24 Sweet Valentine Books For Kids

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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!

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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.

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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!

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What We Are Reading This Month:: February

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I love God, my family, my friends and yes…. books. Let’s see what books we are loving and reading this month.

Little H:

One of our themes this month in Pre-K was dinosaurs and I found some really good books at the library.

514DpM0-pJL._SX258_BO1,204,203,200_   How Big Were Dinosaurs? by Lita Judge

This book compares the size of dinosaurs to animals and objects kids can relate to in our world today. Loved this book.

9780778774587 Dinosaur Alphabet by David West

Warning: There are some tongue twister names in this book!

9781422219911100 Things You Should Know About T-Rex by Steve Parker

 

 

Lulu:

We are doing our first biography book report this month and Miss Lulu chose to do it on Amelia Earhart.

51Gbc-+PyAL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_ Who was Amelia Earhart?  by Kate Boehm Jerome and Nancy Harrison

These “Who Was” series (or as I like to call them, the Bobble Head series) are great first biography books. At just over 100 pages, they are just long enough and full of information.

Cover Abraham Lincoln by Ingri and Edgar Parin D’Aulaire

These authors write such beautiful history books for children. Their illustrations are absolutely amazing as well. Lily is captivated by these books (H listens in too.) It is such a fun and easy way to teach History to little ones. Here are the other books we’ve read by these same authors:

Leif the Lucky, Columbus, Pocahontas, George Washington, Benjamin Franklin and (We haven’t read this one yet; but will) Buffalo Bill.

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Yes, we’ve been reading a lot of  Valentine Books this month. I’ve already posted my list of Valentine Books here.

My three faves this year (that I tend to read every  year) were Snowy Valentine, The Valentine Bears and The Biggest Kiss. (Actually The Biggest Kiss is a recent favorite.)

Jen:

art-of-hearing-heartbeats1 The Art of Hearing Heartbeats by Jan Philipp – Sendker

I’m in the middle of this book. This is a love story between two very unlikely characters, one blind and one crippled. The story starts off as a mystery, though. A middle aged lawyer, husband and father to two grown children goes on a business trip, never to return. His daughter, years later, decides to try to find him. What she uncovers is her father’s amazing past and an amazing love story. Very interested to see how it ends.

Happy Reading!!

 

What We Are Reading This Month:: Back to School

Where has September gone??? School started and we hit the ground running. We’ve schooled for 6 weeks and we are ready to take a little break. But we have been reading up a storm here. I’m excited for all the fun things we’ve been reading as school has picked up again. Some of these books were still part of our lazy summer reading and some are what we are reading as we start up a new year.

Let’s start with Lulu:

cobblestreet The Cobble Street Cousins Series  by Cynthia Rylant

We just finished Some Good News and Wedding Flowers. Fortunately, we discovered these delightful books this summer. Unfortunately, I didn’t realize they were a series and we read the last book first! Oops! I read these to Lily and she absolutely loves them. I really like them too.

 

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The Lighthouse Family Series by Cynthia Rylant

We are reading The Turtle right now. There are 5 in the series and delightful is the perfect word for these books. This is a great book for shared reading with Lily. I read a page and then she reads a page to me.

 

Meet KitMeet Kit by Valerie Tripp

So Miss Lu has recently discovered the  American Girl Book Series. She has the doll, Molly, and had not read any of the books yet. Once she found the Kit books, I could not keep her from just devouring the whole set of 6 Kit books.

