I Love You for Miles and Miles

By Alison Goldberg, illustrated by Mike Yamada

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

ISBN: 9780374304430

Release Date: 12/26/17 

Love can be stronger than the strongest excavator, longer than the longest train, and taller than the tallest crane. And no matter where you go, love travels with you always. With exciting imagery and engaging, lyrical text, this I-love-you book is perfect for children who love vehicles that dig, carry, and lift. 



“With ‘I Love You for Miles and Miles,’ Goldberg combined the classic bedtime recitation of parental devotion with her kids’ obsession with construction and vehicles. The result is a picture book that celebrates a love that’s longer than the longest train and stronger than the strongest excavator.”The Boston Globe

A parent bear expresses their love for their cub through comparisons that will appeal to kids who love vehicles of all sorts.”Kirkus Reviews 

Forget comparing thee to a summer’s day—Goldberg’s first children’s book uses a truckload of vehicle metaphors to convey the heights and depths of a mother’s love for her child. ‘My love for you is/ Tougher than the toughest tractor/ Planting crop after crop,/ Helping through mud and muck,’ reads one entry, in which Yamada (Bad Guy) shows a mother bear standing protectively behind her overalls-clad child as they chug through a field while purple storm clouds gather. There’s a mix of tenderness and action in nearly every scene, and Yamada sometimes creates space between the two bears in his cheery cartoons, letting the younger one pilot his own helicopter, jet, and tugboat in a way that hints at the push-and-pull between independence and intimacy. The repeating structure and gentle reassurances of Goldberg’s verse cast a cozy, restful spell.”—Publishers Weekly 

“This sweet and colorful picture book is made for kids who love all things that go and the mamas and daddies whose love for them can only be compared to the biggest, tallest, longest, toughest machines around. On each lively spread, a mama bear tells her little bear just how big her love for him is—’longer than the longest train,’ ‘wider than the widest big rig,’ ‘stronger than the strongest excavator,’ and ‘taller than the tallest crane.’ Kids will love seeing all the vehicles and machines in action and the gentle reminder of their parents’ love for them.”Barnes & Noble Kids Blog

“The lyrical text is reassuring and it is almost impossible not to cuddle with a child while reading this book.”LibraryMom Blog

“In her sweet tribute to a parent’s or caregiver’s love, Alison Goldberg gives concrete shape and weight to that feeling of love which can be so hard to describe. Little ones awed by the size and power of vehicles and machines, will readily recognize and understand the comparisons and be excited to share their own abundant love.”Celebrate Picture Books Blog


  • I Love You for Miles and Miles is available in hardcover, board book, and paperback editions!
  • A portion of book proceeds from I Love You for Miles and Miles supports the Campaign to End Childhood Hunger (led by the Food Research and Action Center).
  • For publicity inquiries regarding I Love You for Miles and Miles, please contact childrens.publicity@macmillanusa.com.