One of the most popular baby shower gifts is children’s books. And amongst children’s books, one of the most popular is the classic book “Love You Forever” by Robert Munsch.
 
When “Love You Forever” was published in 1986, parents across the country read it to their loved ones to put their children to bed. It sold millions of copies in the first few years.
 
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But the story behind it, is one, millions of people may not have heard about. Before “Love You Forever” became a children’s book, it was a simple four-line poem that Munsch would sing silently to himself after his wife gave birth to their second stillborn baby.

I'll love you forever

Munsch says the poem was too painful to sing aloud. He didn’t even share it with his wife.

“The song was my way of crying,” Munsch said.

“I’ll love you forever
I’ll like you for always,
As long as I’m living
my baby you’ll be.”

For Munsch, a man that worked in orphanages, had a master’s degree in Child studies, and dedicated his life to writing children’s books, the fact that he would never be able to conceive with his wife, devastated him.

The couple went on to adopt three children, but Munsch used this song to grieve about his previous losses. He would sing it to himself like a silent lulaby, never writing it down or singing it aloud.


 
To the world, it may just be any other children’s book, but to Munsch, it offered him solace that he hopes will help others as it did him.
 
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