Once Upon a Story
February 5, 2013

So a little confession to start us off today– I just put the Christmas books away last week.  Between the 3yo who just didn’t want to say goodbye to the holidays and a 1yo who helpfully unpacks everything you’ve put away the second your back is turned, packing away the decorations took forever this year.  At least the outside lights were down, right? (Somebody please let me know I’m not alone).

And so we put the Christmas books away just in time to get the Valentine’s Day books out.

Timing is everything, people.

We don’t have a huge collection, but we do have a few board books.


Happy Valentine's Day, Mouse!Happy Valentine’s Day, Mouse! by Laura Numeroff, illustrated by Felicia Bond

Hello, little friend! It’s one of the most recognizable mice in children’s literature!  Numeroff tells such sweet, simple stories, and this one is no different.  Mouse wants to make Valentine’s for each of his friends, but rather than just make simple generic cards, he makes each an extra-special Valentine that celebrates each individual’s personality.  What an awesome message for kids!

And because Mouse has such good friends, he receives valentines, too.  Very appropriate ones that take his personality into consideration.



I Love You, Stinky FaceI Love You, Stinky Face by Lisa McCourt, illustrated by Cyd Moore

While not strictly a Valentine’s Day book, it somehow seems appropriate to the season.  This is a “classic” first published in 1997.  We received it as a gift when my son was born, and while I had seen it many times before, I had never actually read it until that time.  It’s a story of a child’s wild imaginings:

Mama, what if I were a big, scary ape?  Would you still love me then?

And a mother’s reassurance:

If you were a big, scary ape, I would make your birthday cake out of bananas, and I would tell you, ‘I love you, my big scary ape.’

(As an aside, my son is now 14 mo, and language is starting to emerge.  One of his new words? “Stinky”.  This has gotta be a boy thing, right?)

So there you go. Some heartwarming, Valentine’s Day selections, complete with the word stinky.

Since February 14th is International Book Giving Day, this is the perfect excuse to give a book as a Valentine’s Day treat.

Any plans or suggestions?



One Response to “Itty Bitty: Valentine’s Day Edition”

  1. PragmaticMom says:

    I like your picks. Some of those picture books published specifically for Valentine’s Day (as gifts most likely) can be so dreadful. Thanks for picking the high quality ones with a Valentine’s message!

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