You Know How to Love by Rachel Tawil Kenyon, illustrations by Mary Lundquist. Philomel Books, 9780593114575, 2020
Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5
Genre: Picture Book
What did you like about the book? This is such a beautiful book with the perfect positive message for young children today. This story is simply about what a child can do to show kindness and compassion to others. The story begins when a young baby is given a handmade paper hat from a young neighbor. As the boy grows, he is still wearing this paper hat throughout the story. The reader can see all of his wondrous adventures — learning to walk, running with friends, having water balloon fights, and just enjoying family and friends. We see many times where someone helps him (like when he is learning to walk) and other times when he reaches out to help someone. It is such a wonderful story to show how people can care for you, but you can also care for others.
The illustrations provided by Mary Lundquist are lovely–colorful, yet soft, and just seem to fit a book about kindness and compassion. I love how many different ethnicities and physical abilities are represented in the illustrations as well.
Anything you did not like about the book. Nothing.
To whom would you recommend this book? Perfect for children between the ages of three and eight years old. The theme of kindness and supporting others would be well received by a wide age range of children. There are also some scenarios in the story that would be familiar to children (helping a baby walk, playing with friends, feeling sad) and they would be able to see this story in their own lives.
Who should buy this book? Public and elementary school libraries, preschools, daycare centers, anyone who works with children between the ages of three and eight years old.
Where would you shelve it? Picture Books
Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes, this is a perfect book for a storytime program about kindness.
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Kristin Guay, former youth services librarian.
Date of review: January 21, 2021