I’m not a fan of Valentines Day and all that jazz, I do love books about love. There is nothing better than settling into bed with a small, freshly washed child and reading a book about love then demanding kisses (one of my children hands over kisses freely…the other one you really have to work hard for a kiss!). This Valentines Day I have already revived my gift…thanks to Walker Books. They kindly sent me a ‘Guess How Much I Love You’ pack which had the NEW AND SHINY (love shiny) – edition of ‘Guess How Much I Love You’, the brand spanking new colouring book of the series and a plush toy. This would all be a lovely gift for my children, but I’m not handing it over and have already coloured in two pages of the colouring book…it’s mine.
As a Valentines Day special if you deserve some more colour in your life, Ruby Olive has a special offer until 14/2/17, which I used :), 25% Off Valentines Day Catalogue | For Orders Over $75. Code is ‘SELFLOVECLUB’, shop it here.
Valentines’ Day is also Library Lovers Day and International Book Giving Day, which are far more up my alley. You can read about the 2016 International Book Giving Day here.
The books below are all about love and they are my favourites – they have spunk and flair and are not at all schmaltzy.
Books About Love
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‘Love You Forever’. Written by Robert Munsch. Illustrated by Anthony Lewis. Published by Firefly Books.
Well this one is a favourite in our house – we know every single line and it is requested so many times each week. My husband is in fact rather keen on getting a tattoo of the line he and the six-year-old whisper to each other– a literary tatt … I knew I married him for a reason. This book started life as a song and indeed the text has an incredibly lyrical feel to it. This one is as popular with adults as it is with children.
‘Love is Like a Tree’. Written by Shona Innes. Illustrated by Irisz Agocs. Published by Five Mile Press.
This is part of the ‘Big Hugs’ series by child and forensic psychologist Shona Innes and I wish I could plonk this series in EVERY household in the country – read more about them here. This is one is all about love – obviously! Love is a special and growing thing. It’s a little bit like a tree – a special magical tree – that you can climb up into, nest comfortably in its big branches, and safely watch the world go by. Love can come in different shapes and sizes. Like a tree, love can grow and grow..
‘Guess How Much I Love You’. Written by Sam McBratney. Illustrated by Anita Jeram. Published by Walker Books.
It’s a classic for a reason this one – I’ve probably read this book 150 times and I still never feel the need to skip a sentence to get to the end faster! This edition is a pearlescent edition that shimmers in the light and is detailed with ornate silver foil. It is a big gorgeous.
The enchanting story of Little Nutbrown Hare and Big Nutbrown Hare trying to find ways to express their love for each other is the ideal gift for special occasions or anyone you love up to the moon and back. The colouring book images below are from the brand new ‘Guess How Much I Love You Colouring Book’, which has loveliest line illustrations to colour and about 100 little stickers to add to the pages (or cards as I’ll be using them for).
‘An Awesome Book of Love’. Written and illustrated by Dallas Clayton. Published by Harper Torch.
A self-published sensation, Dallas has visited schools and stores across the United States, hand-selling his book one kid at a time. ‘An Awesome Book of Love!’ explores the many faces of love. This book is a perfect gift for Valentine’s Day-or really for any day you’d like to tell someone special how much you care.
‘Will You Fill My Bucket? Daily Acts of Love Around the World’. Written by Carol McCloud and Karen Wells. Illustrated by Penny Weber. Published by Nelson.
We use the ‘bucket filling’ analogy and books at school with the younger grades and they are gorgeous. Will You Fill My Bucket? and the responses given will touch the heartstrings of people young and old around the world. Bucket filling, the essence of being loved and loving others, occurs in those little moments in a day when you stop and just listen, cuddle, play, or spend time with a child
‘Love is in the Air’. Written by Harry Vanda and George Young. Illustrated by Shane Devries. Performed by John Paul Young. Published by Scholastic.
