Love Is My Favorite Color

S. & S./Paula Wiseman. Jan. 2024. 40p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9781665913096.
PreS-Gr 1–In their latest collaboration, Laden and Castrillón masterfully weave together rhyming couplets and soft, inviting illustrations to explore intangible concepts such as friendship and gratitude in a way that resonates with children. Heartfelt declarations including the word “love” are prominently displayed while children go through their day. They are pictured in cozy scenes that include a broad array of friends and family, a diverse community of love and support to scaffold the ideas of the book. The artwork, characterized by a muted color palette, fluid but still-geometric shapes, and intricate pencil strokes, evokes a lovely wistfulness that adult readers will appreciate.
VERDICT For nap time collections or for roundups about love of many kinds, this book offers a surprising platform for meaningful discussions about life’s most important values.

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