Books You’ll Fall in Love With

By Skokie Staff Youth Services

Lovely books for babies through teens about love in many forms.

  • My Heart Fills with Happiness

    2016 by Gray Smith, Monique

    The beautiful illustrations in this book convey love and joy with grown-ups and children doing simple things, like looking into each other's eyes, singing, or holding hands. What fills your heart with happiness? Ages 0+ Recommended by Gudrun.

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  • I Am You: A Book about Ubuntu

    2022 by Moahloli, Refiloe

    Ubuntu means “I am, because you are” and comes from the African languages of IsiZulu and isiXhosa. I love the vibrant illustrations of children enjoying all kinds of different activities together. I think it’s just the kind of book we all need when the world seems more divided than ever. Ages 2+ Recommended by Gudrun.

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  • Love, Z

    2018 by Sima, Jessie

    There's something about a robot love story that gets me every time, and this one, about a little robot on a quest to discover what love is, is especially sweet. Ages 3+ Recommended by Shelley.

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  • Love Is Powerful

    2020 by Brewer, Heather Dean

    Based on the true story of a little girl who was held up on her mom’s shoulders during the 2017 Women’s March and was holding a sign that said “Love is Powerful." This book is a great reminder that even the youngest among us can spread love and spark change. Ages 5+ Recommended by Shelley.

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  • Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut

    2017 by Barnes, Derrick D.

    This book is that feeling you get when you win something unexpected. When you find out your favorite dessert is on the menu. When your outfit is "on point" and nothing is going to get you down. If someone could figure out how to bottle this radiant self-love and sell it, I would throw every cent I have at them. Ages 3+ Recommended by Caitlin.

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  • How to Build a Hug: Temple Grandin and Her Amazing Squeeze Machine

    2018 by Guglielmo, Amy

    For many of us, hugs are one of the most natural ways to give and receive love, but that’s not true for everyone. Temple Grandin, a woman with autism who is also an inventor, a writer, a speaker and more, couldn’t bear to be hugged as a child and young adult, so she came up with an amazing solution that works for her. Ages 5+ Recommended by Shelley.

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  • The Wild Robot

    2016 by Brown, Peter

    I love this book not just because I love robots--and this is a super cool robot adventure set on a wild island--but also because it’s an earnest, deep-feelings story of parental love. Ages 7+ Recommended by Caitlin.

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  • Esio Trot

    1990 by Dahl, Roald

    I think this book about two neighbors, an ingenious plan, and a whole lot of turtles, is the perfect love story. And unlike most Roald Dahl books, there aren’t any evil grown-ups to be found! Ages 7+ Recommended by Gudrun.

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  • Twins

    2020 by Johnson, Varian

    This is a perfect book for fans of realistic graphic novels, with characters who will feel like your friends. Showcasing sibling love (and sometimes not love), it’s honest, exposing those very real times when sisters or brothers aren’t kind or thoughtful to one another, even while loving each other to the ends of the earth. Ages 8+ Recommended by Caitlin.

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  • The Prince and the Dressmaker

    2018 by Wang, Jen

    This is a sweet, beautiful love story, featuring two nontraditional characters. The illustrations are magical. Ages 12+ Recommended by Mary.

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  • Super Fake Love Song

    2020 by Yoon, David

    Sunny Dae is a nerd. A real, self-confessed nerd. He’s accepted this and figures he’ll spend the rest of his life with his two nerd friends, Jamal and Milo. But then a beautiful new girl somehow mistakes him for his older brother, who is a rocker. Could he--dare he--pretend to be cool? Ages 12+ Recommended by Mary.

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  • You Should See Me in a Crown

    2020 by Johnson, Leah

    Liz is a warm, multidimensional, unsure-of-herself character who finds herself in a situation she never could have predicted, all while trying to navigate the things about high school she hates--specifically, the prom--so that she can follow her dreams. Ages 12+ Recommended by Mary.

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