Sweet. It’s how we describe a great deal, an exciting adventure, or a plan that comes together. It’s what we crave sometimes … sugary, gooey goodness. It makes me think of newborn babies, toddlers exploring the world, and cuddly baby animals too.

220px-Sweetest_Day_Editorial_(1922)Sweet also has its own day … Sweetest Day, the third Saturday in October, an unofficial national holiday originated in 1921 by twelve Cleveland, OH, candymakers. The Cleveland Plain Dealer announced the date for 1922 and recounted the first event. More than 20,000 boxes of candy were distributed to “newsboys, orphans, old folks, and the poor.”

Somewhere along the years, the greeting card companies wanted in. Now Sweetest Day is kind of like Valentine’s Day in the fall, with 80 percent of all Sweetest Day cards having a romantic theme.

But I like this description of Sweetest Day:

“An occasion which offers all of us an opportunity to remember the sick, aged and orphaned, but also friends, relatives and associates whose helpfulness and kindness we have enjoyed.”

This year’s Sweetest Day is Saturday, October 17. And if you’re wondering what gift you might give to someone, especially a child, here’s an idea to consider.

smallSweetestToddlerThe Sweetest Story Bible for Toddlers is a 32-page board book with a padded cover. The pages and the cover have rounded corners–no danger of little ones getting poked in the eye! And, of course, it’s very pink!

small SSB(Just like the original, The Sweetest Story Bible: Sweet Thoughts and Sweet Words for Little Girls, is pink. There’s also a deluxe edition with Roma Downey reading the 40 stories on two CDs.)

The Sweetest Story Bible for Toddlers includes eight stories, condensed from the originals to keep up with the shorter attention spans of toddlers (let’s say ages 1-3, but the book makes a sweet baby gift too!). Illustrations by Sheila Bailey from the original book fill most of each page.

Stories are “A Perfect World,” “Safe in a Big Boat,” “Saving Baby Moses,” “Brave Queen Esther,” “Born in a Stable,” “Let the Children Come,” “The Saddest Day,” and “Alive Again!”

You can view a sampler and find purchasing options here.

October 17 is also the day I’ll be signing Words to Dream On at Books by the Banks in Cincinnati, along with an amazing lineup of nearly 100 other authors for children, adults, and teens. Pretty sweet!

– Diane

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