First Line Friday — Love You Forever

14 Sep

Happy Friday and Happy Birthday to my daughter Allison! This sweetheart has been such a blessing to our family. In honor of her, I am featuring a book all my children enjoyed, mostly because it made their mother cry! When I brought Love You Forever by Robert Munsch home all those years ago, I didn’t realize how much of an impact it would make on me. My kids were tiny, so all the stages the mom goes through were mere glimpses of my future. I’m not quite living the ending . . . yet 😉 , but my husband is with his own mom. Life is sweet and beautiful and sometimes hard. I’ll conclude now because the tears are welling.

Please leave a comment with your first line, then head over to Hoarding Books for more from fabulous bloggers.



A young woman holds her newborn son
And looks at him lovingly.

Softly she sings to him:
“I’ll love you forever
I’ll like you for always
As long as I’m living
My baby you’ll be.”

So begins the story that has touched the hearts of millions worldwide. Since publication in l986, Love You Forever has sold more than 15 million copies in paperback and the regular hardcover edition (as well as hundreds of thousands of copies in Spanish and French).


Robert Munsch is the author of more than 25 books for children including The Paper Bag Princes and Stephanie’s Ponytail. He was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and studied to be a Jesuit priest before deciding to work with children instead. He taught in a variety of nursery schools and daycare centers while he earned an MA in Early Childhood Education. In 1975, Munsch and his wife, Ann, moved to Guelph, Ontario. The Munschs have three children: Julie, Andrew, and Tyya (see them all in Something Good!).

24 Responses to “First Line Friday — Love You Forever”

  1. Rachel September 14, 2018 at 7:11 am #

    On my blog, I shared the first line of Alessandro D’Avenia’s “White as Silence, Red as Song,” but here I will share something from my current read, “Strange Grace” by Tessa Graton. I’m currently 25% into the story and I’m enjoying it! This is the first line of the current chapter I’m on.

    “Three year ago, when Arthur was nearly fifteen, his best friend, Rhun, stopped the along the narrow deer path they’d been stalking along, and kissed him.”

    Hope you’re having a great day! Enjoy the weekend ahead. 😀

    • rbclibrary September 14, 2018 at 8:07 am #

      Have a great weekend!

  2. Fiction Aficionado September 14, 2018 at 7:40 am #

    Oh my goodness. How you are supposed to read this book without crying I’ll never know!

    I’m sharing the first line from “My Hands Came Away Red” by Lisa McKay on my blog today, but I’ve also just finished reading Lisa Harris’s new release “A Secret to Die For”:

    A sharp clatter jerked Grace Callahan out of the novel she was reading.

    Have a great weekend!

    • rbclibrary September 14, 2018 at 8:07 am #

      I know, right? I am looking forward to reading Lisa’s book. Thanks for sharing.

  3. carylkane September 14, 2018 at 7:46 am #

    My first line comes from Thunder and Rain by Charles Martin.

    Five years ago

    Andie grabbed the pommel, slid her foot in the stirrup and hopped up on May-a fifteen-hand black cutting horse with white socks.

    Happy Friday and happy reading!

    • rbclibrary September 14, 2018 at 8:06 am #

      I really like Martin’s books, but I haven’t read this one . . . yet! Happy Friday!

  4. joyofreadingweb September 14, 2018 at 8:07 am #

    Over on my blog I’m sharing the first line from Magnolia Summer by Melanie Dickerson. Here I’ll share the first line from chapter 5 of the same book.

    “The eastern sky turned pink as Celia dressed for the day.”

    • rbclibrary September 14, 2018 at 8:08 am #

      Enjoy your book and your weekend!

  5. lelandandbecky September 14, 2018 at 9:14 am #

    Love this book! Happy Friday! My first line is from “A Widow’s Hope” by Vannetta Chapman:

    “Monday mornings were never easy.”

    • rbclibrary September 14, 2018 at 2:23 pm #

      Hmm. Trouble ahead? Have s great weekend!

