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Brown baby lullaby
1st ed.
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1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 21 x 27 cm.
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An illustrated lullaby featuring a busy, independent, beloved brown baby being prepared for bedtime.


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With Spanish words sprinkled throughout and featuring warm art by New York Times -bestselling and NAACP -Award-winning illustrator AG Ford, Tameka Fryer Brown's Brown Baby Lullaby is the perfect new baby or baby shower gift.

From sunset to bedtime, two brown-skinned parents lovingly care for their beautiful brown baby: first, they play outside, then it is time for dinner and a bath, and finally a warm snuggle before bed.

Author Notes

Tameka Fryer Brown's picture books include Around Our Way on Neighbors' Day and My Cold Plum Lemon Pie Bluesy Mood . Her work also appears in the anthology, We Rise, We Resist, We Raise Our Voices . She currently resides in Charlotte, North Carolina.

AG Ford is a New York Times bestselling children's book illustrator and recipient of two NAACP Image Awards (for Our Children Can Soar and What Color is My World ). He has over 30 published books for children. Mr. Ford grew up in Dallas, Texas and attended The Columbus College of Art and Design. He lives in Frisco, Texas with his family.

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Horn Book Review

Chronicling the nighttime routine of a family, Brown has penned a bedtime story that is immediately warm and relatable for families with young children. We follow an Afro-Latinx couple as they finish their day with their little one and entreat him to Look, mi hijo, at the sun / Setting now that day is done / Moonlights breaking, nights begun / Come, my sweet brown baby. Activities include cooking dinner while their noisy rowdy baby bangs on pots and pans, dinnertime during which the independent baby attempts to feed himself, bath time with a silly splashy baby, and a bedtime blessing of Buenas noches, baby. Double-page spreads portray the family dynamic: the mischievous grin between father and son during prayer time, the warm family hug as the parents dry baby off after a bath. While the facial expressions of the mother and father remain mostly peaceful and calm, illustrator Ford captures the toddlers changing emotions as he goes through his nighttime routine. With the rhythmic text and engaging illustrations, heres a book that could become part of yours. Eboni Njoku March/April 2020 p.51(c) Copyright 2020. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Kirkus Review

A family goes through their evening routine, ending with putting the "sweet brown baby" to bed.A young black couple plays with their baby on a blanket on a large expanse of grass in front of a white, two-story home. The sun sets and they go inside, where rhyming verses bring the family through playtime with pots to a messy spaghetti dinner in the high chair, followed by a bath, kisses, dancing to Coltrane, a story, and a tuck-in. Spanish words are organically sprinkled throughout the English text"Look, mi hijo," and "Vamos, fussy baby"making this one of few picture books to represent Afro-Latinx families. The mother and father, both dressed in jeans, share the parenting time and duties equally, cooking, cuddling, bathing, and tucking in the baby together. A bright golden glow bathes the indoor scenes in a warm light. Details such as the baby's one tooth and the one-eye-open peek shared with Papi during grace at dinnertime make Ford's pictures palpably sweet. Brown's simple text masters the rhythmic cadence of a classic bedtime book, making this a likely new favorite for many families.A perfect read-aloud for bedtime. (Picture book. 1-5) Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

Booklist Review

Fans of Minfong Ho's Hush! A Thai Lullaby (1996) and Alice Duncan's Honey Baby Sugar Child (2005) will love the way the parents of the child in this book go through the day with an active toddler. Watching this young brown-skinned child crawl through the house, make a mess during mealtime, and splash water in the tub promotes a universal message of the challenges all parents have when raising a kid. Infused with positive messaging and phrases in Spanish, this picture book helps ensure that children in the early grades have culturally diverse books to read. Brown and Ford make an outstanding team, drawing together realistic illustrations, gentle words, and beautiful phrases often uttered by parents to communicate love and acceptance to their children. Parents, caregivers, and preschool teachers will find this book a relatable bed- or naptime read-aloud that can be paired with Nikki Grimes' Bedtime for Sweet Creatures (2020) if little ones need just one more story.--Tiffany Flowers Copyright 2019 Booklist