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Would you like to purchase a copy of LOVE IS REAL? Just click on the book cover, below.

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       love is real

This story celebrates the nature of unconditional love in all the “little things” from sunrise to sunset.


I was extremely gratified at the way illustrator Anna Brown conceived three different animal families (in a natural palette featuring gray, russet, and dark brown) to care and share with each other. LOVE IS REAL does not reinforce any particular family, racial, or ethnic configuration or dynamic. It provides opportunities for talking with children about how each of us, big or little, show love for others.


  • After reading LOVE IS REAL, ask child what actions they might take to show their love for a family member, a friend, or a pet.
  • Create a card by folding plain paper in half. On front of card, print or write the words: LOVE IS …
  • Have child complete card, by drawing a picture on front and/or inside and
    writing (if old enough) about how they show love for someone special to them.







“In impeccably rhymed couplets, Lawler…makes the case that love is all about actions in a story that feels simultaneously old-fashioned and of-the-moment…”
Publishers Weekly

“For animal lovers and feel-good-story enthusiasts, this offers the best of both worlds. In this cozy tale, preschoolers will discover, alongside furry friends, just what it means to love….Ideal for snuggling under the blankets at bedtime. Preschool-Kindergarten.”



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