Book Review: Always By My Side

Author: Susan Kerner
Illustrator: Ian P Benfold Haywood
Interest Level: Ages 5 and Up

From the Book Jacket: Always By My Side is a comforting rhyming story written to help children understand that a father's love is forever, even if they grow up without his presence in their lives. 

This gentle, beautifully illustrated book conveys the heart-warming message to children that even though a father is absent, he is still part of them. They will realize that they are like him in character, looks and actions; that his spirit surrounds them in their day-to-day activities, and helps to make them who they are. 

Why It's On My Bookshelf: Just beautiful. Absolutely beautiful. I held this book to my heart after I read it. Children will feel solace and the words will console the hurt and loss they feel. The loss of a parent is devastating but they are always by your side in spirit. Such great wisdom to share with children as they journey through their lives. So pleased to offer this to families in need of grief bibliotherapy. 

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  1. This book reminds me of my mom and I when I was a kid! She used to always read me stories at night before bed. I think the best way to teach children is through picture books. It is the only way to allow them to learn to read while getting a visual sensory experience.

  2. Have you already reviewed Knock, Knock by Daniel Beaty? It is a powerhouse also about a father's love for his child.

  3. What a cute book! I would love to have a copy for myself. We read books to our grandchildren all the time. It would be great to add another book to our collection.