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[Monday Reading] Stories of Big Sisters Featuring “Mama’s Belly” and “Little Big Girl”

Hooray for big sisters!



Fats here.

It’s Monday, What are You Reading? is a meme hosted by Jen from Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee and Ricki from Unleashing Readers (new host of Monday reading: Kathryn T at Book Date). Since two of our friends, Linda from Teacher Dance and Tara from A Teaching Life have been joining this meme for quite awhile now, we thought of joining this warm and inviting community.


My parents came from big families. My mom is the eldest of 11 children. Their youngest is male. My dad is the eldest of seven children. Their youngest is also male. Thus, my mom and all my aunts from both sides of the family are all big sisters. I am, too, although it’s just me and my sister—and that’s okay. Today, I’m sharing two picture books that give tribute to the big sisters of the world and are also good resources to help a child transition from being the only kid in the family to living with a younger sibling.

“An older sister is a friend and defender – a listener, conspirator,
a counselor and a sharer of delights. And sorrows too.”
— Pam Brown

mr0422aMama’s Belly

Words by Kate Hosford
Pictures by Abigail Halpin
Published by Abrams Books for Young Readers (2018) ISBN-13: 9781419728419
Copy provided by Rocky River Public Library.
Cover image downloaded online. Page sample taken by me.

Mama has a belly rising up, like a wave.
Inside is my sister, waiting to meet me.

As a curious little girl eagerly awaits the arrival of her sister, she has many questions about what her new sibling will be like. Will her sister have freckles? How will her family change?


With lyrical text and gentle illustrations, Mama’s Belly tells a heartwarming story of a little girl who is about to become a big sister. This is such a sweet book told in the perspective of the girl. Readers will feel her excitement with each turn of the page. Your heart will melt into a puddle.

Soon, I will look right into my sister’s eyes and say,
“Welcome to the world. I’m here to love you.”

mr0422g I’m not crying. You’re crying.

mr0422cLittle Big Girl

Words and pictures by Claire Keane
Published by Dial Books for Young Readers (2016)
ISBN-13: 9780803739123
Copy provided by Bellevue Public Library.
Cover downloaded online. Page sample taken by me.

One little girl.
One little brother.
One big world to love.

Matisse is a LITTLE girl in a BIG world. But she can still have BIG adventures. What happens when she meets someone who is even LITTLER than her? She gets to see what GREAT fun it is to be a BIG sister!


The story begins by talking about a girl named Matisse. Matisse is a little girl who travels to big places and sees big things. She may be little but she could do a lot. One day, Matisse meets someone littler than her—her baby brother! As Matisse spends time with her little brother, she realizes that being a big sister means that she has the big job of taking care of the new little person in the family!

Little Big Girl does a great job portraying Matisse’s transition into an older sibling with its clever use of the words “little” and “big.” I also like Keane’s illustrations because they remind me of Sunday comics art.

Currently Reading…

For months, I have been in the worst reading slump of my reading life. I have borrowed and purchased a lot of good titles but none could capture my interest. It is sad but it is what it is. **sigh** I’m slowly working my way through it. I picked up the following titles last week, hoping that these would spark some read-spiration. If not, I guess I’ll just keep swimming, as Dory in Finding Nemo would say.

9 comments on “[Monday Reading] Stories of Big Sisters Featuring “Mama’s Belly” and “Little Big Girl”

  1. Both these books sound sweet. I have The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls in my pile from the library, but I just haven’t picked it up to read yet. I’m curious about it.

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  2. I read and reviewed Mama’s Belly last year and have been waiting to gift it to someone. It is such a touching picture book. Little Big Girl is new to me. Thanks for sharing! Have a great week!

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  3. lindabaie

    Your “Mama’s Belly” & “Little Big Girl” go along with the books about young ones I shared today, too! Sorry about your slump. Sometimes, I have too many books started and that’s a problem getting into any of them. I have moved to reading more adult books lately, enjoying the change. Thanks, Fats! Have a ‘better’ reading week!

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  4. I have added both of these books to my purchase for grandchildren list. Both of their parents plan to have another child, and these will be important for when this event happens!

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  5. Sarah Sammis

    I’m an older sister. I have a younger brother. My updates for the week of April 22

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  6. crbrunelle

    I’ve been a little slumpy lately too. No fun. I hope something catches your interest and/or heart. 🙂

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  7. Aww, cute books. I hope your reading slump ends soon!

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  8. Oh no. I hope you get through your reading slump!

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  9. I’ve had Mama’s Belly on my list since last summer, but now I really want to bump it up sooner. How SWEET! I’m so sorry to hear of your reading slump. 😦 Have you tried just focusing on downloading and listening to audiobooks during those times? In any case, I hope it gets better for you!

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