Love Comes In All Sizes

Valentine's Day is right around the corner and it is a holiday that is celebrated by people of all ages. So, I wanted to share a few items that you might enjoy reading together as a family.

I would also like to recommend, checking with your local HCPL Branch Library,  to see what activities or holiday storytime programs they may have to offer. 




 

 Snowy Valentine by David Petersen. [On Order]

Step out into a snowy Valentine's Day with Jasper the bunny as he searches the forest valley for a special gift for his loved one. In his picture-book debut, David Petersen, the Eisner Award-winning creator of Mouse Guard, tells a delightful tale that becomes the perfect way to say “I love you” Bring this sweet story home to your Valentine today.

 

A Giant Crush by Gennifer Choldenko

As Valentine's Day gets closer, Jackson has a hard time keeping his crush on Cami a secret. His chocolate hearts end up next to her lunch and he can't hide his red face when the huge Valentine he made for her lands on her desk. Cooper thinks Jackson should just talk to her, but Jackson's afraid she doesn't like him. Carter Corey always makes fun of how big he is-what if Cami thinks he's a giant, too? Luckily, Cami is not afraid to tell Carter that if she had a boyfriend, he'd be totally giant. These impressive award winners show off their huge hearts in this warm, fuzzy book that's perfect for boys and girls on Valentine's Day.

Fancy Nancy Heart to Heart  by Jane O'Connor 

Almost everything about Valentine's Day is fancy . . . especially with Fancy Nancy!

Mystery is in the air when Nancy receives a valentine from a secret someone. Join Nancy as she follows the clues to find out who it is-all in her trademark fabulous style, and sure to delight her fans.

Dora Loves Boots  by Alison Inches 

It's Valentine's Day and Dora and Boots can't wait to spend it together. This book is based on the TV series Dora the Explorer as seen on Nick Jr.




Love, Ruby Valentine
by Laurie Friedman 

After Ruby Valentine misses her favorite holiday of the year, her parrot, Lovebird, convinces her that every day is the perfect day to say "I love you."


Little Bear's Valentine by Else Holmelund Minarik

Who Is Little Bear's Secret Valentine? "Oh, look, Mother Bear! A valentine for me! A beautiful valentine!" Little Bear opened the card, but there was no name inside. Who could have sent it? Mother Bear said, "You have a secret admirer!"

This new tale, written by Little Bear's creator, Else Holmelund Minarik, will bring readers into the charmed world of Little Bear, complete with good friends Hen, Emily, Owl, and Duck, and Little Bear's loving family. Join the star of the hit animated TV series in a classic Valentine's Day story about the importance of friendship, not only on February fourteenth but all year round.

 Froggy's First Kiss by Jonathan London 

He can't even think straight when she's around. When Frogilina smiles at him through the monkey bars, Froggy falls smack on his head-bonk! So with Valentine's Day just a week away, Froggy gets busy making an extra-special valentine.   Froggy, is irrepressible and this book is sure to keep children giggling with delight.


Songs and Fingerplays

Hugs and Kisses
Sung to: My Bonnie Lies over the Ocean

My mother says, "I love you"
My father, "I love you, too."
I give them hugs and kisses,
'Cause I love them, too!

Hugs and kisses
Hugs and kisses, I love you.
Hugs and kisses,
Hugs and kisses for you.

I'm A Little Valentine
(Sung to the tune of "I'm a Little Teapot")

I'm a little valentine,
Can't you see?
All decorated,
I'm pretty as can be.
I say, "I love you!"
And "Won't you be mine?"
So give me to a friend.
Oh, don't waste time!

Counting Valentines 

Sung to the tune of "Ten Little Indians"

One red, two red, three red Valentines
Four red, five red, six red Valentines
Seven red, eight red, nine red Valentines
Ten red Valentines.
Ten red, nine red, eight red Valentines
Seven red, six red, five red Valentines
Four red, three red, two red Valentines
One red Valentine.