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Nine Months: Before a Baby Is Born

4.30  ·  Rating details ·  334 ratings  ·  108 reviews
Join a family of three who spend nine whole months waiting, from a frosty winter through a sun-dappled summer, until finally . . . a baby is here.

A soon-to-be big sister and her parents prepare for the arrival of a new baby in the family. Alternating panels depict what the family is experiencing in tandem with how the baby is growing, spanning everything from receiving the
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published April 23rd 2019 by Neal Porter Books
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This was kinda neat. A family is waiting for a new baby to arrive. We see on one page what the family is doing and what big sister has going on in her life and on the other page we see what the zygote or fetus or baby is doing each month. I thought it was great for the kids to see what that process looks like.

The kids loved learning that we start out with a tail. The nephew was fascinated by this. He wanted to know what happened to his own tail and could he get it back. A great beginner book
Ms. B
Dec 07, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019, picture, nonfiction
3.75 stars. How is a baby made? This is the perfect book or gift for a sibling to be. Without being graphic, overly detailed or scientific, it shows how a baby grows and develops during the months leading to its birth.
May 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Readers Looking for New Sibling Picture-Books, or Books Explaining Gestation to Children
Author Miranda Paul and illustrator Jason Chin, who previously collaborated on Water Is Water: A Book About the Water Cycle , join forces again in this lovely picture-book examination of pregnancy and gestation, offering both a poetic and scientific narrative about this exciting time. A simple and poetic text describes the fetus' development and movements, while the artwork depicts developments both internal and external to the mother. The paintings showing the fetus are accompanied by notes ...more
Apr 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This informational picture book follows a pregnancy to term, using unnamed characters as family members who give faces to the biological process. Two parents and a young girl are waiting for the birth of a baby girl. Each two-page spread covers a new month of pregnancy, with a highly realistic illustration of the fetus’s progress on the left side (labeled with the trimester, month, and weeks), while depicting the family’s preparations for baby on the right. Jason Chin’s watercolor and gouache ...more
Katey Howes
Feb 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is more than I could have imagined! It manages to be both scientific - walking us through the development of a fetus in utero with fascinating and kid-friendly details - and comforting - showing a family with a young child preparing for the arrival of a clearly much-anticipated and much-loved new addition. On the left hand side of each spread, readers see the baby's development in tender but accurately rendered art. On the right hand side, the family goes about daily tasks, showing the ...more
Feb 28, 2019 rated it liked it
This book balances its lyrical text, plain science, and warm illustrations full of sweet domestic detail so beautifully. I don't know that I've ever seen a picture book on this topic delivered (pardon the pun!) in this way. It can make a great family read-aloud as well as a valuable reference book--a sort of What to Expect When You're Expecting for young siblings. Just lovely!

That being said . . . it's very heteronormative: i.e., Mom, Dad, kiddo, dog, and literally a white picket fence.
Jun 24, 2019 added it
Shelves: picturebooks
This is EXCELLENT. My two quibbles are that 1) the backmatter doesn't define "zygote" but defines tons of other vocabulary, and 2) in the backmatter, Paul uses "mother" as shorthand for "person carrying the baby" or "pregnant person." While it's clear the person carrying the baby in the illustrations is meant to be a woman, it would have been nice to have more inclusive language in the backmatter.
Lauren Paletta
May 27, 2019 rated it liked it
Gorgeous anatomical illustrations!
Katie Fitzgerald
My three girls are 2, 4, and about to turn 6, and they want to know everything about their unborn twin siblings. What can they do? How big are they? Can they hear yet? Though Nine Months Before a Baby is Born by Miranda Paul and Jason Chin focuses mainly on singleton pregnancies, it has been a wonderful resource for sharing details about our babies in an age-appropriate and appealing way.

Things I especially love about this book:

It doesn't go into the details of how babies are conceived so I'm
Jun 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: pregnancy requests
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Simple discussion and pictures of fetal development within a story of a young girl expecting the arrival of a new sibling. More information is given in the back matter, including 9 Amazing Things Most Babies Can Do Before They're Born, Human vs. Animals pregnancies, and some What if...? scenarios. I thought the ... something goes wrong? was very well handled.
Mar 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a really good book for a parent to share with a child about expecting a new baby sibling. It goes into simple detail, even showing pictures of what the baby would look like at actual size! In the back is a brief explanation breaking down each couple weeks/month, as well as what causes multiple children in one birth and premature babies. Lastly, there are tidbits as to what a baby can do in the womb, and a list of mammals and their gestational periods.
May 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love how this book managed to be both educational and comforting for the soon-to-be big brother or sister. Informative through illustrations, educating younger ones on the upcoming changes in the family dynamic.
Apr 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This would be a particularly good book if someone is becoming a big sibling (and they're in a hetero-normative family).
May 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Nice book to read to siblings expecting a new baby.
Shaye Miller
Dec 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
This nonfiction picture book will be especially wonderful for a child expecting a new sibling. Each page spread features a new month in the growth of a baby in utero. The back matter includes 5 extra pages of more detailed information, including a selected bibliography. How did I not know Jason Chin was the illustrator for this book?! WOW – the artwork is absolutely lovely! The illustrations were created with watercolor and gouache on paper.

