Our good friends Keith and Sara recently had a baby boy and in honor of the event, I present On the Day You Were Born. The 1991 book was written and illustrated by Debra Frasier and is now considered a modern classic. The book drifts into hippy territory without being preachy. The story explores nature, our planet, weather events and heavenly objects to show how happy the universe is that ‘you’ were born. “On the day you were born the round planet Earth turned toward your morning sky, whirling past darkness, spinning the night into light.” The book is very popular as a gift for newborns because you can read it to the new baby if you don’t know what to say. The simple artwork is bright and easy for babies to follow. The author’s website features school projects featuring On the Day You Were Born. Perhaps if the book has taught me anything it is that on the day I was born, the Greek javelin thrower Konstadinos Gatsioudis was also born.