The Love Letter
Fall 2019 Kids Indie Next List
— Miranda Atkins, A Little Bookish, Ooltewah, TN
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“Appealing illustrations combine with a timely message that one kind act can start a chain reaction of kindness. A sweet and far-from-cloying ode to love.” —Kirkus
Fall in love with this endearing and adorable picture book that illustrates how a little bit of heart goes a long way to making the world a better place.
Hedgehog, Bunny, and Squirrel are best friends. One day, they each find a letter. But not just any letter...
A love letter.
Someone loves them. But who? The answer may surprise you!
Celebrated author Anika Aldamuy Denise and beloved illustrator Lucy Ruth Cummins deliver this heartwarming tale about a wonderful mix-up that reminds us of the joys of friendship.
Makes for a perfect Valentine’s Day gift, or for any time you want to tell someone in your life how much you love them!
Praise For The Love Letter…
“Appealing illustrations combine with a timely message that one kind act can start a chain reaction of kindness…A sweet and far-from-cloying ode to love.” — Kirkus Reviews
“Demonstrate[s] how seemingly immutable personalities can be transformed by the power of love.” — Publishers Weekly
“An unconventional but effective look at how to recognize and express love.” — Booklist
“Denise’s sweet text pairs with Cummins’s dreamy and cozy illustrations about the transformative power of love and feelings of affirmation. A tender addition for most collections.” — School Library Journal
HarperCollins, 9780062741578, 40pp.
Publication Date: October 8, 2019
About the Author
Anika Aldamuy Denise is the Pura Belpré Honor–winning author of Planting Stories: The Life of Librarian and Storyteller Pura Belpré; A Girl Named Rosita: The Story of Rita Moreno: Actor, Singer, Dancer, Trailblazer!; and The Love Letter. A proud Puerto Rican daughter from Queens, she now lives in Rhode Island with her family. Visit Anika online at www.anikadenise.com.
Lucy Ruth Cummins made her author-illustrator debut with the ALA Notable picture book A Hungry Lion, or A Dwindling Assortment of Animals. She has also illustrated This Is Not a Valentine, written by Carter Higgins, and The Love Letter, written by Anika Aldamuy Denise, as well as wrote and illustrated Stumpkin. As a teenager, Lucy taught herself how to type on an old-fashioned typewriter with just her toes, and even wrote a few love letters this way! The youngest of six children, she was born in Canada, where she lived in an actual log cabin; she was raised in Upstate New York and currently lives with her little family in Brooklyn, New York. Visit her online at www.lucyruthcummins.squarespace.com.