For more children's literature, middle grade
Dec 17, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: mock-caldecott
Well done! This book does a fantastic job of following the development of a fetus and making it flawlessly equal parts picture book and nonfiction. The illustrations and size charts are fascinating, as well as the facts in the back of the book! This is great for little ones who are curious about babies.
Oct 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Preparing and keeping another sibling interested during the nine months the fetus is growing can be difficult. Nine Months shares facts interwoven with vibrant drawings of the family and scientific drawings. Each month is highlighted with the fetus’ development feats and a short poetic stanza. At the end of the book, don’t forget the “More About Babies” pages to help stimulate more conversations with toddlers and older siblings.
Michael Fitzgerald
Nov 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
I'm not such a fan of Jason Chin's illustrations and the rhyming text seemed kind of insipid. But the content and presentation of the book were done very well.
Dec 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This would be a great book to share with prospective "big siblings" who are getting ready to welcome a baby. The pages alternate between the developing embryo/fetus and the activities of the family throughout the year as they carry on with life while still expecting the new arrival. Gentle language and friendly illustrations make this one special.
Jun 19, 2019 marked it as picture-books
A great, child-friendly look at how babies are growing in there.
Cheriee Weichel
Jul 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is spectacular, but then, what else would you expect from Miranda Paul and Jason Chin? If I were still managing my own library, I would be tempted to purchase a couple of copies. It's perfect for children who are anticipating a younger sibling. Jason Chin's art shows two sides of a story. On one side of the page he shows a family getting ready for a new baby. On the other he depicts the development of the baby from embryo, to foetus to birth. Miranda Paul's rhyming poetry connects it ...more
Jul 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: psla-reviews
A young family comes inside from playing in the snow. A few months later they are gardening and Mom’s belly has grown.Before long it’s time to build a crib. Meanwhile, the reader gets a sneak peek of a life that is growing behind the scenes. This book expertly captures all of the miraculous changes that take place while one family awaits a new arrival. From fertilized egg to infant, each rhyming two page spread follows as a family of three becomes a family of four. Lifelike and occasionally, ...more
This book is beautiful! My three year old will be a big brother this fall, and he has been absolutely in love with this book--we read it several times per week. I love the gentle balance between sentiment and facts--we talk about how everyone is feeling, and he can also point out the umbilical cord and placenta. I also love that the illustrations from month 4 on are actual size, both for me and for him! It's been neat to tell him, "this is how big our baby is right now." I can't recommend this ...more
Jun 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
readaloud about pregnancy very well-done
Jun 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A mother, father and their daughter come home from a wintry walk with their dog. They curl up together in bed to read a book about having a new baby. On the opposite page, the growth of the baby begins, starting with one cell that divides getting bigger with each turn of the page. Their busy days take them to the doctor for an ultrasound, assembling the crib, and lots of quality time just spent with one another. As the seasons change, so does the size of the mother’s tummy. Growing to match, the ...more
Jul 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a perfect book for that child who wonders what happening in mommy's tummy or wonders how a fertilized egg transforms into a baby. Nine Months takes us through a pregnancy, month by month, showing and telling what is developing in a baby. At week 15, for example, the baby develops a spine, hair, and thumbs. From week 15-36, the fetus is represented in actual size. The illustrations are wonderful. At the end is more interesting information about babies.
Feb 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-kid-lit
With two powerhouse names like Miranda Paul and Jason Chin working on the book, it is no surprise that everyone is eagerly awaiting publication. The rhyming text captures the stages of prenatal development and also the anticipation of the family preparing for the baby's arrival.

"Small. Ball. The point of a pin. Then it divides...Our story begins." Readers see parents and the big sister to-be snuggled on the bed and reading a book, Hello Baby. And as the pages turn, the baby grows and the family
While there are many books about what a mother might experience while expecting as well as several books helping prepare a child for the birth of sibling, this one stands out for many reasons. The text is poetic, with carefully chosen words to explain this scientific wonder in an accessible way. Detailed and carefully drawn watercolor and gouache illustrations help readers see what's going on during the weeks and months the fetus is growing. A couple returns from a walk with their young daughter ...more
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Nine Months Before a Baby is Born by Miranda Paul, illustrated by Jason Chin. PICTURE BOOK. Neal Porter Books (Holiday House), 2019. $19. 9780823441617



A soon-to-be-big sister and her parents are excited about the baby coming to their home. For 9 months they plan and prepare as the baby--accurately illustrated on the lefthand pages month-by-month--grows inside mom's womb. Following the story, there are informational pages giving more
Hannah Holt
Jan 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Gorgeous. Lyrical. Informative.

Wow, there is so much to love about this book! On each spread, the left and side shows a baby developing inside a womb. This side is more technical with additional facts, dates, and measurements that slightly older children will find fascinating.

The right side of the spreads follow a young family getting ready to welcome a new baby. These illustrations are full of tender little details, like a paper heart taped to the wall or a young girl feeding her baby doll at
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Miranda Paul has worked as a teacher, volunteer zookeeper, and freelance writer--among other things. She is passionate about creating stories for young readers that inspire, entertain, and broaden horizons. Miranda is also a thrill-seeker, and one of her bravest moments involved reciting poetry from inside a crocodile pit. (Yikes!)

In addition to being a picture book author, Miranda is a team