"The most books of any one title I've sold this year." -- Barry Stoll, owner Learning Express, Boca Raton, FL, April 2002
"This book offers a spiritual solution to any and all problems that may ever arise for a child." -- Wayne Dyer, author and teacher, November 11, 2001
... shines as a pure expression of the heart. I wish everyone could read this book and live its glowing message -- Alan Cohen. author of A Deep Breath of Life, May 10, 2002--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From the Publisher
I Love You More was published by I Shine, Inc in December of 2001. Their missio is to generate the conversation of love around the world. I Shine, Inc was started by author Laura Duksta and illustrator Karen Keesler, with an investment from Laura's mom, a kindergarten teacher for 37 years. They ordered 3000 copies to start. They set up a project to sell 3000 books in 3 months and realized that they would quickly need more books. They ordered their next 10,000 almost as soon as their first edition arrived. I Love You More was placed on Amazon and in high end gift galleries and exclusive children's shops across the country. As of 2005 I Love You More is available in 47 states in over 400 stores and is sold by book displayers in the US and Canada as well as Australia. They have since sold 157,000 copies.
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Laura grew up just outside of Boston at her families restaurant on the ocean. In 1991 she relocated to South Florida living again just a block away from the beach. She loves to watch the sunrise and moonrise over the ocean-especially with her nieces and nephews.
I Love You More is her first book-she actually went from being a bartender to a best-selling author in the last few years. The book was an answer to a prayer, written for her oldest nephew Tyler. Laura is incredibly grateful for the inspiration that literally changed her life.
In 2001, she and illustrator Karen Keesler, started I Shine, Inc and self-published their book. They sold over 179,000 copies on their own until partnering with Sourcebooks at the end of 2007. In 2008, with their publishers help, I Love You More hit the New york Times Best Sellers List three times. Their mission is "to generate the conversation of love around the world" and they are doing just that-they receive orders and emails from all over the globe. ILYM is now available in Korean and Hebrew. They have won several awards and have been written up in in many local and national publications, including USA Today.
Laura's favorite thing to do is going into schools and sharing her program "Self-Esteem through Love". Losing her hair at age 11, to a disease called Alopecia Areata, made her realize how tough it is when young people feel like they don't fit in. Her program teaches students to celebrate and be empowered by their differences rather than being stopped by them and inspires them to be their very best.
Laura never dreamed of being an author but she is very glad that she took what seemed to be a good idea and turned it into a mini empire of love!
I LOVE this book! As a mom and a teacher, this book grabbed me as soon as I read it. The rhyming text and colorful illustrations appeal to all while the message is so heartwarming and simple that anyone who reads it will understand. The specialness of the flip-sided book adds to the excitement of wanting more and feeling fulfulled when it is finished. I can't wait to read it in my classroom and have my students, make their own "I Love Your More Books". What a great gift idea!
What a wonderful story about the special relationship between a mother and her son. Laura Duksta, the author, came to speak at my school (for the teachers) and told us the inspirational story of her life. What a woman! When she read her book to us, it was such a heartwarming story that there was barely a dry eye in the room. I recommend this to everyone, but ESPECIALLY moms with sons!!
A warm, reassuring story related in lilting rhyme I LOVE YOU MORE is the answer to a small boy's question, "Mommy, just how much do you love me?" Her replies are in verse form with simple, everyday objects representing the depth and breadth of her love.
For instance, "I love you higher than the highest bird ever flew. I love you taller than the tallest tree ever grew."
The book is flip-sided so it may be read from front to back or back to front, thus the book never ends just as a mother's love never does.
Illustrations by Karen Kessler are full-page, bright in primary colors.
This is a story so appealing that even when youngsters know it by heart they'll want to hear it again and again. It's a lovely way for mothers to remind young ones of how very much they care.
My mother bought this book for my 2 1/2 year old son a week ago. Since then, we've read it every night (at his request) and now he just blurts out "I love you more!" (Talk about a heart melter!) I highly recommend this book to everyone as the story and the pictures are just beautiful.
This book is amazing. I am pregnant and read this book to my child in utero. I think it will be a treasured book for my children and me for many years to come. The first time I read this book I was in a very small store. I had just discovered I was pregnant and couldn't stop crying at it's heartwarming message. A must for any child!
My kids' reading skills are beyond most picture books, but that hasn't stopped them from enjoying a clever and touching new book called I Love You More, by Laura Duksta.
The story is simple, and the illustrations are bright and colorful, but it's the design of the book that sets it apart from so many others. Read as a conversation between a boy and his mother from the child's point of view, the dialogue comes to an end in the middle of the book. At that point, you flip the book over and the story begins again, only from the mother's perspective.
It's a never-ending story, and one that will absolutely delight toddlers who are just learning how to read and express themselves. But, as I've seen with my own kids, some books are classics to be left on the shelf and taken down every now and then just for fun, no matter what your age.
My family highly recommends I Love You More. It would make a perfect gift for a new mother who needs to learn that it's never too early to start reading to your children.
This is a sweet book about a mother and child comparing how much they love each other. The illustrations are bright and attractive to children and the book is done in a 'flip book' format where one side is read one way and you turn it around to read the other side. [One side being the mother's story and one being the child's]. My 5 year old and her Grandmother adore this book and read it over and over!
This is a really fabulous, touching, heart melting, sweet book! My little boy (4 years old) absolutely loves reading this book to me each night as we snuggle before bed. And all throughout the day he tells me "mommy, i love you more, so much more than you've ever known!" which is a quote from the book!...
It was given to us by someone we love, and I know it is a book we will be reading for many years!