Love Books for Kids from Candlewick Press Review

I can’t imagine loving anyone more than my three children and I love to celebrate that love with great books. Candlewick Press is always one of my favorite resources to find entertaining picture books that my children and I enjoy reading together. In celebration of Valentine’s Day, I wanted to introduce you to a few of my favorite “Love” themed titles available from Candlewick Press.

For babies and children ages 1-3, the board book-“Huggy Kissy” ($6.99) by Leslie Patricelli is sure to delight the youngest little ones. The illustrations are adorable and the text about the love of a mother and father for their baby will bring a smile to your face.

“Huggy Kissy” by Leslie Patricelli

“Love Waves” (SRP $8.99) by Rosemary Wells is a whimsical book with heartwarming illustrations which appealed to my five and six year old children. This story about a sweet rabbit family is a wonderful way to comfort a child who is missing someone special.

“Love Waves” by Rosemary Wells

“Bear in Love” (SRP $15.99) by Daniel Pinkwater and illustrated by Will Hillenbrand is my youngest son’s favorite of this set of books and he asks me to read it every night. This entertaining mystery had my son guessing from start to finish until he discovered who that someone special that is leaving bear nice treats.

“Bear in Love” by Daniel Pinkwater

My six year old daughter is learning to read and she felt so proud to be able to read aloud, “A Kiss Like This” ($12.99) by Mary Murphy to her siblings. This book smartly uses an engaging split page format to encourage children to get involved and guess the fun surprise as a sweet group of animals share a loving smooch!

Other fun “love” books include the delightful “Olive and the Big Secret” ($15.99) by Tor Freeman which had my children giggling along with the witty story line. When “Olive” is told a secret she wants to tell……and a series of fun things happen as a result. This book is perfect for children ages 4-7 and was fun for me to read aloud. We loved it so much because my daughter has the same “problem” keeping secrets so we all felt like we could relate to the characters in this cute book.

“Olive and the Big Secret” by Tor Freeman

“Otter and Odder-A Love Story” ($14.99) is the story of an otter that falls hopelessly in love with a fish. My seven year old son fancies himself an artist so he really appreciated the beautiful water color illustrations by Chris Raschka and everyone enjoyed the sweet love story.

“Otter and Odder-A Love Story”

For older teen readers, “Getting Over Garrett Delaney” ($7.99) by Abby McDonald will resonate with young girls who have felt the sting of having an unreturned crush on your best guy friend. This tale of paperback novel about teen heartbreak is written for ages 14 and up and I expect it will be a very appealing read for teenage girls because it is actually a story about reinventing one’s self and moving on brilliantly despite unrequited love.

“Getting Over Garrett Delaney” by Abby McDonald

You are invited to visit Candlewick Press to browse the entire selection of high quality, entertaining children’s books. All the titles reviewed here are available for purchase and would be a great Valentine’s Day gift idea for your precious little one!

*I received a copy of this book for review, but was not compensated financially in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based solely on my experiences while reading this book.*


Maureen is a SAHM who left the Corporate healthcare field to home educate her 6, 7 and 8 year old children. She is a voracious reader for both herself & her kids and also enjoys a natural and organic lifestyle. She lives in Orlando, Fl with her husband Mark, three children and 5 year old boxer, Jack.

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