Love is Real
by Janet Lawler, illustrated by Anna Brown

HarperCollins, 2013. ISBN 978-0-062-24170-2.
Reviewed by Judy Miller
Posted on 02/11/2014

Younger Readers

"Love is in the little things that fill my heart until it sings."

How true. Author Janet Lawler uses poetry to do a nice job of showing little ones between the ages of 4 and 8 how love is actually everywhere in their world.

Real shares children that the kind acts that people do for them are acts of love, another layer of love. Love is Real will also remind parents in the many, many ways they love their children.

While I appreciate the message in Love is Real, I wasn't wild about the illustrations. And this fact would keep me from purchasing the book to read to my kids.

Janet Lawler's critically acclaimed children's books, published by major, specialty, and mid-publishers, include If Kisses Were Colors, Snowzilla, A Father's Song, A Mother's Song, Tyrannoclaus, and Silly Ghosts. She has written a non-fiction counting book for National Geographic, featuring undersea photographs by award-winning photojournalist Brian Skerry. Visit her website.

Anna Brown grew up in Sheffield, England and studied illustration at Loughborough University. She now lives in Bath, where she works as an illustrator and designer. Love is Real is her first illustrated picture book. Visit her website.

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