Love Is a Story

By Todd Tarpley (Author), Sophie Leu (Illustrator)


Pub Date 1/3/2023

ISBN 9781454944188

Format Hardcover Picture Book



Love Is a Story

by Todd Tarpley, Sophie Leu
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Love is the patter
of ten little toes
as the first light
of day trickles in.

Follow parents, grandparents, and a wide array of kids throughout all the seasons as they learn about the meaning of love. Love can be the way your smile starts to curve when a giggle is about to begin, a puddle with you in the middle, a story read with a flashlight, or a morning that bursts into color. This is a sweet and reassuring story that resonates with kids and adults.
“A delightful celebration of family love that will resonate with children and parents alike.” —School Library Journal

“An attentive meditation on love. Picture books devoted to exploring love can easily slip into syrupy, sweet sentimentality. Tarpley, however, avoids that trap with this work that focuses on everyday moments when we feel love . . . . A sweet reminder that love knows no bounds.” —Kirkus Reviews


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Todd Tarpley is the author of thirteen picture books including Beep! Beep! Go to Sleep!, a 2016 ALA Notable Book, and Naughty Ninja Takes a Bath, which spent several days as the #1 children’s book on Amazon at the end of 2019. His books have been featured in the New York Times; included on Best Books of the Year lists by Huffington Post, Chicago Public Library, and Bank Street College; and translated into Chinese, German, Italian, and Danish. Other books include Would You, Could You Plant a Tree? and Would You, Could You Save the Sea? Both feature Dr. Seuss’s Lorax and celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of Dr. Seuss’s classic book. Three more Dr. Seuss–themed books are coming soon. Todd lives in New York City with his family. Learn more at
Sophie Leu is a Taiwanese illustrator with a particular passion for art and children’s education, based in Taipei. Sophie’s art is inspired by cultural experiences, self-introspection, everyday moments, and memories sprinkled with bitter and sweet in life. She loves to combine traditional with digital media and always feels excited to experiment with new things. Learn more at

Title Details

Pages 32 pages, all in color

Trim 10 x 10 x 0 Inches

Territories World

Category Picture Books

Age Range 3 and up