The best children's books that convey profound love (suitable for new readers)

Who am I?

It's a pleasure to share these books with other readers because they so elegantly convey love in a way for young readers to easily understand. They contain elements of reassurance that both children and parents need, especially during times of transition. I didn't comprehend how much love I could have for another person until the birth of my daughter. My love for her was so immense and all-consuming that it brought an unfathomable joy to my life. I read these books to her during transitional times as a way to articulate the infinite love I have for her. I hope they bring as much comfort and closeness to other readers as they have to us.


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Book cover of I Love You More

What is my book about?

Simply put, we are a book about vast love. We hope it brings joy and happiness to all who read it. The message resonates with young and old, child and parent, and anyone who has ever felt the pure joy of love.

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The books I picked & why

Book cover of I Will Hold You 'til You Sleep

Elizabeth Jorgensen Why did I love this book?

The tenderness a parent has for their child is so compelling, so strong, that the overwhelming need to nurture and soothe is boundless even as they grow into adults. As my children have grown, this book has become an even more precious part of our library. The love a parent has for a child only begins at birth, but lasts a lifetime and grows stronger with each new season. This stunning book illustrates this perfectly!

By Linda Zuckerman, Jon J. Muth (illustrator),

Why should I read it?

1 author picked I Will Hold You 'til You Sleep as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it. This book is for kids age 2, 3, 4, and 5.

What is this book about?

A book that combines the spiritual (and artistic) appeal of Jon Muth's THE THREE QUESTIONS with the heartfelt emotion of LOVE YOU FOREVER.

Here is the rare book that not only expresses a parent's love for their child, but offers a hope for what that love will become. It begins with a wish at bedtime, as parents hold their children tight and hope their love will cradle them, safe and sound. It continues through the day their children have grown up, proud and strong, and can pass that love on to someone else. This is a book that goes beyond…


Book cover of Mama Always Comes Home

Elizabeth Jorgensen Why did I love this book?

As a new mom, returning to the workforce after the birth of my daughter, this lovely book became a staple in our repertoire. It sweetly conveys how mamas get called away to other duties, but always come back home to their little ones. It helped me tell my daughter, in a way she could understand, that mamas of all kinds have commitments outside of mothering but those duties do not diminish the love for their little ones at home.

By Karma Wilson, Brooke Dyer (illustrator),

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Mama Always Comes Home as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it. This book is for kids age 3, 4, 5, and 6.

What is this book about?

Mama Bird and Mama Cat and even teensy-weensy Mama Mole must leave their little ones from time to time. But rain or shine, in a tree or in the sea, mamas everywhere find their way home with cozy hugs and lots of love, because mamas always come home.


Book cover of The Kissing Hand

Elizabeth Jorgensen Why did I love this book?

Going away from mommy and daddy to a new school can be especially difficult and scary for any child (and parent too). This sweet little book helped us with the pre-school transition by creating a new daily tradition. The simple gesture, illustrated by the cute little raccoons in the book, offers comfort to both mother and child and creates something they can look forward to in their daily routine. The story sweetly alleviates the separation anxiety, for both parent and child, that often accompanies starting school or being away from each other for any length of time.

By Audrey Penn, Ruth E. Harper (illustrator), Nancy M. Leak (illustrator)

Why should I read it?

2 authors picked The Kissing Hand as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it. This book is for kids age 3, 4, 5, and 6.

What is this book about?

School is starting in the forest, but Chester Raccoon does not want to go. To help ease Chester's fears, Mrs. Raccoon shares a family secret called the Kissing Hand to give him the reassurance of her love any time his world feels a little scary. Since its first publication in 1993, this heartwarming book has become a children's classic that has touched the lives of millions of children and their parents, especially at times of separation, whether starting school, entering daycare, or going to camp. It is widely used by kindergarten teachers on the first day of school. Stickers at…


Book cover of In My Heart

Elizabeth Jorgensen Why did I love this book?

This gorgeously illustrated book helped my daughter and I through a difficult time when I had to travel out of the country for work. The illustrations put into pictures what I could not put into words- that no matter where I was, or what I was doing, she was always on my mind and in my heart. 

By Molly Bang,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked In My Heart as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Parents describe how their child is always in their hearts, no matter where they are or what they are doing.


Book cover of The Giving Tree

Elizabeth Jorgensen Why did I love this book?

The message of this story is that love is so deep that it endures even well past what seemingly is the capacity to give love. This book is a true metaphor for the enduring power of love. No matter how much time passes, the tree gives love freely and unconditionally. 

By Shel Silverstein,

Why should I read it?

4 authors picked The Giving Tree as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

As recommended by Meghan Markle as the one book she can't wait to share with her child - the timeless fable about the gift of love

Once there was a little tree ... and she loved a little boy.

So begins the classic bestseller, beautifully written and illustrated by the gifted and versatile Shel Silverstein.

Every day the boy would come to the tree to eat her apples, swing from her branches, or slide down her trunk ... and the tree was happy. But as the boy grew older he began to want more from the tree, and the tree…


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Book cover of At What Cost, Silence?

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What is my book about?

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