cover image I Love You Like Yellow

I Love You Like Yellow

Andrea Beaty, illus. by Vashti Harrison. Abrams, $18.99 (48p) ISBN 978-1-4197-4807-3

Beaty and Harrison pay tribute to unconditional love through seasons, weather, and times of day in this first-person ode. “I love you like yellow./ I love you like green./ Like flowery orchid/ and sweet tangerine,” opens the text alongside companionable colored pencil and digital scenes of a child and adult walking in the rain. Other vignettes showcase loving relationships between peers, intergenerational pairs, and groups depicted with varying abilities, body types, and skin tones. Sometimes abstract, Beaty’s analogies find a gentle partner in Harrison’s narrative illustrations, which offer semi-literal interpretations. Love that’s “like crunchy and crispy” is visualized by a trio eating popcorn, while “like stormy” love attends an image of a card game played during an urban rainstorm. As the examples build, a reassuring portrait of togetherness emerges. Ages 4–8. (Mar.)