"Soon She Will Share It With The World"

Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade’s daughter, Kaavia James, is the inspiration for a new picture book. Shady Baby has made her landing in the literary world.


“@kaaviajames has an opinion … and soon she will share it with the world,” Gabrielle said of her and Dwyane Wade’s upcoming Shady Baby book. “@dwyanewade and I are so excited to announce Shady Baby, our picture book which teaches kids to use their moral compass and inner strength to choose kindness and compassion and to stick up for themselves and others,” Union told her social media fans.

Dwyane Wade also took to Instagram to celebrate the impending release of Shady Baby. “SO excited to share SHADY BABY with the world,” Wade exclaimed. “@kaaviajames’ picture-book story is all about choosing kindness and encouraging kids to stand up for themselves and others,” the celebrity father told his fans.

“It was important to @gabunion and I that this story be (sic) about a little Black girl for other little Black girls and boys to see themselves as main characters and for all children to see us in leadership positions,” Dwyane said of the creative process. “Shady Baby keeps us laughing with all she has to say!”

Kaavia James has kept the attention of Instagram since her debut on the social media platform. The toddler has garnered more than 1.5 million subscribers to date and has a base that consistently interacts with posts. In fact, one fan suggested Kaavia have her own animated series after learning of the impending release of Shady Baby.

“We hope to give the word ‘shady’ a more positive association and use it to represent one’s moral compass to do the right thing and stand up for themselves and others,” Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade said when speaking of their upcoming children’s book. “It’s important that little Black girls and boys get to see themselves in these fairy tales and for children of other races to see us in leadership roles.”

You can purchase Shady Baby from HarperCollins and major bookstores nationwide on May 18, 2021. Learn more about Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade’s new children’s book here.

Photo: Gabrielle Union/Instagram



Sarie is a writer and editor for BCK's Los Angeles division. She also shares stories on Medium that are meant to encourage thought and discussion. You can catch her outside enjoying nature and classical literature. Pop culture is pretty fun, too!

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