• Kelsey Paff

New to board book format: Love You Always by Eileen Spinelli & illustrated by Gillian Flint

When I look back on which board books our son liked most, I often think of Brown Bear Brown Bear What do you See?, Freight Train, or The Carrot Seed. These are all wonderful books and well known to many, but there were others that he asked for over and over again -- ones that I wasn't very familiar with at the time -- such as Ten Tiny Toes, or I Love You, Blankie. While Love You Always isn't about toes or blankies, it reminds me of those books because it focuses on something that even the earliest listener can relate to: in this case, the family. No matter the season, a mother loves her child always. Written in a rhyming format, "You can giggle, cry, or pout, but you are loved without a doubt, upside-down and inside-out!" the book introduces additional family members on every page: Daddy, Grandpa, Grandma, Auntie, Uncle, Cousin, and lastly, a family friend. Young children are so aware of their environment and who's a special part of it that a book like Love You Always is a wonderful way to remind children just how important and loved they are by all those who are closest to them.

As always, I've included a few images below. I always find it so helpful to see more than just one page from inside of a picture book before I decide to purchase it. Of course, nothing beats flipping through a book in the bookstore, but if you are going to look at picture books online, the more images the better!

I'd also like to add a special thank you to Worthy Publishing Group for sending me a copy of Love You Always. I'm so glad I had an opportunity to read it!