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Valentine's Day: Elementary-School Style

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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.

cover of All We Know - child smelling flowers



All We Know by Linda Ashman

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.




cover of If I Wrote a Book About You - mother, daughter, and dog sit under two trees, reading



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.




Mr. Goat's Valentine - goat holding a newspaper announcing it's Valentine's Day



Mr. Goat's Valentine by Eve Bunting

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.




cover of Foxy in Love - child hugs a fox holding a heart balloon



Foxy in Love by Emma Dodd

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.




cover of Homemade Love - girl holds both her parents' hands



Homemade Love by bell hooks

A girl who is Girlpie to her mama and Honey Bun Chocolate Dewdrop to her daddy savors the warmth and love of her family.





cover of I Love You Already! - a bear and duck sitting under a heart-shaped tree



I Love You Already! by Jory John and Benji Davies

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!





cover of Ten Things I Love About You - a bunny and a pig hop in midair with smiling faces



Ten Things I Love About You by Daniel Kirk

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?






cover of I Love You Near and Far - cat mom, dad, and child embracing, dad in military uniform



I Love You Near and Far by Marjorie Blain Parker

"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.




cover of The I LOVE YOU Book - a child with arms outstretched inside a heart



The I Love You Book by Todd Parr

Colorfully celebrates the love one person has for another, whether they are dancing or strolling, on snowy days and sunny ones, no matter what.




cover of Apple Cake - seated girl reads with a man presenting a cake on a tray to her



Apple Cake: A Recipe for Love by Julie Paschkis

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!