For the expecting parent or seasoned parent this season, this sweet story will speak right to the heart – it is a story that ANY parent can certainly relate to, no matter what age their “baby” may be!

If I Could Keep You Little, a wonderful new children’s book from beloved bestselling and award-winning author Marianne Richmond explores the powerful feeling that every parent has: the push/pull feeling of wanting your child to grow and savoring and holding on to every moment.

If I Could Keep You Little (Sourcebooks; ISBN: 978-1-4022-5559-5; HC $15.99; November 2010) takes the reader on a journey of memory and expectation, exploring real insights into the human spirit. Marianne’s artwork beautifully illustrates these complex emotions and her insightful prose showcases the fleeting little moments that reveal how a child changes and grows.

“If I could keep you little,

I’d decide on matching clothes.

But then I’d miss you choosing

Dots on top and stripes below.

If I could keep you little

I’d cut your bread in shapes.

But then I’d miss you finding

“Hey! I like ketchup with my grapes!”

This will definitely tug at the heartstrings the first time it is read to your child! Marianne Richmond has truly touched upon the myriad of emotions that parents experience as they watch their children grow and mature.

If I Could Keep You Little can be found online on

About the Author

While recovering from brain surgery, Marianne Richmond created hand-painted cards as individual thank you notes for her well-wishers, and from that small beginning started her own greeting card company, Marianne Richmond Studios, Inc.. Since then she has become a recognized creator of numerous books that celebrate milestones in life, memorable journeys, and relationships. Beginning with her first book in 1997, Gift of An Angel, writer and artist Marianne has touched the lives of millions over the past decade through her line of greeting cards and gift books. Marianne lives in Minneapolis, MN with her husband, four kids, and their beloved Border Collie, Clay. Find out more at her website

*Company generously provided images and samples for this review.*