Peas read a new Valentine’s Day picture book.
(. . . yeah, I probably need to skip the joke writing . . .)
New Valentine’s Day Picture Books:
Mr. Prickles A Quill-Fated Love Story by Kara LaReau, illustrated by Scott Magoon
Mr. Prickles and Mrs. Pointypants learn a valuable lesson about friendship and love in this charming story with plenty of puns. “He tried to join in their midnight picnicking but it was pointless.”
Love the Beastie A Spin and Play Book by Henrik Dresher
The sequel to Pat the Beastie (a parody of Pat the Bunny) I liked better than the first which ended with Beastie eating Paul and Judy. In this book, Beastie spits the kids out and the three play, brush Beastie’s teeth, get him dressed, and snuggle. Cute and weird at the same time.
Little Treasures Endearments from Around the World by Jacqueline K. Ogburn, illustrated by Chris Raschka
Although this isn’t really a Valentine’s Day book, it seemed fitting. This book captures all the sweet names we call children, names like pumpkin and honey, from all around the world.
The Brits call their children poppet and love. The Aussies call their children lamb chop and possum. If you watched Pepe Le Pew you’ll know this French term of endearment, mon petit chou, which means little cabbage. Russians say solnyshko which means sunny sun. Ugandans say kabiite, or pampered one. And Chinese families call children xiao pie dou, little mischievous pea.
Hedgehug: A Sharp Lesson in Love by Benn Sutton and Dan Pinto
Hedgehog wants to give somebody a Valentine but no one likes his prickles! After many rejections, finds that there is someone who has a thick shell not bothered by spines — an armadillo.
Amelia Bedelia’s First Valentine by Herman Parish, illustrated by Lynne Avril
In this story, Amelia is a child – not a maid. It’s simple and silly, and a great update on the classic version.
Plant a Kiss by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Peter H. Reynolds
When Little Miss plants a kiss, will her act of love grow? Of course! It will grow and it will be magical.
Love, Splat by Rob Scotton
Splat wants to give Kitten a Valentine but he’s too shy. And, Spike (Splat’s rival) also likes Kitten! What’s a cat to do? I adore Splat and think you will as well.
10 Valentine Friends by Janet Schulman, illustrated by Linda Davick
Unless rhyming books are Dr. Seuss, they usually don’t work for me. But, this one is cute and the rhymes are fine. “Annie Lee knows how Pete likes bugs. / He’ll really dig her squishy slugs!” All the kids get Valentines in this cute, counting story in a diverse classroom of kids.
Familiar Favorite Valentine’s Day Books
Pinkalicious: Pink of Hearts by Victoria Kann
The Night Before Valentine’s Day by Natasha Wing and Heidi Petach
The I LOVE YOU Book by Todd Parr
Maisy’s Valentine Sticker Book by Lucy Cousins
Queen of Hearts (Ann Estelle Stories) by Mary Englebreit
The Day it Rained Hearts by Felicia Bond
Olive You! And Other Valentine Knock-Knock Jokes by Katy Hall, Lisa Eisenberg, Stephen Carpenter
Where is Baby’s Valentine? by Karen Katz
** My all time favorite chapter book about Valentine’s Day is Attack of the 50-ft Cupid (Franny K. Stein, Mad Scientist) by Jim Benton. Have you read it? Hilarious!