Love Is
By Diane Adams
Illustrated by Claire Keane

Perfect for Valentine's Day—or any tender moment—this story of a girl and a duckling who share a touching year together will melt hearts old and young. In this tenderly funny book, girl and duckling grow in their understanding of what it is to care for each other, discovering that love is as much about letting go as it is about holding tight. Children and parents together will adore this fond exploration of growing up while learning about the joys of love offered and love returned.  Love Is is an Book of the Month.


About the Author

I’ve loved books ever since my favorite grandma introduced me to Peter Rabbit and his wonderfully naughty adventures when I was just three years old. She also introduced me to impressionist art through a tiny book of paintings that featured a young girl about my age on the cover. I didn’t know until many years later that the painting was by Renoir and that the title was “A Girl with a Watering Can.” I just knew that I liked the little girl and that the book's small size fit perfectly into my three year old hands.

My mom bought me plenty of books too - many by a man named Dr. Seuss. I couldn’t get enough of his zany characters who found trouble wherever they looked. Maurice Sendak had a place in my heart also with Max and his mischievous ways in Where the Wild Things Are. Hmmm. Is there a pattern here?

Books have been a huge part of my life since I can remember, and I’m grateful that now I get to create books that may someday become a part of another young person’s life. Happy reading, dreaming, and creating!

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Diane is the author of Love Is… (Chronicle), Two Hands to Love You (Chronicle), I Can Do It Myself! (PeachTree), I Want to Help! (PeachTree), and Zoom! (PeachTree). She is the illustrator of A Home For Salty (National Wildlife Refuge). Two Hands to Love You is also sold in Japan and Korea. I Can Do It Myself is sold in Korea.

Diane Holds an M.A. in English Literature from California State University San Bernardino, where she teaches Children’s Literature and Humanities. She also serves on the board of Teach Club, which supports future teachers at CSUSB.

At the beach with my son, Chris, and my husband Scott Doing an interview with Emily Arrow for KidLitTV on Youtube New York, 2016 I Can Do It Myself in Korean


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