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Published February 11th 2013
With the approach of Valentine's Day, it makes sense for book publishers to unleash an assortment of love-themed books on a general public eager to buy anything to do with romance. Having realised that small, gift-style books are the way to go, rather than epic romance novels, the publishing houses have released a selection of titles that cover love in all their different forms.
Listed below are ten such titles that are designed to tug on the heartstrings, and make you go 'awww'.
Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney
Rereleased in a little golden hardcover, this modern classic is just as popular now as it was when it was first published in 1994. Little Nutbrown Hare is about to go to bed and he asks Big Nutbrown Hare the title question: 'Guess how much I love you?' As the story progresses, the two hares try to outdo each other, using larger and larger examples to try and prove to each other just how much they care. This children's book is simple but sweet, and highlights the endlessness of unconditional love.
Where Does Love Come From? Illustrated by Milena Kirkova
This board book, while a nice gift for your Valentine, is probably best suited for younger children who are just starting to learn about what love is. The bright and vibrant illustrations are eye-catching and feature plenty of love hearts (just to make sure you don't lose sight of where the questions are leading). Very cute, this little book is the perfect introduction to love for the little ones in your life.
To My Crush: Doodles For You
A Valentine's Day-themed activity book? Yes, please. With pictures to colour in and drawings to do, this little doodle book is perfect to complete and give to your loved one. Or better yet, why not give it to your Valentine and you can work on it together, creating a lasting memento of your relationship?
Kiss by Gabrielle Mander
This one is for all the film and television buffs out there who don't mind a little romance-themed picture book- more specifically, a picture book that centres on famous kisses between actors in both popular and never-heard-of-it films. Of course the usual suspects are in there- Gone With The Wind, Romeo Juliet, Dirty Dancing- but a few unusual ones have cropped up too. Check it out to see if your favourite celluloid kisses have made the cut.
Everyone Says I Love You: A Pop-Up Trip Around The World. Illustrated by BeeGee Tolpa
Filled with extremely cute illustrations, this pop-up book is guaranteed to delight people of all ages. There are only six double-page spreads, but each of these display a well-known landmark or symbol from each of the countries mentioned. Even better, at the bottom of each page, the book tells you how people from these places say 'I love you' (pronunciation included). This would make a cute gift for that special someone who loves to jetset around the world.
Never Too Little To Love by Jeanne Willis
Tiny Too-Little is a mouse, and he's in love. But he's so little and the love of his life is so tall, so how is he going to tell her how he feels? This mouse goes to extraordinary lengths to show just how much he cares, and the end result is extremely sweet. This little book even has an unexpected surprise on the second-last page, which is guaranteed to make you go 'awww'. This is perfect for adults to read with their children, to remind them that you're never too little to love.
The Little Book Of Love
You knew there'd have to be one in this list- an 'inspirational' gift book that features plenty of pictures of animals doing cute things, and quotes about love on every page. These types of books are always popular, and have taken over the gift-book genre. If the quotes aren't inspiring enough then the photos of animals in all their cuteness should do it for you.
I Haiku You by Betsy Snyder
This book is made up of cute haiku poetry and even cuter illustrations, showing affection and appreciation for all sorts of things, including friends, pets and popsicles. More a dedication to platonic rather than romantic love, this would make the perfect gift for a friend (or poetry lover).
True Love: 24 Surprising Stories of Animal Affection by Rachel Buchholz
The author of this book has edited National Geographic magazines for over a decade, and during this time, has come across countless stories of animal love. Along with plenty of amazing animal photos, this book tells 24 of these stories, which range from familial love to strange animal partnerships. Animal lovers will adore this book.
All The Love In The World by Jesse Hunter
When Dionne Warwick sang 'All The Love In The World' in 1982, I don't think she expected it to become the title of a small photographic gift book more than three decades on. Jesse Hunter, the photographer behind the book, travelled through 44 countries over 650 days and found that during his travels, love hearts seemed to be a predominant theme. So he decided to make a book showing all of the hearts he photographed during his trip. This arty book is a sweet gift for that person who can always find the positives in life.