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Ways to Say I Love You

Marilyn Singer, Alette Straathof (Illustrator)


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A sweet and lyrical picture book for younger children celebrating all the ways that creatures on our planet say "I love you." 

From snuggling garter snakes to big, cozy bear hugs, this book in verse shares how animals we'd expect, and some we wouldn't, express affection for each other. Each animal interaction is compared with a similar human one, in beautifully blended illustrations composed by the talented Alette Straathof—showing that we are not so different from our animal neighbors.

Find out more about the animals in the back pages and discover how to say "I love you" in different languages. 

Praise For Ways to Say I Love You

A "whimsical love letter to love itself."Danielle Ballantyne, Foreword Reviews, starred review

"Simple but descriptive."Lucinda Whitehurst, Booklist

“The book may yet find fans in young nature enthusiasts.”Publishers Weekly

“Especially recommended.”Midwest Book Review

words & pictures, 9780711257375, 32pp.

Publication Date: October 20, 2020

About the Author

Marilyn Singer is a multi-award-winning children’s author who has written many books, spanning poetry, picture books, fiction, and non-fiction. Her awards include the 2015 NCTE Award for Excellence in poetry, the Cybil Award for Poetry 2011, and several Children’s Choice and Parents’ Choice Awards, among others. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Alette Straathof is an illustrator who lives and works in Paris, France. She graduated in January 2016 at the Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Alette tries to hide small details in every one of her illustrations for people to discover – see if you can find them all.