Shady Baby Feels: A First Book of Emotions

Shady Baby Feels: A First Book of Emotions
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August 23, 2022
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Learn about feelings and emotions with Shady Baby in this board book created by the bestselling team of Gabrielle Union, Dwyane Wade, and Tara Nicole Whitaker!
Shady Baby is baking cupcakes, and she has some feelings about the process. From excitement or boredom, Shady Baby expresses nine common emotions. Perfect for the youngest of readers, this book will inspire kids to discuss their multitude of feelings in a kid-friendly, accessible format.

Great for:

  • Introducing emotional literacy, self-awareness, and empathy to toddlers!
  • Reading sequential yet simple storylines!
  • Early childhood development!
  • Tiny hands, due to its sturdy pages!
Plus be sure to check out Shady Baby, the New York Times bestselling picture book from Gabrielle Union, Dwyane Wade, and Tara Nicole Whitaker.

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cute early board book of emotions
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SHADY BABY FEELS is a cute board book that features Shady Baby who is baking some cupcakes with her parents. As things go awry and are fixed, Shady Baby experiences different emotions. They end up finishing the cupcakes, and Shady Baby feels proud!

What I loved: This is a fun way for young readers to match emotions with expressions. The text is brief, but shows how Shady Baby feels with a simple sentence. There are a few additional sentences to provide context as the baking process continues, but it mainly labels the emotions along with the expressive character. Simple backgrounds and an adorable main character will work well for the youngest of readers, and the low amount of text on each page is perfect for older infants and young toddlers.

While it does not go into details for any of the emotions or resolution of them, this is a great early book to talk about emotions, which primarily allows children to match up facial expressions with emotion labels.

Final verdict: SHADY BABY FEELS is a sweet board book that helps to introduce emotions to little ones in a charming story about baking!
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