Two Hands to Love You
By Diane Adams
Illustrated by Paige Keiser

Various family members tell how their hands will help a baby as he grows. Two hands will “rock you to sleep,” “raise you up high,” “help you squeeze lemons for juice,” and so on. All end with the same couplet: “For you are my baby; I’ll never be far./I’ll love you, think of you, wherever you are.” The story starts with an infant and ends with a toddler. The text is written in carefully metered anapestic tetrameter with end rhyme, which gives it an easy rocking feel when reading it aloud. Each stanza is narrated by a different person. The soft ink and watercolor sketches are done mostly in black and white; the only colors are touches of yellow and pink. This sweet book would make a good choice for baby programs or a one-on-one read. Pair it with Mem Fox’s Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes (Harcourt, 2008) and Robert Munsch’s Love You Forever. —School Library Journal


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 Zoom!, I Can Do It Myself!, Teacher’s Little Helper, and Two Hands to Hold You, and she is the illustrator of A Home for Salty. She holds an M.A. in English Literature from Cal State University,San Bernardino. She teaches English and Humanities there. She also teaches The ABC’s of Writing Children’s Books at UC Riverside. Visit her blog, One potato…ten to hear about the writing process from 10 award winning children’s book writers and illustrators, and stay tuned for her next book with Chronicle..

At the beach with my son, Chris, and my husband Scott


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