Brown Sugar Baby Sweetest Love

Cottage Door. (Brown Sugar Baby). Nov. 2023. 22p. Board $9.99. ISBN 9781646386604.
K-Gr 1–Brown Sugar Baby is back, this time with a lyrical short book about celebrating one’s light during Valentine’s Day—although any day is appropriate for such a message. Brown Sugar Baby begins by helping Big-Papa whip up some magic in the kitchen, which ends with treats for the whole family, including the dog! Lewis exhorts young ones: “You have so much so share./ Your heart full-filled,/ your kindness spilled/ and sprinkled everywhere,” creating a sweet atmosphere of homely joy. Illustrations by Southerland are simple and bright, designed to create a spirit of inclusivity and delight within one’s family.
VERDICT Best read aloud to fully relish the rhyming flow, this is a fun, thoughtful addition to libraries with larger collections looking to increase their diverse holdings.

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