Childrens' books: Love and Valentine's Day

 

Valentine's Day
Gail Gibbons

A great choice to give some background and understanding of this holiday so many kids enjoy. Gibbons explains why it is a special day for love and friendship and how it is celebrated. Bright cheery illustrations accompany the text. 1986, Holiday, Ages 5 to 8, $6.95

Good Morning to You, Valentine
Selected by Lee Bennett Hopkins
Illustrated by Tomie dePaola

A collection of poems from poets such as Shakespeare and Silverstein, some silly, some mushy and all illustrated with red drawings to support the Valentine' Day theme. 1993 (Reissue), Boyds Mills Press, Ages 6 to 9, $9.95.

The Valentine's Day Mystery (out-of-print)
Marion M. Markham
Karen A. Jerome

As in their previous books, twins Kate and Mickey Dixon help solve the case of the stolen ruby pin. It moves along at a rapid pace and offers two strong female protagonists. It is the sixth mystery in the series. Published in 1992 by Houghton and ideal for beginning readers (Ages 7 to 10), the book sells for $12.95. Reviewer: Marilyn Courtot

A Village Full of Valentines
James Stevenson

A collection of seven short Valentine tales that relate the fun and pleasure of making, giving and receiving valentines, but the stories can be read any time of the year. All are accompanied by Stevenson's wonderful pen and ink and watercolor illustrations. A delightful, feel good book. 1995, Greenwillow, Ages, $15.00. Reviewer: Marilyn Courtot

Hearts & Crafts
Sheri Brownrigg

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