On the day you were born by Debra Frasier.
March both Silas and his mommy's birth-month, so this book, which celebrates a child's birth, is timely, indeed. All of the migrating animals, the moon, the tides, the wonders of nature, and the people surrounding a newborn baby, come together to welcome a baby to planet earth and to tell the child how glad they are that they have been born.
This is a book which makes me cry, and I have a feeling it has a similar effect on many mothers. I love the idea brought forth in this book that a child can be so cherished, every last living being and force of nature can be positively effected by his/her presence. When I read this to my son, I want him to feel that kind of overwhelming love, but eventually I also want him to feel empowered in a way that makes him acknowledge his place in the world, as well as his ability to make it a better place, (if you'll pardon the cliché). That, of course, is a grand concept, which I don't actively expect my (almost) 2 year old to grasp. For now, however, I appreciate his simple enjoyment of the stylized pictures and flowing text.
I will read this book to him on his birthday and talk to him about his birth and once again let him know how much I love him. And that, is enough.