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Books of love for young readers

“How Do I Love Thee”

By Jennifer Adams and illustrated by Christopher Silas Neal

HarperCollins, $17.99, 32 pages

Ages 4-8

Jennifer Adams adds a modern take on Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s classic sonnet about love, “How do I love thee.” Adams writes: “I love thee with a whisper and a song and a roar,” as Christopher Silas Neal uses vivid watercolor illustrations to show children of all ethnicities embracing the feeling. This is definitely a picture book young readers will want to curl up with night after night.

“The Littlest Things Give the Loveliest Hugs”

By Mark Sperring and illustrated by Maddie Frost

Little, Brown and Company, $17.99, 32 pages

Ages 4-8

Cuddling is love. That’s the message in Mark Sperring’s “The Littlest Things Give the Loveliest Hugs.” Ducks, penguins, elephants, rabbits and more are featured in this colorful picture book about demonstrating love through cuddling. Maddie Frost’s big-eyed cartoon illustrations capture a whimsical, singsong feel of the story: “You snuggle so nicely, it really is true … Nobody, nowhere, can cuddle like you!”

“My Heart”

By Corinna Luyken

Penguin Young Readers, $17.99, 32 pages

Ages 4-8

Author and illustrator Corinna Luyken approaches love with a sensitivity to how the heart can open one day and close the next. It’s a pure and sweet way to teach young readers about their own feelings: “My heart is a shadow, a light, and a guide. … Closed or open … I get to decide.” Also, Luyken’s charcoal-yellow illustrations add to the beauty of this thoughtful picture book.

“I’ll Love You Till the Cows Come Home”

By Kathryn Cristaldi and illustrator Kristyna Litten

HarperCollins, $17.99, 32 pages

Ages 4-8

Here’s another great bedtime book about the love of a parent for a child, or cow or bird or ant. It’s a rhyming story about how big the feeling of love can be: “I will love you till the ants

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