Once Upon a Story
February 8, 2013


So.  Valentine’s Day next week.

Do you do treats for your kids?  Since International Book Giving Day is also on February 14th, it’s the perfect chance to share some book love.

These are the books I picked up for our two kiddos.


Not a heart or valentine in sight.

It wasn’t a deliberate move.  I have nothing against Valentine’s Day books.  But I also don’t limit myself to them.  So these books may not be your typical Valentine’s Day reads, but they were picked with love.  That’s what counts, right?  And the nice thing is that we can leave these books out year round.

The two on the left are for Preschooler, who will be 4 in about 2 months.  We’re just starting to get into the early chapter books at bedtime.  The main character in these happens to have the same name, and the books are all about spinning and dancing and twirling, a popular activity in our house now (I’m pretty sure it goes hand in hand with the princess obsession).

The book on the right is a series most of you are probably already familiar with.  Baby (who is now 14months) doesn’t sit for long periods of time, so he hasn’t really discovered Yolen’s How Do Dinosaurs… books yet, but this board book version is a good place to start.  Bonus: it’s a scratch ‘n’ sniff! It won’t be long before that does have appeal.

Anyone else doing books for Valentine’s Day?  Do you go with the more traditional selections or have you veered off the path like I have?

6 responses to “Friday Confession: No Hearts, but Lotsa Love”

  1. PragmaticMom says:

    I have some princess book suggestions for Preschooler if you want some that don’t need rescuing (my pet peeve when my two girls were in preschool and equally obsessed with princesses). http://www.pragmaticmom.com/2011/10/top-10-misunderstood-princess-books-ages-2-16/

    The ones for her would be: The Paper Bag Princess, The Princess Knight, The Princess and the Pea (Lauren Child), and the reader recommendations. Hope that helps her find cool, strong princesses! My favorite is The Paper Bag Princess. I just love that book!

    • novalibrarymom says:

      Yes! We’ll take any suggestions 🙂 I saw your comment the other day, too…I linked up to the kid lit blog hop with the princess post early this week. Feel free to link anytime, I love visitors 🙂

  2. Amy says:

    I’m giving books to my boys for Valentine’s Day, and like you, they will have nothing to do with the holiday, but I’ll use any excuse I can to give them more books! 🙂

  3. Jen Robinson says:

    I just ordered The Day the Babies Crawled Away by Peggy Rathmann and Where’s Walrus? by Stephen Savage, both of which have been on our wish list for many months. I also bought a couple of puzzles, because BB is currently obsessed with them. We do have that Mia Valentine book, though, and she loves it.

  4. Wonderful suggestions . Our toddler at 19 months is only just sitting for stories lol but we are gathering a rather large to read list so we will put them on it. Thanks for linking in to the hop. Cheers Julie

  5. Jane Yolen’s “How Do DInosaurs…” books are so great. Has you read her the Pinkalicious books? My daughter loved those when she was younger. Thanks for linking into the Kid Lit Blog Hop. I’m a new follower by email and Twitter, and so on! 🙂

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