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Valentine's Day

I love you. I think you’re grand. There’s none like you in all the land.”  - from Sleepytime Rhyme by Remy Charlip

Valentine’s Day is here! That means it’s time to stock up on cards, flowers, chocolate…and books!

Love shared within a family. Love between friends. Even mushy gushy love! There are many types of love and just as many great Valentine’s Day stories to read with your children.

Here is a list of the love stories that we love the most. Stop by any library location for even more Valentine’s favorites.


Sleepytime Rhyme by Remy Charlip
Amazon Says: Picture-book pioneer Remy Charlip's new offering is a work of love--and new parents will feel right at home as they read aloud this enchanting sleepytime . . . or anytime . . more...
Amazon Says: Picture-book pioneer Remy Charlip's new offering is a work of love--and new parents will feel right at home as they read aloud this enchanting sleepytime . . . or anytime . . . rhyme. Affectionately illustrated pages show a mother and baby playing in the nursery, and the beguiling backdrops feature the clouds, the stars, the moon--the whole world--mirroring their unconditional devotion. Comforting, lyrical, tangible, universal--here is a love song for a baby . . . or for anyone in love.2000 Notable Children's Books (ALA) less...
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A Giant Crush by Gennifer Choldenko
Amazon Says: A Giant CrushAs 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 re more...
Amazon Says: A Giant CrushAs 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. less...
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Ruby Valentine Saves the Day by Laurie B. Friedman
Amazon Says: It's Valentine's Day and Ruby won't let anything spoil the celebration! In this follow-up to the popular Love, Ruby Valentine, Ruby's favorite day of the year rolls around ag more...
Amazon Says: It's Valentine's Day and Ruby won't let anything spoil the celebration! In this follow-up to the popular Love, Ruby Valentine, Ruby's favorite day of the year rolls around again, and she and Lovebird work feverishly to plan the perfect party for everyone in Heartland. But when Valentine's Day arrives, an unexpected snowstorm threatens to ruin all of Ruby's plans. Will Ruby find a way to save the day, or will everyone in Heartland have to wait until next year to celebrate? Another heartwarming tale of a girl who discovers the true meaning of Valentine's Day. less...
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Amazon Says: Join Mouse from If You Give a Mouse a Cookie as he celebrates Valentine’s Day with all the friends he loves. more...
Amazon Says: Join Mouse from If You Give a Mouse a Cookie as he celebrates Valentine’s Day with all the friends he loves. less...
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Valentine Surprise by Corinne Demas
Amazon Says: It’s only a week until Valentine’s Day, and Lily wants to make the perfect heart-shaped valentine for Mommy. But every time she cuts out a heart, it’s either too pointy, more...
Amazon Says: It’s only a week until Valentine’s Day, and Lily wants to make the perfect heart-shaped valentine for Mommy. But every time she cuts out a heart, it’s either too pointy, too round, or too skinny. As the days go by, Lily tries again and again, and when Valentine’s Day finally arrives, she has a heart for each day of the week! Which one will be the perfect valentine surprise for Mommy?   Young readers will enjoy this sweet, simple story that introduces the days of the week, as well as the special tradition of creating handmade valentines.  less...
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Love, Splat by Rob Scotton
Amazon Says: It's Valentine's Day and Splat has a special valentine for a certain someone in his class. Her name is Kitten, and Splat likes her even more than fish sticks and ice cream. Bu more...
Amazon Says: It's Valentine's Day and Splat has a special valentine for a certain someone in his class. Her name is Kitten, and Splat likes her even more than fish sticks and ice cream. But Kitten doesn't seem to like him at all—she always ties his tail and pokes his belly when she sees him. And then there's Splat's rival, Spike, who also likes Kitten. Will Splat's heartfelt valentine win Kitten's paw in the end?In this funny follow-up to Splat the Cat, Rob Scotton captures the highs and lows of a first crush with humor and understanding. less...
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Lilly's Chocolate Heart by Kevin Henkes
Amazon Says: Lilly loves her chocolate heart.Will she save it?Forever and ever?What do you think? more...
Amazon Says: Lilly loves her chocolate heart.Will she save it?Forever and ever?What do you think? less...
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Mouse's First Valentine by Lauren Thompson
Amazon Says: Early one morning, Mouse follows his sister around the house. She's making something special. It's red and lacy and very pretty. Snip! Snip! Snip! What will it be? more...
