Gabrielle Union-Wade and Dwyane Wade for SHADY BABY

Loyalty is super psyched to celebrate the release of Shady Baby with NBA superstar and activist Dwyane Wade and actress, producer, and New York Times Bestselling author Gabrielle Union-Wade!! This event will be held digitally on the platform Brandlive. This is a ticketed event and in order to be registered for the event, you must purchase a copy of Shady Baby below. Your book purchase acts as your ticket and we will have a limited amount of signed bookplates available!


  • Attendees will receive the event registration link from Loyalty via email the week of the event.
  • We are taking audience questions ahead of time, so if you have any questions for Gabrielle & Dwyane, please send them to by 5/4.
  • The email associated with your book purchase is the email address that will be used to register you for the event. 

Please email with any questions. 


The Boss Baby meets Feminist Baby in NBA superstar, Dwyane Wade’s, and actress and New York Times bestselling author, Gabrielle Union’s first picture book collaboration featuring an in-charge baby character based on their famous baby girl, Kaavia James!

Shady Baby is a powerful, funny, and super-cute, character who will help little leaders find their big voices.

When Shady Baby gets to the park for a relaxing play session, she finds some not-so-nice kids picking on others. She flashes them a look and teaches them that it’s better to play nice. But when her feelings are hurt, will anyone stand (or crawl) by her side?

Find out in this upbeat rhyming picture book that teaches kids to speak their minds and stand up for what they believe in.


Dwyane Wade is a three-time NBA champion, businessman, TV analyst, producer, activist, and philanthropist. He played in the NBA from 2003 to 2019, primarily for the Miami Heat. Wade is the New York Times bestselling author of A Father First and co-author of Shady Baby. He is the father of five children: Zaire, Zaya, Xavier, Kaavia James, and his nephew Dahveon.

Gabrielle Union is an award-winning actress, activist, and, most proudly, the mother of “shady baby,” Kaavia James. She is the New York Times bestselling author of We’re Going to Need More WineWelcome to the Party, and co-author of Shady Baby.

Tara Nicole Whitaker’s education in art began early, from classes at Pratt in her youth to more formal training at RISD and California Institute of the Arts. She has designed for Dreamworks, Nickelodeon, Fox Animation, PBS, CBS, Cartoon Network, and Disney.

Please note Loyalty has a zero tolerance policy for harassment or intimidation of any kind during this virtual event. 

Event date: 
Tuesday, May 18, 2021 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
Shady Baby Cover Image
ISBN: 9780063054035
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: HarperCollins - May 18th, 2021