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  • My Love for You Is Always

    9780593203071 | Picture book
    Illustrated by Michelle Lee
    Published by Philomel Books (Penguin USA), Sept. 2021

    Warm like tea? Sweeter than red dates? A mother shares her love for her child as the two prepare a delicious meal together--perfect for fans of Guess How Much I Love You, Wherever You Are My Love Will Find You, and Mama, Do You Love Me?

    What is love? a child wonders. What does it feel like, smell like, taste like? How does it move? How long does it last?

    And as she prepares a traditional Chinese meal for her family, the child's mother replies: her love for him is rosy as wolfberries, warm like tea, sweeter than the red dates she puts in his soup. It shines through the water like its own brilliant sun. It goes round and round with no beginning and no end. Because a mother's love for a child is always there, warm and soft, broad and tender.

    In this tender story that pairs beautifully poetic words with brilliantly stunning art, a mother's love comes alive on the page and wraps readers in its warm embrace.


    ⌘ Finalist for the 2022 Panda Book Awards
    ⌘ Finalist for the 2022 CLCSC Award (The Southern California Council on Children's Literature)
    ⌘ Selected for the Spring 2022 issue of Best Books for Kids & Teens (Canadian Children's Book Centre)

    Available online and hopefully at your local bookstore.

    Some kind words:

    ★ This perfect marriage of illustrations and lyrical writing celebrates the affection that's expressed through a lovingly cooked meal. This lovefest is a feast for all the senses.


    ★ The ritual of the family meal - sharing food that's been prepared with care and intention - adds a unique layer to the story and underscores the sense of abundance and comfort that love can provide...From start to finish, it's a charming and delicious tale.


    In the vein of such familiar titles as Guess How Much I Love You and Mama, Do You Love Me? Sze creates a warm, tender look at love [and] a timeless tale of a mother's infinite love . . . Asian culture and food references add a layer of depth to this story, providing a fresh version of a time-honored conversation.


    As satisfying as a gentle hug — or a tasty dumpling.


    "A sweeping and lovely picture book, My Love for You Is Always is a stunning read that captures all the magic and beauty of a mother's love for her child."


    "The narrative is infused with a distinctly Asian perspective that, at the same time, evokes a sense of universality that will make the story resonate with all young readers, regardless of their cultural background."