Our Subway Baby (Hardcover)

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By Peter Mercurio, Leo Espinosa (Illustrator)
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Sometimes all we hear is everything that is wrong with New York City. This beautifully illustrated story recounts a true tale of two men who found an abandoned baby in the subway who made them a family, with the assistance of wonder, magic and kindness. It is everything good about this crazy city. I read it today and it filled me with hope.

— Cheryl


This gentle and incredibly poignant picture book tells the true story of how one baby found his home.

"Some babies are born into their families. Some are adopted. This is the story of how one baby found his family in the New York City subway."

So begins the true story of Kevin and how he found his Daddy Danny and Papa Pete. Written in a direct address to his son, Pete's moving and emotional text tells how his partner, Danny, found a baby tucked away in the corner of a subway station on his way home from work one day. Pete and Danny ended up adopting the baby together. Although neither of them had prepared for the prospect of parenthood, they are reminded, "Where there is love, anything is possible."

About the Author

Peter Mercurio is the founder and artistic director of Other Side Productions, a nonprofit theater company, and has written for the New York Times, Marie Claire Australia, and Reader's Digest. Peter lives in New York City with his husband, Danny, and their son, Kevin, and has played on the same softball team for over twenty years.

Leo Espinosa is an award-winning illustrator and designer from Bogotá, Colombia, whose work has been featured in the New Yorker, Wired, Esquire, the New York Times, the Atlantic, and more. Leo's illustrations have been recognized by American Illustration, Communication Arts, Pictoplasma, 3x3, and the Society of Illustrators. Leo lives with his family in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Praise For…

"The story excels at highlighting the determination of loving fathers while still including realistic moments of hesitation, doubt, and fear that occur for new and soon-to-be parents . . . Family snapshots and a closing author’s note emphasize that the most important thing in any family is love." —Kirkus

"A sweet tribute to an enduring love that grew from happenstance, this suggested general purchase for all libraries praises the love of a diverse family." —School Library Journal
Product Details
ISBN: 9780525427544
ISBN-10: 0525427546
Publisher: Dial Books
Publication Date: September 15th, 2020
Pages: 40
Language: English