First off, I need to say a thank you to Pioneer Valley Books for listing me as one of their ‘Bloggers to Follow’. My little blog exists only because I enjoy children’s literature, and have a passion for spreading that love around. So to be recognized as someone worth reading is an honor…thank you! If you’re unfamiliar with Pioneer Valley books, please head over and check them out. Whether you’re a teacher, homeschooler, or a parent just looking for a few extra resources for your early reader, they have the tools and materials to help you out (and cute puppies! Check out the cute puppies!)
Next, on Tuesday I listed some of my favorite Valentine’s Day board books. I’m back today with five picture books you must get your hands on.
How Do Dinosaurs Say I Love You by Jane Yolen, illustrated by Mark Teague (Blue Sky Press, 2009)
If you have been living in a cave (ha! dinosaurs…cave…??) and not yet discoverd Yolen and Teague’s How Do Dinosaurs… series, then this is required reading. Continuing with their theme of dinosaur antics, the duo crafts a story of dinosaurs who behave like young dinosaurs do- kicking the back of the seat, refusing to nap, throwing sand. But just like your own little “dinosaur”, these dinosaurs also have special ways of letting their parents know how much they love them. Added bonus for the dinosaur lovers in your family? Teague’s illustrations are modeled after real prehistoric creatures; you can find the names written discreetly on each page. Ages 0-4
Yummiest Love by Lisa McCourt, illustrated by Laura J. Byrant (Orchard Books, 2009)
The everyday joys (and frustrations) this doting daddy experiences with his young son will ring true with parents everywhere. From belly laughs and never-ending questions, to picky eating and cuddles, this daddy bear knows that “You keep changing and growing and that will never stop. All I can do is hang on for the ride.” Ages 0-4.
Old Bear and His Cub by Olivier Dunrea (Philomel Books, 2010)
Old Bear (complete with scruffy white eyebrows) knows that sometimes what his Little Cub needs is tough love, which includes reminding him to eat his porridge, tie his scarf, and not climb too high on the rocks. But when Old Bear becomes sick with a winter cold, it’s up to Little Cub make things better. Ages 3-6.
If You’ll Be My Valentine by Cynthia Rylant, illustrated by Fumi Kosaka (HarperCollins, 2005)
Valentine’s Day celebrates love of all sorts! Follow this young boy as he creates valentines for everyone from his puppy, to his Grandma, to his favorite stuffed toy. Each little verse represents a specific relationship and the over-abundance of love little ones have to share. Ages 3-6.
Love, Splat by Rob Scotton (HarperCollins, 2008)
Splat has a very special valentine for his classmate, Kitten, whom he likes “more than ice cream and fish sticks.” But when he gets to school, Splat begins to lose his nerve. His dilemma is not helped when Spike announces that he too likes Kitten…and his valentine is bigger and better than Splat’s. This Valentine’s Day story is hysterical pick for slightly older readers, but still has that quintessential “awww” factor. (Hint: Make sure your listeners can see the pictures for this one.) Ages 4-8.
Have I missed any? What books are you sharing with your class or children this Valentine’s Day?
Psstt! Before I go… tomorrow is Friday, and I’ll have another Friday Confession for you. Do you have anything to confess? Come back tomorrow to share!