Pecan Pie Baby

Pecan Pie Baby


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A sweet addition to the family is coming! Written by National Book Award-winning author Jacqueline Woodson. Illustrated by Caldecott Award-winning illustrator Sophie Blackall.

Jacqueline Woodson is the 2018-2019 National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature

All anyone wants to talk about with Mama is the new “ding-dang baby” that’s on the way, and Gia is getting sick of it! If her new sibling is already such a big deal, what’s going to happen to Gia’s nice, cozy life with Mama once the baby is born?
“[An] honest story about jealousy, anger, displacement, and love [that] will touch kids dealing with sibling rivalry and spark their talk about change.”—Booklist
“Fresh and wise.”—Kirkus Reviews

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780147511287
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 10/17/2013
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 124,256
Product dimensions: 9.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.11(d)
Lexile: AD560L (what's this?)
Age Range: 5 - 8 Years

About the Author

Jacqueline Woodson ( is the 2018-2019 National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, and she received the 2018 Children's Literature Legacy Award. She is the 2014 National Book Award Winner for her New York Times bestselling memoir BROWN GIRL DREAMING, which was also a recipient of the Coretta Scott King Award, a Newbery Honor Award, the NAACP Image Award and the Sibert Honor Award. Woodson was recently named the Young People’s Poet Laureate by the Poetry Foundation. Her recent adult book, Another Brooklyn, was a National Book Award finalist. Born on February 12th in Columbus, Ohio, Jacqueline Woodson grew up in Greenville, South Carolina, and Brooklyn, New York and graduated from college with a B.A. in English. She is the author of more than two dozen award-winning books for young adults, middle graders and children; among her many accolades, she is a four-time Newbery Honor winner, a four-time National Book Award finalist, and a two-time Coretta Scott King Award winner. Her books  include THE OTHER SIDE, EACH KINDNESS, Caldecott Honor Book COMING ON HOME SOON; Newbery Honor winners FEATHERS, SHOW WAY, and AFTER TUPAC AND D FOSTER, and MIRACLE'S BOYS—which received the LA Times Book Prize and the Coretta Scott King Award and was adapted into a miniseries directed by Spike Lee. Jacqueline is also the recipient of the Margaret A. Edwards Award for lifetime achievement for her contributions to young adult literature, the winner of the Jane Addams Children’s Book Award, and was the 2013 United States nominee for the Hans Christian Andersen Award. She lives with her family in Brooklyn, New York.

Sophie Blackall ( is the illustrator of several award-winning picture books, including Meet Wild Boars by Meg Rosoff, Big Red Lollipop (by Rukhsana Khan), and the Ivy and Bean books by Annie Barrows, and she wrote and illustrated The Baby Tree. Her many honors include a BCCB Blue Ribbon, Ezra Jack Keats New Illustrator Award, Society of Illustrators Founders Award, Publishers Weekly Best Children’s Book, Book Sense 76 Pick, and New York Times Top Ten Picture Book. Her artwork has also appeared in murals as part of the New York City MTA’s “Arts for Transit” program. Previously she has had jobs in a shoe shop and a robot factory. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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Pecan Pie Baby 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
copad2thing on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Gia's new baby brother or sister hasn't even been born yet, and already it is all anyone wants to talk about. She is worryed about what is going to happen to her nice, cozy life with mama once the baby is born.
kloupe1 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book was about a older sister who could not get used to the idea of having a new baby around. The older sister thought the new baby would ruin everything and all of the times that mama and she had together. Then, mama told her that she would miss those times too, but they can share them with the new baby, just like they all shared their love for pecan pie.
nbmars on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Gia lives with her single mom, who is very pregnant, and now everything in Gia¿s world seems to revolve around the impending arrival of a new sibling. It's all anyone can talk about. Furthermore, she sees the baby as a threat to her close relationship with her single-parent mother. Gia is building up a lot of resentment against the "ding-dang baby." And when the whole family comes for Thanksgiving, Gia finally explodes, yelling out to everyone: ¿I¿m so sick of that DING-DANG BABY!¿ Mama sends Gia to her room, and later comes to talk to her. Mama says, "You know what I'm going to miss the most when the baby comes, Gia?" And she tells Gia she will miss all their time together, just the two of them. They cuddle and hug, and then Gia suggests they go downstairs for pecan pie, because all three of them love it, even the ding-dang baby! This book is so touching and cute and funny, and has such wonderful illustrations, that you have to be grateful these two award-winning women collaborated on such a great project.Note: Although the racially mixed nature of this [extended] family is not mentioned in the text, it is demonstrated by the illustrations.Reading level: Ages 5 and up
brikayama on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
What a great story that deals with the mixed feelings siblings have towards a new baby.I love the way the mother handles her daughter's resentment over the unborn baby. This is a book that can be used to prepare older siblings to share their parents' love and time with the new baby.The illustrations are marvelous.
allaboutliteracy on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A daughter struggles with her mama having a new baby and how that will change their world. Mama values the feelings of her daughter and they find a something that all three can agree on, eating delicious pecan pie. A great read for any child anxious about a new addition to the family.
theCajunLibrarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Pecan pie can solve anything - at least getting over the fear of becoming a big sister. In this sweet story, a young girl comes to terms with having to share her mother with a baby sister. This is a very comforting book about growing up and accepting change with open arms.