How to Welcome a New Baby

Listening Library. (How to...). Feb. 2022. 7p. $22. ISBN 9780593509791.
PreS-Gr 4–Reagan and illustrator Lee Wildish’s third installment of their bestselling, delightful “How to...” series, which highlights multigenerational relationships, features a family readying home and hearts for its newest member. The print version is necessary to realize the father and the grandma present as white, the mother and the grandpa as Black; the multiracial older child is depicted without an obviously assigned gender. Almarie Guerra’s engaging energy is immediate as she opens with the child’s “Dear Mom and Dad” letters about the impending addition. What follows is a primer on all things baby, from the older sibling’s obviously experienced point of view: getting ready (a name, car seat), expecting “a little topsy-turvy” (extra hugs for pets, avoiding poopy diapers), helping (washing teeny-tiny toes, whisper-singing lullabies), and teaching (how to high-five, picnicking).
VERDICT Guerra is an ideal guide to welcoming baby—and siblings and extended families, too

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