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New Books for New Babies

My second grandchild and first granddaughter just arrived this month, and I have babies on the brain. So it’s delightful to notice that the last three years have birthed a wonderful batch of brand-new, beautiful picture books about babies, featuring characters who are BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, & People of Color)!

Two trends we’re cheering in this list are more books about and created by Native people, and more appearances of bi/multiracial families.

Just Arrived

These five titles welcoming new little ones would make perfect baby shower gifts.

First laugh – Welcome Baby!

2018

by Nancy Bo Flood, Rose Ann Tahe and Jonathan Nelson

The First Laugh Ceremony is a celebration held to welcome a new member of the community. As everyone—from Baby's nima (mom) to nadi (big sister) to cheii (grandfather)—tries to elicit the joyous sound from Baby, readers are introduced to details about Navajo life and the Navajo names for family members. --publisher

Beautiful Life Race/Culture Concepts

All About Babies

These multiracial titles explore the joys and milestones of babyhood.

Baby’s firsts

2018

by Nancy Raines Day and Michael Emberley

Told in rhyming text, the story traces the development of a baby from birth to the first birthday.

Incidental

The Sibling Perspective

Big brothers and big sisters star in these books, including two titles that broaden representation of older siblings, one from the perspective of a transgender boy, one of a girl welcoming a sister through adoption.

Coming Soon

I'm a Big Brother Now by Katura Hudson and Sylvia Walker (2017)

Being a big brother is a big job. It takes a lot of work and patience, but it's a lot of fun too. This book explores the anticipation, excitement, and pride of a young boy who takes on this important new role as he helps to welcome a new baby into the family.


Anne Sibley O’Brien is a co-founder of the Diverse BookFinder, and the author/illustrator of many picture books, including Welcoming Babies by Margy Burns Knight, updated and re-released in 2018.

Many of the cover images on this site are from Google Books.
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