in the whole process of raising this child.

Anything you didn’t like about it? I liked everything about this book.

To whom would you recommend this book?  Children ages 4-8 who are having a new baby come into their family will love this book. All public libraries with children’s rooms should buy it.

Who should buy this book? Public school libraries.

Where would you shelve it ? Children’s Books

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles?  Yes

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Sandra Pacheco, ESL teacher, Washington, D.C.

Date of review: March 24, 2017


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