Love is in the Air…..Love Themed Books for Kids


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If you are looking to add a few love inspired books to your children’s snugly reading time, here are a number of great options via Candlewick Press.  With a wide selection suitable for different ages groups, check out these titles.


Huggy Kissy By Leslie Patricelli


$6.99  1 yr – 3 yrs

 When you’re an adorable bald baby, your family finds lots of ways to show you how much they love you: Mommy lifts you uppy, Daddy kisses you on the tummy, and everyone wants to snuggle. What’s not to love? With comedy and warmth, Leslie Patricelli offers a universal tribute to love and affection in a board book full of instant appeal for little valentines everywhere.

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This book is just plain fun.  Little kids will enjoy being kissed and hugged just like the little baby in the book.  This book was obviously written by a parent, as there is nothing cuter than a little baby running around in a diaper.  Who doesn’t love all those kisses and hugs from a little bundle of fun?:)  This book celebrates those cuddly moments.

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Love Waves By Rosemary Wells


$8.99  3 yrs – 7 yrs

How to comfort a young child who misses a special person when he or she is away? A treasured picture book creator has the perfect solution.

 “With cozy pastel scenes and gentle verse, Wells makes tangible the powerful emotional connection between parent and child.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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Max and Ruby are very popular in my house.  My little boys can always relate quite well to Max.  This story is a great way to explain to children the process of being away from them.  Obviously lots of children do not like being separated from their parents, but there usually comes a time when they must be apart.  Mommy goes to work, or Daddy goes to work, but the love waves move through the air and find their little one.  This book is simple and sweet, and a great way to provide comfort to ones.

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Olive and the Big Secret By Tor Freeman


$15.99  4 yrs -7 yrs

When Molly shares a secret with Olive, the urge to tell is just too great! Olive tells Joe who tells Matt who tells Lola. But Lola is best friends with Molly. Uh-oh, the secret is out, and Olive is in for it!

 “A delightful, surefire conversation starter on the do’s and don’ts of secrets among friends.” – School Library Journal (starred review)

 “The stagelike composition and the characters’ penchant for theatrical gestures keep the mood as light as a French farce…” – Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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I don’t know if this book is directly about love, but it sure is a keeper.  This book is a great way of explaining what happens when you share somebody’s secret.  A soon as a secret is shared it can start a chain reaction that one would not intend.  Honestly, I feel like adults should read this book:) Olive and the Big Secret is informative and helps remind all of us, to be respectful of others.

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A Kiss Like This By Mary Murphy


$12.99  2 yrs – 4 yrs

A giraffe kiss is very tall-just turn the page and see! Elephant kisses are long, of course, while tiny mice and bubbly fish have kisses all their own. Using a clever split-page format that makes for charming surprises, author-illustrator Mary Murphy shares a series of animal kisses that are sure to have babies and toddlers gurgling, giggling, smiling, and leaning over for their kisses, too.

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A Kiss Like This is another fun title that will hopefully inspire your little ones to pucker up for a sweet kiss.  Showcasing the different ways various animals kiss, this book is a fun way to celebrate this season of love.

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Otter and Odder By James Howe and illustrated by Chris Raschka

$14.00  6 yrs – 10 yrs

When an otter falls in love with a fish, can he dare to follow his heart? A delicious ode to nonconformity from a stellar picture-book pair.

“Ever-changing watercolor washes and primordial shapes depict a wondrous, liquid world in which the star-crossed lovers learn to trust their hearts.” – Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“Howe’s story reaches beyond its target audience and presents a lovely, unpreachy allegory for relationships that fall outside the mainstream.” – Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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For a children’s book, this story packs a heavy punch.   A fish and an otter do not belong together by nature’s standard, but they love each other anyway.  Other animals call it strange, but Myrtle and Odder decide that their love is all they need to be happy.  This story is a touching allegory for modern times, and those parents looking to teach their children about how important it is that everyone be allowed to love whomever they choose, will definitely want to read this book.

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Bear in Love By Daniel Pinkwater and illustrated by Will Hillenbrand

$15.99  2 yrs – 6 yrs

One morning, the bear finds something just outside his cave. It is orange and long and pointy and has bushy green leaves at one end. And it’s sweet and crunchy! Where did it come from? Then there are two more of the sweet crunchy things the next morning! The bear knows that someone nice is leaving him these treats. If only he could discover who it is! Should he leave something tasty in return? With the help of Will Hillenbrand’s endearing illustrations, the inimitable Daniel Pinkwater spins a charming little mystery about unexpected kindnesses—and finding that extra-special someone.

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This book does a great job of showcasing a secret admirer.   Clearly, someone likes bear.  Throughout most of the book we are left wondering who this special friend could be, though the gift of carrots in the beginning provides a helpful clue.  My absolute favorite part of the book is when bear and his secret admirer meet.

“You are some cute little bear,”  the bear said.  “And you are quite the big strong bunny.”  (You might think there would be some confusion at this point, but apparently not.)

I love that line!  Each sees each other in their own way and it is not a problem in the slightest way.  I think this line really captures the innocent way that children think, and it makes me smile each time I read it.

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Getting Over Garrett Delaney By Abby McDonald

$7.99  14 yrs and up

Seventeen-year-old Sadie is in love: epic, heartfelt, and utterly one-sided. The object of her obsession — ahem, affection — is her best friend, Garrett Delaney, who has been oblivious to Sadie’s feelings ever since he sauntered into her life and wowed her with his passion for Proust (not to mention his deep blue eyes). When Garrett leaves for a summer literary retreat, Sadie is sure that the absence will make his heart grow fonder — until he calls to say he’s fallen in love. With some other girl! A heartbroken Sadie realizes that she’s finally had enough. It’s time for a total Garrett detox! Aided by a barista job, an eclectic crew of new friends (including the hunky chef, Josh), and a customized self-help guide, Sadie embarks on a summer of personal reinvention full of laughter, mortifying meltdowns, and a double shot of love.

It must admit this book is not a good fit for my house.  My three little boys will not be reading it anytime soon:)  But I have no doubt teenage girls will find this title quite interesting.  An avid reader in my youth, I’m sure I have loved this title twenty year ago.  Oh, lordy am I that old!?  Sometimes I still feel like a teenage girl.  Hmm…maybe I need to read this book to recapture some of my youth:)


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I received the above mentioned books for review purposes, all opinions are my own.

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