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Reading with a child is such a beautiful way to express love. The time spent, the cuddles: they show your child there is nothing more important in the world to you right now than they are.

Even better is when that book is about the love between a parent and child.

Some of my favorites in this category include, All of Baby Nose to Toes, Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes, and Guess How Much I Love You.

But I’ve found a new book to add to that pile of favorites.

The Wonderful Things You Will Be by Emily Winfield Martin is a lovely book imagining what a child will be and do.

Here’s what I love about this book:

  1. Instead of talking about things the child might be (astronaut, teacher, etc.) it describes traits the child will grow into (kind, clever, bold).
  2. The pictures show children doing the things the parent imagines for them. Your child is shown they don’t have to wait until they grown up to be those things.
  3. The illustrations have a charming vintage feel.

The last line of this sweet picture book says it all:

The Wonderful Things You Will Be Quote: And I'll love you,Whoever you've grown up to be.

If you are looking for a book to give your baby to preschooler for a birthday or holiday, The Wonderful Things You Will Be would make a great choice. It would also be a lovely baby shower gift.

What’s your favorite book that expresses a parent’s love for their child?