January’s Picture Book of the Month

04 Jan

As part of my Commitment to Literacy: Picture Book It challenge, I wanted to spotlight one book that I’m completely in love with. Throughout the month, I’ll do multiple posts based on the book. I hope you will end up picking up the book and joining in on the conversation.

I’m excited to announce that the first Picture Book of the Month is…


Text by Matt de la Peña
Illustrations by Loren Long
(Hardcover, Ebook, Audio Book)
Published by G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
January 9, 2018

From Newbery Medal-winning author Matt de la Peña and bestselling illustrator Loren Long comes a story about the strongest bond there is and the diverse and powerful ways it connects us all.

“In the beginning there is light
and two wide-eyed figures standing near the foot of your bed
and the sound of their voices is love.

A cab driver plays love softly on his radio
while you bounce in back with the bumps of the city
and everything smells new, and it smells like life.”

In this heartfelt celebration of love, Newbery Medal-winning author Matt de la Peña and bestselling illustrator Loren Long depict the many ways we experience this universal bond, which carries us from the day we are born throughout the years of our childhood and beyond. With a lyrical text that’s soothing and inspiring, this tender tale is a needed comfort and a new classic that will resonate with readers of every age.

Love is a poetic picture book that will warm every reader’s hearts with its positive and reaffirming message. Perfect for gift giving. Perfect for reading aloud with those you love.

Ever since I heard about this book, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it. And seeing other people’s early reviews of it made me even more excited- if not a bit jealous. Not only did it live up to the high expectations I had for it but Love surpassed them all.

And when I read Love again recently, it was still as special. I let a few select people sneak a peek and I loved their reactions and what they got from it. I know they’ll be sharing the book with others as well!

Not only is this a celebration of different types of love but also of diversity and of experiences. Loren Long’s artwork managed to be both complementary and of itself creating different emotions.

Add Love as your first must read of 2018!

I’d love to hear where you’ll be getting your copy of Love from when it comes out Tuesday, January 9th. What’s your favorite independent bookstore and library you go to?

And, if you’ve read it, please share your thoughts!

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— — — — — — — HAPPY READING! — — — — — — —


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