Love, Violet

Charlotte Sullivan Wild
Illustrated by Charlene Chua
Farrar, Straus and Giroux, January 4, 2022
ISBN 9780374313722 | 40 Pages, Ages 4-8
Kirkus Star, PW Star

Only ONE person makes Violet’s heart skip!
Of all the kids in Violet’s class, only one leaves Violet speechless: 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 luminous watercolors bring to life this tender #LGBTQ+ picture book about friendship, love, and the courage it takes to share your heart–even when it’s pounding!

♥ DEAR READERS! A Letter from the Author of LOVE, VIOLET

♥ LOVE, VIOLET | Trailer (1:00)

♥ LOVE, VIOLET | Author Story Time (7:22)

LOVE, VIOLET | A Valentine for You VIDEO (7:27)

♥ LOVE, VIOLET | Author & Illustrator Presentation (22:17)





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


Valentine’s Day brings a shy child named Violet the chance to connect with her crush, Mira, in Sullivan Wild’s uplifting wintry tale. […] For Valentine’s, though, Violet resolves to share her feelings, signing her DIY card to Mira, “Love, Violet,” but upon seeing Mira, resplendent in the snow, Violet is overcome with insecurity. Despair sets in, until Violet considers the possibility that Mira might reciprocate her feelings, and a race through the snow—choreographically captured with dancelike grace in Chua’s simple, light-filled watercolors—brings the duo together at last, making the holiday one of joyful acceptance. Ages 4–8.

~ Publisher’s Weekly, Featured Reviews

“This sensitive picture book about first friendship and first crushes, […] offer[s] opportunities for conversation around social-emotional learning. […] Mira’s warm response when Violet finally delivers her valentine is touching, and sends a reassuring message about being true to one’s feelings. […]

VERDICT: This book fills an important need for non-heteronormative representation in picture book collections

~ School Library Journal, Amy Fellows

“The sensitive third-person narrative details Violet’s thoughts and emotions throughout the story and reveals Mira’s in the happy ending. Capturing the girls’ distinct personalities, the illustrations glow with warm, delicate colors […]. An appealing picture book for reading aloud, particularly in the weeks leading up to Valentine’s Day.

~ Booklist

I absolutely love this book. Wild’s evocative yet spare prose captures Violet’s swirling, whirling feelings towards Mira and her hesitation about Mira’s possible reaction. Chua’s watercolors add further depth and dynamism to the tale. Mostly, though, the story allows these queer children to have what they deserve: happiness, with no one criticizing or questioning their relationship.

~ Mombian: Sustenance for Lesbian Moms
Love, Violet Is the Two-Girl, First-Crush Picture Book We’ve Been Waiting For” 4 Jan. 2022

[My daughter] has already picked her favorite book of the year — Love, Violet — which means we are […] making valentines far before Valentine’s Day […] in late November […]. A small price to pay for reading such a charming book and the first picture book featuring an F/F crush! […] It is completely enchanting and […] Charlene Chua’s illustrations are just as sweet and endearing as the story. This is a must-read!”

~ Margaret Kingsbury, Book Riot
“15 Must-Read January Children’s Book Releases,” 5 Jan. 2022

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


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Videos & Presentations:

Love, Violet: OUT in the world!

“Warm Hearts & a Giveaway”
Picture Book Builders Blog, Kim Norman, 4 Jan. 2022

Rebecca Crunden, 5 Dec. 2021

“No More Ghosts! A (Queer) Picture Book Love Story”
We Need Diverse Books Blog, 16 Nov. 2021

Host Helen Ishmurzin, 9 Nov. 2021

With illustrator Charlene Chua
Math is Everywhere Blog, Kaitlyn Sanchez, 6 Nov. 2021

“Charlotte Sullivan on Writing to Music”
Music with Minnesotans, host Steve Staruch
MN Public Radio Classical, 10 Feb. 2014