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I Love You, One to Ten

Written by Caroline Adderson

Illustrated by Christina Leist

  • 32 Pages
  • 9781554987092
  • 9.5" x 7.5"
  • from grade PK to grade K
  • JUVENILE FICTION / Concepts / Counting
  • JUVENILE FICTION / Family / New Baby


Publication Date August 25, 2015

In this poem addressed to a young child, author Caroline Adderson outlines the ten things a mother loves about her little one. From his scaly elbows and knees all the way to his twitchy tail, every inch of this little “monster” is itemized and admired.

Gentle and humorous illustrations by Christina Leist show how one tired parent decides to participate in a bit of rowdy play at bedtime, with the result being a happily tired child and a mother who is even more in love with her offspring than she was at the beginning of the book.

This satisfyingly unconventional bedtime story will encourage children and parents to appreciate each other just a little bit more every time they read it.


Caroline Adderson
Caroline Adderson is the author of award-winning books for adults and young readers. She has been nominated for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, two Commonwealth Writers’ Prizes, the Giller Prize, the Governor General’s Award and the Rogers’ Trust Fiction Prize. Her children’s books include Jasper John Dooley, Left Behind (named a Best Children’s Book of 2013 by Kirkus Reviews), the picture book Norman, Speak! and her middle-grade novel, Middle of Nowhere, which won the Sheila A. Egoff Children’s Literature Prize and was shortlisted for the Canadian Library Association Book of the Year for Children Award.

Christina Leist
Christina Leist is a Vancouver-based children’s illustrator, writer and book designer. After graduating from the University of Applied Sciences in Wiesbaden with a Bachelor (Honours) in Communications Design, she worked as an Art Director for several international advertising agencies. Her books featuring imaginative worlds for the young have received several award nominations and great recognition.


"The colors often bleed beyond their borders, lending a dreamy quality to the proceedings, and a company of small details . . . slow the free-verse poem's momentum and introduce the possible notion of day's end." Kirkus Reviews

"Whimsical . . . The gentle mixed-media cartoon artwork has a soothing palette and lots of movement." School Library Journal

"A very cute book for younger children as they will likely see themselves and their innocent, carefree lives reflected in the pages." CM Magazine