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Our Subway Baby

4.56  ·  Rating details ·  579 ratings  ·  186 reviews
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 movi
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published September 15th 2020 by Dial Books
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Jul 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
The ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

This children picture book tells the true story of a baby who was found on the NYC subway and then adopted by the man who found him and his partner. As they say in the book, through love anything's possible and here you could clearly feel the love and fondness the two men feel for Kevin, the baby. Also, the illustrations were very good.
Mar 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This was so wholesome, I almost cried! I didn't realize it was a true story until the end. A book so full of love, and it gives me hope! 5/5 stars and a new favorite picture book. ...more
Mar 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you Edelweiss and Penguin Random House for an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.

This one was so sweet! I almost cried! Apart from the beautiful and amazing artwork, this story shows that with love anything is possible. Families are not just the biological ones, there are the ones who are with you every step of the way.
 ⛅ Sunny (sunnysidereviews) ⛅
This was absolutely adorable! I love the message and the illustrations. Just stunning!
Shaye Miller
Dec 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was such a wonderful winter read as baby Kevin was brought home just three days before Christmas. It's a heartwarming story about how two dads found their soon-to-be son. They hadn't planned to adopt, but once they held little Kevin they knew it would all work out. There's a beautiful Author's Note at the very end that tells what's happened since the adoption of young Kevin. He's now over 6 feet tall and in college!!

For more children's literature, middle grade literature, and YA literature
Jun 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Well, I completely lost it reading through this one at the desk at work.

Children of adoption deserve to know the impact they have on their parents' lives.

People need to know that biological children are not the "superior" way for families to come together.

Society in general needs to understand that families are as much love and fate as they are flesh and blood, that the spirit of a loving family doesn't require the bodies to be linked genetically, as we are all linked by something more meaning
Jan 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I typically kick off a new year of reading with short literary fiction: Last Night at the Lobster, Malagash, The End We Start From. You get the idea. But then I was at the library and this gem of a picture book practically called to me. The cover alone did things to my heart.

So I started 2021 with Our Subway Baby, and it was definitely the right choice.

First off, it's a use of second-person POV that I heartily approve of, written the way I'm sure author Peter Mercurio and his partner, Danny, ha
Jun 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Five stars for making me have to stop and look at something else several times so I wouldn't cry into my mask. My heart!!

The narrator, Peter, is telling young Kevin his origin story. Danny found Kevin as a baby in the NYC subway, and Danny and his partner Peter were able to adopt him out of foster care.

"There we were, the three of us, in a dream we hadn't dreamt but that came true anyway."

Illustrations by Leo Espinosa (Islandborn) make New York so appealing. :)

Don't miss the Author's Note for
Oct 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: youth-nonfiction
While I'm sure the actual journey this family had to take was a lot harder than portrayed in this book, it still warmed my heart. The story and the illustrations are just what we need in these trying times. Let's all remember that love is love is love. ...more
Jillian Heise
A sweet, true story about finding what/who is meant to be family with love leading the way. Written in second person as if telling the "how we came to be" story directly to the adopted child.
Would pair well with picture books about families, birth / adoption stories, and Pride reads.
Alisha Barnes
Dec 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful adoption story for kids!
Mae Crowe
Dec 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction
Friend told me to read this, and I thought, "Sure, why not?" Anyway, I cried. ...more
Midniteillusion (Desiree)
Great book, wonderful for children and adults alike.
Desi A
Jun 02, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Happened upon this at work and I was crying by about halfway through. So sweet.
Nicole Finch
Jun 25, 2022 rated it it was amazing
I just loved the art in this book. It was a sweet story, but the art really elevated it.
Apr 30, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lgbtq, picture-books
I'm not crying, you're crying... 😭😭😭 ...more
Trevor  Klundert
Oct 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing
“Where there is love, anything is possible.” Oh, this book and the way it got me right in the heart. You could have told this story in so many ways — an adult memoir, a podcast, a movie — but to choose a child's storybook format is genius for the way it normalizes what an LGBT family looks like. The world is better for books like this. ...more
Mar 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing
"Sometimes life hinges on little moments, happy accidents, and miraculous surprises. Sometimes babies are born into forever families. Sometimes they are adopted."

This is an adoption story based on true life events. One night on his way home from work, Danny found a newborn baby in a New York subway station. Written in a direct address to his son, Peter Mercurio tells the story of how that baby became he and Danny's son. The rich illustrations beautifully portray their unexpected journey to becom
Nov 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This book not only showed representation for the LGBTQ community but also for adoption and foster families. This is the true story of how one family was filled by a baby they adopted after finding the infant abandoned on the subway. The focus of the story is on the adoption of the baby and at one point the concept of being fostered is discussed. The author does a great job of breaking down what it means to be in foster care.
There is also insight into the fear and challenges the dads in the stor
Sep 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Some children are born into their families and other children find their families in different ways. This heart-warming story of how one rushed commuter chanced to see an abandoned infant tucked into a dark corner of the subway system. Danny rescued that baby and eventually Danny and his partner Pete adopted the baby.

One of the dads, Peter Mercurio, tells this true and moving story in a very child appropriate but straight-forward way. Combining with Leo Espinosa's warm and lovely illustrations,
Feb 04, 2021 added it
This is a lovely story that bought a tear to my eye, there is nothing more that I can add to the blurb, but seeing how Kevin stole a piece of his fathers' hearts and reading the little epilogue moved me and reminded me of how powerful picture books can be. ...more
M Aghazarian
Dec 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Such a sweet story--and beautiful art.
Apr 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely beautiful story! The kind everybody lives with happy tears at the end!!
Apr 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Loved this!
Aug 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Amazing children's book about diverse families. Loved it so much and will share with other educators! ...more
Andrea Hunter
Aug 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing
What a beautiful story. I loved this book. May love always make anything possible.
Jan 07, 2022 rated it really liked it
A sweet and miraculous true story
Awww, what a marvelous true story! Peter, the author of this story, has a husband named Danny. Danny found a baby in the subway, a few hours old. How did that lead to a happy family and a healthy boy in college? Read and find out! It was a case of everything working out right, especially the judge. Highly recommended for books showing unconventional ways to make a family and show love!
Did this picture book make me cry at work? No, but veryalmostnearly. So sweet.
Raven Black
Mar 11, 2021 rated it really liked it
What an adorable story! While I would have liked to have known more about Danny ACE Doe during his growing up years, Mercurio's picture book is perfect. It might have been a bumpy ride to a loving home, but that journey is tenderly told. The pictures afterwards and the wrap-up at the end are the perfect additions, like Kevin (formerly known as Baby Doe) was to his family. Wonderful illustrations. ...more
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Peter Mercurio is a dad, husband, and author. He is the founder and artistic director of Other Side Productions, a nonprofit theater company. Peter enjoys hiking and exploring the National Parks, cycling, kayaking, and tossing a disc, baseball, or football with his son. He has played on the same softball team for over twenty years. Peter lives in New York City with his husband Danny and their son ...more

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