“I love you so much I really can’t eat, but maybe you’re hungry so sweets to the sweet.” – David Carter
Here is a list of some of our favorite children’s books that we have enjoyed as we celebrate this great holiday. They’re in no particular order:
1. Valentine Friends by Ann Schweninger (1988, Scholastic) – a very creative story of best friends, Buttercup and Lucy, and all of the wonderful ways they celebrate this holiday; it even includes a how-to on creating construction hearts as well as some great knock-knock jokes!
2. Arthur’s Valentine Countdown by Marc Brown (1999, Random House) – one of the best lift-the-flap holiday books and it stars Arthur!
3. Love Bugs by David Carter (1995, Simon & Schuster) – one of the best holiday pop-up books ever!
4. A Kiss For Little Bear by Else Holmelund Minarik (1968, Weekly Reader Books) – with illustrations by Maurice Sendak!
5. Roses are Pink, Your Feet Really Stink by Diane de Groat (1996, Morrow Junior Books) – the title of this book alone makes it a must-have!
6. Cranberry Valentine by Wende and Harry Devlin (1986, Aladdin Books) – our friend Rhonda Flint gave us our first “Mr. Whiskers” book and this series is among our favorites to this day. The illustrations are classic works of art and Mr. Whiskers is hilarious in his quest to discover who is his secret admirer!
7. Junie B. Jones and the Mushy Gushy Valentine by Barbara Park (1999, Random House) – this was among our first series of books with actual chapters and the Valentine story is among our top three favorites. This is a kindergartner you must read all about! Another great secret admirer story, mixed so well into the perspective of the kindergarten mind!
8. Valentine Cats by Jean Marzollo (1996, Scholastic) – writer cats, artist cats, postal cats, and a few kittens thrown in for good measure!
9. Emily’s Valentine Party by Claire Masurel (1999, Puffin Books) – our aunt Mary Elise bought this as our oldest’s first book with her name in the title. Emily the rabbit is having a party for her friends and the reader joins in by lifting the flaps as she prepares for her favorite holiday.
10. The Valentine Bears by Eve Bunting (1983, Scholastic) – with illustrations by Jan Brett! This is my personal favorite of the ten: “Mr. Bear and Mrs. Bear always missed Valentine’s Day because they were hibernating. But this year they share a wonderful surprise.”
Happy Valentine’s Reading!!!