Love is a many splendored thing. Be it parental affirmations like “I love you to the moon and back,” romantic angst found in many teen books, or complicated love in adult books, love is an ever-present theme in books for readers of all ages. Love, in all its forms, can be celebrated through story, and children’s books especially remind us that love can be kind and simple. Celebrate the spirit of love by checking out one of these heartwarming books from your Milwaukee Public Library.
I Will Love You Foreverby Caroline Jayne Church (Ages 0-3)
This sweet story is perfect for little ones eager to hear how they are loved. Rhyming text and adorable, pastel-colored illustrations make this a great book for snuggling.
How Iguana Says "I Love You!": An Adventure in Eight Languagesby Abigail Samoun; illustrated by Sarah Watts (Ages 2-4)
In this charming board book, Iguana travels around the world saying “I love you” to his friends and family in seven languages beyond English: French, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, Arabic, Russian and Hindi.
A Hat for Mrs. Goldman: A Story About Knitting and Loveby Michelle Edwards; illustrated by G. Brian Karas (Ages 3-7)
Sophia decides to tackle a knitting challenge of making a winter hat for Mrs. Goldman, who has been so busy knitting for everyone else that she has no time to knit a hat of her own.
Worm Loves Wormby J.J. Austrian and Mike Curato (Ages 3-8)
Worm and Worm want to marry, but friends insist they need rings, a cake, a wedding dress and tux. But it doesn’t matter who wears what, because Worm loves Worm and love is love in any form.
Love Monster and the Last Chocolate by Rachel Bright (Ages 4-7)
Everybody knows that monsters seriously LOVE chocolate! But what should Love Monster do when he finds a box of chocolates at his door? Share with friends… or save them all for himself?
Odd Socksby Michelle Robinson and Rebecca Ashdown (Ages 4-7)
A pair of socks shouldn’t be split up, but when Suki gets a hole and is taken out of the drawer, how will Sosh ever be able to find her? Love conquers all in this delightful picture book.
The Princess and the Warrior: A Tale of Two Volcanoesby Duncan Tonatiuh (Ages 6-9)
In this Mexican legend, Princess Izta and the warrior Popoca fall in love. Their love, however, is ill-fated, and they are cast into the form of two volcanoes, forever by each other’s side.
Love and Chicken Nuggetsby Annie Kelsey; illustrations by Kate Larsen (Ages 8-12)
With Valentine’s Day approaching, Pippa’s class gets an assignment on love. Pippa is not happy until she realizes she can use her project to help her mother.
Wishby Barbara O'Connor (Ages 9-13)
Due to family turmoil, Colby is sent to live with her aunt and uncle in rural North Carolina. Through the love of a dog and an unexpected friendship, Colby begins to heal and find her place.
Jennifer Hron and Karli Pederson are children's librarians with Milwaukee Public Library.