Amazon Says: Early one morning, Mouse follows his sister around the house. She's making something special. It's red and lacy and very pretty. Snip! Snip! Snip! What will it be? less...
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Love Waves by Rosemary Wells
Amazon Says: How to comfort a young child who misses a special person when he or she is away? A treasured picturebook creator has the perfect solution. Love Waves are what we send more...
Amazon Says: How to comfort a young child who misses a special person when he or she is away? A treasured picturebook creator has the perfect solution. Love Waves are what we send to our loved ones until we can be together again. Invisible and strong, they can fly across town or around the world, proving beyond a shadow of a doubt that neither time nor space can keep love from ? nding its target. Combining a wonderfully concrete concept with her cozy pastel illustrations, Rosemary Wells offers an ingenious way to ease the separation anxiety many children feel when parents go to work, or live in separate homes; when close friends or relatives move, or live far away; or whenever a loved one's absence calls for an extra dose of reassurance. less...
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Henry in Love by Peter McCarty
Amazon Says: Henry is a bit of a dreamer and not much of a talker.Then there's Chloe, who says what she thinks and knows how to turn a spectacular cartwheel.This is the story of how one bl more...
Amazon Says: Henry is a bit of a dreamer and not much of a talker.Then there's Chloe, who says what she thinks and knows how to turn a spectacular cartwheel.This is the story of how one blueberry muffin makes all the difference. less...
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My Penguin Osbert in Love by Elizabeth Cody Kimmel
Amazon Says: At a South Pole gala, the penguin of Osbert's dreams waddles into his life in a charming return of the winning pair from MY PENGUIN OSBERT. Joe couldn't be more surpr more...
Amazon Says: At a South Pole gala, the penguin of Osbert's dreams waddles into his life in a charming return of the winning pair from MY PENGUIN OSBERT. Joe couldn't be more surprised to fi nd his friend Osbert knocking at his front door — AWOL from the zoo — with an invitation to a South Pole extravaganza under his wing. Since penguins can't fly, and Joe has a helicopter from Santa, the boy is soon piloting a bunch of penguins on a long journey south. But when Osbert ignores the southern lights and only has eyes for a penguin named Aurora, Joe starts to worry. Will he ever get back in time for his own family's midwinter bash? less...
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Amazon Says: A gift book with humor and heart The one thing Dolores is absolutely NOT supposed to do is touch her big sister Faye’s things. But when Faye hides a mysterious heart-shaped more...
Amazon Says: A gift book with humor and heart The one thing Dolores is absolutely NOT supposed to do is touch her big sister Faye’s things. But when Faye hides a mysterious heart-shaped box, Dolores can’t stop herself from peeking inside. What she discovers is irresistible – a singing froggie Valentine’s Day necklace! What would happen if she just “borrows” it for a day? Trouble! For when the necklace disappears, Dolores must go to hilarious extremes to make things right with Faye, even enlisting the help of her long suffering cat, Duncan. Witty text and droll pictures full of funny details give readers much to laugh at as the irrepressible Dolores learns that in matters of the heart it’s important to give as well as take. less...
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Valentine's Day by Anne F. Rockwell
Amazon Says: There are over 200 hearts in this book. See if you can find them all! For Valentine's Day everyone is making valentines to send to Michiko inJapan. Eveline decorates her card more...
Amazon Says: There are over 200 hearts in this book. See if you can find them all! For Valentine's Day everyone is making valentines to send to Michiko inJapan. Eveline decorates her card with gold glitter glue. Pablo draws a picture of a happy fish. Jessica writes a poem. The kids in Mrs. Madoff's class remember all the things they liked to do with their friend Michiko, even though she's thousands of miles away now. This Valentine's Day gem from the classroom Kirkus Reviews called "a charmed place" explored what it means to be a friend. less...
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Amazon Says: When Gilbert writes two not-so-nice valentines to his classmates, his prank quickly turns into pandemonium. But there's always time for a change of heart on Valentine's Day. more...
Amazon Says: When Gilbert writes two not-so-nice valentines to his classmates, his prank quickly turns into pandemonium. But there's always time for a change of heart on Valentine's Day. less...
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