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The Wonderful Things You Will Be

August 25, 2015

The Wonderful Things You Will Be

By Emily Winfield Martin, Random House New York, 2015.

‘This is the first time
There’s ever been you,
So I wonder what wonderful things
You will do…’

Cover of a book showing a painting of a baby in striped PJs holding onto a bunch of balloon flying through the airThe Wonderful Things You Will Be is a New York Times #1 Best Seller and is the sort of message every parent would want to give their child!

This delightful book is full of hope and wonder at the thought of who your child will grow up to be. There is a great mystery in the very question of the future and how it will unfold in anyone’s life, but especially in the future of one so young and unmolded. The illustrations in The Wonderful Things You Will Be are beautifully painted using soft colours, with an almost antique feel to them.

The endpapers are really cute, showing lots of different looking babies, while in the pages of the book itself, those babies can be recognised as older versions of themselves doing wonderful things. There is a big double-page spread offering many different types of whimsical and magical things that your child could grow up to be. This book can help generate conversations about what your child likes and dreams of for his or her future.

It teaches children that it’s ok to be whoever you want to be, through self-acceptance and acceptance by others.

Also available in Spanish and Chinese.

You can even buy a character toy and onesies for your small child!

The Wonderful Things You Will Be Toys


Wrap Up

The Wonderful Things You Will Be

  • 9/10
  • 7.5/10
  • 6/10
    Educational content
  • 0.1/10
  • 8.5/10


  • New York Times #1 Best Seller.
  • An uplifting and accepting journey.
  • Teaches your child that he or she can be anything they want to be, and it's ok.
  • Is this a child's first career manual?
  • Culturally inclusive.

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