Susan Musgrave has been nominated for and has received awards in five different categories of writing—poetry, fiction, nonfiction, personal essay, children’s writing—and for her work as an editor. She has published twenty-seven books over the last four decades. Her most recent book, Origami Dove, was a finalist in the 2011 Governor General’s Award for Poetry. Susan lives on Haida Gwaii and teaches poetry in the Optional Residency MFA in Creative Writing Program at the University of British Columbia.
Esperança Melo is a graduate of Sheridan College’s Animation Program and has completed an honors degree in graphic design from George Brown College. She has illustrated and designed several children’s books and loves working in various art forms and media, including sculpting in papiermâché. Esperança co-illustrated Drumheller Dinosaur Dance (Kids Can), which was awarded the 2005 Blue Spruce Award and the 2006 Chocolate Lily Award. Esperança was born in the Azores and now lives in Millbrook, Ontario.
"Musgrave walks readers through the months of the year, connecting a parent’s love for a child to various seasonal occurrences...There’s no missing the steady, comforting message...Melo’s illustrations...have a rich warmth and texture, from the craqueleur of a violet night sky to cozy scenes of around-the-year friendship between a frizzy-haired girl and her fuzzy brown teddy bear." - Publishers Weekly
"A parent or other loving caregiver proclaims love for a child in a series of couplets that invoke the beauty of each month of the year. The smooth verses cleverly use the distinctive features of each month to describe the love the parent has for the child...The detailed, realistic illustrations depict an adorable, curly-headed little Caucasian girl exploring the outdoors with her trusty teddy bear at her side...This celebration of love and life will no doubt be enjoyed by doting new parents and their not-yet-mobile infants." - Kirkus Reviews
"A sweet board book that narrates a parent’s love for her/his child over the course of one year...The illustrations are joyful, bursting with movement and stunning contrasting colours...Babies will be lulled to sleep by the gentle rhymes, and toddlers will have fun learning about the various critters that appear in the story as the seasons change. Love You More is sure to become a much-read bedtime favourite." - CM Magazine
"A beautiful book ...illustrated with vivid bright colours in a combination of realism and playfulness...Ultimately the text is about love, the timeless, limitless love between parent and child. Sharing this book aloud with baby conveys the cosiness and safety of that love, as well as the love of language, the love of nature and the world around baby...Highly recommended." - Resource Links
"Melo’s illustrations are wonderful...The colors are soft and the little girl at the center of the story is darling. Readers will be encouraged to make up their own special ways their little ones are loved." - Southwestern Ohio Young Adult Materials Review Group
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