True colours

Written by Billy Steinberg & Tom Kelly

Illustrated by Sarah Walsh

THE STORY/THE AUTHORS

“But I see your true colors
Shining through
I see your true colors
And that’s why I love you
So don’t be afraid to let them show
Your true colors
True colors are beautiful
Like a rainbow”

“True Colors” features the song lyrics written by American songwriters Billy Steinberg and Tom Kelly. The song was written for Cyndi Lauper and, when it was released in 1986, it reached number one in the charts. Cyndi Lauper later went on to name her charity “True Colorado Fund”. The charity aims to “end homelessness among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning youth, creating a world where all young people can be their true selves” (truecolorsfund.org).

ILLUSTRATION

True colours is brought to life by the amazingly talented Sarah Walsh. Each page is an explosion of colour. This book is a wonderful way to let someone know that you love them.

VERDICT

Whether you read the lyrics out loud like a story book or sing along to the illustrations, this book is beautiful.

I’ll love you…

Written by Kathryn Cristaldi

Illustrated by Kristyna Litten

THE STORY

This is a fun story packed full of imagination and love. Kathryn Cristaldi has taken a fresh look at the old saying “until the cows come home”. Instead of just being let out to pasture, the cows in this book have taken an adventurous trip to Mars. Cow’s aren’t the only fun creatures in this story, oh no. I’ll love you until the cows come home, the yaks come back and the frogs ride past.

A BIT ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Kathryn Cristaldi started out as a children’s book editor and has now authored many books including Samantha the snob and baseball ballerina. In “I’ll love you…” Kathryn has gifted us with a creative and fun way to tell our little ones how much we love them. The story is written in rhyme and has a beautiful rhythm to it. It’s also full of animals so is a great story for the animal lover in your life. We have enjoyed reading this book every day since it arrived last week.

ILLUSTRATION

Kristyna Litten is a children’s author and illustrator. We first found her wonderful work when we checked Norton and alpha out of our local library. A quick search online for more of her work led us to “I’ll love you…” and we pre-ordered it straight away.


Kristyna’s illustrations typically begin as quick pencil drawings and then the colours and beautiful textures are added digitally. I love the cow’s expression in the foreground. Her illustrations are a joy to return to again and again as you reread the book.

VERDICT

An imaginative way to tell your little ones how much you love them.