In the name of love and all things sweet and sugary, here are a few picture books that will melt your heart. It is not so much that they honour Valentine’s Day, rather the notion behind the date, of love cherished and shared. Succumb to both.
Children across the globe will have no trouble recognising the iconic figures of Big and Little Nutbrown Hare. Guess How Much I Love You is one of those timeless picture books that somehow manage to enchant readers even as they age. In a heart-warming tale of what may be viewed as one-up-mans-ship (but of course, isn’t!), Little Nutbrown Hare endeavours to prove to Big Nutbrown Hare how fathomless his love is. Of course, it’s an exercise in wishful thinking for Big Nutbrown Hare is always able to provide a counter example of how he loves his buddy just as much, thus, showing children that the love of an adult towards a child is limitless.
It’s a message that is simply told and beguiling illustrated and is now available as a delightful A 4 sized colouring book. Apart from full spreads, depicting the story to colour-in, and decorate with the included stickers, fans of Guess How Much I Love You can extend their artistic verve with page after page of interesting images to colour, rather like those you would find in a therapeutic colouring in book.
Fun and useful, this is an activity-based book to love and treasure.
Walker Books February 2017
This little board book warms the cockles of your heart. Touching verse and textural images provide plenty of life affirming situations for young readers to connect with. It ably illustrates how those three special words can lend themselves to nearly every questioning situation of self-esteem, whether it’s coming last in a race, making new friends, feeling left out or just feeling blue.
Delightful for those under eight or just in need of a few loving words.
Nosy Crow January 2017
Pairs! by Smriti Prasadam-Halls and Lorna Scobie
Ok, these board books don’t exactly revolve around love but they do focus on pairs, which is where love starts! In spite of my weak tie-in, these books do warrant strong interest for those who love memory match games. Themed titles include Underwater and In the Garden and feature pages of bright illustrations challenging readers to find each matching pair of creatures or plants hidden behind a myriad of folding flaps.
Great amusement that commands attention and thought.
Frances Lincoln Children’s Books January 2017
Another picture book that follows the lines of Guess How Much I Love You with lilting verse and sweet heart illustrations. Soft, floaty, and alluring, this picture book emphasises the infinite love parents have for their child.
A bedtime recommendation for two – six-year-olds.
Bloomsbury Publishing March 2017
The classic tale of a daughter given as a possession to a mighty beast is the quintessential story of filial sacrifice and love. Helene Magisson lavishly illustrates this version, which is part of New Frontier’s Happily Ever After classic tales series. Her restricted use of colour and fluid style fill this story with magic, bringing Beauty to life.
Hard not to love, this would make a great classroom read to share.
New Frontier Publishing March 2017