Happy Valentine's Day everyone! Today is turning out pretty well. I thought that we would be sitting in the waiting room all day. Dear Hubby was to have open heart surgery today! Yes! But his surgeon came down with something and thankfully rescheduled til the 20th. So instead of a refurbished heart from him we have his old one ticking slowly right now. Dear Hubby did give me some adorable and yummy strawberries for my gift. He said they especially go well with bacon!
Well let me go on and show you the great line up I have here of Valentine books for the kiddos. Sadly with Dear Hubby being so ill I did not get to give them to them yet. Guess I need to see about mailing them out to them instead. But here we have the best of the best!
By Leslie Patricelli
This is for my Turtle. He is all huggy and kissy when I can ever catch him. Boy can that lil man run! It is great to see him so happy, full of joy. Makes me remember to take the joy of each day and share it. I love that this one is a board book so it can stand up the the rough housing it will get as he tears through the house on his daily rounds.
When you’re an adorable bald baby, your family finds lots of ways to show you how much they love you: Mommy lifts you uppy, Daddy kisses you on the tummy, and everyone wants to snuggle. What’s not to love? With comedy and warmth, Leslie Patricelli offers a universal tribute to love and affection in a board book full of instant appeal for little valentines everywhere.
By Tor Freeman
Here is the one that so makes me think of my lil man Landon. He is one who can not keep a secret. His big ol smile gives it away big time! Maybe this will be a good read to help him learn that sometimes friends keep each others confidences.
When Molly shares a secret with Olive, the urge to tell is just too great! Olive tells Joe who tells Matt who tells Lola. But Lola is best friends with Molly. Uh-oh, the secret is out, and Olive is in for it!
By Mary Murphy
I love the pinkness of this book! I think this is going to be for my newest granddaughter. She will be so tickled about all the kissing going on in here. Her lil face will all pucker up as she so freely shares her kisses with all of us! Makes me always happy to see.
A giraffe kiss is very tall-just turn the page and see! Elephant kisses are long, of course, while tiny mice and bubbly fish have kisses all their own. Using a clever split-page format that makes for charming surprises, author-illustrator Mary Murphy shares a series of animal kisses that are sure to have babies and toddlers gurgling, giggling, smiling, and leaning over for their kisses, too.
By Rosemary Wells
This was the book that went to Princess Emma. She got to pick it up since she is right here in town. You will recognize this since it is done by none other than Rosemary Wells of Max & Ruby fame. I felt this was a good one for Princess Emma since she knows how it is when you have family members that have to leave you.
How to comfort a young child who misses a special person when he or she is away? A treasured picture book creator has the perfect solution.
By Daniel Pinkwater and illustrated by Will Hillenbrand
Here is my special one for TK. Now she is past this for reading level but it is a good one to have at night right before you go to sleep. I think she can read this to her lil brother and her very soon to be lil sister. TK makes a fantastic big sister this way!
One morning, the bear finds something just outside his cave. It is orange and long and pointy and has bushy green leaves at one end. And it's sweet and crunchy! Where did it come from? Then there are two more of the sweet crunchy things the next morning! The bear knows that someone nice is leaving him these treats. If only he could discover who it is! Should he leave something tasty in return? With the help of Will Hillenbrand's endearing illustrations, the inimitable Daniel Pinkwater spins a charming little mystery about unexpected kindnesses—and finding that extra-special someone.
By James Howe and illustrated by Chris Raschka
Oh here is the keeper of the bunch. It will be headed to Nonnie's own bookcase for the kiddos. It made the honor from the wonderful watercolor art work. I also love that it can teach that we all swim our own path in life.
When an otter falls in love with a fish, can he dare to follow his heart? A delicious ode to nonconformity from a stellar picture-book pair.
By Abby McDonald
Now Ashley just moved....dang it. But I am holding on to this book for her. It is a good tween/teen book on just how hard it is to fall in and out of love. I think that she has had her own woes getting over heart aches in other ways so this will help her see that we all do grow up and get over it.
Seventeen-year-old Sadie is in love: epic, heartfelt, and utterly one-sided. The object of her obsession — ahem, affection — is her best friend, Garrett Delaney, who has been oblivious to Sadie’s feelings ever since he sauntered into her life and wowed her with his passion for Proust (not to mention his deep blue eyes). When Garrett leaves for a summer literary retreat, Sadie is sure that the absence will make his heart grow fonder — until he calls to say he's fallen in love. With some other girl! A heartbroken Sadie realizes that she’s finally had enough. It’s time for a total Garrett detox! Aided by a barista job, an eclectic crew of new friends (including the hunky chef, Josh), and a customized self-help guide, Sadie embarks on a summer of personal reinvention full of laughter, mortifying meltdowns, and a double shot of love.
You can find all of these titles via Candlewick Press. They were kind enough to share with me. Hope you find that special one for your kiddo in the mix. It was a pretty right on batch for my bunch!