Valentine’s Day is coming up fast, with Saint Patrick’s Day and Easter not far behind! I’m a bit late with getting everything ready for Valentine’s, but we just finished Groundhog Day and have been enjoying winter so much, I hadn’t realized how quickly time has been flying by. Sola will be celebrating Valentine’s at the homeschool co-op she attends, so we won’t do much here, but we still do like to read some Valentine books (I recently realized that this may be the last year she enjoys reading picture books with me, yikes!). We have eleven additions to add to the list of our favorite Valentine books.
The Ballad of Valentine – Oh my darling, oh my darling, oh my darling Valentine. I have written forty letters, but you’ve never read a line. Set to the tune of the song “Clementine,” Alison Jackson tells the sweet tale of Valentine and her beau. Valentine goes about her day, doing chores around her mountain cabin, while her secret admirer is hard at work trying to ask her an important question. He tries many ways to contact her, including Morse code and smoke signals, but he can never complete his message. Will he ever be able to reach his beloved Valentine?
Day It Rained Hearts One day it rains hearts, and Cornelia Augusta catches them. Each heart is special in its own way, and Cornelia Augusta knows exactly who to send them to.
Happy Valentine’s Day, Little Critter! – It’s Valentine’s Day, and Little Critter’s class is celebrating! They’re decorating the classroom with hearts, eating cupcakes, and making Valentine’s Day mailboxes. Little Critter is making an extra special card for an extra special valentine. Who will it be? Pull back the flaps and discover all the fun Valentine’s Day surprises.
Happy Valentine’s Day, Mouse! – Join Mouse from If You Give a Mouse a Cookie as he celebrates Valentine’s Day with all the friends he loves.
Here Comes Valentine Cat – Cat does NOT like Valentine’s Day. It’s much too mushy, and no way is he making anyone a valentine—especially not his new neighbor, Dog. Dog refuses to respect the fence: He keeps tossing over old bones and hitting Cat in the head! But just as Cat’s about to send Dog an angry “valentine” telling him exactly what he can do with his bones, Dog throws a ball over the fence. What is Dog playing at? Cat is in for a hilarious—and heartwarming—surprise in this story about being perhaps too quick to judge.
I Like You – Here is the book that Romeo would have given Juliet, Charlie Brown would have given Snoopy, and you can give to some very special friend. This special book expresses the true meaning of friendship in a long list of ways with charming accompanying illustrations.
I Spy Little Hearts – Perfect for Valentine’s Day or any day–search-and-find fun from bestselling author/illustrator team Jean Marzollo and Walter Wick! Filled with fun photos from the original I Spy series, this sweet new I Spy Little book comes with a holographic foil cover! Preschoolers can search for hearts galore, as well as other intriguing toys and trinkets! Picture clues and rhyming riddles guide the youngest readers through twelve delightful puzzles.
Love from The Very Hungry Caterpillar – “You are the cherry on my cake; you make the sun shine brighter; you make my heart flutter.” Using a range of images from the World of Eric Carle, and featuring the Very Hungry Caterpillar, this special gift book gives all the reasons why someone special makes the world a better and brighter place. Perfect for that someone special on Valentine’s Day—or any day.
Slugs in Love – Marylou loves everything about Herbie—how his slime trail glistens in the dark, how he can stretch himself thin to squeeze inside the cellar window, and how he always finds the juiciest tomatoes. But Marylou is a shy slug. How can she get Herbie to notice her? Find out how Marylou woos her beloved in this must-have love story that’s perfect for Valentine’s Day.
There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Rose! – Our favorite lady is back and hungry for Valentine’s Day treats! That lovely old lady has returned just in time for Valentine’s Day. Now she’s swallowing items to make a very special gift for her valentine! With rhyming text and hilarious illustrations, this wacky version of the classic song will appeal to young readers as they follow the Old Lady on a wild Valentine’s Day adventure.
Valentines Are for Saying I Love You – Thanksgiving Is for Giving Thanks has been a perennial best seller since its publication in 2000! Now this sweet follow-up is sure to hit the spot for another holiday, the one on February 14th. Candy hearts, flowers, boxes of chocolate, sure! But most of all, Valentine’s Day is to say “I LOVE YOU,” loud and clear. In this sweet tale, a little girl makes a special valentine for everyone.
What is your favorite Valentines book?