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I'm So Glad You Were Born

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I absolutely love I’m So Glad You Were Born by Ainsley Earhardt!  I’m So Glad You Were Born is a beautifully written and illustrated book that tells that God created all of us.  I love the message that is in the book.  I believe I’m So Glad You Were Born is a perfect book to read during any story time.  I highly recommend I’m So Glad You Born!  Thank you to NetGalley and the Publisher for the opportunity to read this book.  My review is also on Goodreads.
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I'm So Glad You Were Born is a Christian book that celebrates achieving dreams: a child's, a parent's and our creator God's. According to the author, she was inspired by her mother. Growing up, her mother's greeting to her on her birthday was not the usual, "Happy Birthday" but "I'm so glad you were born". This book reinforces the idea that each person, especially children, are a unique creation from God, with special gifts and talents that they will one day contribute to the world and that God has a purpose for each and every one of us, that we will achieve is we keep using our gifts and talents. The text is in rhyming couplets which give the story a great cadence to read aloud. The colourful and whimsical illustrations show various children/adults having fun playing musical instruments, doing artwork, being a caregiver, riding a bike, dancing and more. I loved that the illustrations were very inclusive showing different races, nationalities and levels of ability. I read this to my grandchildren and really encouraged them to share what their gifts and talents were, and kept asking them why their parents and I loved them. I finally got them to answer that we loved them because they had been born. A beautiful book to give at a baby shower, birth gift, baptism and more.
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Sweet book with a slight Christian message. This would be a great book to add to a new baby’s library or a birthday book. The message is sweet and encouraging. The illustrations are cute and colorful.
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I requested this book upon seeing the title, cover, and beginning of the description. Which make I’M SO GLAD YOU WERE BORN a promising book: there is diversity on the cover and it appears to celebrate individuality. However, upon getting ready to dive into the book, I noticed the Christian publisher and that the author is a FOX News anchor. Those two factors alone made me wary of the book, but I wanted to give it a fair shake. While this title does a good job of telling a story to encourage children to love themselves and their individuality, it does so through a strong Christian lens. This book is a great title for someone raising their child as a Christian, but for adults (like me) who are not religious and just take a quick look-over: this book may not be for you and the child you want to share it with. Additionally, the illustrations get very busy, so this book is not for younger picture book “readers”. This is more of a 1st grade book for them to pay attention and enjoy.
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This has a very sweet and overtly religious message celebrating one's life and uniqueness.   It would make a great book to celebrate birthdays in Sunday School or Children's Church and would be a sweet, sentimental baby gift.    The text is quite long for the intended audience, so readers may need to contend with squirmy listeners, but the bright, lively, and detailed illustrations will should help on this front.   

Kids never get tired of hearing they're loved and valued, so anyone looking for an affirming book from a religious perspective would do well to check this out.

Many thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review!
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I was intrigued to read this children's book after watching a television interview as well as listening to a radio interview with the author, Ainsley Earhardt.  She is one of the morning hosts on the Fox News Channel and is very religious.  She has a young daughter, and this book is dedicated to her.  When Ainsley was growing up and it was her birthday, instead of her mother just wishing her "Happy Birthday", she would always say, "I'm so glad you were born".  Ainsley was so used to hearing this on family birthdays that when her fellow Fox hosts had birthdays, she would say "I'm so glad you were born" to them also.  They weren't used to hearing such a lovely saying on their birthdays, but at the same time I'm sure it sounded just a little weird!

The gist of this childrens' book is to let the child know that they are a unique creation from God, with special gifts and talents that they will one day contribute to the world.   And even if they have failures in life, they are still loved and believed in.  God has a purpose in mind for each one of us, so just keep working and going forward with the gifts you have.  

Ainsley shared that her daughter chose the illustrator, Kim Barnes.  I liked the colorful and whimsical illustrations of the various children that were shown having fun at a birthday party, playing musical instruments, doing artwork, being a caregiver, riding a bike and dancing.  I was particularly touched by the first page, which is a festive presentation where you fill in the name of who you are giving the book to, With Love from, and the date.  If I had a young child I would definitely buy this book because it has important and positive messages that parents should instill in their kids.  

Thank you to the publisher Zonderkidz for providing an advance reader copy via NetGalley.
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I’m So Glad You Were Born is the perfect way to celebrate children with a variety of interests. The illustrations are very inclusive of all races and ability levels. One of my favorite quotes is 
“The Sky is the limit and soon you will see 
That you can be anything you want to be.” 

This book focuses on God while also celebrating that He made everyone to be unique and have different interests, goals, and strengths. 

Trauma Informed Notes: This book may be triggering for a child who knows nothing about the day they were born. However, with care, this book could still be used to celebrate that child’s potential and current strengths. 

