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Love is universal. Every human being longs for it and needs it. Love gazes into our faces when we are newborns. Love laughs with us when we toddle along. Love is a game of horseshoes with favorite uncles.

But what does comforting love look like when a child is fearful because of broken relationships at home or tragedy in the world?

Love is the title of the latest picture book by Newbery Medal winner Matt de la Peña. His poetic story is paired with the beautiful illustrations of New York Times bestselling illustrator Loren Long. Long creates complementary images for de la Peña’s words, which are true and not always pretty.

This is a timely and poignant book when children and adults alike need to be reassured that it is not luck but love that sets us on our way in this life. It would also be a lovely gift for a child leaving home. Ages 3 and up. (G.P. Putnam’s Sons)

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