{"id":6538431299663,"title":"Shhh! The Baby's Asleep","handle":"shhh-the-babys-asleep","description":"\u003ch6\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003c\/h6\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - ENTER AUTHOR\/ILLUSTRATOR INFO BELOW - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eBy: \u003ca href=\"\/pages\/janay-brown-wood\"\u003eJaNay Brown-Wood\u003c\/a\u003e \/ Illustrated by: \u003ca href=\"\/pages\/elissambura\"\u003eElissambura\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - ENTER HEADING BELOW - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003eDon't you dare make a sound.\u003cbr\u003e\n\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - ENTER DESCRIPTION BELOW - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThe baby is \u003ci\u003efinally \u003c\/i\u003easleep. But everyone else is much too noisy! As each member of this close-knit intergenerational household gets the \u003ci\u003eshush\u003c\/i\u003e, they join the crusade for domestic peace and quiet. And just when they think they can rest—oh \u003ci\u003eno. \u003c\/i\u003eThe baby's awake. One savvy little narrator knows just the way to make his baby sister fall back asleep: by reading her a good book!\u003cspan class=\"Apple-converted-space\"\u003e \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eA hilarious cast of characters will keep readers laughing through this warm-hearted celebration of family.\u003cspan class=\"Apple-converted-space\"\u003e \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - - - ENTER RECOMMENDATIONS BELOW - - - - - - - -- - - --\u003e\n\u003cdiv class=\"recommended-books\"\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eIf you like this book, you’ll enjoy these: \u003cbr\u003e\u003ca href=\"\/products\/grandmas-tiny-house\"\u003eGrandma's Tiny House\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003ca href=\"\/products\/lola-reads-to-leo\"\u003eLola Reads to Leo\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - - - START OF TABS - - - - - - - -- - - --\u003e [TABS]\n\u003ch5\u003eLook Inside\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cimg class=\"cvr-border-gray\" style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\" src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0750\/0101\/files\/shhh-babys-asleep-spread.jpg?v=1614713376\"\u003e\u003c!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --\u003e \u003cscript src=\"\/\/assets.pinterest.com\/js\/pinit.js\" data-pin-hover=\"true\" data-pin-height=\"32\" data-pin-shape=\"round\" defer async=\"\" type=\"text\/javascript\"\u003e\u003c\/script\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - - ENTER DOWNLOADABLES BELOW - - - - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003eDownloadables\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cdiv class=\"medium-cover\"\u003e\u003cimg alt=\"\" src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0750\/0101\/files\/shhh-babys-asleep-cover.jpg?v=1614713375\"\u003e\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003cdiv class=\"btn-wrapper\"\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0750\/0101\/files\/shhh-babys-asleep-cover-hires.jpg.zip?v=1614713388\" class=\"product-btn\"\u003eDownload the Cover\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - - - ENTER AUTHOR BIO BELOW - - - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003eAuthor \u0026amp; Illustrator\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eJaNay Brown-Wood, author\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cmeta charset=\"UTF-8\"\u003e\u003cspan\u003eJaNay Brown-Wood is an early childhood professor and the author of several books for children, including \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ci\u003eImani's Moon\u003c\/i\u003e\u003cspan\u003e and \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ci\u003eGrandma's Tiny House\u003c\/i\u003e\u003cspan\u003e. She also contributed to the poetry anthology \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ci\u003eThanku: Poems of Gratitude\u003c\/i\u003e\u003cspan\u003e. Much of JaNay's work is intended to celebrate casual diversity, primarily featuring black characters. JaNay lives in California.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ca href=\"\/pages\/janay-brown-wood\"\u003eRead more \u003c\/a\u003eabout JaNay.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - ENTER ILLUSTRATOR BIO BELOW - - - - - - - - - - - --\u003e \u003cbr\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eElissambura, illustrator\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cmeta charset=\"UTF-8\"\u003e\u003cspan\u003eElissambura is a freelance artist and has illustrated many books for children, including \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ci\u003eAlligator Seder\u003c\/i\u003e\u003cspan\u003e. Elissambura lives and works in Argentina.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ca href=\"\/pages\/elissambura\"\u003eRead more\u003c\/a\u003e about Elissambura.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - ENTER AWARDS \u0026 HONORS BELOW - - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003eAwards \u0026amp; Honors\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eComing soon!