24 Sweet Valentine Books For Kids


Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. Here’s a list of some of my favorite books to read on this sweetest of holidays. I discovered some new books which I’m excited to introduced to my kiddos as well.

Tthe-ballad-of-valentine-imagehe Ballad of Valentine by Alison Jackson

I found this little gem while browsing through the library with my kiddos. It’s a clever rhyming book that will keep kid and adult amused.

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Not only does this book illustrate all of the different things we do to celebrate this special day. It gives you a history lesson on the origins of Valentine’s Day. Great book!


The Valentine Bears by Eve Bunting

This is one of my all-time favorite books for Valentine’s Day written by one of my favorite children book’s authors. Mr. and Mrs. Bear wake up mid-hibernation to give each other very special Valentine Day gifts. This is a must read.

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I put this at the top of my list because I just love this sweet book. Jasper Bunny wants to find his wife, Lilly, a very special Valentine’s Day gift. The ending is a sweet surprise.

Kissing handThe Kissing Hand by Audry Penn

I remember Lily’s teacher reading this book on her first day of Pre-K.  I really love this book and am reading it for H’s Pre-K co-op coming up soon.

Guess_How_Much_I_Love_You_Cover_ArtGuess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney

Who doesn’t love this book? This is a must for any library.

I’d Kidknow youanywherenow You Anywhere My Love by Nancy Tillman

I found this book while browsing around Barnes and Nobles with The Hubs. It caught my eye because it is written by the same author who wrote On the Night You Were Born, one of my all-time favorite children’s books. I like this book just as much. It’s about the love we parents have for our kids. The book reminds me of Lulu and H who are always pretending to be someone or something else, just like the child in this book. I highly recommend this one. The Nancy Tillman also gives us the illustrations which are captivating as well.


Valentine Surprise by Corinne Demas

The main character, Lily, is trying to make the perfect Valentine for her mom. The end result  is absolutely perfect to mom.

II-Love-You-Night-and-Day Love You Night and Day by Smriti  Prasadam Halls

This book reminds me a little bit of I’d Know You Anywhere My Love. It’s heartwarming and the  illustrations are a bit more cartoonish. This is a great book for Valentine’s Day or before bed reading.

The Dathe day it rained heartsy It Rained Hearts by Felicia Bond

This is another gem I found while browsing at Barnes and Noble.

biggest kissThe Biggest Kiss by Joanna Walsh and Judi Abbot

I really enjoyed this book and the one below (by the same author).

Tperfect hughe Perfect Hug by Joanna Walsh and Judi Abbot

plant-a-kiss   Plant a Kiss by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

Sweet and simple.  My kids loved this one, too.

I enjoyed reading these next set of books. I know my kids will love them because of the characters and what I know will capture my kids’ (and most kids’) interests. Some of these books have familiar characters that I know my kids will be drawn to.

Big HBig Hugs Little Hugsugs, Little Hugs  by Felicia Bond

I actually read this book this week to L and H while they were eating breakfast. Perfect for little ones.

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There’s No One I Love Like You by Jutta Langreuter

This a book with a lesson. Bunny doesn’t appreciate his family until he lives somewhere else. This book would make a great discussion starter for being grateful and having a good attitude.

There WaOld ladys An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Rose by Lucille Colandro

This one is just plain funny and very entertaining.

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Fancy Nancy Heart to Heart by Jane O’Connor

We like all the Fancy Nancy books! This is right up Lulu’s alley.

Pete the CatPete the Cat Valentine’s Day Is Cool by James Dean and Kimberly Dean

To be honest, I’d never read a Pete the Cat book. I’ve been missing out. Pete realizes that thinking of others and giving thoughtful valentines to his friends is super cool!!

Dinosaurs UnderpantsDinosaurs Love Underpants by Claire Freedman 

Okay, this isn’t so much a Valentine’s book as it has the word LOVE in the title. I think every boy (and girl) would love this silly and creative book read to them on Valentine’s Day. Did you know that wearing underpants is why the dinosaurs went instinct??? Neither did I! This is a super fun book.

The Nthe night before valentines dayight Before Valentine’s Day  by  Natasha Wing

Join this delightful class as they get ready for their special holiday celebration.

Havalentine curious georgeppy Valentine’s Day,  Curious George  by N. Di Angelo

Little H loves Monkey George (as he calls him)! This is a sweet book.

Lovbook_loveYouWhene You When by Linda Kranz

This one really caught my eye. What great photographs of real rocks with loving messages painted on them.

It's valentines dayIt’s Valentine’s Day by Jack Prelutsky

This is a fun book of Valentine’s  poems that Lulu loved reading to me!

little critterHappy Valentine’s Day, Little Critter! by Mercer Mayer

We (Little H) are IN LOVE with the Little Critter books right now. This is right up his alley!

Happy Reading!



