Kaavia James effortlessly became an influencer ever since blessing the world with her presence. She has developed the moniker, “shady baby” for her no-mess attitude displayed on social media and now her superstar parents, Gabrielle Union and Dwayne Wade are trying to monetize from it.

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“@kaaviajames has an opinion… and soon she will share it with the world. @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. Link in bio to preorder. #shadybaby,” Gabby wrote on social media.

The book is scheduled to be released on May 18th.


“This is our first children’s book we did together and we’re so excited for the world to read “Shady Baby,” the couple tells PEOPLE in an exclusive joint statement. “Inspired by our daughter, Kaavia James, we wanted to create a children’s book that not only had a little Black girl as the main character but that also reflects the global community we live in.”

Shady Baby, inspired by Kaavia James, is a story about a young girl who confronts some bullies at the park. The proud parents are hoping to change the connotation around the word “shady.”

“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,” they tell People. “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.”