\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - ENTER REVIEWS BELOW - - - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003eEditorial Reviews\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cblockquote\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cimg src=\"\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0750\/0101\/files\/star-fade.gif?4673889858015672850\"\u003eSchool Library Journal\u003c\/i\u003e starred review\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eNaptime in a busy house, where the baby has finally fallen asleep, means staying quiet, and it’s not easy with so many people around! Dante needs to fix the wheels on his toy truck, Shae needs to set her curls, and the neighbor, Mr. Young, needs to mow his lawn. Will the baby be able to maintain a quiet slumber? Or will the noises made by others create an awakening? For families with young children, “Shh, the baby’s asleep!” is a common refrain, frequently repeated throughout this delightful book. Short, rhyming couplets present the story in a sing-song fashion that will please preschoolers, who will want to mimic the many sounds that emerge throughout the narrative. This book expertly captures the fine line between wanting to get things done while the baby sleeps but also ensuring a docile environment. Mixed media illustrations give the images a collage-style effect and include vivid jewel tones and myriad patterns throughout. Dynamic ­angles ­increase the feelings of uncertainty as each new sound threatens. The characters in this story are multigenerational, depicted with dark skin and curly, textured hair; each person has a unique appearance yet all easily comprise a loving family. ­VERDICT Accessible and engaging, this tale can be used in story-hour settings, and will find a home on most shelves.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/blockquote\u003e\n\u003cblockquote\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003e\u003ci\u003eKirkus Reviews\u003c\/i\u003e\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eMembers of an extended family shush one another to try to keep the baby asleep. The baby is laid in the crib, “finally asleep,” and Mom creeps out of the room, cringing at the creaking of the floor. The narrator, an older sibling, joins her as she finds Daddy and shushes him. The child and Daddy then find Grammy and shush her. Grammy helps shush Pop Pop, and the cycle continues until all siblings, pets, and even the neighbor have been shushed. 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One savvy little narrator knows just the way to make his baby sister fall back asleep: by reading her a good book!\u003cspan class=\"Apple-converted-space\"\u003e \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eA hilarious cast of characters will keep readers laughing through this warm-hearted celebration of family.\u003cspan class=\"Apple-converted-space\"\u003e \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - - - ENTER RECOMMENDATIONS BELOW - - - - - - - -- - - --\u003e\n\u003cdiv class=\"recommended-books\"\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eIf you like this book, you’ll enjoy these: \u003cbr\u003e\u003ca href=\"\/products\/grandmas-tiny-house\"\u003eGrandma's Tiny House\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003ca href=\"\/products\/lola-reads-to-leo\"\u003eLola Reads to Leo\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - - - START OF TABS - - - - - - - -- - - --\u003e [TABS]\n\u003ch5\u003eLook Inside\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cimg class=\"cvr-border-gray\" style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\" src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0750\/0101\/files\/shhh-babys-asleep-spread.jpg?v=1614713376\"\u003e\u003c!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --\u003e \u003cscript src=\"\/\/assets.pinterest.com\/js\/pinit.js\" data-pin-hover=\"true\" data-pin-height=\"32\" data-pin-shape=\"round\" defer async=\"\" type=\"text\/javascript\"\u003e\u003c\/script\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - - ENTER DOWNLOADABLES BELOW - - - - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003eDownloadables\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cdiv class=\"medium-cover\"\u003e\u003cimg alt=\"\" src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0750\/0101\/files\/shhh-babys-asleep-cover.jpg?v=1614713375\"\u003e\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003cdiv class=\"btn-wrapper\"\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0750\/0101\/files\/shhh-babys-asleep-cover-hires.jpg.zip?v=1614713388\" class=\"product-btn\"\u003eDownload the Cover\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - - - ENTER AUTHOR BIO BELOW - - - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003eAuthor \u0026amp; Illustrator\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eJaNay Brown-Wood, author\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cmeta charset=\"UTF-8\"\u003e\u003cspan\u003eJaNay Brown-Wood is an early childhood professor and the author of several books for children, including \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ci\u003eImani's Moon\u003c\/i\u003e\u003cspan\u003e and \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ci\u003eGrandma's Tiny House\u003c\/i\u003e\u003cspan\u003e. She also contributed to the poetry anthology \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ci\u003eThanku: Poems of Gratitude\u003c\/i\u003e\u003cspan\u003e. Much of JaNay's work is intended to celebrate casual diversity, primarily featuring black characters. JaNay lives in California.