Best-Selling Parenting and Children's Book Author

If You Give A Toddler A Book…

[By L.R.Knost, author of  Two Thousand Kisses a Day: Gentle Parenting Through the Ages and StagesWhispers Through Time: Communication Through the Ages and Stages of Childhood, and The Gentle Parent: Positive, Practical, Effective Discipline available on Amazon and through other major retailers.]

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If you give a toddler a book

He’ll climb into your lap

While he’s in your lap

He might lay his head on your chest

When he lays his head on your chest

He’ll hear your heartbeat

When he hears your heartbeat

He’ll probably ask if you can hear his

When you lean down to listen

He might kiss your nose

When he kisses your nose

You could tickle his tummy

When you tickle his tummy

He might giggle and wiggle

When he giggles and wiggles

You’ll want to hug him tight

When you hug him tight

He’ll smile like the sun

When he smiles like the sun

You’ll smile right back

When you smile right back

He might tell you he loves you

When he tells you he loves you

You’ll whisper it back

When you whisper it back

He’ll probably snuggle close

When he snuggles close

He might ask you to read to him

When he asks you to read to him

You’ll read him the book

When you read him the book

He might just learn to love…

To learn!

~L.R.Knost

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L.R.Knost is a best-selling parenting and children’s book author and founder and director of Little Hearts/Gentle Parenting Resources, an online resource for gentle parenting education, articles, and research. Books by L.R.Knost include Whispers Through Time: Communication Through the Ages and Stages of Childhood ; Two Thousand Kisses a Day: Gentle Parenting Through the Ages and Stages ; The Gentle Parent: Positive, Practical, Effective Discipline ; and Jesus, the Gentle Parent: Gentle Christian Parenting (Release date: May 2014) the first four books in the Little Hearts Handbook gentle parenting series, as well as her children’s picture books Petey’s Listening Ears and the soon-to-be-released Grumpykins series available from Amazon and other major retailers.

31 Responses

  1. Who is the author of this lovely post? Is it Laura Numeroff herself?

    January 25, 2012 at 1:45 pm

    • L.R. Knost

      No, just me :)

      January 25, 2012 at 1:50 pm

      • May I have your permission to read it at a conference? I’ll attribute it to you and your website.

        January 25, 2012 at 1:53 pm

        • L.R. Knost

          Certainly! Thank you for asking!

          January 25, 2012 at 1:56 pm

  2. I love your take. Just brillant. Could I repost on my blog at http://www.slimybookworm.com/blog crediting you and linking back of course?

    January 25, 2012 at 2:12 pm

    • L.R. Knost

      Of course, thank you for asking!

      January 25, 2012 at 2:23 pm

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  5. Was a precious take on one of my favorite books. I’m getting ready to make a post on Reading to Babies and also a cooking series using Laura Numeroff’s books. Would you mind if I used this crediting you and linking back to your site?

    February 15, 2012 at 7:15 pm

    • L.R. Knost

      Go right ahead! Thank you for asking :)

      February 15, 2012 at 7:20 pm

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  11. Awww.. how SWEET!! I have a 9 week old son (first time mommy) and I am sooo looking forward to moments like these!!

    I can’t stop reading your blog and pinning my favorite posts… God is really using you in a special way!!

    God bless,

    Jenn

    March 9, 2012 at 8:59 pm

    • L.R. Knost

      Thank you, mama! And congratulations on your new little blessing :)

      March 9, 2012 at 9:05 pm

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  13. Amy Shanahan

    I absolutely love this….Can I copy and forward to a friend who works in an independent bookstore…I think it would be such a wonderful thing to post in the children’s section.

    March 28, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    • L.R. Knost

      Certainly! Please just make sure to list L.R.Knost as author so it can be traced back to me :) Thank you for asking!

      March 28, 2012 at 6:19 pm

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