Older siblings are notorious for reluctantly welcoming home a new bundle of joy, and many parents know the difficulty of teaching the firstborn to “love the baby.” In this new picture book by the award-winning team of Steven Layne and Ard Hoyt, the refrain of “looooove the baby” is repeated often enough for it to eventually come true for the once insecure and spiteful older brother.
The transition occurs when Baby cries and cries one night, and no one comes to help. Awakened by the cries, the older brother comes to Baby’s rescue. He makes Baby giggle and sing and builds a giant tower of blocks. He reads Baby his favorite book. Once Baby is finally asleep, the big brother notices with pride that he really does love the baby after all!
Parents and teachers alike will appreciate how this book lightly and humorously approaches such a weighty subject for children awaiting a new sibling. The colorful illustrations of bunnies allow kids of all backgrounds and ages to relate and recognize themselves in the story.
About the Author
Steven L. Layne serves as associate professor of education and literature at Judson University in Elgin, Illinois. Dr. Layne’s collection of Pelican books includes several books in our signature Night Before Christmas Series,
including Preacher’s Night Before Christmas, The Teachers’ Night Before Christmas,
and The Principal’s Night Before Christmas,
the gift books Verses for Dad’s Heart
and Verses for Mom’s Heart,
two young-adult thrillers This Side of Paradise
and his picture book about international adoption, Over Land and Sea,
as well as several additional titles. He lives with his wife and their four children in Illinois. For additional information on his tour schedule, school appearances, and his previous Pelican books, visit www.stevelayne.com.
About the Illustrator
Born in Temple, Texas, Ard Hoyt is the illustrator of nine picture books, including the New York Times bestseller I’m a Manatee, by John Lithgow. Mr. Hoyt lives in Arkansas with his wife and four children.
LOVE THE BABY
By Steven L. Layne
Illustrated by Ard Hoyt
JUVENILE FICTION / Family / New Baby
32 pp. 8 1/2 x 11
31 color illus.