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Love Is Love

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  106 ratings  ·  44 reviews
A boy confides in a friend that he doesn’t know what to say when he’s teased for having two dads, and when kids say that they’re not a real family. In their conversation, his friend helps him see how her family (with a mom and a dad) isn’t all that different from his: they both have parents who love them, and they both love their parents. And it’s love that makes a family. ...more
Hardcover, 34 pages
Published May 16th 2017 by Little Pickle Stories
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This was a fantastic book and many can learn from this read. Either children or adults can benefit from this story. As a woman in a diverse family where my children have two dads and two moms, I think books like this are important for us to learn that 'Love is Love'.
4/11/19.... This was an impulse choice, back in February, for Valentine's Day. The cover of this children's picture book enticed me, with its heart-of-rainbow-stripes (and each stripe color formed of little kites). As the parent of an LGBTQ+ teen, my eyes are drawn to rainbow colors. The kites feature in a small way, in this affirming LBGTQ+ story.

The author of this story did a fine thing here, creating a tale for children: gentle, informative, and non-threatening, and easy for parents to share
Carla Johnson-Hicks
Jul 06, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: children, netgalley
This story follows a boy wearing a rainbow heart shirt, as he shares with his friend about being teased and bullied. Other children tell him he is not in a real family because he has two gay dads. As he and his friend compare their parents they realize that they are more alike than different. The story depicts many different families from many different cultures. The important thing for everyone to remember is that Love is Love. The message of this story is an important one. This is a great stor ...more
Aug 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
More titles are coming out urging acceptance of all kinds of families. This is from the perspective of a boy with two dads. It would be great if people would read books like this to their kids and encourage acceptance and kindness.
Mar 20, 2018 rated it liked it
Review based on an eARC provided by NetGalley.
2.5 stars
This book has a positive and uplifting message for kids about gay people and same-gender couples/parents, and the art is cute and includes racial diversity. However, it was definitely framed from a super assimilationist angle of emphasizing how "queer people are just like nonqueers" by almost exclusively focusing on cis allo gay people who are paired up & have kids in a nuclear family unit, with no mention of any of the rest of the queer
Jun 23, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018-reads, jri, rainbow
What if I told you that you could teach AND tell a good story? This isn't that book. +1 star for the art though.
Laura La Rosa
Feb 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
LGBTQI trade book

Winner of the American Library Association GLBT Round Table 2019 Rainbow Book List, Love is Love is a simple, straightforward picture book describing the differences in families. Told from the perspective a young boy with two dads, the book navigates issues of bullying and the questions other kids raise about having two dads. The young narrator grapples with why people would think his family is gross and wrong by reflecting on who else in his community is gay and the love his t
Although I love the positive message in this picture book--after all, love is love--I felt a bit confused about the identity of the child who is being bullied by his peers. The character seemed to change over the course of the book from one person to another one--at least in the illustrations--and while it could have been the case that this was intentional to show that youngsters can be cruel to many others about their families, I felt disoriented. It is angering that someone would choose to use ...more
Margaret Boling
12/16/2018 ~ An issues book from an issues press, so in some ways it falls into the "a bit didactic" trap. I had to read the book twice to understand the structure: the text tells a single story (how to react when people tease a child whose parents are gay), but the illustrations show the same conversation happening across multiple regions, countries, and contexts. The kites which ultimately form an LGBTQ rainbow heart tie the various contexts together.

I was interested to note that my public lib
Mar 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Felt like this deserved 3.5 stars, so I rounded up for my rating. The narrative followed a boy with gay dads wearing a rainbow heart shirt, and explains in clear language that he sometimes gets bullied even though his family is just as valid and real as heteronormative ones. I got a little confused when the text narration stayed with the thoughts and experiences of the first character, but the illustrations changed to show children (and some adults) of differing races and cultures wearing that s ...more
*thank you to Netgalley and SOURCEBOOKS Jabberwocky for an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review*

5 stars.

This was fabulous! I think this is one of those books that primary schools need to have in their library. Every kid should read this because, Love is Love. That's what I always say. Your gender does not makes loving somebody the same gender, wrong. Kids should not feel outcast by having gay parents and I think that if you know a kid who does feel that way, then this book would be
Abigail Evans
Love is Love is a great book to teach children about acceptance and of course, love. Many children these days have children who are the same sex and teaches them that there are people out there who will be cruel but there will be many more who are accepting and okay with it. It goes over the aspect that every family looks different but how they are still a family. This book expressed how love is all one needs for a family even if some people don’t agree with it. This book is so great because it ...more
This book doesn't have the best writing-- there isn't a whole lot of story going on. It's clear that the author meant for it to be an educational conversation-starter book rather than a story, especially with the inclusion of discussion questions for kids and adults/teachers in the back.

