Reading/Interest Level: Primary
Author: Sarah Ellis
Illustrator: Carmen Mok
Publisher: Pajama Press
Liam is ready to be a big brother, but waiting for Sophie to be born seems to drag on forever. Nana-Downstairs finds ways to help the waiting go by quickly. She and Liam have a lot of fun going to the store in their pajamas and watching movies, but Liam still has to do a lot of waiting. Eventually Sophie is born, and Liam thinks that the waiting is over. He quickly finds out that with a baby sister there are a lot of other things to wait for—and waiting is not easy!
Waiting for Sophie is ideal for a young reader who is transitioning to reading chapter books. Full of child-like imagination and silliness, Liam keeps the reader entertained as he goes on adventures with his family right at home. Although this book would be especially relatable to a soon-to-be big brother or sister, it can teach any child the importance of patience when waiting. Each page is adorned with colorful illustrations. The illustration on page nine, showing Liam and his grandmother from bird’s eye view, is a great example of the creativity found in the illustrations.