Sunday, February 9, 2014

February Book Love!

What will you be reading this Valentine's Day?  Here are a few picture books that caught my eye this season.  I think they are adorable!

Sitting in the number one spot:

Foxy in Love by Emma Dodd

Foxy is back, and once again his friend Emily needs his help—big-time! Emily is trying to make a Valentine's Day card, and she needs Foxy to remind her of all the things that she loves most. From hot chocolate with marshmallows to all kinds of flowers, Foxy is able to make everything Emily loves magically appear—but sometimes he makes a mistake. (Emily loves balloons, not raccoons!)

Luckily, Foxy can always find a good solution when things go wrong . . . and he knows just the right way to make Emily's Valentine's Day card complete! Foxy and Emily figure out exactly what Valentine's Day means to them in this sweet sequel, written and illustrated by Emma Dodd.

(That is the cutest little fox!)

And here's my grandson's favorite:

Love, Splat by Rob Scotton

It's Valentine's Day and Splat has a special valentine for a certain someone in his class. Her name is Kitten, and Splat likes her even more than fish sticks and ice cream. But Kitten doesn't seem to like him at all—she always ties his tail and pokes his belly when she sees him. And then there's Splat's rival, Spike, who also likes Kitten. Will Splat's heartfelt valentine win Kitten's paw in the end?
In this funny follow-up to Splat the Cat, Rob Scotton captures the highs and lows of a first crush with humor and understanding.

(Click here to order the plush cat.  Meow!)

This next one has the sweetest cover:

Snowy Valentine by David Petersen

Step out into a snowy Valentine’s Day with Jasper the bunny as he searches the forest valley for a special gift for his loved one.

In his picture-book debut, David Petersen, the Eisner Award–winning creator of Mouse Guard, tells a delightful tale that becomes the perfect way to say “I love you.”

And if you're looking for action:

Ruby Valentine Saves the Day by Laurie Friedman
Illustrations by Lynne Avril

It's Valentine's Day and Ruby won't let anything spoil the celebration! In this follow-up to the popular Love, Ruby Valentine, Ruby's favorite day of the year rolls around again, and she and Lovebird work feverishly to plan the perfect party for everyone in Heartland. But when Valentine's Day arrives, an unexpected snowstorm threatens to ruin all of Ruby's plans. Will Ruby find a way to save the day, or will everyone in Heartland have to wait until next year to celebrate? Another heartwarming tale of a girl who discovers the true meaning of Valentine's Day.

(Love, Ruby Valentine is a fun read too!)

I've wanted this next picture book for a long time:

One Love by Cedella Marley
Illustrations by Vanessa Newton

Adapted from one of Bob Marley's most beloved songs, One Love brings the joyful spirit and unforgettable lyrics of his music to life for a new generation. Readers will delight in dancing to the beat and feeling the positive groove of change when one girl enlists her community to help transform her neighborhood for the better. Adapted by Cedella Marley, Bob Marley's first child, and gorgeously illustrated by Vanessa Newton, this heartwarming picture book offers an upbeat testament to the amazing things that can happen when we all get together with one love in our hearts.

(This is a nice feel-good book for parents too!)

Take a peek at the book trailer:

(The illustrations are precious.♥)

And don't forget to order the plush doll:

(Click here for the link.)

Next up...

Penguin in Love by Salina Yoon

One day, Penguin was looking for love,
But instead he found . . .
A mitten.

When Penguin finds a lost mitten on the ice one day, he wonders who it belongs to—after all, every mitten has a mate! Prolific author/illustrator Salina Yoon's spare text and bright, energetic illustrations bring to life this endearing story celebrating love in its many forms, reminding us that the greatest adventrure begins when you find your other half.

(Another great picture book for preschoolers and toddlers!)

And if you're searching for Valentine's Day craft ideas...

Here are two follow-up activities that my grandson and I did a couple of years ago:

We made the keepsake album out of paper lunch bags, cardstock, photos, and ribbon.

(I cut the cardstock with craft scissors to mimic lace.)

This next craft is a great recycle project:

The owls are made out of empty toilet paper rolls, construction paper and ribbon.  The wings are shaped like hearts.

Here's hoping your special day is filled with hugs and kisses!


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