For this week’s Top Ten love freebie over at ThatArtsyReaderGirl, here are 10 delightful picture books about love, for after all, love is in the air! These books are sure to help you feel better, and to help fill the world with love, today, and everyday!
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10 Delightful Picture Books About Love
Apple and Magnolia
Apple and Magnolia by Laura Gehl and illustrated by Patricia Metola (3 – 7 years, and up) (Thanks to NetGalley for the digital RC)
Description (excerpt): Britta visits her two favorite trees, Apple and Magnolia, every day. Though she can’t explain it, she’s sure they are best friends
My Mini-review: A sweet read that shows that unusual friendships do exist, and that friendships strengthen us.
Crocodiles Need Kisses Too
Crocodiles Need Kisses Too by Rebecca Colby with art by Penelope Dullaghan (2 – 5 years, and up)
Description: Everyone needs hugs and love in this offbeat, upbeat ode to the not-so-cuddly–and yet still sweet and beloved!
My Mini-review: A book sure to bring smiles and teary eyes as it shows in such a beautiful way that everyone deserves love.
Families, Families, Families
Families, Families, Families! by Suzanne Lang with illustrations by Max Lang (2 – 5 years, and up)
Description: No matter your size, shape, or pedigree–if you love each other, you are a family!
My mini-review: When a book shares a wonderful and powerful message about families in such an adorable and cute way, it makes it a must-have! A great book to help start dialog about the many types of families and family dynamics.
The Invisible String
The Invisible String by Patrice Karst with art by Geoff Stevenson (3 – 7 years, and up)
Description: The Invisible String delivers a particularly compelling message in today’s uncertain times that love is the unending connection that binds us all.
My Mini-review: I read this first ages ago and it never fails to tug at my heartstrings each time I read it. A book that shows that love is here to stay, and keep us connected always regardless of time and distance and more.
Little Imperfections: A Tall Tale of Growing Up Different by Peet Montzingo and illustrated by Rockwell Sands (4 years and up) (Thanks to NetGalley for the digital RC)
Description: Told through the empathic and humorous perspective of Peet Montzingo, the internet sensation who grew up as the only “tall” sibling in a family of little people, this book addresses the universal themes of being different, feeling like you don’t fit in, and finding yourself along the way.
My Mini-review: A book that is sure to appeal to everyone, and make you feel all mushy and teary-eyed.. A book that shows us with sweetness and strength that being different is okay.
Love Made Me More
Love Made Me More by Colleen Rowan Kosinski with art by Sonia Sánchez (4 – 8 years, and up) (Thanks to Edelweiss for the digital RC)
Description: An unexpectedly heartfelt tale of a friendship between a boy and an origami crane that continues throughout the boy’s life.
My Mini-review: Oh my! This story sure is unexpectedly beautiful and heartwarming. Both the sweet narrative and stunning art lovingly show us the powerful impact and value of love and of making memories and traditions!
Love Monster by Rachel Bright (1 – 4 years, and up)
Description: Rachel Bright’s bestselling picture book is about a monster looking for love in all the cutest of places
My Mini-review: Monsters? None in this book as far as I could see. It is cuteness everywhere and more so – cuteness that warms your heart in an instant.
My Heart by Corinna Luyken (2 – 11 years, and up)
Description: The Book of Mistakes is a gorgeous picture book about caring for your own heart and living with kindness and empathy.
My Mini-review: A book about loving ourselves, and being aware of our feelings and also that our heart is resilient. Lyrical text that all of us can identify with and simply beautiful artwork make this a book for all ages.
A Pinch of Love
A Pinch of Love by Barry Timms with art by Tisha Lee (2 – 7 years, and up) (Thanks to Edelweiss for the digital RC)
Description: Following on from Love Grows Everywhere, A Pinch of Love is Barry Timms and Tisha Lee’s second book on the subject of love—this time celebrating the love that comes through baking, cooking and sharing food.
My Mini-review: Sweetness and warmth is all across the pages of this book – in so many ways – the sweet rhyming language, the adorable illustrations, and of course, all those sweet treats, and yes, love too! I loved the first book by this duo and no surprise that I adore this second one too.
Plant a Kiss
Plant a Kiss by Amy Rosenthal and illustrated by Peter Reynolds (1 – 5 years, and up)
Description: One small act of love blooms into something bigger and more dazzling than Little Miss could have ever imagined in this epic journey about life, kindness, and giving.
My Mini-review: Such a powerful message told in the simplest and sweetest of ways – that every action matters, no matter how small, and we can all make an impact.
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Dear reader, hope you are having a day filled with warmth, and enjoyed this selection of delightful picture books about love! Do let me know which ones you have read or would pick for yourself or someone you love, and share your recommendations too.