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Valentine’s Booklist with Craft Ideas

Valentine’s Day is such a fun time to show everyone how much they are loved! Books are a fun way to express love. We have paired some of our favorite books with some fun craft ideas! We also recommend lots of chocolate!

Summaries provided by Barbara Saylor,
Barbara is the author of DEVELOPING CHARACTER:Teaching Character Using Popular Children’s Story Books (available on her website and

1. An Awesome Book of Love by Dallas Clayton

Summary: There are so many different kinds of love, and Clayton knows just how to describe them all with rhyming verses, sweet sentiment, and adorable illustrations.
Craft idea: Dinosaur Valentines

2. See a Heart, Share a Heart by Eric Telchin

Summary: Love is all around, as depicted by photographs of heart-shaped images in everyday life.
Craft idea: Happy Heart Rocks

3. Love and Kisses by Sarah Wilson

Summary: This little love story by Sarah Wilson and Melissa Sweet proves that a kiss is not just a kiss. It is a bountiful fount of surprises, spreading love far and wide, and growing sweeter as it goes! What better message to give someone you love than one of such joy and happy affection?
Craft idea: Valentine’s Photo with paper cut out hearts image by Marlene Faria-Rivas

4. The Day it Rained Hearts by Felicia Bond

Summary: One day it rains hearts, and Cornelia Augusta catches them. Each heart is special in its own way, and Cornelia Augusta knows exactly who to send them to.
Craft idea: The Day it Rained Hearts

5.Who Will be My Valentine? by Jerry Pallotta

Summary: When Hippo asks her friends to be her valentine, they all refuse because she is different.
Craft idea: Paper Plate Hippopopotamus

6. Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch by Linda Kranz

Summary: An anonymous valentine changes the life of the unsociable Mr. Hatch, who normally likes to keep to himself. Mr. Hatch changes from being quiet and alone to a laughing friend and neighbor.
Craft idea: Chocolate Play Dough Recipe


7. Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney

Summary: During a bedtime game, every time Little Nutbrown Hare demonstrates how much he loves his father, Big Nutbrown Hare gently shows him that the love is returned even more.
Craft idea: I love you this much card

8. Sugar Cookies by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

Summary: From letting your friend have the last cookie (selfless) to waiting to lick the bowl together (considerate), here is a book for anyone who wants to say I love you. Meanings are illuminated in this different kind of dictionary, which is every bit as heartwarming as the experience of baking cookies with someone you love. Amy Krouse Rosenthal’s sweet little lessons, mixed with warm and inviting illustrations by mother-daughter duo Jane Dyer and Brooke Dyer, make for a book that will hit the spot!
Craft idea: Glass Topper Valentine’s Cookies

9. Plant a Kiss by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

Summary: Bestselling author Rosenthal and award-winning illustrator Reynolds have teamed together for the first time for this story about a little girl who plants a kiss and watches it grow–with sparkling results.

Craft idea: Plant Kiss Planting Activity

10. Lilly’s Chocolate Heart by Kevin Henkes

Summary: Lilly loves her chocolate heart. Will she save it? Forever and ever? What do you think?
Craft idea: Valentine’s Crafts that say I love you

11. Pet the Cat Valentine’s Day is Cool by Kimberly and James Dean

Summary: Pete the Cat thinks Valentine’s Day isn’t cool . . . until he realizes how many special cats there are in his life! Pete works hard to make valentines for everyone, and it turns out to be the grooviest Valentine’s Day ever. But what happens when he realizes he’s forgotten to make a card for a very important cat? Join Pete the Cat as he discovers just how special Valentine’s Day can be!
Craft idea: Pete the Cat
12. Snowy Valentine by David Peterson
Summary: Jasper Bunny spends a snowy Valentine’s Day visiting his forest friends in hopes of finding the perfect gift for his beloved Lilly.
Craft idea: From bottom of my heart

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