Remember to Love You! by Melanie Northway
Remember to Love You! is a short picture book for young children that emphasizes the importance of having a positive attitude and loving yourself. It follows a young brother and sister through their day as the author tells them from the very beginning when they wake up to remember that they and their family are wonderful. The story follows the children as they venture outside, using all of their senses to appreciate the world around them. The author asks questions along the way, such as what is the reader’s favorite food when discussing healthy options to eat, which makes the book interactive and fun. The book also has a multicultural aspect to it, as it explains that people look different, and it is not what is on the outside that matters, but what is on the inside that counts. The book then teaches and displays different countries’ flags, as well as different ways to say hello in various languages. Overall, the positive message of the book runs from beginning to end, as the story concludes with the children going to bed, and the author asking them to go to sleep with a smile on their faces, so that they can dream big and reach for the stars.
The message of this book is a very important one, and author Melanie Northway has done a splendid job offering a lot of different examples of how to be a happy and healthy person throughout daily activities and experiences. The interactive elements are also great, as they not only teach children new things, they make them feel special, as the book is asking their opinion and what they already know. The colorful illustrations by Dean Cinquini are the perfect fit for the text, as they are lively and inventive, but not overall complicated for such a young reading audience. While this message and story will mostly appear to young children, it really is important that we all follow along its guidelines.