Mama’s Belly: Book Review

Mama's Belly written by Kate Hosford and illustrated by Abigal Halpin. Visit Miss Jenny's Classroom today!Mama is going to have another baby. I wonder if she’ll be like me? What will it be like with a sister? Will I have to share everything?

Title: Mama’s Belly
Author: Kate Hosford
Illustrator: Abigail Halpin
ISBN: 9781419728419          Language: English

Classification: Fiction
Themes: siblings, pregnancy, change

What’s it about?
This is the story of expecting parents who already have a daughter. It looks at the thoughts, feelings, and questions that a child may be experiencing in preparation for the baby joining the family.

I love the simplicity of this story. The child led questions and thoughts – how she sees the changes in her mother – what she tries to do to help her mother. There is also some variation in the text presentation – such as when the girl wants to know when the baby is coming – that adds a lot of life to the story. Abigail’s illustrations are just so beautiful and rich with colour and talking points.

I wanted more! (not babies; just the story itself!)

Mama's Belly written by Kate Hosford and illustrated by Abigal Haplin. Visit Miss Jenny's Classroom today! // Thoughts
The cover really drew me into this book – I mean, just look at the cover – the illustrations are delicious (and what more could you ask for when the book is about a new baby about to be born?)

This book for me best suits the home environment. It’s the picture book you would get to talk with your child about the impending arrival of a sibling. The story has a lovely flow showing Mama’s bond with her daughter, how her husband helps out where he can, and how even Mama gets tired and needs a nap (and how the daughter decides to help her mama even with that!).

In addition, the illustrations tell a story of their own. They are delightfully detailed and alive.  If your child is very young (say 1-2.5 years old) you may find it easier to just talk about the changes you and your child see in the pictures – such as Mama walking outside in the wild at the beginning versus her arching her back in the kitchen scene versus needing a nap.

If I was expecting another baby (no plans!!) then this would be a wonderful book to sit down with my kids to read. It allows for them to make connections with the baby and the girl and the situation – and therefore allows them to ask questions. I’m not sure that this is one I would ever use in the classroom but definitely one I would recommend to an expecting parent.

Kate Hosford's website. Author of Mama's Belly.


  1. April 30, 2018 / 12:42 pm

    This sounds like a great book for those expecting another child. I wish this had been around whilst I was pregnant with my second. I was very nervous about how my eldest was going to take it all.

  2. April 30, 2018 / 11:25 pm

    I love how beautifully illustrated ‘Mama’s Belly’ is and what I also love is how there are child led questions, to show how children view pregnancy through their own eyes. I know that this is a book that will help many children come to terms with pregnancy.

  3. May 1, 2018 / 6:29 am

    Sounds like a really good read, would definitely be curious to read it and maybe even buy it for my SIL

  4. May 1, 2018 / 7:39 am

    This is perfect if you’re someone who is going to have another baby. We’re planning to expand our family at the moment, but my daughter has been an only child for four years already, I know its going to be a struggle for her, so something like this would be a huge help. x

  5. May 1, 2018 / 7:46 am

    Ah, that sounds like a lovely book. I remember telling my 2½ year old that his brother was on the way – we had some problems with his behaviour after he found out and had to sit him down and explain that we’d always love him just the same. I was so surprised that a small child would have such an understanding, but he did, and his behaviour dramatically improved. So, having a book that can help kids with their understanding is just wonderful. And you are right about he pictures!

  6. May 1, 2018 / 8:08 am

    This looks like a lovely way to introduce the notion of a new baby arriving in the family and so beautifully illustrated too.

  7. May 1, 2018 / 8:15 pm

    This is just the kind of book I’ve been looking for! Eventually we want to start trying for another baby and I’ve been worried about how we will explain it to little bear so this hits the nail on the head. I like how it’s child led with the child asking questions etc… it sounds great for anyone who will be having another baby.

  8. May 1, 2018 / 9:22 pm

    This sounds like a great book! I found it so helpful to get books for my eldest when he became a big brother, to help get his head around it all.

  9. May 2, 2018 / 9:11 pm

    I wish we had of had something like this when we were expecting our second daughter. The eldest struggled with jealousy and a tool like this book might have helped her understand the changes

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