by Diane Adams, illustrated by Claire Keane
Chronicle Books, 2017
This touching story features a little girl who learns about love when she rescues a little lost duck. She takes the duck home and soon discovers, “Love is noisy midnight feedings,” “Love is waking up together…beak to nose.” But it’s also early mornings, messy bath times, and tidying up after the duck. But soon the duck is ready for a bigger pond and the girl senses it’s time for the duck to travel on. She returns it to the park’s pond to join her mother and the girl becomes ever so sad. Then one day she meets up with her duck and the duck’s new family and she learns love lasts.
Sweet friendship story, written in a gentle rhyme little one’s will want to hear again and again.
by Matt De La Pena, illustrated by Loren Long P. Putnam’s Sons, 2018
Award winning Matt De La Pena captures the essence of love shared between people in each verse in his book, Love. And illustrator Loren Long expands and enriches each page with his own scenes showing love, like when a child offer’s his hot dog to an older gentle with crutches or a father and daughter dancing on the roof of their trailer. The book is chock full of love throughout. In bright, glorious colors and soft, poetic descriptions, readers, without knowing, absorb multiple examples of love on each page. Some scenes are endearing, some are regular, like playing in the streets. Some are unhappy, like when there’s an argument. Love depicts a wide array of moments of love among family, friends and neighbors.
“Your loved ones will stand there like
puddles beneath their umbrellas, …”
“A love that wakes at dawn and
rides to work on the bus.”
Rendered in poetry and colorful action scenes that often jump off the page, Love will expand a reader’s understanding and vocabulary about love.
By Barbara DaCosta, illustrated by Ed Young
Little Brown and Company, 2012
2013 Children’s Choice Book Award
It’s midnight. A little ninja appears. He enters the house. He creeps in silence, he listens in the shadows. He takes out his tool…when suddenly lights flash on and a figure looms above him. This delightful story has the mystery and suspense—in kid’s terms—that every young ninja seeks, as well as the love of a patient parent.
Let your ninja live in the mysterious—yet safe—illustrations depicting night, created by award winning artist Ed Young, and the understanding, loving words of Barbara DaCosta. For the youngest ninja lovers.