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Weekend Links: Love(ly) #Kidlit Books that are about Love

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Love is in the air! February just seems to be a month that focuses on love in general whether it’s the love of those around us or the love of books. In my weekly travels, I have encountered some very LOVE(ly) Kidlit Books that are about Love. enjoy!

10 Recent Picture Books With a Lot of Heart & GIVEAWAY!

LOVE by Matt de la Pena

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.


Valentines Books

Love Family

Loving Lion Books is a publishing house that creates and publishes gorgeous custom children’s books featuring and celebrating children and families of color. Loving Lion Books and, their very first book, Love Family, launched in June of 2017. The publishing house creates visually stunning and warm books that reflect families of color, multiracial families, adoptive families and generally families that are too often absent from children’s books. This sweet book is truly stunning and I adore how it can be customized to honor the uniqueness of families all over the globe.

Loving Lion Books

Speaking of diverse publishers, Worldwide Buddies came on to my radar during Multicultural Children’s Book Day and there’s something about the charm, color, and light of this company that continues to mesmerize me. Then I saw their latest blog post and I simply had to share.

10 lovable things to do with your little ones this February 

Worldwide Buddies

Our social media feeds are bursting with heart-shaped ads, the window displays are full of heart-shaped objects, even our coffees are sprinkled with heart-shaped cocoa powder. Yup. Valentine’s Day is coming up. 

But what does it mean for the little ones around the world, we wondered. How do they understand love? How can you show and explain love to them?

And after some serious thinking and a few coffees drizzled with heart-shaped cocoa powder later, we came to a conclusion. The best way, we decided, is taking a step away from your daily life, and taking the time and energy to connect with your little ones in meaningful ways. 

Read the full article HERE.

You can never have too many heart crafts!

If you are looking for a fun digital and interactive children’s story inspired by a kids’ classic story, you will love The Ultimate Guide to Charlie out into the World.

Enter a world where collaborative play is woven into the fabric of our everyday family life. The Ultimate Guide to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory will open the door to transforming relationships, encouraging new perspectives, and indulging in the happiness and the joy of innovating with your children.

Who is Charlie? The Ultimate Guide to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is an interactive, adventure that leads us through the Chocolate Factory with stops along the way to create, laugh, and learn. It reawakens the passion and idea of “jumping” inside the pages of this book with the knowledge that each chapter is a gateway into a magical world. Now available on iTunes, it’s your opportunity to truly experience where art, literature and technology meet allowing you to feel the story like never before.

Charlie was born of a unique collaboration between co-authors Valarie Budayr and Roscoe Welply, this dynamic duo along with Kite Readers have crafted an enchanting world that leaps from the pages, and coaxes the reader to immerse themselves in the adventures that await them at the Chocolate Factory.

What You Can Expect with Charlie:

  • A bridge between the “plugged” and “unplugged” world for families
  • A book that brings families together reading and enjoying their imaginations.
  • Creation of an atmosphere where reading becomes a family event instead of a solitary act.
  • The option to educate, inform, and entice children to want to know more about the world they live in.
  • The delight of pulling the story off the pages, and the act of bringing the pages to LIFE.

Gather your family and come along on a magical journey into one of the most beloved children’s books of all time to experience a story like never before. You will have a front row seat to this delightfully illustrated and fabulously written children’s enhanced digital e-book that will come to life with not only a great story, but over 20 activities and crafts that will spark their imagination and awaken their inner child.

Are you read for an adventure? Enter HERE to start the Charlie experience or grab your download on iTunes.

Disclaimer: This book is not affiliated or associated with the author, publisher, or distributors of Roald Dahl’s book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.