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10 Books About Love for Growing Readers Ages 6 – 8

by Charnaie Gordon

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Books provide a great way to express love and gratitude towards our loved ones and friends. They also offer an opportunity to talk to children about positive affirmations, self-confidence, self-care, and self-love, which is vital to their personal growth. In addition to showering my kids with extra hugs and kisses on Valentine’s Day, I like to remind them they are well-loved and appreciated with both words and actions. What a better way to do that than to read books about love in many different forms?

I think it is important for children to understand there are different ways to give and receive love or show others that you care. Whenever I see my children expressing love to themselves or others, I make them aware that I notice their loving actions, which always brings a big smile upon their faces.

These books for children ages 6 – 8 are about expressing love in different ways.

  • Hair Love

    by Matthew A. Cherry, illustrated by Vashti Harrison

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    Twist outs. Braid outs. Wash and Gos. Bantu knots. Locs. Afros. Braids. Top Knots. Ponytails. Today’s natural haired beauties are embracing their kinks, coils, and curls more than ever before to express their style. Just ask little Zuri. She wants to have the perfect hairstyle to welcome her mother home. Armed with an iPad, hair products, and her dad, she ends up finding the perfect look. This is such an adorable book about self-love and loving your hair.

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  • What Is Given from the Heart

    by Patricia C. McKissack, illustrated by April Harrison

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    It's been a rough couple of months for James Otis and his mama, but Mama says as long as they have their health and strength, they're blessed. One Sunday before Valentine's Day, Reverend Dennis makes an announcement during the service — the Temple family has have lost everything in a fire and the church is collecting anything that might be useful to them. James thinks hard about what he can give to the Temple family.

    This touching, powerful tale of compassion reminds us all that what is given from the heart reaches the heart.

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  • To the Moon and Back for You

    by Emilia Bechrakis Serhant, illustrated by EG Keller

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    In this book, a mother expresses her love to her new baby — and explores her own difficulties conceiving and experiences with IVF. This beautiful picture book combines hope and love to tell a truly heartwarming story.

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  • I Am Every Good Thing

    by Derrick Barnes, illustrated by Gordon C. James

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    I Am Every Good Thing is a beautiful book that encourages readers to celebrate everything that makes them the special person they are. Kids learn they can be a leader, an explorer, the life of the party, and an undisputed champion. They also learn it’s okay to make mistakes, to get back up when they fall down, and to be a shoulder to cry on when needed.

    As the ending states, “I am worthy of success, of respect, of safety, of kindness, of happiness. And without a shadow of a doubt, I am worthy to be loved.” Isn’t that such a beautiful message to read with kids?

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  • My Heart

    by Corinna Luyken

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    A sweet, gentle, and lyrical ode to the human heart and self-love. This simple book teaches children the many ways in which our hearts help us navigate life and all its changes. My Heart may encourage some readers to pause for self-reflection and think about if they think their heart is open or closed.

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  • Love Is Powerful

    by Heather Dean Brewer, illustrated by LeUyen Pham

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    Travel back in time to the 2017 Women’s March in New York City with a little girl named Mari and her mother. A powerful and timely book that promotes love, equality, activism, and fighting for change for a better future.

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  • Unicorn Academy #1: Sophia and Rainbow

    by Julie Sykes, illustrated by Lucy Truman

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    The first book in the Unicorn Academy chapter book series features Sophia and her unicorn Rainbow. In their first adventure together, they'll have to figure out what's wrong with Sparkle Lake, which gives unicorns their magical powers. This series, perfect for new independent readers, combines adventure and friendship to tell a story that, at its heart, is all about love.

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  • That’s Me Loving You

    by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, illustrated by Teagan White

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    This is a beautiful book to express the unconditional love a parent or caregiver has for a child. "Wherever you are, wherever you go, always remember, and always know...That feeling you always have in your heart? That's me loving you."

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  • A Hat for Mrs. Goldman

    by Michelle Edwards, illustrated by G. Brian Karas

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    I adore this sweet story about kindness, knitting, and love. A Jewish woman named Mrs. Goldman always knits hats for everyone in the neighborhood, but she doesn’t have a hat for herself! It’s up to her neighbor, a Latina girl named Sophia, to knit a hat for Mrs. Goldman.

    A beautiful story that teaches little readers to love their neighbors and be kind to one another. Knitting instructions to make “the Sophia hat" are included in the back of the book.

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  • Junie B. Jones #14: Junie B. Jones and the Mushy Gushy Valentime

    by Barbara Park, illustrated by Denise Brunkus

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    It's almost Valentine's Day for Junie B. — or, rather, Valentime's Day, as she calls it. This year, Junie B. has a secret admirer! Who is this mushy gushy valentine? This hilarious kindergartener is on a mission to find out!

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