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15 Love-Filled Illustrations from Children’s Literature

In trying times we turn to Maya Angelou: “Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.”

If you’re in dire need of a visual pick-me-up, these illustrations of love from children’s books are sure to make you smile and bring some warmth into your day.
From Mama, Do You Love Me? by Barbara Joosse, illustrated by Barbara Lavallee

From Mama, Do You Love Me? by Barbara Joosse, illustrated by Barbara Lavallee

 

From Chloe, Instead by Micah Player

From Chloe, Instead by Micah Player

 

From When an Elephant Falls in Love by Davide Cali, illustrated by Alice Lotti

From When an Elephant Falls in Love by Davide Cali, illustrated by Alice Lotti

 

From Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns: A Muslim Book of Colors by Hena Khan, illustrated by Mehrdokht Amini

From Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns: A Muslim Book of Colors by Hena Khan, illustrated by Mehrdokht Amini

 

From I Wish You More by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld

From I Wish You More by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld

 

From The Fox Wish by Kimiko Aman, illustrated by Komako Sakai

From The Fox Wish by Kimiko Aman, illustrated by Komako Sakai

 

Round is a Mooncake by Roseanne Thong, illustrated by Grace Lin

From Round is a Mooncake by Roseanne Thong, illustrated by Grace Lin

 

From Just a Minute! by Yuyi Morales

From Just a Minute! by Yuyi Morales

 

Love Is by Diane Adams, illustrated by Claire Keane

From Love Is by Diane Adams, illustrated by Claire Keane

 

Mamasaurus by Stephan Lomp

From Mamasaurus by Stephan Lomp

 

Loving vs. Virginia: A Documentary Novel of the Landmark Civil Rights Case

From Loving vs. Virginia: A Documentary Novel of the Landmark Civil Rights Case by Patricia Hruby Powell, illustrated by Shadra Strickland

 

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From One Love: Based on the Song by Bob Marley adapted by Cedella Marley, illustrated by Vanessa Brantley Newton

 

The Quickest Kid in Clarksville by Pat Zietlow Miller, illustrated by Frank Morrison

From The Quickest Kid in Clarksville by Pat Zietlow Miller, illustrated by Frank Morrison

 

From Stella Brings the Family by Miriam B. Schiffer, illustrated by Holly Clifton-Brown

From Stella Brings the Family by Miriam B. Schiffer, illustrated by Holly Clifton-Brown

 

Tell Me a Tattoo Story by Alison McGhee, illustrated by Eliza Wheeler

From Tell Me a Tattoo Story by Alison McGhee, illustrated by Eliza Wheeler

Jenna Homen

Community Manager at Chronicle Books. When she's logged off, she can be found cooking, camping, or in a museum. You can follow her on Twitter at @jn_na.
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