Love is Walking Hand and Hand by Charles Shultz – This book is a family favorite. Classic illustrations and warm sentiments. My favorite is “Love is being happy just knowing that she's happy…”. A sweet book to read on any day but especially on those days when you need a little reminder about how lovely simple things can be.
If You'll Be My Valentine by Cynthia Rylant – This book is very sweet. It was also helpful in explaining to my 2.5 year old that Valentine's Day is about celebrating the people (and animals, real and stuffed!) that you love. The text is written in a way that makes reading aloud fun and also full of humor as the young boy makes promises to his family, friends and animals.
Wherever You Are: My Love Will Find You by Nancy Tillman – This book made me cry the first time I read it through with my son. Very few days pass by when I don't wonder if there is any possible way that my sons can comprehend or feel how much we love them. This book does a wonderful job of conveying that message. The illustrations are lively and will grab the attention of your child in true Nancy Tillman style.
The Day It Rained Hearts by Felicia Bond – This book does a great job illustrating the idea that love is all around us especially making the point at the end when Cornelia, the main character, sees hearts in the trees. As the rain pours down, Cornelia collects “heart” drops, each unique. She plans carefully which hearts to give to which friends. She is thoughtful in considering the qualities of her friends and why she loves them so dearly. The Day It Rained Hearts, originally published in 1983 with a different title, Four Valentines in a Rainstorm”, makes my family very happy.
Where is Love, Bisquit by Alyssa Satin Capucilli – A touch and feel book, this story is a good one for younger children. Adorable sentiment and, as always, the illustrations are cute as can be. The author takes us through all the places that we can find love. A great reminder and lesson to all of us that love is all around us.
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