With all of the high-tech games overwhelming kids these days, books often get tossed in the corner and are only taken out at bed time. Valentine’s Day is a perfect holiday to take a break. Make some quiet time to enjoy each other’s company. Pull out the kid’s Valentine’s Day books and show a love for reading. Libraries and bookstores always have sections of books on display for a variety of age groups during holidays.
Over the years there have been many wonderful Valentine books published that teaches lessons of love. Some of the classics show love between a child and a parent, grandparent, friend and pet. Many of the modern books show how to handle relationships and explore feelings. The picture books below are worth sharing and will be a hit with the kids.
The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn
It was Chester Raccoon’s first day of school. He was sad he had to leave his Mom. Chester cried. His Mother was able cheer him up with the Kissing Hand, a family secret handed down from generation to generation. She kissed his hand and he did the same to hers. Off he went to school with a toasty feeling in his heart. Chester’s Mother’s love went with him everywhere he went.
The Kissing Hand is a classic picture book about the love between a mother and child and how to handle new experiences like going to school for the first time. The book was written in 1994 by Audrey Penn, illustrated by Ruth E. Harper and Nancy M. Leak. A Chester puppet is available for this book. Appropriate for ages 4-8.
Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney
Little Nutbrown Hare is stalling at bedtime He tells his father how much he loves him-as far as he can reach, as high as he can hop. Each time, Big Nutbrown Hare goes him one better-he can reach farther, hop higher. It’s a competition between father and son to see who can come up with the biggest expression of love. When Little Nutbrown Hare falls asleep, Big Nutbrown Hare whispers some final words of love.
The classic picture book written by Sam McBratney with illustrations by Anita Jeram’s is a quiet tale of love without limits. It’s perfect for toddlers. Appropriate for ages 2-5.
Love Splat by Rob Scotton
Splat the Cat, a fluffy black cat, has a special valentine for Kitten with whom he’s very smitten. Splat likes her even more than fish sticks. But Kitten doesn’t seem to like him. She ties his tail and pokes him when she sees him. Splat’s shyness and his rival Spike are a challenge for Splat. Will Splat’s special valentine win Kitten’s paw in the end?
Love Splat, written and illustrated by Rob Scotton in 2008, is a humorous book about the ups and downs of a first crush and how to deal with the feelings. Plush Chraracter of Splat can be purchased for this book. Appropriate for ages 4-8.
Teach Lessons of Love Reading Kid’s Valentine’s Day Books
These are just a few of the many great children’s books on the shelves today. Many times, plush characters in the book can be purchased to help tell the story and bring the book to life. Spend time this Valentine’s Day sharing love through reading books. It’s a great way to teach kids the lesson of love in a simple way.