I Like You

bookI Like You

By Sandol Stoddard Warburg

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 48 pp. $4.99 (paperback)

There are some people in life that you are always happy to see. It might be a neighbor, a best friend from kindergarten—or if you are very lucky, your husband or wife.

Reading I Like You by Sandol Stoddard Warburg is guaranteed to evoke that person.  I’ve heard that lines from it have been read at weddings, even though it’s a children’s book and a very small one at that.  I think it should be read at anniversaries, too. Or birthday parties. Or almost any time.

Here are some excerpts that remind me of someone I love and why I love him:

I like you

And I know why.

I like you because you are a good person to like.


I like you because


You know how to be silly

That’s why I like you

Boy are you ever silly

I never met anybody sillier than me

till I met you


And I like you because

If we go away together

And if we are in Grand Central Station

And if I get lost

Then you are the one that is yelling for me


I guess I don’t know why I like you really

Why do I like you


I guess I just like you


I guess I just like you


Because I like you


One of the many likeable things about this book is that it comes with an address flap, a seal, and a place for a stamp. You can mail it even though it’s not Christmas or Valentine’s Day or any official card-giving day. You can mail it just to say I Like You.

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