Love, Violet

By Charlotte Sullivan Wild
Illustrated by Charlene Chua
Farrar, Straus and Giroux, December 21, 2021
ISBN 9780374313722
40 Pages, Ages 4-8

A tale of young love and the courage it takes to share your heart!
Of all the kids in Violet’s class, only one makes Violet’s heart skip: Mira, the girl with the cheery laugh, who races like the wind. If only they could adventure together! But every time Mira comes near, Violet goes shy. As Valentine’s Day approaches, Violet is determined to show Mira just how special she is.

Charlene Chua’s warm, luminous watercolors bring to life this sweet and gentle #OwnVoices #LGBTQ+ picture book about friendship, love, and the courage it takes to share your heart. (Available for preorders NOW!)

♥ DEAR READERS! From the Author of LOVE, VIOLET ♥

footprints in snow making the shape of a heart

Spider Lake, Wisconsin, 2013
(Snowy sunset, lavender light, footprints forming a heart)





The book’s text is action-packed and heartfelt, capturing the juddering rhythms of Violet’s nervousness, and the watercolor illustrations are suffused with emotion, detail, and movement. The gentle, child-friendly romance at the heart of the story is a perfect celebration of courage and queerness, and earnest, awkward Violet is a protagonist every reader will root for. […] A sweetly empathetic, child-friendly girl-girl romance.

Kirkus Reviews

This heartwarming story will be relatable to ANYONE who recalls the feeling of crushing hard on someone in elementary school and hoping (hoping!) they will reciprocate. But I think it’ll be especially meaningful for all you girls who loved girls. And boys who loved boys. And anyone happy to see more (and younger) LGBTQ representation – which should be all of us. This is… just a wonderfully relatable book about being in love.

Alison Morris, Senior Director of Title Selection, First Book