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LOVE-ly Valentine Reads for Kids

Have you guys noticed that holidays have become a much bigger deal post-kids?  I used to only give much thought to the big ones, mainly Thanksgiving and Christmas.  For everything else it was more like, “It’s Halloween/Valentine’s Day/4th of July next week? Huh.”

But now every holiday is a chance to make a memory, teach my kids something, or create a tradition.  One of my favorite ways to do so is through books.  Which is why I love putting out holiday book lists for the littles.  To that end – here’s Janssen, MPMK’s resident children’s librarian, with some LOVE-ly recommendations…

I love Valentine’s Day – it’s such a bright spot in the middle of winter, and a nice excuse to put up some decorations (I like to save my Christmas cards to make a Valentine’s banner featuring our friends and family). And any holiday is a great chance to check out some themed picture books for your little ones and snuggle up on the couch together, pretending it’s not still freezing outside.

Also, chocolate and candy? Of course I love this holiday.

But since I can’t send everyone chocolates, let me share instead six books that are a perfect way to celebrate:

  1. It’s Valentine’s Day by Jack Prelutzky and Marylin Hafner – The poems that Prelutzky writes never fail to hit my funny bone, and this collection of Valentine’s poems is no exception.
  2. Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch by Eileen Spinelli and Paul Yalowitz – This one is a classic about a grumpy old man who receives a huge box of chocolates in the mail and is so thrilled to hear that someone loves him that he changes his ways, becoming one of the most popular people in his neighborhood. Until he discovers that the chocolate box wasn’t actually intended for him.
  3. The Day it Rained Hearts by Felica Bond – When a rainy day brings down hearts instead of just raindrops, a little girl takes them home and puts each unique heart into a Valentine for her animal friends. Sweet and old-fashioned.
  4. Lily’s Chocolate Heart by Kevin Henkes – I love this sweet little board book about Lily’s dilemma about what to do with her chocolate heart. You can’t just EAT it after all, can you?
  5. Plant a Kiss by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Peter H. Reynolds – When a little girl plants a kiss, she waits for it to grow and when it does, it’s a pretty remarkable sight. And the kiss is sparkly and textured, making the book just as fun to touch as it is to read.
  6. My Heart is Like a Zoo by Michael Hall – This clever book of creatures made entirely out of hearts is perfect for the animal lover at your house.

photo via Gregg Richards

Question of the day: 

Do you use books to help promote holiday spirit with your kiddos?  Which are your favs?

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Julia January 28, 2013 at 6:24 pm

I love holiday books for kids!! My sister and I loved One Zillion Valentines, which is out of print…. The fact that I immediately thought of it (25 years later) when I saw your post this morning says a lot!

http://www.amazon.com/One-Zillion-Valentines-Frank-Modell/dp/0688073298

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mpmk January 29, 2013 at 12:51 am

That’s exactly why I love the idea of using special books to celebrate special days – my childhood memories are full of my favorite books :).

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Hilary T January 29, 2013 at 2:15 pm

My library had all but one of these, so I’ve put them on request for some fun Valentines Day reading for my kids. Thanks for the suggestions! We are always looking for new books to read.

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Sarah January 30, 2013 at 3:49 pm

Love the list! Fyi, Kevin Henkes fabulous mouse is Lilly, not Lily. :)

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A Day in May Design February 2, 2013 at 10:16 pm

These are really great suggestions! I can’t wait to check them all out :).

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JoAnn Jordan February 6, 2013 at 5:29 pm

Books are wonderful t share! I add my thumbs up for “Plant a Kiss”. I shared a way to sing it last spring.

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