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Friday, June 11, 2010

Not Really a Children’s Book

So I normally write about books I read with my boys – books that help them learn and grow and books that help me teach and share, and this is not exactly the kind of book we’d keep in the book bin next to the couch. However, I have no doubt we’ll read it again and again, and I am so in love with it I had to share! Your Birthday Book, by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, is an interactive record of your child’s life, revisited each year on (or around) his or her birthday. I stumbled across it while browsing on Amazon, it arrived just before B’s birthday, and our “exclusive interview” was the talk of his birthday party! (The party that drained away my blogging time, as I mentioned in my Grown-Up-Boy post.) The description from the back of the book:

“This is not anything like a baby book. It’s a birthday book! It was born from the simple idea that birthdays provide the perfect annual opportunity to preserve a sweet moment in time as your child changes from year to year. From toddler hood to young adulthood, this journal contains space to stick birthday photos, fun and thought-provoking interview questions to ask your kid, and a time-capsule envelope for stashing away odds and ends.”

But a Really Special Child’s Book

Your Birthday Book: A Keepsake JournalYour Birthday Book is filled in a few pages at a time, once a year; we can handle that, right? The timing of my discovery of this book could not have been more perfect – the first 3 years of the book are mostly devoted to parent entries and picture spots, but then the interview pages begin! I am in love with the “exclusive interview” featured for each year.
The questions are sure to generate priceless responses. Some repeat from year to year: “Who is the last person you kissed?” and others are more age-relevant: “Where do you find spiritual fulfillment?” (at birthday 17). Additionally, there are spots to record memories from the birthday itself, a space for a photo, an envelope page for keepsakes, and bonus question pages to further engage your child in discussion.

Memories in the Making

I completed the “exclusive interview” with B the day before his birthday, then left the book open to that page on the table during the party. Our family and guests loved reading his answers to the questions, and I can only imagine how much we’ll enjoy reading those same answers, and others as years go on, at his 18th birthday party. My favorite response so far, when asked what he thought of when I said the word “love,” he said, “everybody that we know in this world.” Wow. This idea also really resonated with me as I began working on my own childhood memory blog, animo memoria, in the Mommy’s Piggy Tales project.

I Love Birthdays

I’m also peppering this post with a few pics from B’s party. He had a blast, as did the other 10 kids and 20-some adults. Birthdays are a big deal in my family, and I’m so pleased to add another special tradition to our celebration. Do you have any special birthday traditions?

Appropriate for: everyone!

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Dana June 11, 2010 at 4:11 AM  

Anne, I was SO excited to read your post!!! Amy is my cousin!!! Isn't this book awesome? You should definitely check out the rest of her stuff--it looks like your little guy is at just the right age to really enjoy them :) Thanks for spreading the word about The Birthday Book!

An Almost Unschooling Mom June 11, 2010 at 6:03 AM  

That sounds like a really fun idea!

Mom2three June 11, 2010 at 6:42 AM  

You'll never believe this, but I also posted a Any Rosenthal book today: Bedtime for Mommy! She has some great illustrations and resources for parents. I wish I'd had the Birthday Book for my kids when they were younger. Thanks for posting this.

Anne@LittleSproutBooks June 11, 2010 at 8:02 AM  

Thanks ladies! I am now hooked on Amy's products!

Chels June 11, 2010 at 8:38 AM  

Thanks for sharing this cool time-saving book! It would be great to have lots of memories/pictures from their growing up years completed once they graduate from high school. A regular scrapbook takes so much time!

Thanks for your comment on my ocean life book post! ☺

Gretchen June 11, 2010 at 9:18 AM  

I am totally going to get this for my little girlie who just turned ONE!!

Ginny Marie June 12, 2010 at 8:02 PM  

That book sounds so neat! I love the idea of interviewing my daughters every year. It would be so fun to go back and read their answers!

Janna June 13, 2010 at 10:54 PM  

Whoa Nellie! This is cool! I have book marked it. I'm thinking I've got to have that one.

I'm so glad you shared this with us!

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