Brown Baby Lullaby

The 2021 Anna Dewdney Read Together Award Winner!

“A perfect read-aloud for bedtime.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

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by Tameka Fryer Brown, illustrated by AG Ford
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)/Macmillan
Published January 2020

Hardcover ISBN: 9780374307523 / Board Book ISBN: 9780374389819

From sunset to bedtime, one very active baby keeps Momma and Papi busy…but yummy tummy kisses and warm snuggles make this bebito sleepy, just in time for bed.

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

*One of NPR’s 100 Best Books for Young Readers*
*A Cooperative Children’s Book Center Best Book of the Year*
*A Parents Latina Magazine Best Latino Children’s Book of 2020*
*An Amazon Editor’s Pick


“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.” —Booklist

“Spanish words are naturally incorporated into a text that affirms Black pride in very young children by specifically calling out and praising the baby’s brownness. ‘Ten brown fingers, ten brown toes / Love and cherish all of those / Papi’s brilliant baby.’ Above all, the love and caring of this family is palpable in both words and illustrations as both parents delight in the small activities of their child’s bedtime routine.” —Cooperative Children’s Book Center

“The springy rhyme is sweet without being saccharine, and touches of Spanish and neat phrasing add verve. This has high baby shower appeal, but it also has vigor, snap, and charm, to suit the actual kid audience.” —BCCB

“Chronicling the nighttime routine of a family, Brown has penned a bedtime story that is immediately warm and relatable for families with young children. With the rhythmic text and engaging illustrations, here’s a book that could become part of yours.” ―Horn Book