An ALA Notable Children's Book, Honey, I Love and Other Love Poems includes sixteen poems that tell of love and the simple joys of everyday life, seen through the eyes of a child: playing with a friend, skipping rope, riding on a train—or keeping Mama company till Daddy gets back.
Each of these sixteen "love poems" is spoken straight from the perspective of a child. Riding on a train, listening to music, playing with a friend...each poem elicits a new appreciation of the rich content of everyday life. The poems are accompanied by both portrait and panorama drawings that deepen the insights contained in the words.
This beloved book of poetry is a Reading Rainbow Selection and the winner of George C. Stone Center for Children's Books' Recognition of Merit Award.
About the Author
Eloise Greenfield's love of writing shines through brilliantly in each and every one of her books, which include Honey, I Love and Other Love Poems and How They Got Over: African Americans and the Call of the Sea, both illustrated by Jan Spivey Gilchrist. She is the recipient of the Coretta Scott King Award, the Foundation for Children's Literature Hope S. Dean Award, and the National Council for the Social Studies Carter G. Woodson Book Award. In 2018 she received the Coretta Scott King–Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement. Ms. Greenfield lives in Washington, DC. You can follow her on Twitter @ELGreenfield.
Two-time Caldecott-winning illustrators Leo and Diane Dillon have illustrated over 25 books for children, and have received many honors, including two Coretta Scott King Awards and the Society of Illustrators Gold Medal. They live in Brooklyn, NY.
Read an Excerpt
When I'm by myself
And I close my eyes
I'm a twin
I'm a dimple in a chin
I'm a room full of toys
I'm a squeaky noise
I'm a gospel song
I'm a gong
I'm a leaf turning red
I'm a loaf of brown bread
I'm a whatever I want to be
An anything I care to be
And when I open my eyes
What I care to be
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Eloise Greenfield is a children¿s author whose work portrays strong, loving African American families. She tries to instill in children a sense of Black pride and self-confidence. In ¿Honey, I Love,¿ there are sixteen poems that express these values in fun, sing-songy, exuberant verse. In the title poem, a little girl rattles off the things she loves: the way her cousin talks, jumping in the hose on hot, sticky days, taking family rides, laughing, her mama, ¿and a whole lot of things.¿ The musical poetry in this small book will enchant you.
When I was little my mom used to read Honey I love to me all the time! I forget how it goes but something tells me it's some where in the piles of all the books we have!
This is one of my favorite books to read when I was a younger. This book really got me into the whole reading is cool... It was also good to see characters of my same race love some of the things I love.
My mother bought this book for me when I was around seven years old - I am now 27! At any rate, it was a foundational book for me because it first introduced the world of poetry in an African-American context. It is perfect for any child. The poems are rhythmic and fun. The illustrations are awesome. Children will love it and the parents will love to read along as well.