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My Love For You Is Like a Garden

Written & Illustrated by Laura Smetana


ISBN: 978-1737140962 (Hardcover)

ISBN: 978-1737140979 (Paperback)

A Kirkus Reviews' Best Books of 2023!

With bright, watercolor collages, My Love for You Is Like a Garden celebrates unconditional love with vibrant garden scenes that will delight fans of Lois Ehlert and Eric Carle. Perfect for bedtime read-alouds, baby showers, or anyone you love!

Say “I love you” with this charming picture book families will love reading together over and over again. Bold, colorful illustrations of flowers, butterflies, and animals will inspire readers of all ages to explore the natural world⁠—and maybe even plant their own garden.


Children will delight in finding ladybugs hidden throughout, and a glossary provides the names of each plant and animal featured. A beautiful book to share with a child, parent, or anyone who means the world to you!


★“Endearing, engaging text pairs well with gorgeously executed illustrations for a joyful read.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

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Barnes & Noble

Signed copies and handmade collage art available at Frugal Muse Books in Darien, IL & signed copies at Anderson's Bookshop in Downers Grove, IL!

Awards & Accolades

  • Kirkus Reviews' Best Books of 2023

  • 2023 Northern Lights Book Awards Winner - Author/Illustrator Cagetory

  • 2023 Maxy Award Children's Book Winner

Free Valentine's Day Card

My Love for You Is Like a Garden is the perfect gift for anyone you love this Valentine's Day! I created this free card that you can print to give to the special someone in your life. Just print, fold, and deliver to show your love this Valentine's Day!


Free Activity Kit

Keep the fun going—plant a seed, go on a scavenger hunt, make a collage—with this My Love for You Is Like a Garden Activity Kit! Inside you'll find coloring pages, collage art activities, a garden scavenger hunt,  word search, plant observation journal, and more!

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