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Love Is a Tutu

Written by Amy Novesky & illustrated by Sara Gillingham
Published by Abrams
4.67 / 7.0
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Goodreads Rating - 3.7 / 5.0
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This beautifully designed and playfully illustrated novelty board book is the perfect starting point for tiny ballerinas and parents alike. Sweet and spare rhymes prance across the pages, engaging the reader with real ballet terms and plenty of pink. Parents and toddlers together will sigh Bravo as they turn off the light.

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B is for Bookworm
Book-loving mommy-to-be! Recently enjoyed The Hobbit, Becoming, and The Marvelous Magic of Miss Mabel.
5.75 / 7.0

I really love this book, though I may be slightly biased as I grew up dancing. The illustrations are my favorite!!! I love that this book includes dance terminology and vocabulary, which of course adds some French exposure. :)

Readerly Mom
Bay Area mother of two, world traveler, book lover, picky reader
3.75 / 7.0

The design and artwork of this book is great, but there’s no real storyline or anything pushing you through the book. I think the writing is just okay, but my pre-schooler does like having actual ballet terms in there. The same author wrote another board book, very similar to this one, called Love is a Truck, and while they’re both cute books, I’m super turned off by the boy version/girl version feel to them both. Yuck.

The Book Snob Mom
Mom of boys. Lover of Harry Potter, Jane Austen and believes one can never own too many children's books!
4.5 / 7.0

Adorable illustrations and great inclusion of actual dance terminology. I personally think the cadence and rhyming make this a much easier read-aloud than the companion “Love is a Truck” book, so that gave it a boost in my book :)

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Who Wrote Love Is a Tutu

Amy Novesky

Amy Novesky is an award-winning children’s book author and editor. Her picture books include CLOTH LULLABY, THE WOVEN LIFE OF LOUISE BOURGEOIS; ME, FRIDA; GEORGIA IN HAWAII; IMOGEN, THE MOTHER OF MODERNISM AND THREE BOYS; MISTER AND LADY DAY; ELEPHANT PRINCE; LOVE IS A TUTU and LOVE IS A TRUCK. Two new picture books will follow in 2019 from Disney Press and MoMA, and in 2020, Abrams will publish GIRL ON A MOTORCYCLE, about author and adventurer, Anne-France Dautheville, illustrated by Julie Morstad. Amy is represented by Caryn Wiseman of the Andrea Brown Literary Agency.

Amy’s career making children’s books began at Chronicle Books in San Francisco. Twenty years and hundreds of books later, Amy works with authors, agents, packagers, publishers, bookstores, toy companies and film studios, including Disney Press, Ever After Studio, Harcourt (MARY POPPINS), Henry Holt, MoMA, National Geographic Kids (NATUMI TAKES THE LEAD), Paper Hat Press, Pixar (THREE LITTLE WORDS), and Princeton Architectural Press. Amy is the children’s book editor for Creative Editions/The Creative Company and for Cameron Kids, an imprint of Cameron + Company. (Bio via

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Who Illustrated Love Is a Tutu

Sara Gillingham

Sara is an award-winning art director, designer and the author/illustrator of books such as: How to Grow a Friend, Snuggle the Baby, The Empowerment Series and the bestselling In My Series.

Sara and her team also provide design strategy, art direction, design and illustration to a wide variety of clients in the children’s design and publishing world. Sara has over fifteen years of experience in children’s publishing, both in-house: as former Design Director for children’s publishing at Chronicle Books, and as principal of her own studio. She has art directed/designed hundreds of children’s books, and won numerous awards from organizations such as 3x3, Print Magazine, 50 Books/50 Covers and The Society of Illustrators.

Sara has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of British Columbia, and a Masters in Illustration/Design from the Glasgow School of Art and has taught children’s book illustration at California College of the Arts and UC Berkeley Extension in San Francisco. (Bio via

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