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New Reads for Valentine’s Day: ‘ABC Love’, ‘Love’, and ‘Ways to Say I Love You’

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New Reads for Valentine's Day: 'ABC Love', 'Love', and 'Ways to Say I Love You'

Valentine’s Day is only two short weeks away. My kids and I have been reading valentine-themed books since the beginning of the year in preparation for the holiday. Many of our reads have come from the library, but we also have an ever-growing home library. I am always happy to add a new book to our collection. Thus, when recently offered the chance to feature three new titles from Quarto, I eagerly accepted the opportunity. I received copies of ABC Love by Christiane Engel, Love by Corrinne Averiss, and Ways to Say I Love You by Marilyn Singer. All three are perfect for Valentine’s Day or any time you want to share some love with your little readers.

Front Covers of 'ABC Love', 'Love', and 'Ways to Say I Love You' Back Covers of 'ABC Love', 'Love', and 'Ways to Say I Love You'

ABC Love

Written and illustrated by Christiane Engel, ABC Love is a 36-page board book recommended for readers between the ages of 3 and 6 in preschool through first grade. The book introduces young children to important concepts such as love, joy, and understanding while teaching the letters of the alphabet. Filled with colorful illustrations and easy-to-understand text, the book promotes family togetherness. My 3-year-old asks me to read the book aloud again and again while the text is perfect for my 6-year-old who is an emerging reader.

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Christiane Engel is an award-winning illustrator and author of children’s books. Her illustrations are instantly recognizable, and she loves creating quirky characters. In addition to ABC Love, she is also the author and illustrator of ABC Yoga, ABC Baby Signs, ABC Earth-Friendly Me, and ABC Mindful Me, other titles in the ABC for Me series.

Front Cover of 'ABC Love' Inside Pages of 'ABC Love'

Published by Walter Foster Jr, ABC Love currently retails for $8.99 with a list price of $16.95 on Amazon via my affiliate link.

Love

Written by Corrinne Averiss and illustrated by Kirsti Beautyman, Love is a 32-page hardback picture book about separation and love recommended for readers between the ages of 4 and 6 in preschool through first grade. Love abounds in Tess’ family, but, when Tess must leave her family for the first time and go to school, she worries that love will not be able to find her. Her mother explains that love is like a string, connecting people over time and distance. I absolutely love sharing this heartwarming story with such an important message about love with my three children.

Corrinne Averiss is an award-winning author. Her first book, A Dot in the Snow, was shortlisted for the CILIP Greenaway award, the oldest and best-loved children’s book award in the United Kingdom. Love is the third title in a trio of feel-good picture books that includes Joy and Hope.  Kirsti Beautyman won the Picture Hooks Illustrator of the Year Award in 2017.

Front Cover of 'Love' Inside Pages of 'Love'

Published by words & pictures, Love currently retails for $14.39 with a list price of $18.95 on Amazon via my affiliate link.

Ways to Say I Love You

Written by Marilyn Singer and illustrated by Alette Straathof, Ways to Say I Love You is a 32-page hardback picture book recommended for readers between the ages of 4 and 6 in preschool through first grade that celebrates all the ways to say “I love you!” From snuggling garter snakes to cozy bear hugs, the book shares the ways in which humans and animals share affection for one another. In addition to the sweet story that is the perfect reading level for my 6-year-old, I enjoy reading about the additional animals in the last few pages of the book.

Marilyn Singer is a multi-award-winning children’s author who has written many titles including the Tallulah series as well as other poetry, picture, fiction, and nonfiction books. Alette Straathof graduated from the Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam, The Netherlands in January 2016. She hides small details in her illustrations for readers to find.

Front Cover of 'Ways to Say I Love You' Inside Pages of 'Ways to Say I Love You'

Published by words & pictures, Ways to Say I Love You currently retails for $14.99 with a list price of $18.95 on Amazon via my affiliate link.

ABC Love by Christiane Engel, Love by Corrinne Averiss, and Ways to Say I Love You by Marilyn Singer are all new titles perfect for sharing this Valentine’s Day or any day of the year with a young reader that you love.

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New Reads for Valentine’s Day: ‘ABC Love’, ‘Love’, and ‘Ways to Say I Love You’ © 2021 Heather Johnson
Front Covers of ‘ABC Love’, ‘Love’, and ‘Ways to Say I Love You’ © 2021 Heather Johnson
Back Covers of ‘ABC Love’, ‘Love’, and ‘Ways to Say I Love You’ © 2021 Heather Johnson
Front Cover of ‘ABC Love’ © 2021 Heather Johnson
Inside Pages of ‘ABC Love’ © 2021 Heather Johnson
Front Cover of ‘Love’ © 2021 Heather Johnson
Inside Pages of ‘Love’ © 2021 Heather Johnson
Front Cover of ‘Ways to Say I Love You’ © 2021 Heather Johnson
Inside Pages of ‘Ways to Say I Love You’ © 2021 Heather Johnson

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Written by Heather Johnson

Heather is a writer, librarian, linguist, wife, and mother who loves her husband, daughter, son, dogs, and cat. She writes The Parenting Patch, which is a parenting blog, information, and news plus reviews, recipes, crafts, homeschooling, and more.

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