25 of My Favorite Christmas Books

If you’ve been following my blog for any length of time you know my love of books, right? So, I’ve compiled an awesome list of Christmas picture books that we love and have read (time and again) at our house. Enjoy ! Merry Christmas and Happy Reading!!

(Most of these are available on Amazon and many I’ve requested from the library.)

1::Bear Stays Up For Christmas by Karma Wilson


2::Snowmen at Christmas by Caralyn Buehner


3::The Legend of The Candy Cane by Lori Walburg



4::The Nutcracker by Susan Jeffers


5::The Legend of St. Nicholas by Dandi Daley Mackall


6:: Good King Wenceslas:: Original song lyrics by John Mason Neale and Illustrated by Omar Rayyan


7:: The Littlest Christmas Tree by R.A. Herman


8:: Merry Christmas Mom and Dad by Mercer Mayer


9:: Home for Christmas by Jan Brett



10:: Too Many Tamales by Gary Soto


11::The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree by Gloria Houston  This has turned out to be one of my personal favorites.



12:: Corduroy’s Christmas by Don Freeman  A Lift – The – Flap Book


13:: Room for a Little One:: A Christmas Tale by Martin Waddell


14:: Santa’s Favorite Story by Hisako Aoki and Ivan Gantschev



15:: The Night Before Christmas illustrated by Douglas Gorsline


16:: The Twelve Days of Christmas illustrated by  David Delamare


17:: We wish you a Merry Christmas by Merle Solomon; illustrated by Lisa Alderson


18:: God Gave Us Christmas by Lisa Tawn Bergren



19:: J is for Jesus by Crystal Bowman


20:: The Crippled Lamb by Max Lucado



Some new ones I’m trying out this year:

21::The Gift of the Christmas Cookie: Sharing the True Meaning of Jesus’ Birth by Dandi Daley Mackall


22::Santa Clause and the Three Bears by Maria Modugno



23::The Legend of the Poinsettia retold and illustrated by Tomie dePaola


24:: Pete the Cat Saves Christmas by James Dean


25:: The Little Fir Tree by Jim Lamarche



First Day of School and How To Start Your School Year Off Right!

Spoiler Alert! Cute kid and puppy pictures ahead.

Well, we did it! We started a new school year (3 weeks ago now). Lily is starting 3rd grade and Henry will be somewhere inbetween Pre-K and Kindergarten. We call it TK. (The technical term is Transitional Kindergarten.) This is my 4th year of homeschooling.

Our summer has been fun; but I was beginning to long for a routine and structure again. Funny, we still aren’t in a very good routine; but I feel like everyone is enjoying school so far.


Her chalkboard doesn’t surprise me one bit. This girl loves animals.


Honestly, his chalkboard doesn’t surprise me either. I’m sure he’ll be a great french fry. You know us Bauers. We teach our kids to dream big and aim high!!

Our first day was very low key. Actually our whole week was. My goal was to slowly ease us back into our school schedule. They loved opening their school supply boxes, checking out their books and binders, and even Boomer finally settled down and found his spot under the kitchen table.




The goal for the second week was to get into a rhythm and figure out how our day was going to flow and how I was going to “get it all done”. I knew I needed to stay home and not get distracted by outside activities so we could get into that routine.

So The Hubs and I did what every sane and wise parent would do, on the second week of school, shortly after installing new floors and carpet………….


We got a puppy.

Because that just makes perfect sense.

What says focus and routine and normal like getting a puppy?!?

Distraction free, routine making week…. out the window.

Meet Mac. I can’t even handle the level of cuteness in this picture.

So we spent much of our week doing this….


and this……


a little of this……

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and  lot of this.


Oh, and we did some school, too.


We got a bit more school done the 3rd week. Mac is a very good puppy. Yes, he’s chewing on everything; but he fits in perfectly with out little family. Boomer and Mac wrestle constantly which keeps them occupied. It also means that I sweep about twice a day because of dirt and hair. But we are in puppy heaven right now and it’s totally worth it.

And yes, I carry him around like a baby. Do you blames me? He’s ridiculously cute!!!

Well, I’m off to rescue a shoe from puppy teeth and cover his furry little face in kisses.


24 Sweet Valentines Books For Kids

Untitled (1)Hello February!! We made it out of what we call around here, “Birthday Month”. We have a ton of family birthdays in January. Now we are on to one of my favorite months for homeschooling, February. We have a lot of interesting holidays to explore, Groundhog Day, President’s Day, Black History Month and Valentine’s Day.

So I dug back a little in The Accidental Domestic Archives to this sweet and helpful post I wrote last year. Check out these wonderful books to share with your kids about love, family and Valentine’s Day here: 24 Sweet Valentines Books for Kids.

Just a little tip: I don’t have time to search for all these books at my library with two kids in tow. So, I request them on line through my library’s website and pick them up in one fell swoop. It makes life much easier.

