Valerie Koehler, owner of the Blue Willow Bookshops, shares her favorites for the the month of love. For more of her picks, visit
Peekaboo I Love You
Dorling Kindersley 2018
With the help of parents and caregivers, toddlers will have fun turning the pages, lifting the flaps to play peekaboo, and guessing who’s sending the surprises.
I Spy Little Hearts
by Jean Marzallo
In fun photos from the original I Spy series, kids can search for hearts, toys and trinkets! Pictures and rhymes guide the youngest readers through twelve delightful puzzles.
The Heart and Mind of Frances Pauley
by April Stevens
Schwartz & Wade, 2018
A heartfelt, deeply moving middle-grade debut featuring an offbeat 11-year-old girl who learns that she can remain true to herself while also letting others in.
Love Makes a Family
by Sophie Beer
Dial Books, 2018
This fun, inclusive, and exuberant board book celebrates the one thing that makes every family a family: love.
I’ll Love You Till the Cows Come Home
by Kathryn Christaldi
Harper Books, 2018
This book extends the saying, “I’ll love you till the cows come home” to the humorous extreme and is filled with warm, funny art and rhythmic, romping text.
The Magnificent Mya Tibbs: Mya in the Middle
by Crystal Allen
Balzer & Bray, 2018
Nine-year-old cowgirl Mya Tibbs, a middle child, is tired of being overlooked, so she starts her own newspaper. A great family story from Sugar Land author Allen.
by Jarrett Krosoczka
This graphic memoir shines with love of family. Jarett’s grandparents took him in when his mother was no longer able to care for him. A true story of responsibility and trust.
When the Cousins Came
by Katie Yamasaki
Holiday House, 2018
Lila loves when cousins come to visit, and she learns that though families are different, they share love — the most important thing.
“Today a reader, tomorrow a leader.” – Margaret