Fall 2019 Kids Indie Next List
“The Love Letter is a cozy story full of love and friendship and illustrated in soft hues. When Hedgehog finds a love letter, it brightens his mood and fills him with eagerness to be helpful and kind. When he drops it, Bunny finds it and the cycle repeats. This book shows that a little kindness and a little love can make a big, big change.”
— Miranda Atkins, A Little Bookish, Ooltewah, TN
* An Indie Next List Pick *
“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!
About the Author
Anika Aldamuy Denise, is the celebrated author of many picture books, including Planting Stories: The Life of Librarian and Storyteller Pura Belpré; Starring Carmen!; Lights, Camera, Carmen!; and Monster Trucks. A tradition she began with her oldest daughter—of leaving short poems and love notes for each other to find—inspired her book The Love Letter. She lives in Rhode Island with her husband, three children, and a very lovey kitty named Charlie. 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.
“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.”
“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