Enjoy and Happy Reading!


What I’m Loving Mondays:: Monterey Bay, Books and Baking

What I'm Loving Mondays

I LOVE that last week we were in Monterey for a homeschool field trip. There are so many things I love about homeschooling; but one, for sure, is the flexibility that we have as a family to travel.



Touching the Bat Rays was Lulu’s favorite part!





We took school on the road last week and we visited the Monterey Bay Aquarium, the mission in Carmel, the Monarch Butterfly Habitat and wait for it……. Bennihana’s. Yes, it was mine and the kid’s first time and the kids had a blast. I’ve already proclaimed it my birthday dinner restaurant for next year.


I’M LOVING that Wednesday I can announce the winner of my very first giveaway, the Nester’s book The Nesting Place. That book was so inspiring to me that I had to give a copy away. Tomorrow is the last day  to enter to win so click on over to this post, scroll down and click again on the rafflecopter link.



I’M LOVING that this week Lulu and I are making a pumpkin pie from scratch for Thanksgiving. Or at least that’s the game plan. Before you think I’m bragging here, this is like one of maybe two things I make from scratch…….ever. And I only do it once a  year. And it’s only because I have a weird obsession with pumpkins. So see, it’s a sickness really.

I’M LOVING that after today, we are taking the rest of the week off for school. Woo Hoo!!!

I LOVE these books I’m reading right now.


As always, I’M LOVING The Hubs. I’ve had an abnormally hard and emotional week and he’s been so compassionate and patient. He had to leave for a work trip but he’s back tomorrow! We sure miss him.


31 Days To My Best Yes:: Day 17 The Unexpected Day


I had a list of subjects on my schedule to get through with the kiddos that day. But, The Hubs had the day off that day. The whole day. It was Wednesday, a school day. This didn’t fit into my plans. We don’t have a normal schedule with The Hubs’ job, though. So this day was like most people’s Saturdays.


So the kids had a donut date with their dad. We read a really cool picture book Ten Little Caterpillars about counting and caterpillars and chrysallis’ and butterflies. Little H went to the store and ran errands with his dad (as little boys should). Lulu and I played a spelling game and drank hot tea.

I chucked most of what I had planned that day. We did a few subjects and enjoyed taking our time. And then we made applesauce.


Homemade applesauce is the bomb! It’s like eating straight up pie filling. Warm and fresh from the dutch oven. Lily and I were in heaven. She read the recipe herself and measured out the ingredients. Reading, Math and eating. Win-Win-Win!

We didn’t do much school that day; but what we did, we did well. H came home with leftovers from his lunch date with daddy at Chick-fil-a. Lily and I ate applesauce. It was such a great day. An unexpected and wonderful, quiet sort of day. My days can’t always be slow and easy like this one. I’ll take them when they come, though.


Read all my #31Days posts here.


Cirriculum Choices for 2015/2016 School Year:: Pre-K:: Pants Optional

Are you feeling like you are getting into the swing of school yet? We are entering week two around here. I shared Lily’s Second Grade Cirriculum last week and this week I thought I’d share Henry’s.

I am using the word “cirriculum” very loosely.  Hey, this kid spends half the morning wrapped in his blanket and may or may not be wearing pants. Ok, usually he’s just in his underwear. So, we homeschool “loosely” right now. He really loves “to do” school and I want to keep it that way.

Here are my main goals for Henry this year:

  • Learn his alphabet sounds and recognize the upper and lower case of each letter. If we try reading and he’s ready, great. If not, we’ll just wait.
  • We are learning our numbers and counting. He can count to 10 and recognize those numbers; but the 1:1 correspondence is what he needs to work on.
  • We will cover various concepts in math and basically I want to keep it fun and “hands on”.  He knows his colors and most of his shapes; but we’ll keep working on those concepts too.
  • While we are tracing letters, his little hands need more fine motor tuning before he’s ready to write. So, I’ll be searching for activities to help with that skill. When he’s ready, we’ll start with My First School Book.
  • As I mentioned in my previous post, both kids are doing Bible together. H  is really working on obedience and his attitude. So, character training will be a big part of his schooling this year.
  • Sitting still for short periods of time. Ha! I’m being serious here. You’d think I gave him straight coffee each morning the way this kid bounces around. Sitting, listening, being respectful of others. It’s baby steps at our house. You have to start somewhere, though.
  • Last but not least, I will read, read, read to H. And then read some more. (It’s my favorite part of homeschooling.)

*Note: May of the items in the picture above were purchased from the dollar bins at Target. What???? Yup. Some of the puzzles were $3; but everything else was $1. The Pout Pout  Fish workbook is dry erase and I found that at Costco for under $10. The Almost Ready to Read book can be found on Amazon and I purchased that a couple of years ago.

I’m so excited to see how Little H will grow and what he’ll learn this year. Pants optional:)