Love by Matt de la Pena


From Newbery Medal-winning author Matt de la Peña and bestselling illustrator Loren Long comes a story about the strongest bond there is and the diverse and powerful ways it connects us all. "In the beginning there is light and two wide-eyed figures standing near the foot of your bed and the sound of their voices is love....A cab driver plays love softly on his radiowhile you bounce in back with the bumps of the city and everything smells new, ...

Details Love

Release DateJan 9th, 2018
PublisherG.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
GenreChildrens, Picture Books, Love, Family

Reviews Love

  • Elisabeth
    This book is so frigging fantastic, I can't stand it. Every single page is a thing of beauty. If you want all the feels, read Love. Plus, if you haven't read Matt de la Peña's essay called Why We Shouldn’t Shield Children From Darkness, you really should. It's beautiful and specifically mentions Love.
  • Beth
    This book is everything I hoped it would be.
  • Kara Belden
    Delaney loves "Love," so she gives it "twenty hundred" stars!!
  • Alicia
    This is one of those books that you read slowly and digest the words along with the gorgeous illustrations that enhance the words with powerful beauty. It's also the kind of book that you're sad that you can never go back and read for the first time again. It disappoints you. But you'll remember the first time you read it and the feelings that it evoked. de la Pena and Long focus on slices of life and how they are enhanced by love with the final ...
  • Linda
    Yes, I finally got it, and yes, it is as beautiful as everyone has said and written and praised. Matt de la Pena infuses his words with loving scenes but has not made it all sweet and happy. He's acknowledged that sometimes love seems to hide and it's a challenge to look and look and still not find it. Then, it is found and feels very very good. In his fabulous illustrations, Loren Long has included people who live in different places, play in va...
  • Paul Hankins
    Run, don't walk to LOVE. Read LOVE slowly. Share LOVE locally. Gift LOVE widely.
  • Shirley
    Better than I expected and I expected the world! I have been walking around the library sticking this people's hands since I saw it.
  • GraceAnne
    The words and the pictures are beautiful and fine, but what I love best about it is that somehow Matt de la Peña makes the simplest of words into an alchemy of the complexity of loves. Sometimes life is dark and scary, even for children - especially for children - but love is always there, somewhere. In ourselves. In the world. The images are soft-edged and glowing, even when dark. Many lives are in these pages, so children might see themselves ...
  • Betsy Wolf
    This one is being pushed like crazy by everybody, but it isn’t just hype. “Love” is a beautiful picture book that probably means more the older you are, but my 7 year old still latched onto the overriding concept of love. She even told me I skipped a page, picked up her dog, and said “Love is two furry ears and a wet nose and a cute puppy.” I loved the addition. I teared up at a couple of poignant moments. I’ll have to pull it togethe...
  • Julie Kirchner
    Absolute perfection in story and illustrations, this new book by Matt de la Pena and Loren Long, is one that should be shared with young and old alike. Love can be found in the simplest of things, and sometimes in things unnoticed. But this much is true, we all deserve to know love. I predict great things for this book in 2018!
  • Ms. Alderete
    What is Love and where can one find it? De La Peña and Long do an excellent job working my tear ducts with this one. I’m this book, we are given a strong reminder that “all we need is love” and in the world of De La Peña, we simply have to look up to see it all around us. Beautifully stunning images paired with heartfelt words in a grand harmony.
  • Kim
    I’m so happy to read this book! It’s wonderful to see “love” get a rich exploration, not a sugar-coated bon-bon. Love is the truth.
  • Carrie Gelson
    Everything. All the everything. Adore this book.
  • Megan
    This book is not only for children. Rather, it is for the part of a person that never ages, the piece we never really lose as we grow. Give it a read; you won't regret it. The story itself is beautiful, and Loren Longs illustrations bring it to life.
  • Aliza Werner
    Poetic, gentle, thoughtful, emotional...a gorgeous illustrated look at life and love.
  • Brenda Kahn
    Thoughtful meditation on love and all its facets. Beautifully illustrated featuring a multiculturally diverse cast of characters.
  • Alison
    I think this book will appeal more to adults or more mature-thinking children than to young children and I think it difficult to write about love in a poetic way with which all will connect deeply. Overall, it is still a worthwhile piece of literature. I love most a few pages in the middle: 1) the child huddled under the piano as the parents fight while the text says sometimes a child finds out that people flame out like stars can...and 2)the ide...
  • Jenn Marshall
    I heard Love was a good book so I was excited to check it out. What I didn't expect was to see my childhood self on the pages. Diversity is important and as someone of European ancestry I see my race in most books, but diversity is so much more than race. This is the first childreb's book where I saw my childhood all of it, trailer parks, screaming parents, and storytelling uncles. The book is all about what love is. I think the biggest, most imp...
  • Tina
    Beautiful isn't a sincere enough word to express the beauty of this book. My words are lost on how to describe the intense feeling one becomes overwhelmed by when reading this book. This is another one of those books which every child should have read to him/her. This book is one that should never leave a family collection and one which will stand the test of time, I hope, on library shelves. Again, those "little girls" need this one in their liv...
  • Cheriee Weichel
    I got shivers right from the first page of this book. I didn't read any more then. I just added it to my shopping cart. At home tears came to my eyes with each page I turned. Loren Long's illustrations take Matt de la Peña's words and together they raise up powerful truths. I can see why people are lauding this book and claiming it will be the book to hand out to graduates.
  • Colleen
    I totally cried at work while reading this.
  • Dan
    The title says it all. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
  • Mrs. Krajewski
    To stay I’m in LOVE with this book is an understatement. I read this for the first time last night and cried. I plan to share it with everyone I know, and many will receive it as a gift. ❤❤❤❤❤ To stay I’m in LOVE with this book is an understatement. I read this for the first time last night and cried. I plan to share it with everyone I know, and many will receive it as a gift. ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
  • Jamie
    (3.5) A beautiful story, though one that seems too subtle for young picture book readers, and glowing illustrations make for a LOVEly book :-)
  • Grace
    nice art work
  • Michelle
    For a long time I've been looking for a book to replace the usual "Oh The Places You'll Go" for graduation gifts. I think I've found my book . . .
  • Matt Miles
    The pictures and words balance each other beautifully in this simple tale of love and its many implications as a child navigates the world and eventually grows up. It’s a thing of beauty for all ages.
  • India
    This book is just gorgeous.
  • Peacegal
    Say the word and you'll be freeSay the word and be like meSay the word I'm thinking ofHave you heard the word is love?"The Word"-The Beatles A children's book, yes, but one that will be given to graduates and people at other crossroads in life for years to come. This pensive, lyrical story emphasizes that life is full of changes--some good, some bad--but the one constant is love.