February is almost here and that means it is time for hearts, chocolates and lots of love! We have here nine of our favorite stories all about love to share with the ones you cherish and adore the most.
Llama Llama I Love You by Anna Dewdney
Llama Llama is busy making valentines for all of his friends and family. Short, simple rhymes and bright illustrations make this story a real delight.
Kiss, Kiss, Pout-Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen
There are lots of ways to show someone you love them, but the best way of all is a nice big SMOOOCH!
Happy Valentine’s Day, Mouse! by Laura Numeroff
Like Llama Llama, Mouse is busy making valentines for all of his friends. Each card he makes explains what he loves the most about each friend. Fans of Numeroff’s If You Give A… series will love seeing familiar characters in this story. *Extended activity: Get out the craft supplies and make your own valentines
to give out or send!
Love Monster by Rachel Bright
Monster just wants someone to love him, which is difficult when you live in a land of cute, fluffy things. So he embarks on a journey to find love. He looks low, high and even middle-ish, but he soon learns that love often finds us when we aren’t really looking for it.
Love from the Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
This delightful, little book highlights all of the little ways in which someone can light up your life and brighten your world: “You are the cherry on my cake; you make the sun shine brighter; you make my heart flutter.” Fans of The Very Hungry Caterpillar will love seeing familiar images from Carle’s works throughout this story.
Click, Clack, Moo I Love You! by Doreen Cronin
It’s Valentine’s Day on the farm and Little Duck is sooo excited! She has put up decorations absolutely everywhere! Little Fox follows Little Duck’s decorations back to the barn where the party is in full swing, but will this new guest ruin the fun?
Valensteins by Ethan Long
Fran K. Stein is busy making something, with pink paper, scissors and glue. Of course, the other members of the Fright Club want to know what it is. After much speculation and guessing the horrifying truth comes out: Fran K. Stein is in love and is making a valentine!
Slugs in Love by Susan Pearson
Marylou loves everything about Herbie. Every time she sees him or thinks of him poems fill her heart. She begins leaving poems for Herbie around the farm and Herbie replies to her rhymes with words of his own, but Marylou keeps missing them. Will these two slugs ever meet?
*Extended activity: Write your own love poems!
XO, OX: A Love Story by Adam Rex
Clumsy Ox is hopelessly in love with graceful, glamorous Gazelle. He writes Gazelle a love letter, which sparks the beginning a rather rocky, albeit humorous and touching love affair.
Don't see your favorite Valentine's Day story here? Share it with us in the comments!
-Kate from BTBL
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