Valentine's Day can be no fun as an adult (please see Heather's blog post), but as a kid, it can be great! Awesome themed valentines, classroom parties, wonderfully cheap trinkets, and enough candy to make you feel vaguely sick. When you're in elementary school, Valentine's Day is a day to appreciate your friends, thank your teachers, and hug your family, all while dressed in head-to-toe pink or red while probably also eating a heart-shaped cookie.
And so, in honor of a holiday I fondly remember from childhood, I present ten picture books on the subject of love. Some are about Valentine's Day, some are about families, some are about friends, but all are about the ways that we love the people around us.
A seed knows how to sprout. A lamb knows how to bleat. Stars shine, seasons change, and waves rise and fall. Some things just come naturally - like a parent's love.
If I Wrote a Book About You by Stephany Aulenback
"If I wrote a book about you and how wonderful you are, I would write it everywhere," says a mother to her child. And so she does - with the branches of the trees, the sand at the beach, and even the rays of the sun.
When Mr. Goat learns that it's Valentine's Day, he sets out in search of gifts for his first love, but his choices are a little unconventional.
Foxy uses his magical tail to help his friend Emily make a Valentine's Day card that reflects all the things she most loves, from birthday cakes and gardens to rainbows and balloons.
A girl who is Girlpie to her mama and Honey Bun Chocolate Dewdrop to her daddy savors the warmth and love of her family.
Bear can't wait to spend a pleasant day by himself. His persistent next-door neighbor, Duck, wants to take a morning stroll...with Bear. He just wants Bear to like him already, but what he can't understand is, Bear already does!
Rabbit just adores his friend Pig. So he is excited to make a list of all the things he loves about Pig. And who better to help him write the list than Pig himself?
"Wherever you live-if it's near or it's far...I love you wherever, wherever you are." A love letter to those who may not be geographically near, but remain very close at heart.
Colorfully celebrates the love one person has for another, whether they are dancing or strolling, on snowy days and sunny ones, no matter what.
Alfonso loves his colorful, magical existence. He also loves Ida. But Ida, nose in a book, just doesn't seem to notice. Can he win her heart with a cake of his own creation?
Share a book with someone you love and have a Happy Valentine's Day!