Guess How Much I Love You and Best Kids’ Books About Love

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Story Books For Making Your Child Feel Loved and Special {Guest Post By Sue}

As parents, we can’t help but just love our children unconditionally. In fact, we parents are notorious for molly coddling our kids, but hey, how can we help it? In fact, research has shown that doling our kids with love is good, as it helps our children to develop a sense of security and confidence.

Besides showing our love through hugs, kisses, cuddles, snuggles, songs and numerous other affectionate gestures, what else can parents do? By reading books that warm the heart to their children! Now this is my Achilles’ heel…….I can’t help but just pick up these “Feel Good” story books about Love for my daughter! Amongst our favorite bedtime stories for kids about love are:

1. Guess How Much I Love You

Author: Sam McBratney

Illustrator: Anita Jeram

Plot: Little Nutbrown Hare wants to share the enormity of his love for his father, Big Nutbrown Hare, and finds all ways and mean to express his love. He starts with “from as wide as his arms would go”, but always loses out to Big Nutbrown Hare, who is much bigger than him. Finally, Little Nutbrown Hare thinks he has found the perfect (and unbeatable) solution to declare his love for his father, “I  love you all the way to the moon”, and so settles down for a nap. But Big Nutbrown Hare again beats Little Nutbrown Hare to it, as he gently whispers to his sleeping son “I love you right up to the moon, and back”.

Review: McBratney’s simple storyline of how an innocent little bunny tries to quantify love, in more and more elaborate terms, is very heartwarming. It can truly resonate with children who always associate bigger and more as better, especially when in a competitive atmosphere. The innocence exhibited by Little Nutbrown Hare in trying to beat his father to the game of “Who loves you more?” is truly endearing, especially as he doesn’t realize that a parent’s love is unconditional and not quantifiable. His father nevertheless, plays along with his son just for fun.

McBratney is able to connect with his mainly young audience (plus their parents, of course!) through simple, engaging and repetitive dialogues between Little Nutbrown Hare and Big Nutbrown Hare. Parents can either read out the story using a variation of voices to represent Little Hare and Big Hare, or better yet, they can role-play with kids who can already read! Children would definitely enjoy pretending to be Little Nutbrown Hare, with all the melodramatic gestures.

 One can sense the love between Little Nutbrown Hare and Big Nutbrown Hare as they go through the beautiful pages of illustration by Anita Jeram.  Jeram artfully captures the love and tenderness shared between the father and son rabbits, through her attention to detail, particularly in the facial expressions and gestures of the bunnies. We especially love the pictures of Big Hare cradling Little Hare in his arms, staring at the moon and the loving kiss he planted on his son as he lay sleeping – perfect to end a bedtime reading session with!

 2.  Love You Forever

Author:  Robert Munsch

Illustrator: Sheila McGraw

If you are looking for stories for kids that will truly tug on your heart-strings, this is the one! A very touching story that affirms the unconditional, timeless love that parents have for their children, which transcends generations.

3. Hugs All Around

Author: Janet Craig

Illustrator: Dana Regan

A great kids story which shows how hugs in a family can be used in different contexts, from cheering someone who is sad, or someone who has fallen down, or simply just to say “I Love You”.

4.  Octopus Hug

Author: Laurence Pringle

Illustrator: Kate Salley Palmer

A sweet story  for kids of how Dad invents all types of fun-filled games, including an octopus hug, for Becky and Jesse when Mom is out for the evening. Lots of tender and loving roughhousing between Dad and the kids!

 5.  Counting Kisses: A Kiss & Read Book

Author & Illustrator : Karen Katz

A fussy baby receives “ten little kisses on teeny tiny toes/nine laughing kisses on busy, wriggly feet/eight squishy kisses on chubby, yummy knees,” and so on down to “one last kiss on your sleepy, dreamy head.” All the members of the family take turns bestowing kisses on the baby: mom, dad, grandma, big sister, and even the dog and cat. Katz use of bold colors and lines to accent the expressive illustrations, combined with an array of brightly colored patterns, adds to the tender,loving tone of the story. Collage pieces are seamlessly woven into the pencil colored illustrations, and Katz throws in some surprising perspectives, such as the mother kissing the baby’s toes shown from the infant’s point of view. At the end the whole family is smiling down at the sleeping baby in her crib, epitomizes the loving warmth of this pitch-perfect bedtime story for kids.

 About Sue: Sue is a mother to Princess Y who started reading at 2! and a blogger on childhood education, parenting, languages and other topics on RaisingPrincessY.

 What are your favorite bedtime stories for your kids or story books about love that you like to read to your children? Share your thoughts through comments.

 

 

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  1. Those books are adorable!!! I especially liked the ‘Guess How Much I Love You’ book :-)
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    • Totally adorable!! Guess How Much I love You is my all time favourite too especially the line “I love you right upto the moon – and back” :)

  2. Once again a wonderful post and thanks for sharing one more interesting blog. NOw I’m hooked to ‘RaisingPrincessY’ too.
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  3. Hi Swapna,

    Thanks very much for the opportunity to write a guest post on your lovely blog!

    Disha,

    Glad you like my blog. Hope you find something useful in there for your son! And I loved the painting you did on the plastic containers-turned-flower pots in your living room from one of your blog posts, very beautiful!
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  4. aww such sweet books, I guess theres something special about these books and glad to meet Sue :)
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    • Yeah Sue is a great addition to our mommy bloggers club. These books are definitely special because they kind of become a part of your childhood and you. :)

  5. Hi Poonam,

    Nice to meet you too! I love your junk food recipes for kids, especially the pav bhaji which my big baby aka hubby loves:). And it looks do-able for a non-cook like me! Wish me luck!
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