Perfect Picture Book Friday! Love You Always by Eileen Spinelli

Susanna Leonard Hill has a feature on her blog called Perfect Picture Book Friday. It is a list of “perfect” picture books recommended by all sorts of people. I chose this book because it is a sweet book about a family’s love for their children.

Love You Always
Written by Eileen Spinelli
Illustrated by Gillian Flint
32 pages – ages 4+

Published by WorthyKids/Ideals on September 19, 2017

Theme/Topic- Love/Family

Genre- Realistic Fiction

Opening and Synopsis- Opening: “Seasons come and seasons go. Mama loves you always.”

Synopsis from publisher: “A child is a treasured leaf on a family tree, surrounded by love from mom, dad, doting grandparents, aunts and uncles, and family friends too. This sweet, reassuring picture book from Eileen Spinelli acknowledges the whole tree — the many who are invested in a child’s life — with expressions of unconditional love from each.”

What I Thought- This is a really sweet book about how family always loves you, no matter what. Spinelli is a master at crafting poetry infused with messages of caring and kindness and then making it accessible to younger readers. Her picture books always make me feel better. I think other readers get that impression as well. One of the things I love about this quiet book is how it not only has a positive message, but the illustrations help share the message.

Flint reflects the soft tone of Spinelli’s writing with soft toned illustrations, being pleasant on the eyes, and making the book perfect for bedtimes.

I really think that this amazing picture book pair has an excellent chemistry, and I would definitely be interested in seeing more from the two of them!

Activities and Resources- has great activities to teach about love HERE. has a great article about teaching family love to your children HERE – it also includes games you can play as a family and other activities!

To find more Perfect Picture Books please visit Susanna Hill’s blog HERE!

Categories: Age 1-5, Perfect Picture Book Friday

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18 replies

  1. What a sweet little book. Would make a perfect baby gift for a newborn.

  2. This is such a feel-good book, Erik, I love your choice. I chose a Spinelli PB today too.

  3. What an uplifting cover! Like Joanna says, it is a feel-good story! Great review.

  4. This is a warm and wonderful book, Erik. Eileen Spinelli really knows her stuff, doesn’t she? And she was paired with a wonderful illustrator.

    You may want to check the link you entered in Susanna’s list. It took me to a different place. Cheers!

  5. The title is simple and soothing. I see what you mean about the illustrations being pleasing to the eye. I enjoyed this review. Thank you for sharing.

  6. This sounds lovely! Thanks for introducing us to it, Erik!

  7. Oh, those drawings have such appeal!

  8. I loved the cover right away. What a beautiful concept. Thanks for sharing Erik.

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