The illustrations are cute, and racially diverse. I wish there was more LGBT+ representation, though-- the only word used throughout the text is "gay" until you get to the educational resources at the end. It's a
Tracy M
Apr 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a very timely and needed book. I love the quote at the end. Love is love! Although the story was very short, it got to the point that using Gay, as an insult needs to cease. There's nothing wrong with being Gay and the more we talk about it and become more open the better our society will become. I also love the note at the end discussing why they chose to use the terms in a derogatory manner in order to foster conversations about how we shouldn't use it in that manner. The pictures are ...more
Apr 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book is about a little boy who has the same sex parents. he has two dads. One comment was made about his shirt being gay and he didn't really understand what that meant. Soo enough he was told that no matter if his family was different from others it's still a family. nothing changes that. for children nowadays this is an important topic to bring up because we are seeing more and more same-sex couples with children. The children have to understand that it is okay and nothing changes the fac ...more
Alexis  Vanasco
The pictures are beautiful! It is about a Boy who gets teased about having a different family. This book is a good book that talks about that it’s okay to have different family’s but they still love you and that’s all that matters. It also is a very controversial topic that talks about being gay and that it’s okay and also talks about that some people hide it. But in the end it’s all okay and love is love. The back gives you facts about about anything a child would have a question or resources t ...more
Mar 31, 2018 rated it liked it
I appreciate and love what this book is trying to do, I just don't think it really gets to where I'd like it to. You have an opportunity here to explain that heteronormative 2 parent households are not necessarily the norm, and instead you show that hetero is not the norm, but 2 parents households definitely are. Can some of the kids have a single parent? Or be raised by their grandparents? To me it kind of feels like a missed opportunity. Art is pretty great, but I'm not sure the book has the b ...more
Feb 06, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: a2, 2018
Well. I'm not sure what to make of this. The story is nice and one that kids can do with hearing, and the illustrations are nice. I'm assuming they'll line up properly in the print version, I know Kindle can be strange about that. I liked the kites that make their way through the story, multiplying as they go.

However, the story is just 19% of the book. The rest is taken up with resources, discussion guides, and an author's note that starts at 67%. Yes, the author's note is a third again as long
May 17, 2018 rated it liked it
LOVE IS LOVE is directed toward kids with same-sex parents who may be the subject of misunderstanding or bullying at school, as well as kids who may be tempted to engage in such bullying. The illustrations are colorful and appealing.

The message is a little heavy-handed, I feel books such as A DAY IN THE LIFE OF MARLON BUNDO get across the same message with more finesse. There were a few different idea threads going on on throughout the book, and I'm not sure they all connected as well as they c
Brooklyn Cribdon (Kemp)
My favourite part of this book was actually the educational content in the back pages. There were lots of great resources, and an in-depth message to kids as well as adults that explain many of the components of the story (i.e. explaining the rainbow heart on the characters' t-shirts). The illustrations were bright and cheerful and the overall message was positive and could certainly spark some meaningful conversations. However, I felt the writing quality and the way the story was told was adequ ...more
Jessica McAllister
Feb 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
This had a great message of acceptance. "Love is the same. Wherever you live. Whoever you are. And whomever you love. Love is Love" I feel like there should be more books like this that show there is nothing wrong with having 2 dads or 2 moms or a mom and dad. Family is family and love is love. It is a great way to show children acceptance and understanding.
I received an ARC of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Dec 11, 2018 rated it liked it
This book serves a positive and transformative purpose. It could be a useful text for both the classroom and therapy office. The Discussion Questions are useful for those purposes.

However, the writing is flat and uninspiring. The text lacks figurative language and emotion. Further, I would have preferred if the words "lesbian" and other LGBTQIA terms were used within the text, not just in the afterword/resources.
Jun 22, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-book, ebook, arcs
I received a digital review copy from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

A sweet story about a boy who has two dads and the unfortunate way he is treated by some of the people around him. I love the soft, brightly colored illustrations. which really fit the well with the story. Included at the end is an author's note kids, a note to adults, discussion questions, and additional resources.
Mary Lee
Aug 12, 2018 rated it it was ok
This book might be good for starting conversations if GAY is being used as a slur or to bully a child. Didactic, but clearly written. The illustrations are odd -- why is one child wearing winter clothing in the scene where they are flying kites? Everyone else is in t-shirts. The speaker in the story seems to change identity throughout the book.
May 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
What a great easy read that is so timely. Many families are very diverse now a days. The story follows a young boy who is bullied because of his two dads. The message of Love is Love is put very simply for young Reads to understand and enjoy. I can’t wait to buy a copy and read it to my Niece and Nephews!
Feb 22, 2018 rated it liked it
This is a simple picture book for children about a boy who has two dads and gets made fun of for a wearing a t-shirt that has a rainbow heart and the words love is love. The little boy talks about how he doesn't like hearing that gay is bad and he talks about all the wonderful people who he knows who are gay. The book is positive and includes parts for parents and educators at the end.
Amanda Williams
Jul 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is an absolutely beautiful little book that teaches children not to be judgemental and that being gay is nothing to be ashamed of be ridiculed for. It also has tips for parents and such to discuss this topic with their child. Excellent work
Feb 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-book, lgbtq
This picture book is wonderful, but what is even more impressive is all of the content after the story: a note for children, a guide for parents, lists of resources, etc. This book could be an important lifeline for people who need it!
Mar 04, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: lgbtq
Love is Love shows that underneath all our differences, we have similarities. A great book to share to show that there are all kinds of families. I appreciated that it shows that not everyone won't be as open to these ideas which is why it's so important to have stories like this.

Includes lots of resource materials at the back of the book which I think makes this a great purchase.
Aliza Werner
The message is important, but the story is clunky and unfocused.
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