Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Love, Love, Love: Pick of the Week

That's Love by Sam Williams, illustrated by Mique Moriuchi (Holiday House, 2006)

This paean to love in the ever-growing collection of love picture books for children has beautiful illustrations perfect for Valentine's Day or any snuggle-up-and-cuddle-up storytime with someone you care for. Describing the complexities of love or any feeling can be a challenge for adults or children, but this is the aim of this heartfelt book. While some of the text's definitions of love ("the softness of silence") may be too esoteric for some young listeners, concrete examples are given ("Holding me when I cry." and "Helping me to try again."), and all will understand the message. Share this one with your special little someone.

Full, Full, Full of Love by Trish Cooke, illustrated by Paul Howard (Candlewick, 2003)

For Jay Jay, Sunday dinner at Gran's house is full of love, hugs, kisses, delicious food and the people he loves. A celebration of big family gatherings sharing food with one another. This is a great selection to read-aloud before any special holiday or family gathering around the table. It will leave you feeling happy...and hungry!

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