 

Now on to me, Jen:

 

DontMakeMeCountTo3Don’t Make Me Count To Three by Ginger Hubbard

This book has been a blessing. I’m about 3 chapters in and I’ve been hi-lighting like mad. Gosh, I wish I had read this book a year ago. While I read this book, I go back and forth between berating myself for being the worst parent ever to thanking God that He’s given me some much needed insight into some parenting challenges we’ve been having. Getting to the heart of your child and not just having them “act” the way that looks good to others is the theme of this book. I knew this as a parent; but having examples of how to do it, is what this book offers and what is making a difference for me. I know there are other great parenting books to read. I highly recommend this one.

germanshepherdpuppyYour German Shepherd by Liz Palika

I’m all about parenting this month! We have a one year old German Shepherd puppy mix. I wish I had had this book 6 months ago when we brought home our handsome little furball! It was really  helpful in understanding the personality of a Shepherd and what they are going through in each stage of puppy hood. It’s helped me change some bad habits I was practicing in training him. It also helped me to be more patient with my puppy who acts a lot like my 4 year old! If you have a puppy or are thinking of getting one, I highly recommend this type of book for your breed of dog. If you are thinking of getting a German Shepherd, they rock!! They are smart and loyal and so loving.

 

We’ll end with Little H:

 

gentlegiantoctopusGentle Giant Octopus by Karen Wallace

This is a beautifully illustrated book that really captivated Little H. We learned a lot about the octopus but it was written in the form of a charming story. We loved this book.

 

Happy Reading,

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What We Are Reading This Month:: February

Is February just zipping by or what??

If you read this post you know that we’ve been reading some really fantastic Valentine books at our house. While I didn’t read all those books to my kiddos, I read quite a few. We have been reading some other great books, too.

This is what I’m reading to Lulu:

ColumbusColumbus by Edgar Parin D’Aulaire and Ingrid D’Aulaire

These are books that I am reading to Lily for History this year. I have to do some explaining of the text at the end of each page; but it is very interesting to both of us and we are learning a lot. The illustrations are phenomenal.

 

 

LeifLeif the Lucky 

Written and illustrated by the same authors (see above), we read this one first.

 

 

 

  LittlLittleHouseBige House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder

Yup, Lulu and I are still working our way through this one and loving it.

 

 

This is what I’m reading:

Wonwonder_2147363bder by R.J. Palacio

This is my book club’s pick for February. This is definitely a fast read. I haven’t read too far into the book yet; but I am already hooked. The book is written from the perspective of a 5th grade boy who is born with a very disfiguring face deformity. Life and how other people see him is portrayed in this book through his 10 year old voice.  I’ve been warned to have my kleenex ready and I think I’m going to need it.

 

forgotten_garden The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton

This was a possible pick for book club; but it was too long for our gang of gals. (We have kids and are a bit busy for books over 600 pages!) I requested it from the library anyway and though it will take me more than a month to read, it came highly recommended. I haven’t read enough of it to give a review; but I will when I’m finished reading. I’ve read the first chapter and was completely sucked into the story. Always a good sign when starting a new book.

 

 

What I’m Reading to Boo Boo:

A few moms and I have started a mini- Pre-K co-op. (Very small and low key.) I’m in charge of picking a picture book and leading some language arts activities to go with the letter we are learning about.

Kissing handThe Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn

This was our first book for our first get together. The letter was H and the theme was hearts (and Hand is in the title.)

 

 

Thrainbow-fishe Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister

Next up our letter is O and our theme is ocean. So, I’ll be reading this classic real soon. It as Ocean animals and the theme is sharing. Hopefully Little H will sit still long enough to hear this one!

 

Happy Reading!

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What We’ve Been Up To

Besides being sick repeatedly, we’ve been doing some pretty fun stuff around here. It’s been a busy winter……

We have  a lot of birthdays in January. Lulu’s birthday and my mom’s birthday (these are just a couple) are about a week apart.

 

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I love the early morning birthday picture right before she blows out the candle on her birthday pancakes.

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I looked all over our favorite shop, Sunnyside Cottage, to find her the perfect little gift. Fairy Dust in a tiny bottle to wear around her neck. You never know when you need to fly!

It was my mom’s 73rd birthday. Doesn’t she look so good???

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They love their Grandma Lillian.

This is my favorite picture, though. Isn't nose picking every three year old's boy favorite pastime??

This is my favorite picture, though. Isn’t nose picking every three year old boy’s favorite pastime??

