This must-read books post is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Amy Mascott.
Valentine’s Day is often thought of as a holiday for sweethearts–couples young and old–but as a mother of young children, I prefer focusing on love between friends and family members.
This Valentine’s Day, consider setting aside the roses and chocolate and instead opt for some good books for your little ones. Books that focus on love, hugs, and a whole lot of happy.
- Guess How Much I Love You, by Sam McBratney and illustrated by Anita Jeram
Big and Little Nutbrown Hare use everything they can around them to show how much they love each other. And each one’s love is larger than the other’s. It’s too cute and definitely one for your bookshelf.
- Bear Hugs: Romantically Ridiculous Animal Rhymes, by Karma Wilson
In typical, totally awesome Karma Wilson style, each rhyme has a catchy rhythm and kids will not only giggle at the silly ideas but will fall in love with the language.
- Snuggle Puppy, by Sandra Boynton
This book, like all of Sandra Boynton’s board books, is an excellent play of rhythm, rhyme, and song. And the message of Snuggle Puppy is one of complete and utter love between a parent and child.
- You’re All My Favorites, by Sam McBratney and illustrated by Anita Jeram
Mommy and Daddy Bear try to explain to their three baby bears each and every day that they are all their favorite bears. I love this book because it shows children that parents can have favorite children–all of them are favorites!
- Love is You & Me, by Monica Sheehan
This book is perfect for kids of all ages, and it is a great way of demonstrating that love between–parents, children, siblings, friends, you name it–can be shown in so many ways.
February is a month of love, but these books are awesome because they can be used at any time of the year. And really? The more we read them with our children, the more the love will spread!
- Make your own Family Love Book!
Your own family can star in this homemade book about all of the ways YOU show your love for each other. Use the easel roll of paper to make one long story, or grab the Storytelling Paper to have children illustrate the story above and write the story on the lines below. An entire Mini Sketch pad can double as a pocket-sized book of Family Love Book, or use the larger pages of the Sketch Pad to make a large-sized book of love.
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