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A family constellation unfolding | BabyMoon by Hayley Barrett

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The first time I was exposed to the term “babymoon,” it was in the form of an explanation from a friend of mine who had gone MIA for 3 months after the birth of her little boy. “Sorry,” she offered. “I’m in my babymoon phase so time has just slipped away from me.”

Babymoon? I remember thinking. Now, as the parent to two beautiful kids of my own, I understand it is a sacred and special time when the whole household is smitten with the newest arrival and every day spent with this new tiny human is a magical experience.

Though also used to refer to something similar to a honeymoon (a last hurrah to get away as a couple before the baby comes), author Hayley Barrett’s intention in her new book BabyMoon is about sharing sweet and precious moment in time in life after a new Little Person arrives.

About BabyMoon by Hayley Barrett

Inside the cozy house, a baby has arrived! The world is eager to meet the newcomer, but there will be time enough for that later. Right now, the family is on its babymoon: cocooning, connecting, learning, and muddling through each new concern. While the term “babymoon” is often used to refer to a parents’ getaway before the birth of a child, it was originally coined by midwives to describe days like these: at home with a newborn, with the world held at bay and the wonder of a new family constellation unfolding.

BabyMoon by Hayley Barrett

Author Hayley Barrett’s lyrical ode to these tender first days will resonate with new families everywhere. But I promise readers will be “smitten” by the gentle, warm and winsome illustrations by Juana Martinez-Neal as well.

You can preorder Babymoon at Whitelam Books, on, Barnes &Noble, or

HereWeeRead says Babymoon is:

“A definite must-have for newborn parents or parents-to-be.  Add this one to your baby shower gift giving list!”

About The Author and Illustrator

Hayley Barrett

Hayley Barrett wrote BABYMOON to encourage growing families to take time together to rest and fall in love. Once an aspiring nurse-midwife, she honors the arrival of any child, whether newborn or older, by birth or by adoption, as a momentous event. “I’m thrilled Juana Martinez-Neal agreed to illustrate BABYMOON. Juana’s characters are luminous, and her ability to portray their tenderness and affection for one another is breathtaking.” Hayley lives in eastern Massachusetts.

Juana Martinez-Neal

Juana Martinez-Neal says, “Babymoon is a book for the parents before and after having their little one. Representing Babymoon’s family as a biracial couple of color, and Babymoon’s newborn as gender neutral, were two purposeful decisions that not only me but the whole team as a group felt were important for the book.” 

Juana Martinez-Neal is the author-illustrator of Alma and How She Got Her Name and the Pura Belpré Award-winning illustrator of La Princesa and the Pea and of La Madre Goose: Nursery Rhymes for los Niños, both by Susan Middleton Elya. Juana Martinez-Neal was born in Lima, Peru, but now lives in Arizona.

I highly recommend this beautiful diverse picture book for kids!

 BabyMoon by Hayley Barrett

Something To Do

What better way to celebrate a Babymoon than with a brand new, deliciously soft fleece blanket. Better yet, one that doesn’t require sewing! All it takes is a yard or two of quality fleece fabric, a very sharp fabric scissor and the ability to tie knots and a new blanket will be yours in a jiffy. Creating one of these no-sew fleece blankets is something adults and kids can do together as well. A Girl with a Glue Gun has a video tutorial with 4 fun unique no-sew ways to finish off the edges of a fleece blanket…

…and you can even find the whole tutorial with pictures on her website here.

Get ready to snuggle up, read, and enjoy your own Babymoon.


One More Thing

The much-anticipated sequel to JIAB intern, Hannah Rials’ runaway YA hit, Ascension. Book Two in the Ascension series is Clandestine and its already bringing in raves reviews.


“Gripping until the very end.”Scott Reintgen, author of Nyxia

“Dark, surprising, and full of twists, the Ascension series is a delectable addition to vampire canon. Rials paints a rich and engrossing world of vampires, half-vampires witches– each with their own agenda. Cheyenne’s struggle to be free is one that every girl will recognize, and I rooted for her as she bristled against the roles cast for her by society. It’s the story of a girl yearning to come into her own powers, powers both frightening and beautiful.” ~Maggie Thrash, author of L.A. Times Book Prize nominee Honor Girl

Clandestine by Hannah Rials
Cheyenne Lane never believed it could come to this—imprisoned by her own family, who are plotting to overthrow the vampire Council. Ripped away from the happiness of her summer romance and friendship in New Orleans, Cheyenne is forced to begin her education at Clandestine, the secret Deuxsang University, one year early.

She is guarded constantly, separated from her best friend Anne, and desperate for any word from Eli and the witches. Meanwhile, her cousin Lilith has discovered that Cheyenne possesses all four vampiric abilities—unheard of for a Deuxsang—and intends to use her in the Ascending’s rebellious scheme.
At 17, Cheyenne finds herself the center of a centuries-old conspiracy involving the vampires, Deuxsang, and witches, and everyone is telling her who she should trust and what she should do. Her head is too full of voices and opinions, and it’s time for Cheyenne to make up her own mind.
Is she ready to step into the role she was made for? Who can she trust? Who is her friend and who is her enemy? Is she really a born leader? All questions that only she can answer. As the information and scenario gets more confusing, she knows she must listen to her intuition if she is going to shift the truth from all the lies.

Grab your copy of the #YAThriller Clandestine HERE and get sucked in…


1 thought on “A family constellation unfolding | BabyMoon by Hayley Barrett

  1. Babymoon looks so sweet – what a gentle celebration of love and new life! Love the illustrations too! I can’t wait to find this book -what a delightful gift it will make for new parents.

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