I Love You, Baby Burrito

Roaring Brook. Jan. 2021. 32p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9781250231093.
PreS-Gr 1–A gentle pastel palette sets the tone for this sweet and simple picture book about a Latinx family welcoming their first baby. Affirmations of love, security, and comfort are expressed in English and Spanish (“This is your home, tu casa, where we promise to keep you safe”). When the Spanish vocabulary isn’t explicitly defined in the text, illustrations offer context and a glossary is provided, making this book ideal for a bilingual household or for Spanish language learners. The routine of caring for a newborn is woven throughout the pages, culminating in naptime, in which the baby is snugly swaddled in a blanket like a little burrito. Sleep-deprived new parents may laugh ruefully as the baby in the book goes down without a fuss, but this soothing depiction of newborn life certainly has appeal. It’s sparse on details—feeding is mentioned but not shown—but makes an endearing bedtime read for baby and could be a positive way to introduce the concept of a new infant to an older sibling-to-be.
VERDICT Filled to the brim with comfort and love, this book is a welcome addition to most picture book collections, especially where bilingual books are in demand.

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