Our Subway Baby

Dial. Sept. 2020. 40p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780525427544.
Gr 1-3–A Black baby boy was abandoned in a corner of the New York Subway and rescued by a worker returning home. The young man’s call for police help and later call to the judge in charge of the little one’s case asking about his welfare progressed to an inquiry about adoption. With digitally created, mixed media art, the book presents the miraculous events, from the news coverage to the emotions on the faces of the two young white gay men: excitement battling hesitation over small incomes, bringing a baby into a tiny apartment, or whether they are ready to be parents. As a unique family, the journey from simply Danny and Pete to “Daddy Danny and Papa Pete” evolves as little Kevin wraps his hand around Pete’s fingers (and his heart). Welcoming family members are supported in preparing a home by new relatives—aunts, uncles, cousins, Grandma and Grandpa, and everything a new baby could need.
VERDICT A sweet tribute to an enduring love that grew from happenstance, this suggested general purchase for all libraries praises the love of a diverse family and includes an authors’ note on their continued life together, the marriage of Danny and Pete, and more recent photos of a grown-up Kevin with his two dads.

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