The Real Story Behind Love You Forever by Robert Munsch

The Real Story Behind Love You Forever by Robert Munsch

I can't even look at the cover of Love You Forever by Robert Munsch without starting to sniffle. I most certainly can't get through a full reading with dry eyes... and nor can my daughters. But this gorgeous children's classic is and always will be an absolutely favourite bedtime story at my house. I'm pretty sure I will read it long after my kids tire of snuggling up for stories with me. And when I do, I will cry.

There are plenty of people who are not as touched by Love You Forever as I am and I've been told some find it a little bit on the creepy side. After all, sneaking into your full-grown child's room at night to rock them to sleep can be construed as... odd.

However; once you have heard the real-life inspiration Munsch drew upon to write this best-selling tale, it becomes impossible to see it as anything but a heartfelt love-song written for the babies he and his wife sadly never got the chance rock. You see Munsch and his wife suffered the devastation of delivering two stillborn babies and the famous refrain from Love You Forever, comes directly from a song that Munsch first sang in his head—a tribute to his children, gone too soon:

"I'll love you forever
I'll like you for always
As long as I'm living
My baby you'll be."

Yep, I'm crying again. Do you have copy of Love You Forever and can you get through a reading with dry eyes?


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  • amberg

    They give this book along with other items when you have a stillborn in london (on.) At first when we received ours I thought it was a bit odd to be giving a book that shows a child that reaches to adult hood to a family that just lost there infant, but once I knew why it was written then it made alot more sense and it holds very true!

    • miarodak

      And... crying again. Thank you for sharing this with us. Sounds like a wonderful and caring hospital in London, ON.