The Wonderful Things You Will Be by Emily Winfield Martin, beautifully expresses the love, hopes and dreams a parent has for their child. I love to give this book to new parents with its rhyming verse filled with affirming messages about being kind and brave and wise.
“For all of your tininess
A heart so enormous …
And wild …
The words and illustrations collectively celebrate the uniqueness of every child, and the limitless possibilities they are born with. It’s great to see diversity and subtle stereotype-busting throughout the book. No gender stereotypes here with one little boy sewing, while a little girl rocks out on the drums.
I love that the questions posed are about the gifts the child may grow up to share. Will they help things grow, or take care of things, rather than focusing on specific occupations. The possibilities are left open and endless, with the child reassured that no matter who they become, they will be loved.
The Wonderful Things You Will Be
Author/Illustrator: Emily Winfield Martin
Publisher: Random House
First published: 2015