Special Selections from Perrot's Youth Services Staff
In honor of Valentine's Day, this month's list features the Youth Services Staff's favorite books about love and friendship.
Owen and Mzee: The True Story of a Remarkable Friendship
by Isabella Hatkoff et al, with photographs by Peter Greste
EASY J 599.63 HATKO
The true story of love and friendship between the most mismatched couple, a turtle and a hippo.
The Kiss That Missed
written and illustrated by David Melling
The King blows a goodnight kiss to his son and it misses and flies away!!! The chase is on!
Little Blue and Little Yellow
written and illustrated by Leo Lionni
A deceptively simple yet imaginative story about friendship and love.
Knuffle Bunny Too
written and illustrated by Mo Willems
A 2008 Caldecott Honor Book
In celebration of a dad's love (and a child's love for a beloved toy). Trixie's bleary-eyed daddy gives up a good night's rest to retrieve the famous "Knuffle Bunny," without which Trixie cannot sleep.
written and illustrated by Jez Alborough
Simple text and pictures tell the story of Bobo searching for a hug from his Mom. All different animals-- big and small-- are shown giving and receiving hugs, and they help Bobo get his hug. too.
The Giant Hug
by Sandra Horning, illustrated by Valeri Gorbachev
Owen wants to send his far-away Grandma a hug for her birthday. He goes with his mom to the Post Office to see about mailing a hug. In order to send the hug along, Owen hugs the postmaster, who has to hug the mail sorter, who has to hug the mail collector, who has to hug the airport driverů Passing that hug cheers everyone along the way. This touching book is great way to show kids that one person doing one good thing, however small, can make the world just a little bit happier.
Mole and the Baby Bird
by Marjorie Newman, illustrated by Patrick Benson
A book that speaks of love and freedom, this is the story of Mole, who lovingly cares for a wounded baby bird and who wants to keep it for himself. He is forced to consider his own wish to have a pet bird and the bird's desire to fly and be free.
written and illustrated by Remy Charlip
Affectionately illustrated pages show a mother and baby playing in the nursery, and the beguiling backdrops feature the clouds, the stars, the moon-- the whole world-- mirroring their unconditional devotion.
Dog and Bear: Two Friends, Three Stories
written and illustrated by Laura Vaccaro Seeger
As in all successful friendship stories, the balance shifts, with Dog (a dachshund) and Bear (a teddy bear) taking turns being the friend-in-need and the friend indeed. A warm-hearted Valentine for both the picture book crowd and beginning readers.
by Juliet Marillier
For Grades 6 and up
A lush interweaving of two famous fairy tales. This story of a doomed courtship between girl and vampire and the dreamy relationship between the main charater and her slow-to-show true love, will sweep romance fans away.
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