To Love a Child

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"To Love a Child"
Single by Frank Sinatra
A-side To Love a Child
B-side That's What God Looks Like to Me
Released 1982
Format 45"
Recorded Reprise Records, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California
December 5, 1981
Genre Swing
Length 3:21
Label Reprise
(US, 45")
Writer(s) Hal David, Joe Raposo
Frank Sinatra singles chronology
"Here's to the Band"
"To Love a Child"
"Teach Me Tonight"

To Love a Child is a 1982 popular song composed by Joe Raposo with lyrics by Hal David. It was released as a single by Frank Sinatra.[1][2][3] "To Love a Child" was arranged by Don Costa and featured Costa's daughter, Nikka Costa, on backing vocals.[4]

To Love a Child was the theme song for the Foster Grandparents program initiated by Nancy Reagan in 1982, and was performed by Reagan and Sinatra at the program's White House launch. All profits from the song and Nancy Reagan's book about the program went to the Foster Grandparents program.[5][6]


  1. ^ "To Love a Child". AllMusic. Retrieved 12 April 2016. 
  2. ^ "Official Tears". Billboard. 7 November 1981. p. 3. Retrieved 12 April 2016. 
  3. ^ "By Sinatra: Records - Singles Page". Songs by Sinatra. 2000-07-31. Archived from the original on 5 March 2008. Retrieved 2008-03-17. 
  4. ^ "Frank Sinatra Discography: The Reprise Years". Steve Albin. 2004-11-10. Retrieved 2008-03-17. 
  5. ^ E. Graydon Carter (1982-11-01). "By E. Graydon Carter". Time. Retrieved 2008-03-17. 
  6. ^ "Hal David: 'It all begins with a song". Billboard. 23 January 1982. p. 54. Retrieved 12 April 2016.