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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Lots of facts to answer questions about babies' needs, and practical advice about having a new baby in the house.
Positive Role Models
The families encourage older siblings to be part of everything the new baby does, and the big kids are extremely caring and loving toward the baby.
Families of different races and abilities. Reminders that all babies are different and not every baby will be able to hear, see, walk, or talk the same way at the same time.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Chelsea Clinton's Welcome to the Big Kids Club: What Every Older Sibling Needs to Know! is a funny, warm way for big kids to learn the real deal about having a new baby in their home. It's set up as a Q&A, with basic questions about things like what babies can hear or see, why they cry, and why they poop so much. The answers are wonderful, using clear language sprinkled with humor, and reminding readers that every baby is different, with lovely illustrations from Tania de Regil. For babies that can't hear, speak so that they can feel vibrations; for babies who can't see, engage with them using other senses. There's a big emphasis on ways kids can help the family love and care for the baby.
Is It Any Good?
This warm book's direct, funny language hits all the right notes in answers to common questions, and the colorful illustrations are an absolute delight. Welcome to the Big Kids Club: What Every Older Sibling Needs to Know! is a shining example of a book written to engage, educate, and entertain young readers at exactly their level. There's a lot of variety in the families depicted, and the emphasis is on being a caring older sibling, not suggesting that big kids are responsible for the baby. The reminder on every page that each baby is different is outstanding, and suggesting ways to communicate with babies who don't see, hear, or walk is a great way to talk about older kids' development, too.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.