5 irresistible children's picture books

3. "There’s Going To Be a Baby," by John Burningham, illustrations by Helen Oxenbury

Shifting into a quieter mode is There’s Going To Be a Baby, (Candlewick Press, 48 pp., $16.99) a gentle exploration of a young sibling-to-be’s thoughts about the addition coming to his family. Author John Burningham’s text is sweetly whimsical and Helen Oxenbury’s gorgeous illustrations have the classic feel of Japanese woodblock prints. There could hardly be a better way to begin a conversation about a new little sister or brother.

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