Valentine Picture Books Hot Off the Press

Six more weeks of winter. Oi! But February does have that light-at-the-end-of-the-tunnel feeling, and splashes of pink and red everywhere!

Even though I like pink, I've always thought Valentine's Day was silly, what with all the sexism. But maybe my true reason for resistance is because there isn't Valentine-y food to win me over?...unless red velvet cupcakes are officially adopted as Valentine cupcakes.

I cut hearts from layered scrapbook paper and strung them on little hooks across the mirror above my mantle, so I guess that means I'm on the Valentine cheer team this year. That "You've got me hooked" Heart String (I just made that up!) is not a fun activity idea for toddlers, by the way. I don't know if I waited too long or not long enough to introduce paste, but Baby A would not stop rubbing it on her face, deeply convinced that it was lotion.

But whatever your stance Valentine's Day, you won't be able to resist smiling at these new, sweet picture books.

For Anyone/Everyone:

Plant a Kiss (December 2011) written by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, illustrated bv Peter H. Reynolds. See the beauty and power of one kiss, planted with love and patience. 

Love Is You and Me (December 2011) by Monica Sheehan. Love is defined, not only in cuddles or elaborate outings, but in daily kindness, as illustrated by this bright book. Also by Sheehan: Be Happy!

For Sweethearts:

Mr. Prickles: A Quill-Fated Love Story (December 2011) by Kara LaReau, illustrated by Scott Magoon. A rejected porcupine loner finds love at last. It reminds me of this relationship graph I saw at Cup of Jo, by GraphJam. Don't be frightened of those glaring woodland creatures--Mr. Prickles' story has a feel-good conclusion.

Snowy Valentine (November 2011) by David Petersen. This bunny husband makes you say awwww. On a quest for advice on a good gift for his wife, he inadvertently creates a perfect token of his love. This is David Petersen's first picture book, and I look forward to more in the future.

P.S. Last year's February, and last year's valentine.

P.P.S. I liked these ideas for using conversation hearts, especially using them for practice writing sentences, and as BINGO markers. If you ask me, conversation hearts are super entertaining, but not delicious.


  1. how do u know it isn't good as a lotion also, he he good one Alex grandma loves you!

  2. This is winning me over to cheer for Valentine's Day. :) Love the hearts in the mirror!


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