The Night Before My Birthday Book {Review & Giveaway!}


the night before my birthdayI’m so excited to share with you a unique book, family tradition, and experience today! A couple weeks ago, Joni sent me a copy of “The Night before My Birthday Book,” which was perfect timing because my daughter turned 3 a couple weeks ago. We read this book on the eve of her birthday, and she loved it.

Do you remember getting excited the night before your birthday? I do. It’s like when the sun comes up, you will magically be a whole year older (not quite as fun at my age) with new adventures and chapters of your life ready to be embarked upon. Tucson author Joni Rubinstein, M.Ed and Scottsdale illustrator Juana Martinez-Neal capture this excitement that children feel before their big day in The Night Before My Birthday Book (Three Hearts Presents, 2013).

The Night Before My Birthday Book eloquently and creatively celebrates your child on the night before their birthday. As you read the book there are blank spaces for you to fill in their age and customize how you read the book each year. At the end of the book there are a few pages for you to record which child you read to on which birthday, and even which of their dreams came true that year.  This will be fun for us since we have multiple kids that we will be reading this to each year. I so look forward to documenting their words, hopes, and dreams in this way. This book will definitely add to our family traditions around birthday. My daughter thought the whole book was written just for her to read on her special night. In our home we strive to celebrate the births, lives, and stories of each member of our family on their birthdays. This is such a concrete was to engage your children (young and older) each year.

beautifully illustrated!
beautifully illustrated!

How would you like to start this new tradition with the special kids in your life? Joni has generously offered to give one winner their own “The Night Before My Birthday Book”! Comment below to enter!!

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Elisa is a native Arizonan by birth and a Seattleite by heart. She is a wise, spirited woman who loves feeling the sun on her face, but also enjoys cold rainy days, complete with a cup of coffee and a good book or conversation. After graduating with a Masters in Counseling Psychology and seeing clients for a time, she took a hiatus to love on, play with, and offer copious amounts of hugs to our little girls, Malia and Jayden. She is now back working at Socorro Counseling and Consulting in Downtown Phoenix. Unafraid to laugh at herself and able to see the beauty in others, she makes everyone feel at ease, making her a genuine friend, therapist, and wife. Give her a cute pattern and a sewing machine or some spray paint and a piece of furniture and they are surely to be transformed into some warm piece of art that brightens our living space. She also finds creativity in cooking, making household cleaners, and anything Pinterest. In short, Elisa is stylish, wise, thoughtful, creative woman who makes everyone around her a better person, including her husband (who wrote this bio).


  1. My son will be turning two soon & his little brother will be born this May:) would love to read this to them:)

  2. My son will be three in a few months and would love to start this tradition, I feel like we do a lot of special things on the day of the birthday, I like the idea of a night before tradition

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