As much as I celebrate every milestone my kids reach, they each bring a little bit of sadness, too. Yes it’s cliche, but they really do grow up so fast. If it were up to us moms, we might keep our kids tiny forever. But then we would miss out on the joy of watching them grow.

That’s why I love reading If I Could Keep You Little to my boys. Marianne Richmond has done a great job of writing and illustrating a book that both kids and parents will love. The first time I read it to the boys, my eyes welled with tears at lines like this one:

“If I could keep you little, I’d kiss your cuts and scrapes. But then I’d miss you learning from your own mistakes.”

Richmond has captured the duality of parenting perfectly – you don’t want your kids to grow up, but you’re so proud when you see them achieve things on their own.

My oldest regularly pulls out If I Could Keep You Little from the book basket, and I plan on giving a copy to a good friend who is expecting soon. It’s a beautiful book, and an excellent shower gift.

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Full disclosure: I was provided with a copy of this book for review. All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review. I received no financial compensation for this review.