valentines day books to read with preschoolers

February 2, 2010

Valentine's Day by Gail Gibbons

Of all the Valentines books I checked out from the library this week, this was my favorite. Mostly because of the illustrations--isn't the cover gorgeous? But also because it was at just the right age-level for Juliet's attention span. Sometimes non-fiction books are a little over her head, but this one was right on target. Just a few sentences per page and not too much information all at once. This book inspired several craft projects that I will share with you later this week.

This is a really good book--it has so many details about Valentines Day history and traditions, but it is definitely not for three year olds! Too much information on each page. I will recheck this out again in a few years when she can sit still and focus for longer periods of time.

I liked how this book detailed the history of Valentines Day, but gave practical tips on how we can celebrate it today. Sometimes people think that Valentines Day is just for people involved in romantic relationships, but I like celebrating it with all the people I love: friends, family, and neighbors. I'm trying to teach Juliet to love others and this is the perfect excuse to practice that.

It suggests the following ideas:

* Make your own valentine for someone special.
* Bring flowers to someone you haven't visited in a long time.
* Forgive someone who has hurt you. (What a great idea!)
* Visit a neighbor who is lonely or sick.
* Do something special to show a family member, a friend, or a teacher that you care about that person.

Valentines Day by Brenda Haugen, Illustrated by Todd Ouren

This book was another good one for three to four year olds. We were inspired to do several crafts from this book as well.

 A Book of Kisses

A Book of Kisses by Dave Ross, Illustrated by Laura Rader

This is not necessarily a Valentines book, but I thought it went well with the theme! A celebration of all the various types of kisses: hello kisses, good-bye kisses, congratulation kisses, I'm sorry kisses, butterfly kisses, etc.! Juliet and I enjoyed reading this book together and giving each other lots of kisses along the way. The last page says, "All kisses say special things, but the most special thing a kiss can say is "I love you."

Here are two Valentines books that we have in our home library--I picked them up a few years ago at a used bookstore. We have been reading them together for the past three years.

I Need a Valentine! by Harriet Ziefert, Illustrated by Chris Demarest

This is a lift-the-flap book that has been a favorite of Juliet for a long time. She loves it so much that we read it together even when it is not Valentine season. A little girl named Margery sends a valentine to her grandpa. She waits and waits and finally receives one in return from him. It involves mailboxes and hearts filled with chocolates!

Secret Valentine by Laura Damon is another cute one that we enjoy reading. I like the sweet illustrations by Anne Kennedy. Molly mouse gets a secret valentine and makes the rounds to all her friends before she discovers who sent it--Wally mouse, of course.

What are your favorite Valentines Day books?


Brimful Curiosities said...

We like Valentine Surprise by Corinne Demas.

Ana said...

First of all... I love your new header!\... We have Valentines Day by Brenda Haugen and we love it :) We are making some heart garlands right now, hope they come out fine ;)

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