Illustration for article titled 28 Days of Literary Blackness with VSB | Day 10: iPlease, Baby, Please/i by Spike Lee and Tonya Lewis Lee, Illustrated by Kadir Nelson
Image: Please, Baby, Please (Simon & Schuster

Publisher Synopsis: Go back to bed, baby, please, baby, please.

Not on your HEAD, baby baby baby, please!...

From moments fussy to fond, Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Spike Lee and his wife, producer Tonya Lewis Lee, present a behind-the-scenes look at the chills, spills, and unequivocal thrills of bringing up baby!


Vivid illustrations from celebrated artist Kadir Nelson evoke toddlerhood from sandbox to high chair to crib, and families everywhere will delight in sharing these exuberant moments again and again.

As a parent, one thing we have done intentionally in our house is look for books that center blackness. It’s important for us that our kids see reflections of themselves in the pages of books that we read. Lucky for us that Spike Lee and his wife, Tonya Lewis Lee decided to craft a book for those of us looking specifically for some black images. Spike, whether you like his movies or not, has a solidly affirmed black card.

The book hilariously and relevantly attends to and addresses issues that anybody with kids is all too familiar with but with color and flavor. Bath time, feeding time, play time, night time, etc. We all know how it goes down and the “please, baby, please,” something we might assume is Keith Sweat’s entire career, flips that into hoping your kid will just do...whatever. I enjoy the book, bust most importantly, my kids do, often asking us at bedtime, “please, baby, please.”

Please, Baby, Please (2007) by Spike Lee and Tonya Lewis Lee, Illustrated by Kadir Nelson

Panama Jackson is the Senior Editor of Very Smart Brothas. He's pretty fly for a light guy. You can find him at your mama's mama's house drinking all her brown liquors.

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