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[DiverseKidLit] An Uncomplicated Kind Of Love in “Worm Loves Worm”

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The most-clicked post from the previous #diversekidlit was Nicholette’s post at Mixed Family Life announcing the publication of her first-ever bookIbari’s Curls. This sounds like a great addition to any book collection seeking to celebrate children’s unique qualities. Congratulations, Nicholette!

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We have just launched our Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Bookshelf – which continues to be a work in progress because it is a massive project that will evolve as more books find us.

At the moment, there are already over 500 multicultural/ international picturebook titles that deal with self awareness (self and family, identity, spirituality, self-efficacy) and self management (overcoming fears, dealing with loss and grief, persistence and pursuit of dreams, creativity and imagination) for you all to enjoy. I am not even halfway through! I hope to add more pages across the three remaining SEL competencies (i.e. social awareness, relationship management, and responsible decision making) throughout the year.

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We have also posted our Jan-March linky – and you can share as many titles as you wish, even if they come from the same country. More details to be found in the link above.

Our theme this January – March has to do with love and all its different forms, permutations, and glory. Hence, what better way to begin than with this uncomplicated kind of love.

Worm Loves Worm

Written by: J. J. Austrian Illustrated by: Mike Curato
Published by: Balzer + Bray, 2016 ISBN: 0062386336 (ISBN13: 9780062386335) Literary Awards: Goodreads Choice Award Nominee for Picture Books (2016), Charlotte Huck Honor Book (2017)
Bought own copy of the book. Book photos taken by me. 

This is a story between a worm and another worm who have fallen in love with each other, and have decided to get married. For the couple, their love is simple, clear, and uncomplicated – and they wish to spend the rest of their lives together.

However, when their friends found out about their plans, they began providing well-meaning inputs and suggestions on how the couple should go about doing it: from the one who should officiate the ceremony to having a “best beetle” and “bride’s bees” – and the matrimonial garments they should be wearing:

As I was reading this story, I was reminded of my own wedding – and what it was like during the planning stages, with so many competing forces demanding to be heard, multiple voices that needed to be appeased, and teeny-tiny details that needed attending.

When things started becoming complicated for the couple, after being told that they should do things a certain way because it has always been done that way, this was their response: “… we’ll just change how it’s done.”

Simple, unadorned, true. Love is love is love.

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Myra is a Teacher Educator and a registered clinical psychologist based in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates. Prior to moving to the Middle East, she lived for eleven years in Singapore serving as a teacher educator. She has edited five books on rediscovering children’s literature in Asia (with a focus on the Philippines, Malaysia, India, China, Japan) as part of the proceedings for the Asian Festival of Children’s Content where she served as the Chair of the Programme Committee for the Asian Children’s Writers and Illustrators Conference from 2011 until 2019. While she is an academic by day, she is a closet poet and a book hunter at heart. When she is not reading or writing about books or planning her next reads, she is hoping desperately to smash that shuttlecock to smithereens because Badminton Is Life (still looking for badminton courts here at UAE - suggestions are most welcome).

8 comments on “[DiverseKidLit] An Uncomplicated Kind Of Love in “Worm Loves Worm”

  1. I loved Worm Loves Worm! I’m glad to see you did too!

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  2. What a really great share. I haven’t read it yet, but need to!

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  3. What an adorable looking book! I love the page with the spider.

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  4. Worm loves Worm is one of our favorites!!

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