Valentine’s Books for Children

Weekly Trip to the Library for Nannies and Au Pairs

You’re Lovable to Me by Kat Yeh
With a rhythmic text and whimsical illustrations, You’re Lovable to Me celebrates the love between parent and child that transcends behavior and time and enables a mother rabbit to tell each of her six bunnies that, no matter what, “You’re lovable to me.” Later, she hears the same words from her own father who stresses that even though she is an adult, “When a papa loves a bunny, that’s the way it will always be.” Kit Weh’s gentle story and Sue Anderson’s lively ink and colored pencil illustrations in soft and strong pastels reflect a “big day” and “hard night” in a houseful of love. You’re Lovable to Me is recommended for ages two-years old to five-years-old.

Love, Splat by Rob Scotton
Splat, the lovable fluffy black cat with the skinny legs, is back. Splat was first introduced in Rob Scotten’s picture book Love, Splat (Splat the Cat). In Love, Splat (Splat the Cat) Splat has a crush on a Kitten, a pretty fluffy white kitten who is in his class. He makes her a Valentine despite the fact that every time she saw him, Kitten “pulled his ears and poked his belly, tied his tail and called him smelly.” Shyness, insecurity, and a rival confront Splat, but he conquers them all and finds out, to his delight, the real reason Kitten keeps bothering him. Throughout his adventures, Splat is accompanied by his mouse friend Seymour. This is a funny, yet sweet, Valentine’s Day story, recommended for three- to eight-year-olds.

Nate the Great and the Mushy Valentine by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat
This children’s Valentine’s Day book is from the Nate the Great detective series for beginning readers by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat. Nate the Great starts out with one case, finding out who gave his dog a Valentine, and then, his friend Annie asks him to help her find a missing Valentine. This entertaining story, with lots of illustrations by Marc Simont, is both a good read-aloud for four- to eight-year-olds and a good book for beginning readers, in grades two and three.

Roses Are Pink, Your Feet Really Stink by Diane de Groat
Gilbert writes not-so-nice Valentine poems for two rude classmates and signs their names to the cards. Since Margaret and Lewis both receive two Valentines from each other one good and one bad and none from Gilbert, his ploy is discovered and all the students ostracize him. The dilemma is resolved when all three apologize and Gilbert writes them new poems and shares his homemade cookies. This story deals with kindness and teasing. Teasing and hurt feelings are common among elementary school children. The author does a nice job of showing the consequences of both unkindness and kindness when exchanging Valentine’s Day cards.

Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch by Eileen Spinelli
The Valentine’s Day picture book Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch (paperback), by Eileen Spinelli, wonderfully illustrates the power of love and would make an excellent Valentine’s Day gift for a four- to eight-year old. Colorless Mr. Hatch — who works in a shoelace factory and eats a cheese and mustard sandwich for lunch every day with, just occasionally, a prune — receives a huge Valentine box of candy with a card that says only, “Somebody loves you.” Amazed, he samples it, shares it at work and, buoyed by his friendly reception, sympathetically helps several people out on the way home (e.g., he watches the newspaper stall so that its proprietor can take his cold to the doctor). He’s soon baking brownies, hosting a neighborhood picnic, and reading to the local kids. Then the postman arrives with the news that the candy was delivered to the wrong address, putting poor Mr. Hatch into a funk; but his devoted new friends rally round to bring him back into their cheerful society. It is a charming book with a powerful message. The importance of love and kindness comes through loud and clear. Even very young children will understand how good it is to feel loved and how important it is to help others feel loved.

References:
Elizabeth Kennedy
Kirkus Reviews
School Library Journal

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Comments

  1. Wow, really great books! I didn't realize there were high quality books for kids on these topics!

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