Time length to read: 4-5 min
Age recommend: 3 and up
Author: Amberly Kristen Clowe
Illustrator: Kelsey C. Roy
Publisher: Willow Moon Publishing
Price: $4.49 (kindle & nook edition) $9.99 (paperback, Amazon) $11.43 (paperback, Barnes & Noble) $11.99 (Willow Moon Publishing)
Today I am bringing you a book that is full of love, literally. I really Love You, Ava, by Amberly Kristen Clowe, is about a little girl named Ava, who is on her search to find love. When Ava asks her mother what real love is, her mother just tells her that when she sees it, she’ll know. Ava then sets on adventure herself to find out what real love is all about. As she goes throughout the day, she finds that real love is all around her in her home, they are the simple little things that are done for her, her brother and exampled by her mom and dad and grandparents.
I really enjoyed this book because it has such a great and strong message to it. It teaches children that real love is the little things that parents do for children, grandparents do for grandchildren or that parents do for each other. This book is a great example of how love should be throughout the home, and how it’s exampled by the role models of the parents. The illustrations, done by Kelsey C. Roy, are beautifully done. The colored sketching brings the characters expressions to life and draws the reader’s eye to the picture instantly.
So if you are looking for a great book that will capture your heart and fill your home with love, then I would highly recommend you check out this book! It will have your children searching throughout their own home for real love.
Want to know more about the author, Amberly Kristen Clowe? Check out my author interview with her below!
Author Interview with Amberly Kristen Clowe
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
Sure. I loved creative writing as a child, but once the research papers hit in middle and high school, I completely gave up writing until college. I was inspired by an amazing college class to brainstorm ideas and dabble in writing again. And after my first year of teaching second grade, I plunged headfirst into the crazy would that is publishing. I really Love You, Ava, is my second published picture book. My third, The Bouquet That Lost its Way, will be out soon with Family Fair Press. My agent just began querying a picture book series about a farm and its kooky character this week. So, we’ll see how that goes. I’ve been married to my husband for ten years (actually our anniversary is next month). We have two awesome kids, George and Emma. They can really keep a mom on her toes. I think that about sums me up at the moment.
What do you do when you are not writing?
I am a stay-at-home mom to a baby and toddler, so I’m usually doing fun projects with the kids or trying to tend a house that feels impossible to tend to.
What inspired you to write your first book?
My second grade students had such a passion for fashion, I couldn’t help but write Katie Ling Fashion Queen. We had that in common actually.
How did you come up with the title?
Katie Ling Fashion Queen is a rhyming picture book. I love the phrase fashion queen, so it became more about rhyming with that. Once I decided on Katie Ling, I really LOVED her character. As far as I really Love You, Ava, I came up with the title after the story was complete. It’s a story all about love and finishes with Ava’s mom telling Ava she loves her. It really fits the story and didn’t take long to think of.
Where do you get your ideas?
Everywhere! The farm series came about after I told Emma, my daughter, she is the wiggliest worm there ever was. I thought, “Hmmmm…” That could make really interesting character and Willard the wiggliest worm was born. I have written a chapter book series with two dogs as the lead characters. They were based on my own two dogs. Inspiration can really strike at anytime. As long as I’ve got a computer or notebooks around, I’m good.
Is there a message in your book that you want readers to grasp?
Definitely. The message in Ava is to remember that all the little things we do for each other on a daily basis are actually expressions of love. We should take the time to appreciate one another. Though there is a message, Ava’s search is so intriguing and fun, kids won’t mind learning the lesson. I always try to make the lessons underlying in all my stories.
Do you have any advice for other writers?
I try to write and read every day. This really helps me as a writer. You will really need to read the genre you write to understand publishers’ expectations and learn what is overdone. You may want to stay away from those topics. The competition is pretty stiff out there. I would recommend finding an agent. Mine handles all the querying so I don’t have to. That’s really nice and gives me more writing time. Also, know that you will be expected to promote your works and to have an Internet presence. If you love writing and are up late at night laughing and brainstorming, then write. As far as publishing goes, it may happen fast or take years. I have literally been working on my middle grade series for years now, but I love that story even more with every year because it has become so much better. So, if you love it, keep writing and learning and improving.
Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
I have the most amazing readers who come out to my signings and readings. They are truly the best. If you’d like to know when I have signings or new books, the best way is to follow me on Facebook. I post weekly if not more.
Thanks so much for having me!!
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