Baby Be

Baby Be is an uplifting picture book that celebrates the diversity and joy of family life.
~ Momma Braga


Dads of all varieties bounce and groove with their babies, letting them know the best thing they can be is themselves, in this exuberant picture book ode to the joy of fatherhood.

High five!
Down low!
You ready?
Let’s go!

Dads got moves! Dads got grooves. From shoulder rides to sleepy time snuggles, dads have their own special relationships with their babies, their own way of showing their great big love for one another, and those beats, those boogies, those moments together will live in their hearts forever.



Baby Be is a delightful and uplifting picture book that celebrates the diversity and joy of family life. The author, Alison McGhee, is a poet and children’s book writer who has also written Where We Are and World So Wide. The illustrator, Sean Qualls, is a collage artist who creates whimsical and expressive images.
The book follows the adventures of various pairs of babies and their caregivers, who share their love and laughter in different settings. The rhyme scheme is simple and catchy, with words like “wiggle”, “woggle”, “swing”, and “zing”. The illustrations are vibrant and playful, featuring characters with different skin tones, hair textures, and facial features. The book also includes a note from the author that explains the meaning of the title: “Baby Be” is a way of saying that every baby is unique and beautiful just the way they are.
For this #MelAndNikkiReview, we give this book 5 stars out of 5! A lovely tribute to the bond between parents and children, regardless of their appearance or identity. It also encourages children to embrace their own individuality and express themselves creatively. Baby Be is a perfect read-aloud for families who want to celebrate diversity and love in all its forms.
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About the Author and Illustrator

Alison McGhee is the New York Times bestselling author of Someday, as well as Dear SisterWhat I Leave Behind, Pablo and BirdyWhere We AreMaybe a Fox with Kathi Appelt, Firefly HollowLittle BoySo Many DaysStar BrightA Very Brave WitchDear Brother, and the Bink and Gollie books. Her other children’s books include All Rivers Flow to the SeaCountdown to Kindergarten, and Snap!. She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Laguna Beach, California.

Sean Qualls’s work is a mixed media combination of painting, drawing, and collage. He has illustrated many picture books, including Before John Was a Jazz Giant, which received a Coretta Scott King Honor Award; The Poet Slave of Cuba, a BCCB Blue Ribbon Book; Dizzy, an ALA Notable Book and a Kirkus ReviewsSchool Library Journal, and Child Magazine best book, as well as BCCB Blue Ribbon Book and a Booklist Editor’s Choice; and Emmanuel’s Dream, which was a Schneider Award winner and an Amazon Best Book of the Month. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Until next time…Happy Parenting!

~ Momma Braga

*Amazon affiliation links are included in this post. This book was sent in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are our own.

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