  6. susandyer1962 September 14, 2018 at 10:49 am #

    Happy Friday! My kids loved that book!😊

    My First Lines come from Season of Wonder by RaeAnne Thayne…..

    “This is totally lame. Why do we have to stay here and wait for you? We can walk home in, like, ten minutes.” Daniela Capelli drew in a deep breath and prayed for patience, something she seemed to be doing with increasing frequency these days when it came to her thirteen-year-old daughter. “It’s starting to snow and already almost dark.”

    Have an awesome weekend and happy reading!💕📚

    • rbclibrary September 14, 2018 at 2:23 pm #

      Thanks for sharing!

  7. Anneliese Dalaba September 14, 2018 at 12:18 pm #

    I know EXACTLY how you feel about that book! I don’t know if I read it once without choking back tears. Of course, I bought a copy for my grandson now. Every child needs a copy of that book. Lol!

    Happy Friday! The book I’m sharing on my blog is “Out of the Storm” by Jody Hedlund. Since I’m still reading it, I will share the first line of the fourth chapter here. “Isabelle,” called Henry from the bedroom. “I need you!” May your weekend be all you’re hoping it will be.

    • rbclibrary September 14, 2018 at 2:22 pm #

      Hope you have s great weekend too.

  8. bellesmoma16 September 14, 2018 at 1:31 pm #

    I love that book!

    Happy Friday!
    Today on my blog, I am sharing the first line from Tracy Groot’s novel The Stones of my Accusers. Currently, I am reading Finding Us by Heather Moore. So far, it’s a fun book. One of those books that has me smiling with each page! I am starting chapter 7, so I will leave the first line from there.

    “Opening the bookshop on Saturday morning wasn’t as bad as Felicity thought it might be.”

    Hope you have an excellent weekend filled with quality reading time!

    • rbclibrary September 14, 2018 at 2:21 pm #

      Love Tracy’s books. Also love s book that has me smiling. Happy reading!

  9. Yvette - Bookworlder September 14, 2018 at 4:03 pm #

    Happy Friday! After preparing my blog post sharing first line from Shelley Shepard Gray’s Her Fear, I ended up reading the entire book. So here I’ll share the first lines for a novella I plan to read soon, Come Fly with Me by Gina Welborn and Becca Whitham:

    Please, let him not be here. As Luanne Palmer climbed the stairs to the second floor, she muttered “please” after “please.”

    • rbclibrary September 15, 2018 at 7:46 am #

      That sounds ominous! Have s wonderful weekend!

  10. Paula Shreckhise September 14, 2018 at 4:59 pm #

    My first line is from chapter 6 of The Cumberland Bride by Shannon McNear:

    Morning dawned with a bit more edge to the wind and the clouds more thick and grey, spitting definite rain.

    • rbclibrary September 15, 2018 at 7:45 am #

      Love that series! Can’t wait for this book.

  11. Iola Goulton September 15, 2018 at 3:47 am #

    I’ve never heard of this children’s book! Thanks for sharing.

    I’m sharing the first line from All Made Up by Kara Isaac on my blog this week. It’s currently available for pre-order, and it’s another winner in my totally biased opinion 🙂

    I’m currently reading Delayed Justice by Cara Putman. Here’s the first line:

    “It’s time to go, sweetie.”

    Have a great weekend!

    • rbclibrary September 15, 2018 at 7:45 am #

      I promise if you read it, it will make you cry! I’m looking forward to Delayed Justice. Have a great weekend!

  12. thebeccafiles September 15, 2018 at 11:01 am #

    aww classic!!
    This week on my blog I shared the first line from Playing for More by Case Keenum to celebrate NFL season. (I feel the need to share that I’m a Colts fan). I am also currently reading Indivisible by Travis Thrasher so I will share the first line of that here: “She carries the memories and always will.” Hope you have a great weekend with plenty of reading time! 🙂

    • rbclibrary September 15, 2018 at 4:04 pm #

      What a wonderful first line! Thanks for sharing. By the way Saints and now Dallas fan. Dallas because of Dak. Go dawgs and Hail State!

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