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ca href=\"\/pages\/janay-brown-wood\"\u003eRead more \u003c\/a\u003eabout JaNay.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - ENTER ILLUSTRATOR BIO BELOW - - - - - - - - - - - --\u003e \u003cbr\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eElissambura, illustrator\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cmeta charset=\"UTF-8\"\u003e\u003cspan\u003eElissambura is a freelance artist and has illustrated many books for children, including \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ci\u003eAlligator Seder\u003c\/i\u003e\u003cspan\u003e. Elissambura lives and works in Argentina.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ca href=\"\/pages\/elissambura\"\u003eRead more\u003c\/a\u003e about Elissambura.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - ENTER AWARDS \u0026 HONORS BELOW - - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003eAwards \u0026amp; Honors\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eComing soon!\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - ENTER REVIEWS BELOW - - - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003eEditorial Reviews\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cblockquote\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cimg src=\"\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0750\/0101\/files\/star-fade.gif?4673889858015672850\"\u003eSchool Library Journal\u003c\/i\u003e starred review\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eNaptime in a busy house, where the baby has finally fallen asleep, means staying quiet, and it’s not easy with so many people around! Dante needs to fix the wheels on his toy truck, Shae needs to set her curls, and the neighbor, Mr. Young, needs to mow his lawn. Will the baby be able to maintain a quiet slumber? Or will the noises made by others create an awakening? For families with young children, “Shh, the baby’s asleep!” is a common refrain, frequently repeated throughout this delightful book. Short, rhyming couplets present the story in a sing-song fashion that will please preschoolers, who will want to mimic the many sounds that emerge throughout the narrative. This book expertly captures the fine line between wanting to get things done while the baby sleeps but also ensuring a docile environment. Mixed media illustrations give the images a collage-style effect and include vivid jewel tones and myriad patterns throughout. Dynamic ­angles ­increase the feelings of uncertainty as each new sound threatens. The characters in this story are multigenerational, depicted with dark skin and curly, textured hair; each person has a unique appearance yet all easily comprise a loving family. ­VERDICT Accessible and engaging, this tale can be used in story-hour settings, and will find a home on most shelves.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/blockquote\u003e\n\u003cblockquote\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003e\u003ci\u003eKirkus Reviews\u003c\/i\u003e\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eMembers of an extended family shush one another to try to keep the baby asleep. The baby is laid in the crib, “finally asleep,” and Mom creeps out of the room, cringing at the creaking of the floor. The narrator, an older sibling, joins her as she finds Daddy and shushes him. The child and Daddy then find Grammy and shush her. Grammy helps shush Pop Pop, and the cycle continues until all siblings, pets, and even the neighbor have been shushed. Each character is engaged in some activity that isn’t inherently loud but, in the context of this humorous scenario familiar to many families with babies, adds to the suspense: Which innocent noise will wake the baby? As the string of effort is pulled along, readers feel the family’s roller coaster of emotional states, from desperation to frustration to exhaustion and finally relief. The text is composed of playful rhyming couplets, with sound effects hand-lettered in all-caps crowding into compositions as if they have lives of their own. The colorful, stylized illustrations add to the book’s playful tone, lending a tense energy and a sense of barely controlled chaos to this Black family’s humorous plight. Delightful comic relief for every household with a baby.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - - - ENTER DETAILS BELOW - - - - - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003eDetails\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003eHardcover\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003cbr\u003eISBN: \u003cspan data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e978-1-58089-522-4\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eE-book\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003cbr\u003eISBN: \u003cspan data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e978-1-63289-819-7\u003c\/span\u003e EPUB\u003cbr\u003e For information about purchasing E-books, \u003ca title=\"E-book\" href=\"http:\/\/charlesbridge.myshopify.com\/pages\/e-books\"\u003eclick here\u003c\/a\u003e.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eAges: 2-5\u003cbr\u003ePage count: 32\u003cbr\u003e10 x 10\u003cbr\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n[\/TABS]\u003c\/blockquote\u003e"}

