Please welcome Alison Goldberg today with her list of 10 recent picture books with a lot of heart just in time for Valentine’s Day. We are giving away a copy of her book, I Love You for Miles and Miles and Love Is, a picture book on her list. Please fill out the Rafflecopter at the bottom to enter.
I Love You for Miles and Miles by Alison Goldberg, illustrated by Mike Yamada
When my own children were in preschool, they adored trucks, trains, boats, and planes. At bedtime, the “How much do you love me?” game turned into a comparison of our love to the size and strength of all things that go. I thought this would be a fun take on a love book.
Love can be stronger than the strongest excavator, longer than the longest train, and taller than the tallest crane. And no matter where you go, love travels with you always. With exciting imagery and engaging, lyrical text, this I-love-you book is perfect for children who love vehicles that dig, carry, and lift.[picture book, ages 2 and up]
10 Recent Picture Books With a Lot of Heart
Many wonderful children’s books about love have been published during the last five years, including board books for the littlest readers and picture books for school-age kids. I loved reading these stories one after another and reflecting on how the heart finds its expression in so many forms. Since love is woven into such a wide array of experiences, these books touch on diverse themes, including fatherhood, motherhood, community, caretaking, immigration, adoption, and friendship. Here’s a collection to share with the kids in your life for Valentine’s Day and beyond.
10. Oh, Oh, Baby Boy! by Janine Macbeth
This gorgeous picture book follows the life of a boy through the eyes of his loving father, from infancy to adulthood. With strong visual storytelling and so many lovely details–including foil-stamped shiny stars on the endpapers—this book is a true celebration of a father’s love. Moreover, Macbeth brings a vision of love to publishing through her independent press: “Blood Orange Press sees the beauty in our communities and our stories. We make books that recognize and affirm first nations and kids of color, and their power and potential in the world.” [picture book, ages 4 and up]