Monday 23 February 2015

Celebrating 20 Years of Guess How Much I Love You

Day 1 of the Guess How Much I Love You blog tour

Today we're over the moon to be kicking off our Guess How Much I Love You blog tour on Picture Book Party, celebrating 20 years of this cherished classic by Sam McBratney and Anita Jeram. 

This week, to celebrate two decades of the book that has captured the hearts of millions of children and adults worldwide, we've asked four fantastic mummy bloggers to share their memories of Guess How Much I Love You, and to get creative with their little ones, inspired by the book.

Follow the blog tour:
Monday 23rd:
Tuesday 24th:
Wednesday 25th:
Thursday 26th:
Friday 27th:

‘I love you right up to the moon – and back’

Sometimes, when you love someone very, very much, you want to find a way of describing how much you treasure them. But, as Little Nutbrown Hare and Big Nutbrown Hare discover, love is not always an easy thing to measure! 

The tale of the Nutbrown Hares competing to measure their love for one another, and Big Nutbrown Hare’s heart-warming declaration to Little Nutbrown Hare, ‘I love you right up to the moon – and back’, has helped this story become a way of saying ‘I love you’ all over the world. 

The story behind Guess How Much I Love You

The seed for Guess How Much I Love You was planted during a conversation between Sam McBratney and his editor. Sam explains how it all began . . .

"One day, my editor at Walker Books in London said, “Why don’t you write a picture book, Sam?”
I said, “Do I not need to know an illustrator, Caroline?”
“Wouldn’t I have to work with an illustrator? You know, match text with drawing sort of thing.”
She shook her head.
I said, “You mean, you want me to send you ... a page?”
“Sam,” said Caroline, “we have illustrators who can render in exquisite detail whatever your imagination can dream up. What we don’t have are people who can write a powerful story using hardly any words at all. It looks as though it should be easy, Sam, but it’s not easy.”
What she was saying was what I later came to believe: it’s as difficult to write a fine picture book, one that stands out from the crowd, as it is to write a fine novel.
I took up the challenge and the result was Guess How Much I Love You, published in 1994. About 400 words. And Caroline was right, it wasn’t easy - it was a new experience over six months to have every word fighting for its existence in the finished text. But that’s another story, a different story.

Anita Jeram and Sam McBratney


To celebrate the 20th anniversary of Guess How Much I Love You, we have a gorgeous goody bag up for grabs, filled with Little Nutbrown Hare treats including a soft toy, poster, an anniversary edition of the book, stickers and hare ears! Three runners up will win a beautiful anniversary edition of the book. For your chance to win, just tell us what you love "right up to the moon and back." Send your answer along with your name and address to with GUESS in the subject line by 10 April 2015. Good luck!

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Keep your little hares busy and visit for lots Guess How Much I Love You activities.