LOVE By Matt De La Pena




I am so thrilled to have stumbled across this book! It was the title and the cover that pulled me in, but the text and the overall message that made me fall in LOVE.


Love details many of the varied ways we feel love, express love and offer love. It is a beautiful reminder of how even the most mundane actions and happenings, can actually, be inspired by and filled with, love.

Love is in voices and music and sunsets and laughter. Love is in simple sacrifices and in cuddles and shared moments. Our lives are filled with love, some expressions we notice and others can often go unnoticed, but they are there and they will carry us through our lives. We will be buoyed on, not by luck, but by love.

Why I love it:

As I said above, the cover and the title were the first things I was drawn to, but then I turned to the first page and saw the smiling faces of new parents, staring into a cot – “the sound of their voices is love.” This really got me.

There is so much in this book to really get you thinking and talking with your loved ones. I adore the idea of love being in the details and I even adore the way the story touches on the fact that not all love burns forever.

Basically, this is a simple book with a complex theme and I absolutely love it!

Themes to discuss with your child:

  • Love
  • Family
  • Memories
  • Sacrifice
  • Loss
  • Difficult times
  • Friendships
  • Rituals
  • Caring and compassion
  • Tenderness
  • Self-love
  • Independence
  • Guidance
  • Life

Questions to ask your child:

Before reading:
  • What do you think this book might be about?
  • Do you think this is a fiction book (a story) or a non-fiction book (facts)?
  • Is this a book you want to read? Why/why not?
  • Tell me three things you love.
  • Tell me three people you love.
  • Tell me three people who love you.
  • Who do you think the two people on the cover are? What do you think their relationship is?
After reading:
  • Did you enjoy this story? Why/why not?
  • What was your favourite page? Why?
  • What do you think is happening on the page where the boy is under the piano?
  • What are the two expressions of love shown on the page where one boy is looking out the window and another boy is holding toast and juice?
  • What does the book mean when it says that the face staring back in the bathroom mirror, is also love?
  • Do you love yourself? You should! You’re worth loving!

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