10 absolutely adorable Valentine’s Day Books and Crafts

Who is your Valentine this year? The Husband or the Kiddo? Mine has been 1 kid for the last 5 years and this year I have 2! Am I lucky or what? Valentine’s day is a beautiful time to read some great books on love and snuggle up with hot chocolate. Yes, it is true that you do not need to annotate a day to define your love for your precious child, but then what is life if you do not celebrate love! Here are some of our very favorite books on the theme love, and if you have read them already – get that scissors out and celebrate with some hearts!

1. How do I love you by P.K. Hallinan

Make a heart garland for a Valentine's Day window!

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This book was written by the author as a gift to his sons. It is about how parents love there kids even when they behave badly. Through sea of bad behaviors or good ones, I love you! – this is the sweet and simple message of the book. After reading this, won’t it be just so cute to make these Heart -garlands from Hands on as we grow.

2.  The Day it rained hearts by Felicia Bond

The Day It Rained Hearts - Cloud Kid Craft & Free Printable

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I love the girls name in this book , *Cornelia Augusta*. One day, Cornelia finds that instead of water it is pouring hearts everywhere. She catches as many as she can and makes some thoughtful gifts for her dear friends and mails it to them. Once you are done with this uber-cute book, make this utterly-butterly cute craft from Glued to Crafts

3. Love you Forever by Robert Munsch

handprint & photo heart keepsake

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This is a fantastic picture book that is a metaphor for the overwhelming love one feels for their child, no matter what age. The lines from this book are easily my favorite to whisper to Aarya at night –

“I’ll love you forever,
I’ll like you for always,
as long as I’m living
my baby you’ll be.”

After you have cried a little, go ahead and make this Keepsake, then every year you could cry a little when you see it 🙂

4&5. Duck and Goose Needs a Hug by Tad Hills or Hug by Jez Alborough

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Goose is sad and his friends try to cheer him up with all the things they *think* he might like, but Goose really just wants a hug! I just LOVE the illustrations.

Hug has just 1 word all through and that is ‘HUG’. I love this book for its simplicity , sweetness.  Baby Chimp sees that everyone has someone of there own to hug and realizes he has no one to hug. This Hug craft from The Party Event would be an awesome gift to send to Grandparents, on this day 🙂

6. You make me Proud by Umesh Shukla

dinner conversation hearts

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This  is a really sweet book. The story involves a Papa and Kiddo leaving post-it notes for each other about what makes them proud about each other. Use this cute Conversation heart cards from No-time for Flash cards. 

7. My Heart is like a Zoo by Michael Hall

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This is such a colorful and gorgeous book with all animals made out of hearts. One of the books that’s made to be used in Crafts! Check out Storytime ABC’s post on how she re-created the animals. You could do it too, get the book, it is so adorable!

8. Guess How Much I Love you by Sam McBartney

301736Guess How Much I love you Child Made Ornament

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“I love you to the moon and back” — just the lines melt your heart. This is a must-have in your library. And make this home-made clay qrnament, how Gorgeous – right? via Emma-Owl

9. I love you, Stinky Face by Lisa McCourt

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It is all about the undying love that a Mom feels no matter what how stinky the child gets in ths Valentine Special selection
(just kidding). You could make this adorable picture frame with stuff you have at home and decorate with hearts!

10. The Biggest Valentine Ever by Steven Kroll

1553960Creating the biggest valentine ever

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This Valentine Day book teaches kids to work in groups and eventually together. One of the best books to use in a classroom or even with siblings. Create a Large Heart and do a Valentine Craft like Barefeet on the dashboard!

I hope you read some of these, or some other books on Love. Happy Valentine’s day to you and yours.

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Valentines day books we enjoy!

With Valentine’s day just around the corner, I thought I would share some of our favorite books on the LOVE theme! These are the books we are focusing on for the next 2 weeks and this is my absolute favorite set of books to read to Aarya! I hope you find this list helpful when you are thinking of buying a book for your little one or even as a gift for some very special teeny-tiny friends 🙂

This book was written by the author as a gift to his sons. It is a real touching love story between a parent and child.It is about how parents love there kids even when they behave badly. Through sea of bad behaviors or good ones, I love you! – this is the sweet and simple message of the book.  Beautiful illustrations, best read with loads of cuddles and hugs.