Little H is really liking school. When I started homeschooling H was two and now he is creeping up on four. It is slowly getting easier and easier. He really loves to do “Boo Boo School”, which is what we call his school time. I can’t get over how big he looks putting his snowman puzzle together.

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S was our letter that week.

 

Yup, he’s kinda obsessed with picking his nose these days!

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Boy, he’s really going for it there!

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I’m pretty sure we were having “words” here. “Stop. Picking. Your. Nose.”

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He’s recognizing a lot of his letters.

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We do a lot of clapping. He’s so happy to do school. I love it.

Someone dug a hole in the backyard and then it rained and rained all day. Then, someone played in the hole full of muddy water and was caked with mud. So, someone got their first bath. Oh. my. word. Boomer was so soft after his bath. I could not stop petting him!

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Lulu found a baby salamander in our yard this past week and it quickly became her new pet. It lived in a take out container (with holes!) that she had filled with leaves, twigs and dirt.

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She had a blanket and pillow for him. She also made him a mini playground out of legos. (How cute is that?)

The Hubs and I knew he wouldn’t live long.

He didn’t. He died lastThursday.

She cried. Hard.

“Josh was the best salamander I ever had! I wish he were still alive.”

Her daddy helped her bury him next to my lemon tree and she made a cardboard headstone for him.

R.I.P. Josh the Salamander.

On a lighter note, we started ballet.

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Looking forward to what adventures lie ahead as winter starts to wind down. Spring will be here before we know it!

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A Month Of Being Intentional:: And Mimi came over…….

So today is kind of a special day.

For starters, it’s the first day of October and anyone who knows me well knows that I absolutely love October.  Love, love, love October. It’s my most favorite of months. I’ll probably write an ode to October soon here on the blog, just so you understand the depth of my love for this month. Until then, just trust me, I’m doing an October happy dance today.

Also, it’s the first day that I’m writing at my new, sorta, blog over here on WordPress. I’ll get to the why in a post  very soon. I’m  also  transferring all my old posts over from Sock MonkeyTales  to The Accidental Domestic.  I’m excited about the new site and new name; but it’s going to take me awhile to get it looking and functioning the way I want.  Let’s just say, The Accidental Domestic is “under construction” right now.

Lastly, and this is what today’s post is all about, I’m challenging myself to really be INTENTIONAL this month. By that I mean, being intentional in some specific areas in life:  my relationship with my kids and extended family, my relationship with the hubs, my relationship with God, my family’s health, being grateful for the small moments,  and in making my house a place of peace and rest. I’m brainstorming some more ideas; but those are the main ones.

Today’s post is about Mimi and the letter M and Muffins! That sounds a little wacky; but it was a great way to start off such a great month.  For the past couple of weeks,  I’ve been doing  “M” activities with Henry.  When I brainstormed all the M things we could add to our unit, Mimi (my mother-in-law) popped into my brain.  So, we  had Mimi over for Muffins and hot chocolate with Marshmallows, while I read If You Give A Moose A Muffin. While the muffins were baking, we made Moose paper bag puppets.

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The morning seemed very preschooly and I was quite please with myself. I realized it wasn’t so hard to put the morning together and that maybe this preschool thing isn’t so scary after all. (I feel very inadequate in the whole crafty, preschool arena.)  Most importantly, I saw how much my kids loved spending some one on one time with their grandma. She lives 2 block away from us and we don’t do this kind of thing nearly enough. I know how blessed I am to have parents living so close. It’s great for babysitting; but what about these special activities that don’t really take that much time to do? I need to do it more.

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Ahh…. Award winning photography, is it not? Believe it or not, this is the best we could get.

I am challenged to not let my life fill up with “busyness” this month. This was a good start. I’m also trying to forget that it’s 82 degrees outside right now and that I’m wearing shorts and a tank top. My perfect October is a cool, crisp  65 degrees at all times. Besides that, it’s been a great day.