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Children's books showing baby wearing

One evening, as we were reading Catch That Goat to our little girl, she became so excited: she had spotted a mum carrying a child on her back!

In a house full of baby slings, we only owned two books showing babies and children being carried. From that evening came this project: finding books for babies and toddlers showing baby slings.

This is just a start, there are dozens more books. Do you know another book not featured here? Get in touch with us, we'll be happy to add it.


Books for babies and young children



Backpack-Baby.jpgBackpack Baby ©

by Miriam Cohen

This series of 4 small cardboard books shows Backpack Baby carried on his Dad's back and going through a series of everyday adventures.

Also in the same collection: Say Hi Backpack Baby, Wah-Wah! and Mine!

Star Bright Books New York



Baby-Goes-Near250.jpgBaby Goes

by Derek Brazell

This small baby board book shows baby in scenes of everyday life: high in daddy's arms, low in the buggy, near on mummy's back, far with the little trolley.

The Tamarind Ltd, 2005

ISBN 1-870516-70-2




My-New-Baby.jpgMy New Baby

by Annie Kubler

This story without words follows the new baby brother or sister, from meeting the family and changing the nappy to playing and bathing. The perfect way to share the arrival of a new baby with a toddler.

Daddy goes to the park with the toddler and baby in a front carrier.

Child's Play (International) Ltd

ISBN 978-0-85953-974-6



Mr Bear Says Can I Have A Hug?

by Debi Gliori

A cute little story of Mummy Bear hugging Baby Bear.

In one of the images, the baby bear is carried on his mummy's back.

ISBN 1-86039-735-2



Books for toddlers and pre-school children


Elizabeti's Doll and Mama Elizabeti

We just love these two books showing a young Tanzanian girl.When her baby brother is born, she finds a rock, which she names Eva, and makes it her baby doll, carrying her around like her Mummy is carrying the little brother around.

The story continues in the second book: When her mother has a new baby, Elizabeti is given charge of her younger brother and finds it more difficult to take care him than it was to care for her rock doll.

Lee & Low Books

ISBN 978-1584300816 and 978-1584302360



Catch-That-Goat.jpgCatch That Goat

by Polly Alakija

The Barefoot books have some lovely scenes of everyday life in Africa. They often have mums carrying babies on their back and getting on with their life, in the field, at the market.

Ayoka has been left in charge of the family goat - but within minutes it has vanished. As Ayoka searches the streets of her town she starts to realise just how much trouble the runaway is creating among the market stalls.

At the market, Ayosha comes across a mum selling roasted bananas with her toddler on her back.

Barefoot Books

ISBN: 9781846860560



Handa's surprise

by Eileen Browne

Handa puts seven delicious fruits in a basket to take to her friend, Akeyo. But as she walks, carrying the basket on her head, various creatures steal her fruits.

When she arrives at her friend's, we can see a little girl in the background carrying a sibling on her back.

Walker Books

ISBN 0-7445-3634-0



Mama-Panya.jpgMama Panya's Pancakes: A Village Tale from Kenya

by Mary and Rich Chamberlain

Mama Panya is alarmed at the market when her son Adika invites all of their friends to come over for pancakes. However will she feed them all? This clever and heart-warming story about village life teaches children the benefits of sharing as well as introducing simple Swahili phrases.

At the market, you can spot several mums working or shopping while carrying their children on their back.

Barefoot Books Ltd

ISBN 978-1905236633



what-baby-needs.jpgWhat Baby Needs

by William and Martha Sears and Christie Watts Kelly

What Baby Needs tells soon-to-be older siblings about a new baby's needs and demands and suggests ways that they can participate in the new baby's care.

There are several drawings of the baby in a sling, forward facing while Dad is playing is football, in a cradle carry while Mummy is shopping...

Sears Children Library

ISBN 0-316-78828-7

Ask Dr Sears Library



Eat Healthy, Feel Great

by William and Martha Sears and Christie Watts Kelly

Eat Healthy, Feel Great gives kids the tools to make their own wise food choices and to have fun doing it.

Dad is shown shopping at the supermarket with baby in a Buddha carry in a ring sling.

Sears Children Library

ISBN 0316787086



Arideonmothersback.jpgA Ride on Mother's Back, a Day of Baby Carrying around the world

by Emery & Duncan Bernhard

How do people from different cultures carry their babies? What is it like to ride mother's back through a rain forest in Brazil, across an oasis in the Sahara, down to a river in Papua New Guinea, over a frozen bay in the artic, along a mountain road in Nepal?

This book is packed with drawings of babies being carried around the world.

Gulliver Books - Harcourt Brace & Company

ISBN 0-15-200870-5



With many thanks to those who have helped us with this project: Morag Davidson, Bex Smith, Tracy Morter, SlayterKat, David Brine at the Africa Book Centre Ltd and Steve at the Willesden Bookshop (

Illustrations used with permission of the respective publishers: The Tamarind Ltd, Dr Sears Library, Star Bright Books, Child's Play, Barefoot Books, Lee & Low Books Inc. All images are copyrighted.