Sharing a favorite book can be one way to express what’s in our heart. These books about love and the heart are the perfect Valentine’s Day treat.
“Tweet Hearts” by Susan Reagan, Random House, 2012, ages 3-5.
Two birds count down from ten the ways they share hearts with each other. This rhyming counting book gets very young readers involved in the story and rewards their work with a surprise at the end.
“10 Valentine Friends: A Holiday Counting Book” by Janet Schulman, Illustrated by Linda Davick, Alfred A. Knopf, 2011, ages 3-6.
Children gather to prepare for a Valentine’s Day party. Everyone helps to decorate, make snacks, prepare games, while counting Valentine cards along the way. The simple rhyming story, bright illustrations, and board book format will appeal to young readers.
“Twosomes: Love Poems from the Animal Kingdom” by Marilyn Singer, Illustrated by Lee Wildish, Alfred A. Knopf, 2011, ages 6-9.
A couplet, or two line rhyming poem, provides the format for these short, but humorous poems about animals and love. The clever play on words will bring a smile to even the most reluctant valentine. Who could resist a squirrel who is “nuts about you” or a bat wanting to “hang around with you”?
“I Haiku You” by Betsy Snyder, Random House, 2012, ages 5-9.
A Haiku poem consists of three lines, with five, then seven, then five syllables in each line. These haiku poems about the people, animals, and things we love pack lots of emotion into a small package.
“Henry’s Heart” by Charise Mericle Harper, Henry Holt & Company, 2011, ages 5 and up.
The author creates a clever mixture of entertaining story and factual information to teach readers about the heart – how it looks, what it needs, and how it works. The heart become an integral character in the story, taking on a face, mouth, and emotions, describing what it feels like to be in love or to go for a walk. Cartoon-type illustrations help readers feel like they are being entertained while actually learning factual information about heart healthy snacks or the actual size and shape of a heart.
Valentine’s Day books can share love through words and illustrations to sweethearts of any age.
Reviewed by Elizabeth Dobler