Monday, January 30, 2012

Valentine’s Day Books to Make Your Heart Sing: Part 1

I had no idea there were so many great Valentine’s Day books! Check out these books and then come back next week to hear about a bunch more.

Arthur’s Valentine by Marc Brown
Someone keeps sending Arthur valentines, signed “Your Secret Admirer.” Can he find out who it is by Valentine’s Day?

Valentine’s Day Is… by Gail Gibbons
If you’ve ever wondered about the meaning of Valentine’s Day, this book is for you! Not only is the day itself explained, the meaning behind some of the symbols are, too: hearts, ribbon, lace, candy… This is a great source of information to impress your friends and family :)

Love Letters by Arnold Adoff, illustrated by Lisa Desimini
This collection of love poems is everything I love about poetry: the poems are simple, understandable and make me smile and nod my head in delight. The poems never make me think, “Huh?” Plus, they are real, not mushy. Give them a try.

The Valentine Bears by Eve Bunting, illustrated by Jan Brett
Mrs. Bear decides she and Mr. Bear are not going to sleep through Valentine’s Day this year. She plans and prepares. She surprises Mr. Bear with her preparations but he also has a surprise for her. Jan Brett’s illustrations make this lovely book even better.

Minnie and Moo: Will You be My Valentine? by Denys Cazet
Poetry-writing cows is one thing – but poetry-writing cows in tutus? This book is hilarious!

Little Mouse’s Big Valentine by Thatcher Hurd
Little Mouse creates a giant valentine. It’s so big, no one wants it. What will he do with his big valentine? Even though this book was written over 20 years ago, it’s still one of my favorite Valentine’s Day books.

Happy Valentine’s Day, Miss Hildy! by Lois Grambling, illustrated by Bridget Starr Taylor
Miss Hildy loves two things: her cup of afternoon tea and solving mysteries. Her latest mystery – who sent her 12 flamingos for Valentine’s Day? She puts her mystery-solving skills to the test to find out. The illustrations are very fun.

Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch by Eileen Spinelli, illustrated by Paul Yalowitz
Mr. Hatch has no friends. He does the same things every day and he does them alone. One Valentine’s Day, a giant valentine is delivered to him and his life changes. But is it the valentine that changes him? This is my new favorite book for Valentine’s Day.

A String of Hearts by Laura Malone Elliott, illustrated by Lynn Munsinger
Sam wants to make a valentine that will cause popular Tiffany to notice him. But what does Tiffany like? Sam’s friend Mary Ann helps him make a pretty valentine. Will his valentine catch Tiffany’s attention?

Lilly’s Chocolate Heart by Kevin Henkes
Lilly searches for the perfect place to hide her last chocolate Valentine heart. See if you guess the perfect place before she does.

Babymouse: Heartbreaker by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm
Valentine’s Day is Babymouse’s favorite holiday. Unfortunately, her life doesn’t even come close to her fantasies. Will someone ask her to the dance? Will she ask someone? Will she go alone? This is my favorite Babymouse book so far.

I’m a big fan of Valentine’s Day. It’s all about friendship, love, chocolate and signals that we’re moving toward spring! What do you like best about Valentine’s Day?

This week's free online story from Bob Brooks: From Nuts To Reading.  It's about a reluctant reader.

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