Friday, February 5, 2016

Valentine's Books for Children Age 0-3 and 4-7

Love from The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

Everyone’s favorite caterpillar is back, munching his way through a book to show the reader how much they are loved. Eric Carle has taken his Very Hungry Caterpillar and created a little book (perfect for little hands!) that is all about the different ways the Very Hungry Caterpillar loves the reader.

From “You are the bees knees” to “You make the stars sparkle,” Carle’s classic illustrations come alive in tiny bursts on each page where the Very Hungry Caterpillar helps spread the love. 

Ending with “You make my heart flutter,” the Very Hungry Caterpillar has transformed into a beautiful butterfly. Love from The Very Hungry Caterpillar is perfect for celebrating Valentine’s day with your little one and showing your child how much you love them!

Here are some other books to let your little ones know you love them.

Happy Valentine's Day Mouse by Laura Numeroff

Mouse from Numeroff's classic "If You Give A Mouse A Cookie" is making Valentine's cards for all of his friends! In board book format, each page is dedicated to why Mouse loves each of his friends.

Llama Llama I Love You by Anna Dewdney

"Llama Llama valentines. Cupids, lace, and heart designs. Make a card for every friend. Some to give … and some to send." Perfect for your budding reader to follow along with the fun rhyme.

Pete the Cat: Valentine's Day is Cool by Kimberly and James Dean

Pete the Cat doesn't think Valentine's Day is very cool until he starts making cards for everyone he knows. Your valentines don't have to be Martha Stewart worthy for your friends to like them. What's even better is that this book has Valentine's Day cards included for your child to give to his or her friends.

Hug Machine by Scott Campbell

A little boy who calls himself "the Hug Machine" hugs everyone and everything: bears, turtles, trees, family and friends. To the porcupine who asks, "What about me? I am so spiky. No one ever hugs me," our hugging hero says, "they are missing out!" Even the prickliest of friends will be warmed by a hug (and this book).

The Very Fairy Princess Follows Her Heart by Julie Andrews and Emma Walton Hamilton

Geraldine's favorite day is Valentine's Day because she can use "TONS of glitter, sequins, and feathers" to make valentines. When she takes her daddy's work folder to school instead of her folder filled with the valentines she worked so hard to create, her day is sure to be ruined. But very fairy princesses always know what to do in a sticky situation, and she improvises. Julie Andrews' writing and storytelling is practically perfect in every way.

This article originally appeared on The Clarion Ledger.

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