Baby Be

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$18.99  $17.66
Atheneum Books
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9.2 X 11.2 X 0.5 inches | 1.06 pounds

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About the Author
Alison McGhee is the New York Times bestselling author of Someday, as well as Dear Sister, What I Leave Behind, Pablo and Birdy, Where We Are, Maybe a Fox with Kathi Appelt, Firefly Hollow, Little Boy, So Many Days, Star Bright, A Very Brave Witch, Dear Brother, and the Bink and Gollie books. Her other children's books include All Rivers Flow to the Sea, Countdown to Kindergarten, and Snap!. She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Laguna Beach, California. You can visit her at

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 Reviews, School 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.
Working in textured acrylic paint, colored pencil, and collage, Qualls portrays the twosomes with various skin tones and hair textures; incorporates kinetic-feeling movement that tracks with the text; and includes background bubbles, stars, and wafting ribbons that seem to represent music and sound. In equally energetic words, McGhee celebrates unconditional love, not just for an infant's actions or potential, but for their existence in the present moment. Singing, yelling, and dancing, each adult hints, it's all "already perfect to me." --Publishers Weekly "9/4/2023"