It’s time for Top Ten Tuesday, a meme created by The Broke and Bookish.
This week’s theme? All about Romance – I am going to take liberties with this theme and stretch it and shape it to be all about love. Love as in romantic love or connection love. Deep friendship. True devotion. Care, concern, warmth.
The Case for Loving: The Fight for Interracial Marriage written by Selina Alko and illustrated by Sean Qualls and Selina Alko
A nonfiction title about Richard and Mildred Loving whose marriage and love were questioned because of their race. A story of determination, persistence and the power of love and family.
Worm Loves Worm by J.J. Austrian and illustrated by Mike Curato
Love, love, love, love! Love because it’s love, not because it is celebrated in any particular way.
Pete and Pickles by Berkeley Breathed
This book celebrates love in the happiest and most joyful of ways. But it doesn’t scrimp on the realities of love: loss, pain, frustration, forgiveness, sacrifice. Love is all of it and this book delivers. It takes you on a journey sailing through a myriad of emotions and delivers you on the other side, changed. Better. Brighter. Exhausted.
I often tell people that yes, I have a picture book favourite even though I LOVE many books. This is it. This one here. How I adore this book!
The Day I Became a Bird by Ingrid Chabbert and Guridi
I am utterly enamoured by the illustrations in this book about a boy willing to be a bird to attract the attention of the girl he swoons over.
Hunwick’s Egg written by Mem Fox and illustrated by Pamela Lofts
Hunwick’s egg never hatched although it provided him with companionship, faith and an important secret. Yes, he realized his egg was not an egg at all but a perfectly shaped stone and he loved it all the more.
Herman and Rosie by Gus Gordon
Pancakes. Jacques Cousteau. Jazz tunes. The joy and the solitude of New York city. Finding someone who gets you and shares your quirky tastes. It all comes together in this delightful story.
Ida, Always written by Caron Levis and illustrated by Charles Santoso
A sweet tender story of loving and letting go.
Pierre in Love written by Sara Pennypacker and illustrated by Petra Mathers.
A beautiful picture book about being in love and being brave enough to admit it.
Bear in Love written by Daniel Pinkwater and illustrated by Will Hillenbrand
Finally bear and bunny meet, convinced they have each found the perfect friend. For bear it is a cute little bear and bunny thinks he was found a lovely big strong bunny. Confusion aside, the two friends sit together and chat and sing as the sun goes down. A feel good book that made us all smile!
City Dog Country Frog written by Mo Willems and illustrated by Jon J Muth
Willems’ simple text, pictures and words tell the tender story of friendship, the passage of time, young curiosity and calm wisdom.
Which book would you add to the list?
I read Slugs in Love to my group today. What a great story! I loved it.
I love that one! Almost included it here 🙂
I love your take on this topic. I saw Loving (the movie) recently, and I think I’ll see if my library has it. Great list!
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I want to see this movie!
I adore the diversity in this list – love comes in so many shapes and forms! There’s romantic love, but also the love between families and friends. Such a wonderful collection of picture books to spread and share the love. 🙂
Thank you Jane. I enjoyed putting this list together.
What a wonderful list! City Dog Country Frog is a favorite. It makes me cry every time, tho! I have actually read Pete & Pickles but can’t remember it at all. Getting it from the library TODAY. Good grief. Carrie’s FAVORITE PB!? I need to know that one a lot better! (And of course that got me thinking, a la Ballet Cat, what’s my favorite favorite??)
It is hard to determine a favourite, that’s for sure. This one has been my favourite for a while and while I love a lot of them, I love this one best. Have had some amazing read aloud experiences attached to this book too.