Happy Valentine’s Day!
Here are some sweet multicultural picture books about love for your little ones!
12 Multicultural Picture Books about Love
Full, Full, Full of Love
by Trish Cooke
In this colourful book a little boy helps his Grandma prepare Sunday dinner for a family gathering. He is surrounded by an abundance of food, mouth-watering smells and – most importantly – love. Full,Full,Full of Love is a warm and cheerful celebration of family values and bonds. ~ African – Babies & Toddlers
by Richard Van Camp
“Little you, little wonder/Little wish, gentle thunder/You are life and breath adored/You are us and so much more.” Little You is a warm and tender celebration of babies and parental love.The gently rhyming poetic text is perfectly complemented by the arty collage-style illustrations. ~ Asian – Babies & Toddlers
I Love You Too
by Ziggy Marley
Based on one of Ziggy Marley’s songs, I Love You Too is a sweet ode to parental love. The lyrics were inspired by a conversation with his 3-year-old daughter. Bright and cheerful illustrations show loving family interactions in various settings, from playing in the park to drawing pictures and decorating the Christmas tree together. ~ Diverse – Babies & Toddlers
I Love You So Much…
by Marianne Richmond
“I love you./How much?/SO much./How much is SO?/Way, WAY more than you know.” I Love You So Much is a beautifully illustrated story that gently reassures children that they are always loved, no matter where they are, what they do and what mood they are in. ~ African – Preschool
How Far Do You Love Me?
by Lulu Delacre
How Far Do You Love Me? is an “I love you” book with a twist. With every expression of love, readers visit different locations of natural beauty around the world. The stunningly beautiful illustrations complement the poetic text of this wonderful, warm book. ~ Hispanic – Preschool
Everyone Says I Love You
by Beegee Tolpa
Everyone Says I Love You is a colourful pop-up book that features different countries and their ways of saying “I Love You”. From the States to Italy and Africa children learn how people around the world express their love. ~ Diverse – Preschool
Did I Tell You I Love You Today?
by Deloris Jordan
Apart or together, day or night, from childhood to adulthood – a mother’s love reaches everywhere and touches every moment of a child’s life. Written by mother and sister of basketball star Michael Jordan, Did I tell you I Love You Today? celebrates parental love and support. ~ African – Preschool
Mama, Do You Love Me?
by Barbara M. Joosse
Mama, Do You Love Me? is a tender and warm-hearted book featuring an Inuit family. Stunningly illustrated, the story of a little girl testing the limits of her independence, and a mother reassuring her that a parent’s love is unconditional, is timeless and universal. ~ Diverse – Preschool
For a more indepth review of this book go to Multicultural Book of the Month #1
Papa, Do You Love Me?
by Barbara M. Joose
Papa, do you love me? is set in Africa and features the Maasai culture. The follow-up to the best-selling Mama, Do You Love Me? captures the universal love between a father and child. Beautiful watercolour illustrations, lyrical text and endearing message are sure to make this another instant classic. ~ African – Preschool
by Bell Hooks
“My Mama calls me Girlpie./ Her Sweet sweet./ Daddy’s honey bun chocolate dewdrop./Homemade Love”. When Girlpie makes a mistake, her parent’s love picks up the pieces and makes her world right again. Colourful artwork and a sweet storyline will make Homemade Love a favourite for children of all ethnicities. ~ African – Preschool
I Love You Like Crazy Cakes
by Rose A. Lewis
With the most stunning watercolour illustrations I Love You Like Crazy Cakes tells the story of a woman who travels to China to adopt a baby girl. Based on the author’s own experiences, this engaging picture book celebrates the love and joy a baby brings into the home. ~ Asian – Preschool
I Love You, Blue Kangaroo
by Emma Chichester Clark
Every night little Lily falls asleep with Blue Kangaroo cuddled in her arms. When others arrive in Lily’s bed Blue Kangaroo worries that there won’t be enough room for him anymore. I Love You Blue Kangaroo is a sweet story about a little girl’s unwavering love for her favourite soft toy. Although Lily’s ethnicity is not specified, I think that girls of Asian heritage can easily see themselves in this little heroine. ~ Asian – Preschool
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