I received an Advanced Readers Copy from Net Galley. All opinions expressed are my own.
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This one is just pure fun and makes you feel like you’re at a birthday or  holiday party – but the trick is, you’re celebrating you and how wonderful you are. This one emphasizes that a child, exactly how they are and being themselves, is wonderful and capable of accomplishing incredible things. Emphasizing how you were made by God in a spectacular and divinely designed way, this one showcases the joy that exists simply because you exist. Last but not least, this reminds the little ones to be glad themselves that they were born, and to celebrate their life.
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These books that celebrate our children are so important. You would be surprised that reading this with your young child many times and personalizing it. You will build a bond and a memory that will stay with your child into adulthood. It is important that our children feel and know that they are valued by their parents and why. This is a great resource to do that. Highly recommend.

A special thank you to Zonderkidz and Netgalley for the ARC and the opportunity to post an honest review.
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Well, I’m crying. 😭 The illustrations, the rhyming, the message - they all work together so well to create this beautiful book.

My baby was due on this book’s pub date, so I was already feeling sentimental. Then I read it and MY HEART grew three sizes!

Two things really made this a winner for me. The first was the part about things not going your way. I love when a book can admit that sometimes life isn’t perfect, but there’s still happen. This book did that! The second is how the message turns at the end to the child saying they’re so glad they were born! Our kids need that affirmation and belief in their worth.

I’ll be pre-ordering so I can have this book for my baby’s 1st birthday. I know she will love it and want to read it for years to come. 

Thank you NetGalley for the digital ARC in exchange for my honest review. I’m SO glad this book was born!
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A cute rhyming book about how we are all part of God's creation and loved. I love the fact that the book has diverse characters and features characters with disabilities. Would be a great book to gift a child or a grandchild.

I received an eARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley. All opinions expressed in this review are my own.
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I read this with my daughter the day before her sixth birthday and it was truly lovely! A very sweet book perfect for any time of the year but would be also be a really great birthday gift! 
Thank you Netgalley and Zonderkidz for the arc in exchange for an honest review!
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Yes or better yet, No. I’m all for celebrating children for who they are as a person. I’m a great believer of telling my kids that they should be proud of themselves, when they feel themselves they did well. That they are brave for going on the slide, but also brave for telling us when they don’t want to go. So celebrating my kids lives is not the issue here. I just don’t seem to be able to like this book. I’ve read it multiple times now, to see what it exactly is I don’t like about it and I think its the use of God in the book. I didn’t expect it and I feel that It wasn’t needed to fully celebrate the child being born and being who they are. there was no need. skip the God part and its a lovely story, therefore I really hope to make a version without getting religion involved, as I find it hard to look passed it.The illustrations are a bit busy for my liking as well, however I do feel this is fitting, as its all about celebrating.The 2 stars are mostly because I do think we need more books, where children will be told to Celebrate themselves!
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I read this one to my toddlers and we love the bright, bold colors!  We also enjoyed the beautiful message, which made for a wonderful conversation my kids and I had.  I highly recommend this for all to share!  Thank you to the publisher and author for a copy.
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YES!  This whole book is so lovely and necessary!  I love the messages, especially about being whatever you want to be and that life may get hard.  I love the illustrations, especially the diversity (race, abilities, biracial marriage, etc.).  Everything about this is a joy and a must-purchase!
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Love the fun bright and confetti-filled illustrations, the inclusion of God, and the rhyming in this book.  It does have some repetition which could make younger kids lose focus or interest in the book, but I do think the illustrations with fun little bees and dragon wings can help keep their attention. I could see this one being fantastic as a birthday gift from a sunday school teacher.
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Though I don’t read books to my children about God, this was a lovely reminder to children to be kind and authentic.
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This is a fantastic book. I love the inclusivity in the illustrations. I love the variety of skills and personality traits. I love the celebration of who you are. The only downside is the multiple mentions of “God” it is difficult to use in public schools - and it could be still an amazing book without the mention of religion.
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This was a really cute book celebrating littles and showing them how valued they are. I do with their was a secular version, though.
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I'm So Glad You Were Born is a Children's picture book that celebrates you being, well you!

The cover artwork showcases the unique art style throughout the book. The font chosen is clean and easy to read and large enough for a child to follow along with.

4 stars. Would recommend. It's an adorable picture book that showcases that you're beautiful just the way you are from birth and on. I enjoyed that there is inclusivity within the book (a child in a wheelchair, etc). 

I'm not religious, therefore I may not be the ideal audience for this book, but we enjoyed the read none the less. It was well thought out, the artwork was colorful and beautiful, and the meanings behind each page were solid.

Thanks to the publisher, Zonderkidz-Books, the author, and NetGalley for providing me with an ARC copy to read and review. Review will also be posted to my blog (www.kagoodsell.com/book-reviews), GoodReads, TikTok (@unearthingeco), as well as NetGalley reviews.
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