Shhh! The Baby's Asleep


By: JaNay Brown-Wood / Illustrated by: Elissambura

Don't you dare make a sound.

The baby is finally asleep. But everyone else is much too noisy! As each member of this close-knit intergenerational household gets the shush, they join the crusade for domestic peace and quiet. And just when they think they can rest—oh no. The baby's awake. One savvy little narrator knows just the way to make his baby sister fall back asleep: by reading her a good book! 

A hilarious cast of characters will keep readers laughing through this warm-hearted celebration of family. 

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JaNay Brown-Wood, author

JaNay Brown-Wood is an early childhood professor and the author of several books for children, including Imani's Moon and Grandma's Tiny House. She also contributed to the poetry anthology Thanku: Poems of Gratitude. Much of JaNay's work is intended to celebrate casual diversity, primarily featuring black characters. JaNay lives in California.

Read more about JaNay.


Elissambura, illustrator

Elissambura is a freelance artist and has illustrated many books for children, including Alligator Seder. Elissambura lives and works in Argentina.

Read more about Elissambura.

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School Library Journal starred review

Naptime in a busy house, where the baby has finally fallen asleep, means staying quiet, and it’s not easy with so many people around! Dante needs to fix the wheels on his toy truck, Shae needs to set her curls, and the neighbor, Mr. Young, needs to mow his lawn. Will the baby be able to maintain a quiet slumber? Or will the noises made by others create an awakening? For families with young children, “Shh, the baby’s asleep!” is a common refrain, frequently repeated throughout this delightful book. Short, rhyming couplets present the story in a sing-song fashion that will please preschoolers, who will want to mimic the many sounds that emerge throughout the narrative. This book expertly captures the fine line between wanting to get things done while the baby sleeps but also ensuring a docile environment. Mixed media illustrations give the images a collage-style effect and include vivid jewel tones and myriad patterns throughout. Dynamic ­angles ­increase the feelings of uncertainty as each new sound threatens. The characters in this story are multigenerational, depicted with dark skin and curly, textured hair; each person has a unique appearance yet all easily comprise a loving family. ­VERDICT Accessible and engaging, this tale can be used in story-hour settings, and will find a home on most shelves.

Kirkus Reviews

Members of an extended family shush one another to try to keep the baby asleep. The baby is laid in the crib, “finally asleep,” and Mom creeps out of the room, cringing at the creaking of the floor. The narrator, an older sibling, joins her as she finds Daddy and shushes him. The child and Daddy then find Grammy and shush her. Grammy helps shush Pop Pop, and the cycle continues until all siblings, pets, and even the neighbor have been shushed. Each character is engaged in some activity that isn’t inherently loud but, in the context of this humorous scenario familiar to many families with babies, adds to the suspense: Which innocent noise will wake the baby? As the string of effort is pulled along, readers feel the family’s roller coaster of emotional states, from desperation to frustration to exhaustion and finally relief. The text is composed of playful rhyming couplets, with sound effects hand-lettered in all-caps crowding into compositions as if they have lives of their own. The colorful, stylized illustrations add to the book’s playful tone, lending a tense energy and a sense of barely controlled chaos to this Black family’s humorous plight. Delightful comic relief for every household with a baby.

Hardcover
ISBN: 978-1-58089-522-4

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ISBN: 978-1-63289-819-7 EPUB
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Ages: 2-5
Page count: 32
10 x 10

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