Illustrations by Caitlin Keegan
Shakespeare’s sonnets are revered the world over for perfectly capturing the torments and joys of love—requited or otherwise—in just fourteen lines of iambic pentameter. This treasure of a book collects 29 of the bard’s most romantic sonnets, each one lovingly illustrated by the talented Caitlin Keegan. Pretty and contemporary, the illustrations tastefully accentuate the depth of sentiment in each sonnet. A brilliant sun rises over the 17th Sonnet (“Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?”) and a graceful animal adorns the 19th Sonnet (“Devouring time, blunt thou the lion’s paws”). Available just in time for Valentine’s Day but appropriate for any spontaneous expression of love, this is an ideal, sophisticated gift for the legions of Shakespeare fans.
By Carter Higgins, Illustrated by Lucy Ruth Cummins
This book is not a valentine. It doesn't have lacey edges or sugary hearts. But it is full of lucky rocks, secret hiding spots, and gumball machine treasures. This is a book about waiting in line and wishing for cinnamon buns. About recognizing that if you care so much about someone not thinking you care, maybe you really do. But wait—isn't that exactly what love is about? Maybe this book is sort of a valentine after all. A testament to handmade, wacky, bashful, honest love—sure to win over the hearts of all readers—this offering from debut picture book author Carter Higgins and children's book veteran Lucy Ruth Cummins is the perfect gift to celebrate every relationship, from parent to child, sibling to sibling, partner to partner, crush to crush.