Sensational Saturday – Good Books – Guess How Much I Love You

Sensational Saturday – it is sensational to read a book that is good for you and your kids.

Over the course of the last few weeks, the Sensational Saturday articles have focused on older books that are good for you. We have looked at the non-religious inspirational aspects of the Bible,   Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers for its interesting take on the role of genius in success and Think and Grow Rich: A Black Choice for its advice to get the right mental attitude.  This week is all about one of my favorite books, Guess How Much I Love You  by Sam McBratney.


Many years ago, in a land far away, when the teenie bopper turned two, one of my sister gave her the book, Guess How Much I Love You for as a birthday present. Today, fourteen years later, that book is old and frayed from use and all four of my children have had me read it to them at bedtime for many, many years. I tease the teenie bopper and tell her that when she goes away to college, I am going to call her and read her the book each night.

For those of you who are not familiar with the story, a little nutbrown hare is telling his dad how much he loves him and the dad, the big nutbrown hare always says he loves his son more. The story ends with a big show of love and a good night kiss. It is a sweet story. If you have not read it, I highly recommend you read it soon. I recently had the privilege of sharing the story with one of the twin’s kindergarten class. The children who had not heard the story before, enjoyed it and wanted to hear it again.

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Children crave love and attention. It is wonderful to share it with them via a bedtime story about the love between a parent and child. So, the question for you this sensational Saturday is do you have a favorite bedtime story you read with your kids?

4 thoughts on “Sensational Saturday – Good Books – Guess How Much I Love You”

  1. This is one of our favorite books! I love when Ayva says to me, “Guess how much I love you, Mommy?” and then she says something super sweet, just like in the book 🙂

  2. I like that idea of boxing them up with instructions! I have few other books that would go great in a box like that. What a great idea. I am going to have to get 4 copies of this book for my kids because just looking at the orginal makes me smile.

  3. I LOVED this article. You made me go back and look over some of our old books. Because my kids are much older now, I’ve already boxed them with the instructions not to give these away but to share them with their own some day.

    One of our absolute favorite authors is Eric Carle. They’re just classic. All of them! Essence Magazine had a few as well. There are too many to list!

    Thank you for relaying the importance of reading to and with your kids. Books are a treasure.

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