Shady Baby

HarperCollins. May 2021. 32p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9780063054035.
PreS-Gr 1–Meet Shady Baby, an expressive baby who wears her emotions out in the open. She’s a trendsetter, beat maker, and athlete, but most importantly, she’s someone who speaks up when she sees bad things happening. Doing the right thing isn’t always easy, but she finds a way to do it in her Shady Baby way. She sets an example for her friends and shows them the importance of playing fair and standing up for each other. This gorgeously illustrated picture book introduces the world to Shady Baby, who is inspired by the authors’ daughter. The title character helps model essential interpersonal communication practices for the picture book’s audience. Her choice to share even when she doesn’t want to reminds children that they should always be kind. The book’s vibrant color palette portrays a variety of skin tones, giving kids a refreshing and necessary example of representation.
VERDICT This is a fun, lesson-filled journey about standing up for yourself and your friends, making it a valuable addition to picture book collections.

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