cover image 100 Things I Love to Do with You

100 Things I Love to Do with You

Amy Schwartz. Abrams Appleseed, $16.95 (40p) ISBN 978-1-4197-2288-2

Schwartz follows 100 Things That Make Me Happy with item-by-item proof that just about anything can be an adventure when it’s done with a beloved parent, sibling, or friend. Like its predecessor, the book unfolds in pithy rhymes, which revolve around everyday activities and meals (“Climb trees/ Feel the breeze/ Write secret codes/ Eat rocky road”) as well as some special trips or occasions (“Make mud pies/ Help the sun rise”). Schwartz’s delicately drawn cartoons feature a big cast of pink- and brown-skinned children and adults, blissfully content as they explore their surroundings, play, and relax. Lighthearted repetition (“Stick stickers,” “Scoot scooters,” “Toast toast”) will draw smiles among young readers, and the sheer variety of activities represented ensures that children of all types—rowdy, contemplative, mischievous, sporty, imaginative, always hungry—will find some of their own “loves” among the 100 Schwartz includes. Ages 3–5. (Dec.)