“Love is the greatest power and will have the most powerful influence.”
“Love is the only force that can erase the differences between people.”
“Love is the very essence of life.”
“Love is making space in your life for someone else.”
“Love is perfect patient.”
We’ve chosen 14 Books About Love that exhibit the sweet messages above, that love is always the answer. It’s found in the little things. Offers healing and comfort. Love is unconditional and everlasting. You can never run out of love.
YOU CAN NEVER RUN OUT OF LOVE – Unlike biscuits and chocolate, patience and luck, you can never, no never, run out of love. Docherty and Pye take readers on a fun-filled jaunt through moments in which we reach many ends. We’re exhausted after a busy day and have run out of energy. There are piles and piles of washing, yet we’ve run out of socks. The milk carton is empty. We’ve forgotten to buy new nappies. Thankfully love doesn’t come in a jar or require batteries, it is everywhere you are, and “Whenever you give some, you’ll always have more.”
You Can Never Run Out Of Love, by Helen Docherty and Ali Pye
Love, by Matt de la Pena and Loren Long
LOVE – Be ready with a box of tissues. Be ready to feel all the feels. Love is a beautifully poetic and emotionally intricate story of love and the importance of love in the lives of our children. The importance of love being at the heart of everything and every day. In a crowded concrete park, in the echo of your laughter, in love notes that lift into the sky like tiny beacons of light, in the face staring back at you in the mirror (stunning page), in the comforting voice of another and a message of hope, “Stars shine long after they’ve flamed out…and the shine they shine with is love.” Read more…
VALENSTEINS – Vampires, ghosts, mummies, witches and werewolves—all scary, right? Well, despite it being a perfect night for a fright, Fran (from Fright Club) has something else on his mind. When his spooky friends discover the unfamiliar shape that he’s cutting out of pink paper, they all take guesses as to what it might be—fangs, and flappy nose, a pink paper butt. Haha! And this is only the beginning of the giggles. Read more…
Valensteins, by Ethan Long
How to Say I Love You in 5 Languages, by Kenard Pak
HOW TO SAY I LOVE YOU IN FIVE LANGUAGES – The softness of Pak’s hand is a beautiful accompaniment to those sweet words—I love you. We’re introduced to each of the five children on a single coloured page, then see them in their environment, all in subtle hues and textures. It’s a good size and length for young ones, and the delightful starter for them to learn and love languages from around the world. Read more…
THE POESY RING – The Poesy Ring is a story of love, a story of hope. It’s a gentle adventure spanning over one hundred and thirty-seven years, an adventure of a golden poesy ring once thrown and lost in a meadow. The ring is found many times, by foraging creatures. A gull takes it across the ocean. It’s lost and found again, this time by a fish, who is then caught in a fishing net. The ring is found and sold and bought. Inscribed with ‘Love never dies’ at last the poesy ring rests on the finger of one who is truly loved.
The Poesy Ring, by Bob Graham
This Is Not a Valentine, by Carter Higgins and Lucy Ruth Cummins
THIS IS NOT A VALENTINE – This book is what Valentine’s Day should really be about, not all that lovey-dovey, mushy-gushy, glitter and sugary stuff—but gestures, no matter what they are, sincere and true. This book is what every day should be about—caring, sharing, and being a friend. This book is all heart.
I LOVE YOU, STICK INSECT – “Tickle my splinters!” Stick Insect has found his soulmate. He pours out his heart thinned there, imagining all the wonderful things the pair can do together—a glorious array of adventures and their happily ever after. But. Yup, there is a but—from a butterfly. Stick Insect’s soulmate is an actual stick. Read more…
I Love You, Stick Insect, by Chris Naylor-Ballesteros
The Day I Became a Bird, by Ingrid Chabbert and Raúl Nieto Guridi
THE DAY I BECAME A BIRD – First crush. First love. There’s nothing quite like it. The Day I Became a Bird is a dreamy and endearing take on what it feels like to be in love and what we’d do for it, all told through the voice of a young, infatuated boy. Guridi’s sketchy pencil beautifully highlights the innocence of this story. With the additional photoshopped imagery and the stunning wordless page, we have indeed fallen in love.
UNDER THE LOVE UMBRELLA – “Up in the sky, amongst the stars there’s something you might not see…” That’s the first line in Under the Love Umbrella, by Davina Bell and Allison Colpoys. After reading it my kids immediately headed to the window, drew back the blind and searched the stars. That tiny moment is engraved on my heart and secured a place for Under the Love Umbrella in my top cuddle and read books. Read more…
Under the Love Umbrella, by Davina Bell and Allison Colpoys
Love Is, by Diane Adams and Claire Keane
LOVE IS – More often than not, love isn’t a big romantic gesture, love is in the everyday little ways in which we care for one another. Love is a young girl finding a fragile duckling and selflessly looking after it. Love is midnight feeds, early mornings, messy bath times, struggles and growing muscles.” There are many parallels between this story and that of a parent and child, including a time for goodbyes, the missing, the worry, the reminiscing, and happy reunions.
EVERYTHING YOU – A new baby is everything in the eyes of a parent. We long for them, we wait for them, we hope for them and we love them. “You’re everything hopeful, the world starts anew. You’re everything cuddly, our hush-a-bye you. You’re everything fresh, the morning’s first dew. You’re everything growing, our summertime you.” Everything You is a lyrical celebration of our dear bundles of joy with charming animal illustrations in complementary colours. A precious cuddletime read aloud.
Everything You, by Elizabeth McPike and Jay Fleck
That’s Me Loving You, by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Teagan White
THAT’S ME LOVING YOU – Both parent and child find comfort in Amy Krouse Rosenthal’s heartwarming poem That’s Me Loving You. “Wherever you are, Wherever you go, Always remember and always know…” love is a shimmering star, a beautiful rainbow. It can even be found in the clapping of thunder and a persistent mosquito. Paired with the tender illustrations of Teagan White, That’s Me Loving You shows us that love is ever present, whether together or apart.
XO, OX: A LOVE STORY – Prior to reading this book, I was of the opinion that before writing a love letter or giving a Valentine rose, one should be sure that the love offered will be returned, to avoid sadness and embarrassment. Though Ox is hapless, though his love is unrequited (until the very last page), his positivity is inspiring and hilarious. Read more…
XO, OX: A Love Story, by Adam Rex and Scott Campbell
I Heart You, by Meg Fleming and Sarah Jane Wright
I HEART YOU – See, miss, hug, kiss, sway, swing, snug, sing, pull, tug, hold, love. I Heart You is an endearing collection of verbs and a heartwarming song. Visits a charming, softly coloured farm and surrounding wood. Witness love in abundance. I Heart You tenderly illustrates that true love is found in every act—holding one close and letting one go, encouraging and guiding. A common theme, but one we don’t mind seeing more of, especially when it is so sweetly portrayed.
Before signing off, just in case you were wondering where the above quotes came from, here they are again…
“Love is the greatest power and will have the most powerful influence.” —Elaine S. Dalton.
“Love is the only force that can erase the differences between people.” And, “Love is the very essence of life.” —Gordon B. Hinckley.
“Love is making space in your life for someone else.” —Neill F. Marriott.
“Love is perfect patient.” —Neal A. Maxwell.