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EVERYBODY! BABIES! by Beth Williams-Breault


by Beth Williams-Breault

Pub Date: Nov. 24th, 2020
ISBN: 978-0-228-83856-2
Publisher: Tellwell Talent

Diverse families enjoy a day at a park in this picture book.

Visiting a park, a mother and her baby notice the people around them. Mommy points out that all families are unique. For example, some babies are accompanied by two moms, and others are with two dads. The pair also sees that several babies are with one parent or have brothers or sisters (or both) and that some families even include pets. The narrator explains that families have different backgrounds, too. Many speak various languages or hail from other countries. Although “families come in many different colors, shapes, and sizes,” they do have similarities. “A family loves each other!” Featuring simple language and concise sentences, Williams-Breault’s charming tale deftly celebrates diverse family structures. The book emphasizes individuality while underscoring shared traits like love, thoughtfulness, and kindness. The cheerful, uncredited illustrations have a nice hand-drawn quality, with bright colors and textured, painted backdrops. Detailed scenes span entire pages, showing people of all ages, ethnicities, skin tones, and abilities as they partake in activities such as walking pets, cavorting on the playground, feeding birds, and more. A few images emphasize aiding others, including a boy helping a girl tie her shoelaces. Some characters wear Covid-19 masks. The pictures also display whimsical touches, such as swirls and red hearts surrounding a mother as she embraces her baby.

An inclusive and sweet tale for young readers.