Hearts and flowers, cards and boxes of chocolate – Valentine's Day will soon be here! If you're looking for a book to help celebrate Valentine's Day with your young child, here are six suggestions for the six and under crowd from Sally Chilson, the Youth Services Coordinator for the Spokane Public Libraries:
If You'll Be My Valentine by Cynthia Rylant: A young boy makes valentines for his pets, family members, and even his teddy bear in this rhyming picture book.
Queen of Hearts by Mary Englebreit: Second grader Ann Estelle puts all her energy into making the best Valentine's Day box ever to hold all of the valentines she's expecting to receive from her friends. But she is so distracted decorating her special box; she forgets to make valentines to send to her friends!
Minnie and Moo: Will You Be My Valentine? by Denys Cazet: Silly bovine pals Minnie and Moo celebrate Valentine's Day! Poet Moo composes a collection of rhymes called "Love Poems for the Needy," then the two friends hit the barnyard dressed as cupids in tights, tutus, and wings, armed with a bow with suction cup arrows.
Happy Valentine's Day Dolores by Barbara Samuels: Dolores snoops in her older sister's room and discovers a Valentine's Day surprise.
The Bookstore Valentine by Barbara Maitland: Mr. Brown hires Miss Button to help out in his "haunted" bookstore. Miss Button is perfect--and she understands the special ghost in the bookstore. Mr. Brown and Miss Button like one another, but it takes some help from Cobweb the Cat to help make their love bloom.
Valentine's Day by Anne Rockwell: A realistic depiction of a classroom Valentine's celebration, complete with creating valentine cards and a field trip to the post office to mail them.