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  • Published: 4 April 2023
  • ISBN: 9781761045813
  • Imprint: Puffin
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 32
  • RRP: $19.99

When I'm Big



'Sometimes you pick up a book that has the power to take you well beyond its pages - and this book is one of those.' Barbara Braxton, The Bottom Shelf
'A perfect book for any child about to welcome a new baby into the family . . . beautifully told . . . and lots of fun.' Good Reading
A CBCA Notable Book.

'With its gorgeous illustrations, When I'm Big is a completely new and fun take on becoming a brother or sister . . . A must-read for any little (and big) person about to welcome an even smaller person into their home.' KIDSPOT
'A charming story of siblings, of welcoming a new baby into the household, of allaying the fears that may be harboured.' Fran Knight, ReadPlusFilled with humour and imagination, When I’m Big is a delightful, warm-hearted celebration of becoming a sibling. From award-winning picture-book creator Karen Blair comes the perfect gift for every family welcoming a new baby.
Everyone keeps telling me
I’m going to be a big girl soon,

but I wonder . . . Just how BIG will I be?
'A different perspective on a child coming to terms with a new baby coming into the family . . . Blair's magical text and endearing illustrations provide the reassurance prospective brothers and sisters need to cope with their new role in the family.' Canberra Times

  • Published: 4 April 2023
  • ISBN: 9781761045813
  • Imprint: Puffin
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 32
  • RRP: $19.99

About the author

Karen Blair

Karen grew up in Perth, Western Australia. She loves to create picture books that celebrate the joys and adventures of childhood. She lives in Fremantle with her husband, two children and a little dog called Dobby, who keeps her company in the studio. Karen’s award-winning books include Something Wonderful and Hello From Nowhere by Raewyn Caisley, With Nan by Tania Cox, Granny Grommet and Me by Dianne Wolfer, Me and You by Deborah Kelly, Train Party, Baby Beats and Baby Animal Farm.

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Praise for When I'm Big

A perfect book for any child about to welcome a new baby into the family . . . beautifully told . . . and lots of fun.

Good Reading

With its gorgeous illustrations, When I'm Big is a completely new and fun take on becoming a brother or sister. Karen has cleverly used a classic case of children taking something adults say literally, as a tool to open up a conversation with your little one about what to expect. It's a must-read for any little (and big) person about to welcome an even smaller person into their home.

Melissa Wilson, Kidspot

A different perspective on a child coming to terms with a new baby coming into the family . . . cleverly tap[ping] into children's propensity to take things literally . . . Blair's magical text and endearing illustrations provide the reassurance prospective brothers and sisters need to cope with their new role in the family.

Canberra Times

A charming story of siblings, of welcoming a new baby into the household, of allaying the fears that may be harboured, told through the idea of size. . . Told with humour, readers will laugh . . . as being a 'big girl' means something quite different to the actual meaning. A lovely gentle book for children about having a new baby in the house, or to talk abut size, or simply about families, the book lends itself to a variety of ideas in the classroom and at home.

Fran Knight, ReadPlus.com.au/reviews/when-im-big

Engaging, heart-warming and humorous . . . perfectly written with wondrous and colourful illustrations . . . Recommended! [4.5 stars!]

Impulse Gamer, https://www.impulsegamer.com/when-im-big-book-review/

For younger readers, particularly those who are likely to be experiencing not only the introduction of a new baby to their lives, but all the anxieties about the impact that accompany that, this book is a conversation starter about the changes they can expect and how they will be an important and integral part of them. It can also be a starter for helping them understand how they have grown and changed already, reflecting on what they have learned and achieved. Sometimes you pick up a book that has the power to take you well beyond its pages - and this is one of those.

Barbara Braxton, thebottomshelf.edublogs.org

Awards & recognition

CBCA Book of the Year Awards

Notable Book  •  2024  •  Early Childhood

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