Best-valentines-day-books

Make Valentine’s Day extra-fun with these great books for young readers in preK and Kindergarten. Students will enjoy learning about love from their favorite characters, like Pete the Cat, Amelia Bedelia or the Very Hungry Caterpillar.

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Love from the Very Hungry Caterpillar, by Eric Carle.

Celebrate Valentine’s Day—and love—with The Very Hungry Caterpillar with this brand-new title!

“You are the cherry on my cake; you make the sun shine brighter; you make my heart flutter.” Using a range of images from the World of Eric Carle, and featuring the Very Hungry Caterpillar, this special gift book gives all the reasons why someone special makes the world a better and brighter place. Perfect for that someone special on Valentine’s Day—or any day.

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Pete the Cat’s Groovy Guide to Love, by James Dean

Love is in the air! Pete the Cat shares some groovy words from the heart in this fun collection of all his favorite famous quotes about living an awesome life filled with love. This cool cat adds his heartfelt take on well-known classics, from Vincent van Gogh to Virgil to Ovid to Charles Dickens, because after all, the best advice is “Love conquers all.” Fans of Pete the Cat will delight in this fun take on quotes, which are accompanied by Pete’s witty responses and Pete illustrations by New York Times bestselling artist James Dean.

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Amelia Bedelia’s First Valentine, by Herman Parish

The New York Times bestselling picture book! It’s Valentine’s Day in young Amelia Bedelia’s classroom. And you know Amelia Bedelia—she wears her heart on her sleeve.

The second book in the nationally bestselling series about the childhood of America’s favorite literal-minded housekeeper. School is always exciting for Amelia Bedelia, and getting her first Valentine’s Day card may be the most exciting surprise of all. But what will she do when she forgets her valentines for her classmates on the bus? Luckily, Amelia Bedelia is resourceful, and she doesn’t break any hearts. A lovely pick for Valentine’s Day—or any day—Amelia Bedelia’s First Valentine will have readers making room in their hearts for this charmingly literal little girl.

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Pete the Cat: Valentine’s Day is Cool, by James Dean

Join Pete in New York Times bestselling author James Dean’s Pete the Cat picture book series, as Pete has a Valentine’s Day adventure—complete with poster, punch-out valentine cards, and stickers!

Pete the Cat thinks Valentine’s Day isn’t cool . . . until he realizes how many special cats there are in his life! Pete works hard to make valentines for everyone, and it turns out to be the grooviest Valentine’s Day ever. But what happens when he realizes he’s forgotten to make a card for a very important cat? Join Pete the Cat as he discovers just how special Valentine’s Day can be!

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Happy Valentine’s Day, Mouse! (If You Give…) by Laura Numeroff

Join Mouse from If You Give a Mouse a Cookie as he celebrates Valentine’s Day with all the friends he loves.

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The Night before Valentine’s Day, by Natasha Wing

All the kids are getting ready for the sweetest holiday of the year! Join in on all of the card-making fun, and then come along to school the next morning for a day of parties and games!

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Happy Valentine’s Day, Curious George!, by N. Di Angelo

George and his friends celebrate Valentine’s Day with decorating, baking, card making and some unexpected hilarity along the way! Just how much mischief can a curious little monkey get into when balloons, frosting, and glitter are involved? Fold-out flaps on each scene reveal lively surprises in this humorous celebration of friendship. Sparkly red foil shines on the cover and throughout the book.

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The Biggest Valentine Ever, by Steven Kroll

Clayton and Desmond are back in this companion to the bestselling book THE BIGGEST PUMPKIN EVER! A sheet of colorful foil stickers is bound into the book for extra valentine fun!

When Mrs. Mousely asks her class to make valentines, Clayton and Desmond decide to make one together and give it to their teacher as a surprise. But things don’t go as planned. First Clayton puts too much glitter on the card. Then Desmond puts on too many hearts. Soon the friends are arguing and they rip the card in half. “I’m going to make my own valentine!” they both say and go home in a huff. But then Desmond and Clayton realize that by working together they can make the biggest, best valentine ever!

The Shape of My Heart, by Mark Sperring

This is the shape of us,
the shape of you and me
This is the shape of our eyes,
and this is the world that we see…

From sun up to sun down, from our hands and our feet, to animals, cars, food, and teddy bears, the world is alive with endless shapes to identify. Once you start to look, who knows what shapes you’ll discover next! With its gently reassuring text and vivid illustrations, The Shape of My Heart invites readers to look beyond the obvious, and explore the world in a whole new way.

Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch, by Eileen Spinelli

One wintry day, a postman delivers a mysterious package with a big pink bow to a lonely man named Mr. Hatch.
“Somebody loves you,” the note says.
“Somebody loves me!” Mr. Hatch sings as he dusts his living room. “Somebody loves me!” Mr. Hatch whistles as he does his errands in town. “But who,” Mr. Hatch wonders, “could that somebody be?”
After some time, Mr. Hatch discovers just who his secret admirer is and, in doing so, enjoys the biggest surprise of his life!

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