Whether you love Valentine's Day or hate it, there's no denying that it makes for some really awesome illustrated books. Here are just three of my favorites:
It's hard to believe that this book was originally published in 1983, but the cute, sweet message about taking time out of your life to think about your loved ones and do nice things for them is just as timeless as ever. There isn't a lot of text and the simple but fun illustrations make this a great choice for a read aloud.
Oh, cut paper illustrations, how I love thee. This is the adorable story of a little panda who leaves hearts all over for his favorite people to find. What a great way to introduce young readers to random acts of kindness! I didn't know this until reading the back flap, but the author, Jan Carr, is a former Head Start teacher! This book does double duty, because it's a cute way of talking about the holiday and festivities of Valentine's Day without being commercial. Love it!
I love the Splat books, but this one holds a special place in my heart. Since this one deals with slightly more mature themes like rejection and popularity, this book would work as a read aloud for older kids as well- Splat decides to make a valentine for his lady love, but will his effort be good enough, compared to that of others? You'll have to read the story to find out!
Have a happy Valentine's Day everyone!
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