Melissa Marr knows how overwhelming it can be when a baby is born into the world.

The bestselling author saw it with her son.

Kaden, now two years old, was exposed to drugs in utero. As an adoptive mom, Marr recalls that he needed constant calming during his 40 days in the hospital.

During Kaden’s hospital stay, Marr paced the halls of the hospital day and night and promised to take care of him. In the following weeks, her spoken words to him while she paced the hallways evolved into the heartfelt story, Bunny Roo, I Love You.


“There are a lot of great books out there,” said Marr. “I hope this one feels like a book that is a contemplation of love and how blessed we are when we can become parents. It’s certainly not the only one that speaks of it, but when I started searching for such books for adoptive mommies, I couldn’t find many. To me, that wasn’t okay. I’m very glad that this one is out there now, too, and I hope other parents and kids enjoy it. Either way, though, it’s a victory to me because the child for whom I wrote it loves it,” she said.


The charming illustrations partner with simple words and share the story of a mother’s love for her baby while making creative comparisons to baby animals and how their mother makes them feel safe and at home in the world.

Marr says this book is written for parents and their children with a universal message: “I am yours, and you are mine, and you are loved.”

Released April 14, 2015, Bunny Roo, I Love You (Illustrated by Teagan White; Nancy Paulsen Books; $16.99) can be purchased here.