This is one of my all time favorite books. I love the girls name in this book too, *Cornelia Augusta*. One day, Cornelia can’t believe her eyes, as instead of water it is pouring hearts everywhere. She catches as many as she can and figures what she wants to do with them. She makes some real beautiful, and well-thought gifts for her dear friends and mails it to them. It is a super-cute story and the only book I have with a girl as the main character ( I need to find more such books though).

Is there anyone who has not heard of this book? If you have a baby at your place or a toddler or a preschooler… or even an older child, this is a book you must definitely own. If you like mushy, heart-warming books once in a while, this one will definitely bring tears to your eyes. This is a fantastic picture book that is a metaphor for the overwhelming love one feels for their child, no matter what age. I have teared up every single time I read this book and the lines from this book are easily my favorite to whisper to Aarya at night –

“I’ll love you forever,
I’ll like you for always,
as long as I’m living
my baby you’ll be.”

Here is a Youtube link of the above book; but I do think this is an own-worthy book! There are days when I feel that the Mom in this book is being over-the-top, but then I know in my heart that we do not do a lot of things but we do *think* of doing them 🙂 It is an ode to mother’s love. The author on his website did say that he made these lines up and eventually the story after his wife and he had 2 babies born dead. This makes this book sometimes more moving and sad …but really a lot more special.

Adorable – is my word for this cute picture book. Goose is sad and his friends try to cheer him up with all the things they *think* he might like, but Goose really just wants a hug! I just LOVE the illustrations. Very few words, beautiful illustrations, board book – perfect for the under-5 crowds. Aarya really loves it when I hug me in the very end too. But keeps asking every time why the Goose is sad and I make up some story related to something that might have happened to Aarya that day.

The next 3 books do not necessarily belong to this category but I like to read them anyway with this assortment.

This book has just 1 word all through and that is ‘HUG’. I love this book for its simplicity , sweetness. It is the kind of cute book which will make you go ‘awww’! Baby Chimp sees that everyone has someone of there own to hug and realizes he has no one to hug. The almost wordless book will make you feel the love, literally 🙂 Perfect for the under-five crowd.

                                                                                                                             I’m As Quick As A Cricket

I think this description of the book says it ALL-

A celebration of a child’s self-awareness, with the help of a carefully close group of animals.”I’m as quick as a cricket, I’m as slow as a snail. I’m as small as an ant, I’m as large as a whale.” Parents and teachers choose this big square book for the message of self-confidence. Toddlers love it for the singsong phrases and Don Wood’s large, silly, endearing illustrations, which feature a boy mimicking different kinds of animals. At one point, he is pictured sipping tea formally with a fancy poodle (“I’m as tame as a poodle”) and on the very next page he is swinging through trees (“I’m as wild as a chimp”). Whether brave or shy, strong or weak, in the end the young boy celebrates all different, apparently contradictory parts of himself. With a confident grin, he lifts his arms up and declares, “Put it all together and you’ve got ME!” (Baby to age 6)

Aarya absolutely adores this book, requests it the minute he sees it. And this book can be seen just lying around all over the house. This is a book he can *read* on his own. We read it like this –
Me: ‘I am as quick as a  __’
Aarya: cricket
Me ‘ I am as slow as a  __’
Aarya: snail.

He loves that he can *participate* in the reading and gets most of them right.

                                                                                                                             You Make Me Proud

You Make Me Proud by Umesh Shukla is a really sweet book. We got this book on discount because we were part of Eurokids bookclub last year (Aarya was going to Eurokids preschool at that time). The story involves a Papa bear and kiddo-bear leaving post-it notes for each other about what makes them pround about each other. I got into this habit of telling Aarya that I was proud of him and sometimes I told him why I was so proud of him. At first I thought he did not *get* it; but later on, I understood that he really loved hearing this from me. And I try to say and point out things more often.

What Valentine’s themed books are your favorite? I would love more recommendations, share with me your links. 

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