With Valentine's Day just around the corner, one of my favorite ways to get my little love bugs excited for this holiday, is to snuggle up with them in our reading nook and read aloud a few of our favorite Valentine Day books.  Because, as I've said before, books are magical and WAY better than t.v. because not only do they create a time when you can have an intimately bonding conversation with your child, but they also allow you and your child to stretch your imagination in ways you never thought possible!  So, as you begin your countdown to the day of L>O>V>E here are a few of my favorite Valentine's Day books that you and your chickies can enjoy together.

1. The Night Before Valentine's Day
By: Natasha Wing

Why I Adore It: This books is a spin off of the classic picture book, The Night Before Christmas.  So, if your chickies have heard that story (or even if they haven't), they will instantly fall in love with this one as they read about a group of children preparing for their own Valentine's Day party.

2. The UnValentine
By: Sam Beeson

Why I Adore It: Presented in the form of poetry, this book is about a little girl named Lily who didn't believe in love.  That is, until, she found a crumpled up note atop her schoolroom desk on February 14th and suddenly her heart begins to bloom.

3. Somebody Loves You Mr. Hatch
By: Eileen Spinelli

Why I Adore It: This book is about a tall and thin man named Mr. Hatch who lived a very orderly, routine, and lonely life that was very dull.  Then, one Saturday, Mr. Hatch receives a large heart-shaped box of chocolates with a little white card that states: "Somebody loves you".  As Mr. Hatch ponders this sentiment, his outlook on life begins to change into something that not only brings joy to himself, but those around him as well.

4. Ella Enchanted
By: Gail Carson Levine

Why I Adore It: Although this book isn't specifically about Valentine's Day, it is a retelling of Cinderella; one of the greatest love stories ever.  Except this time, along with the main characters Ella, the Fairy Godmother, the prince and the wicked step-mother and sisters, there are various mythical creatures that Ella stumbles up in her quest to conquer her bestowed upon curse of obedience so that she can freely be with her one true love.
*Note: this book is perfect for tweens or older.

Happy Reading!

Loves and Hugs,

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