A companion to Ben Loves Bear, Bella Loves Bunny, and Peter Loves Penguin, Olivia Loves Owl features a little girl and her beloved stuffed owl. Olivia and Owl pick apples and frolic through piles of colorful leaves. After enjoying a perfect fall day, they go inside to wish upon a star and hoot at the moon. The youngest readers will relate to the loving bond between a child and her favorite stuffed animal and how this sweet friendship makes each day special.
Fourth in a series of books that includes Ben Loves Bear and Peter Loves Penguin, this placid story follows a brown-skinned girl and her doting toy owl through a day. McPhail's soft paintings evoke an early-autumn setting, and while "Owl has feathers" to stay warm, "Olivia has a sweater." Outside they jump around in piles of leaves ("Olivia flies through the air. Owl flies higher") and pick apples before heading back inside, preparing for bed. It's another tender study of a busy, parent-free day and a doting friendship. Owl's nocturnal nature lets him serve as a kind of overnight watchman as Olivia sleeps, a comforting detail to end on. Up to age 3.