Editor’s Note: This post was first published in 2011. Today is my 10-year-old daughter’s last day of elementary school, and last night she let me read this book to her before she went to bed. I was in tears (and she did not make fun of me!). I hope she and her brother let me keep reading it to them for a few more years. If you’re a sentimental mom, too, do yourself a favor and order a copy for you and your kids.
I got a review copy of If I Could Keep You Little… at a trade show. I cried the first time I read it. It is right up there with books like You Are My I Love You and Someday as my favorite bedtime books to read to my kids on special occasions (the night before a birthday, or the night before a first day of school, for example). When I had a few moms and kids over for a playdate recently, I passed this book around and, shortly afterwards, a box of tissues. “Don’t do this to me again!” one mom said. Seriously, it is a very sentimental book that highlights the fleeting moments of childhood in a sweet but un-cheesy way. It is beautifully illustrated and the verses rhyme, too, so your child will enjoy it too. Can’t recommend it highly enough as a baby shower gift or a new baby gift. Check it out at Amazon.com (where it costs just $8.79, regularly $16) to take a peek inside.