I've Loved You Since Forever
I’ve Loved You Since Forever is a celebratory and poetic testament to the timeless love felt between parent and child. This beautiful picture book is inspired by Today show co-anchor Hoda Kotb’s heartwarming adoption of her baby girl, Haley Joy.
With Kotb’s lyrical text and stunning pictures by Suzie Mason, young ones and parents will want to snuggle up and read the pages of this book together, over and over again.
In the universe,
there was you and
there was me,
waiting for the day our
stars would meet. . .
What I loved: The language in this book is stunning, and the writing flows so beautifully. It is lovely just to listen to, and infants and young toddlers will enjoy hearing it. This also makes it easier and more enjoyable for parents to read. In the board book format, the page size is relatively small, but the images are large enough to enjoy and this makes it easy for little hands to hold. The font is sometimes in cursive (larger size) and in an easier to read font when smaller sized, making it also easy to read. As you can see from the cover, the illustrations are truly gorgeous, easy to enjoy for children and adults alike.
I would also like to mention that on the last page, there is a silhouette of a woman (longer hair and wearing a skirt/dress) and a baby that certainly gears this to the maternal crowd. However, the overall messaging/text does not specify/imply gender, and the animal parent-baby groupings could apply to fathers or mothers. This could be enjoyed by any parents to share with their babies/toddlers.
Final verdict: Perfect for baby shower, new parent, and related gifts, this lovely book is a delight to share with young children with an ultimate message of parental love. Baby animals, beautiful colors, and lyrically flowing text make this board book a win for parents and young children alike.