OK, so this book may or may not be all about my love of this song, made iconic in the 1980s by John Paul Young. My six-year-old asked me to either stop singing this book or to go somewhere else to sing it. That’s love for you. If you’re not familiar with this song (really?!) there is a CD accompanying the book of John Paul Young’s original 1978 recording of Love is in the Air. The lyrics form the text of the book and the illustrations are sublime. A must have.
‘One Love’. Written by Cedella Marley. Illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton. Published by Chronicle Books.
One love, one heart, let’s get together and feel all right. Know those words? Bob Marley’s daughter, Cedella, sung One Love to her young boys when they weren’t feeling well, when they were happy, and as a lullaby. It is a song for every occasion and I’m sure parents worldwide sing this iconic song. Cedella has adapted the song to create a children’s book which introduces the message of ‘One Love’ to a new generation.
‘I Love You Too’. Written and illustrated by Stephen Michael King. Published by Scholastic.
I love the work of Stephen Michael King and I’m not afraid to admit it. In this glorious creation, friends romp through grey days and windy days but one thing always remains the same … bet you can’t guess what that is?
‘How I Love You’. Written and illustrated by Anna Pignataro. Published by Scholastic.
Far in the bush, Little Koala hugged Mummy very tightly and said, ‘This is how I love you, Mummy.’ Little Red Dingo nuzzled Mummy’s nose, and Little Sooty Owl nestled beneath Mummy’s feathery wings. The gorgeous soft illustrations in this book are classic Anna Pignataro and utterly peaceful for bedtime reading and snuggles.
‘Koala Lou’. Written by Mem Fox. Illustrated by Pamela Lofts. Published by Scholastic.
This was one of the first books I ever read to both my children and I can recite my favourite line by heart, “Koala Lou, I DO love you! I always have and I always will.” Beautiful story by one of Australia’s finest children’s authors.
‘Love from The Very Hungry Caterpillar’. Written and illustrated by Eric Carle. Published by Penguin.
“You are … the cherry on my cake … the apple of my eye. You make … the sun shine brighter … my heart flutter …” Join the Very Hungry Caterpillar for a celebration of love and all the ways to tell that special someone how much you care. This delightful little book features Eric Carle’s bright and distinctive artwork of favourite things, from sweet sweets to sparkling stars, with The Very Hungry Caterpillar making an appearance alongside each one.
‘All My Kisses’. Written by Kerry Brown. Illustrated by Jedda Robaard. Published by ABC Books.
Abby loves to receive kisses, but she doesn’t like to share. Her collection of kisses are too special, precious and fragile to give away. Abby’s bucket of kisses is ready to overflow and she is about to discover what happens when kisses aren’t shared.
‘I Love You Night and Day’. Written by Smriti Prasadam-Halls. Illustrated by Alison Brown. Published by Bloomsbury.
This one is special in my eyes because it looks at all the varying emotions that come into play in relationships. Adjectives such as strong, deep, small, close and tight are used to describe relationships and love and it also looks at the issue of challenges in a relationships. Super gorgeous but with some useful language and ideas around love.
‘What is this Thing Called Love?’ Written by Davide Cali. Illustrated by Anna Laura Cantone. Published by Wilkins Farago.
I have laughed and laughed reading this book in front of classes from Kindergarten to Year Three … so clever. Main character Emma is terribly confused by this thing called love. She asks all of the people in her family and gets a different answer from each. Mum says love is blooming in the garden, Dad’s is inside a goal post, Grandma’s is baked into cakes. It’s a gorgeous book about the idea that love means something different to everyone – love it!
‘Sarah’s Heavy Heart’. Written and illustrated by Peter Carnavas. Published by New Frontier.
Peter Carnavas can do no wrong. This is the story of girl who carries a heavy heart wherever she goes. She knows it is hers to carry but she just wishes it wasn’t so heavy. Then one day at the bus stop, something floats by. This is a story of friendship, love and the ups and downs of life.