OF LOVE AND PIES Written and illustrated by Sheila McGraw
In the sweet and boisterous, rhyming story, Of Love and Pies, every time the narrator says, ‘I love you’, somewhere a baker bakes multiple pies.
As the 'I love you’s' continue unabated and the pies begin piling up, the assumption that there can never be too much love or too much pie is called into question.
With seemingly endless pies accumulating everywhere, the little children’s hands and faces are always sticky, their clothes have berry stains, and outdoors the kids no longer get stuck in the mud, they get stuck in the pies!
Finally, when the pies are heaped so high they reach to the moon, and everyone is suffering pie-overload, something’s got to give, and an imaginative compromise brings the story to a happy and loving resolution.
2021 Literary Titan Book Award
LOVE YOU FOREVER
Robert Munsch, illustrated by
A young woman holds her newborn son and looks at him lovingly.
Softly she sings to him:
"I'll love you forever
I'll like you for always
As long as I'm living
My baby you'll be."
So begins the story that has crossed generations and touched the hearts of millions worldwide. Since publication in 1986, Love You Forever has sold more than 30 million copies.
I LOVE YOU TOO, I LOVE YOU THREE
Wendy Tugwood, illustrated by
As every parent knows, there is nothing more stressful than being away from a child even if it's only for a short while. Wendy Tugwood captures how the love between a mother and child transcends separation as the parent and child play a counting game.
The child says "I love you," the parent replies "I love you too." Then the child gleefully replies, "I love you three!" all the way up to, "I love you ten."
I Love You Too, I Love You Three will delight parents and children alike and children will not only learn their numbers, they will gain assurance that, no matter what happens, the parent's love, like the counting game, will never end.
PUSSYCATS EVERYWHERE! Written and illustrated by Sheila McGraw
Karen has lost her cat, Mr. Whiskers, on Friday night. She looks all over for him, and decides to "post posters on posts" that say "LOST CAT."
Soon cat rescuers begin to arrive at her home with "found" cats. By the time she has thirty-seven cats, she understands why -- she did not describe Mr. Whiskers on her poster, and every person who finds a cat delivers it to Karen.
There are pussycats everywhere in the house. Karen takes care of them for the weekend, inventing games, feeding and loving herds of cats. When she goes to buy more cat food, she sees posters for the cats and with her Mother's help, she takes each one to its home.
Finally Mr. Whiskers turns up on his own, glad to be back.
I PROMISE I'LL FIND YOU Heather Ward, illustrated by Sheila McGraw
Reassuring... the text is complemented by action-packed illustrations in warm, vibrant colors.—The Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
A child's fear of being lost or separated is handled beautifully with colorful pastel illustrations and gentle rhymes.—San Diego Union Tribute
Young readers will be reassured to know the lengths to which adults will go to find a missing child. There is great variety in the artistic style, media, and visual perspectives in Sheila McGraw's illustrations. However, similar features create continuity and, with assistance, children can find in the picture a small, featureless figure gesturing to his mother.—Karyn Wellhousen, Disney Family.com
WHERE THE LOST THINGS GO
Barbara Farnsworth, illustrated by
Adults learn coping skills for loss, but children exist in the present. Whatever the child has lost, however trivial it may be, that loss can seem overwhelming
This book takes a reassuring approach to loss, as the child's mother, in an understanding and supportive tone, assures her child that one day--a day that's a long way off --all the lost toys, clothes, and things will be waiting for him in Heaven.
SNUFFY AND VROOM-VROOM
Elizabeth Lavine, illustrated by
Snuffy and Vroom-Vroom is a delightful read and beautifully illustrated. It skillfully and sweetly addresses a topic that everyone needs to deal with at some point, which is separation from those we love.
Kids will enjoy the characters and the story while learning essential life lessons. Highly recommended!