That’s Me Loving You

Picture book, motivational
Interest level: Pre-K through grade 1, graduates; Reading level: 1.3
4 out of 5 stars

This book would make a great gift for kids about to go off to college, or for a child going to daycare or school for the first time. The story reassures a child that a parent’s love is always with them, even if they are apart. Reminders from nature will help them feel this connection…

That drifting cloud?
That’s me thinking of you.

That persistent mosquito?
That’s me bugging you.

This book was published not long before Amy passed away. Reading it was like reading a love letter to her family; that reminder that even after she is no longer on this earth, they will still feel her in the world around them.

That’s Me Loving You
by Amy Krouse Rosenthal; illustrations by Teagan White
Random House, 2016
ISBN 978-1-101-93238-4

Plant a Kiss

Picture book, motivational
Interest level: Pre-K through grade 1; graduation gifts; Reading level: 1.0
4 out of 5 stars

Sometimes we all need to be reminded that there is good in the world. Two children’s authors that work to spread positivity through their books as well as in their lives are Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Peter H. Reynolds. They teamed up to write Plant a Kiss.

The story focuses on a young child who plants a kiss. The child nurtures the kiss with “Sunshine. Water. Greet.” until one day a fountain of sparkly love pops out of the earth. The child decides to share the love, but is warned that it’s too rare to share, and she will run out. “She didn’t care” and gathers the love in a bowl and spreads it far and wide, until the bowl is empty. As she returns to where she planted the original kiss, she discovers that “from one little kiss…endless bliss!”
This book is a great reminder that the world is a better place when we unselfishly share joy and love with others.

Plant a Kiss
written by Amy Krouse Rosenthal; illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds
Harper, 2012
ISBN 978-0-06-198675-8