*Don't worry, this is not a birth-story post as is common on many parenting blogs, that's not my cup of tea.* For those of you ...

On the Night You Were Born

Sunday, November 08, 2015 BookBairn 9 Comments

*Don't worry, this is not a birth-story post as is common on many parenting blogs, that's not my cup of tea.*

For those of you who follow BookBairn on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram will know that we are celebrating Picture Book Month this November and sharing photographs of BookBairn reading a book based on the theme of the day. We have also been asked to join a group of bloggers sharing posts for Picture Book Month, and, having chosen Sunday 8th November to post, we have the gorgeous theme of LOVE! 

If you read our post on Guess How Much I Love You (http://bookbairn.blogspot.co.uk/2015/09/guess-how-much-i-love-you.html), you will already know that we enjoy a story to share with BookBairn how special, important, unique and loved she is. We were recently recommended another story, which has a similar sentiment by a fellow bookbairn and I couldn't think of a lovelier story to share today. 
'On the Night You Were Born' by Nancy Tillman tells the story of the night when everything changed in the world: the night that you were born. Featuring beautiful, artistic illustrations and magical, poetic prose, On the Night You Were Born captures the sentiments of new parenthood and the emotions and joy felt on that very first night that you hold your newborn (and every night after that too!). It also shares the message that each child is absolutely unique and is truly loved. The hand-painted illustrations add to the magic of the story, with most featuring musical notes floating through the air, adding to the beauty and enchantment of the story. It is hard to capture the beauty of the story in a review, so I would like to share a few lines with you:

"On the night you were born,
the moon smiled with such wonder
that the stars peeked in to see you
and the night wind whispered,
'Life will never be the same.'

Because there had never been anyone like you...
ever in the world."

Isn't it magical? And that's just the first page. This book is a lovely story to share with very little babies and again with older children once they can better appreciate the illustrations and message. But for the moment, when we read this to BookBairn, I hope she felt special and truly truly loved.
Love (On the Night You Were Born... and Always), Mummy and BookBairn x


  1. That story is so sweet! I had a man at Chapters recommend it to me once and get all teared up in the telling. Such a great stry.

    1. It's very poetic! And quite emotional for the grown ups reading it.

  2. I LOVE handprint crafts! So cute!

  3. G'ma BookBairn has double magical nights with Mummy and BookBairn's arrival. Look forward to looking out a pile of these for new baby gifts!

  4. On the night BookBairn's Mummy was born Dennis Taylor won the world snooker championship beating Steve Davis in the final by potting the final black ball in the final frame. Unforgettable for anyone over 40. Unforgettable for me for a different reason. The night BookBairn was born was pretty unforgettable too.

  5. I love this! What a sweet little handprint craft. So cute!

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    1. It is as much a poem for parents as it is a story for kids! Perfect for bedtime reading!