Love Counts – Jo Parker, illustrations by Matt Kaufenberg

Love Counts – Jo Parker, illustrations by Matt Kaufenberg, Grosset & Dunlap, an imprint of Penguin Random House, 9780593382615, 2020

Format: Board Book

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 perfect book for young children because it shows how simple gestures can be a huge act of kindness. The countdown begins with 10 — “10 fingers you wave in the air, to show doctors and nurses how much you care” and goes all the way down to 1 which is giving yourself a huge hug (I liked that they included kindness to yourself in this book). We see simple acts of baking cookies for a neighbor, giving kisses to family members,  picking up trash, and writing a letter to a grandparent. This is a great way to show young children that small acts of kindness can lead to big rewards. The graphics are bright and bold and there is a good representation of ethnicities in the illustrations.

Anything you did not like about the book. Nothing

To whom would you recommend this book? This book is perfect for children between the ages of birth and three years old–especially with Valentine’s Day around the corner.

Who should buy this book? Public libraries, preschools, daycare centers, anyone who works with children between the ages of birth and three years old.

Where would you shelve it? Board Books

 Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes, this  book has such a positive message that I am sure it will be a hit with library patrons. Great for a storytime program about kindness.

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Kristin Guay, former youth services librarian.

Date of review: January 27, 2021

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