To a book lover, every occasion shows up as an excuse to discuss books. Looking to celebrate love with your child? We have a book for that!
Devaki Bhujang Gajare, Founder and Chief Book Lover at Little Readers’ Nook lists her top children’s book picks for Valentine’s Day.
1. What is Love, Biscuit? - Alyssa Satin Capucilli
How do you explain love to very young kids? This book makes the point simply, endearingly. Love is sharing, caring and helping. Families with pets will especially appreciate this short and sweet tale.
What we love: Biscuit is so adorable!
Our tip: Snuggle with a pet or a soft cuddly bear as you read this together.
2. Guess How Much I Love You - Sam McBratney and Anita Jeram
Classics are classic for a reason. Read this heartwarming action-packed tale to know why!
What we love: The cute little bunnies!
Our tip: Enact this book, don’t just read it. Stretch, hop, kiss and cuddle together. There’s lots of scope to introduce new vocabulary to babies and demonstrate simple STEM concepts like less and more, far and near, high and low.
3. LOVE from The Very Hungry Caterpillar - Eric Carle
Every child’s favourite caterpillar is back, this time with a beautiful expression of love!
What we love: Eric Carle’s signature artwork!
Our tip: Pair this with a reading of The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Can your child spot the familiar caterpillar in both books? Extend the book by completing the two sentences in more ways. You are…? You make…?
4. Forget-Me-Not Friendship Blossoms - Michael Broad
Good things don’t happen overnight, they take time to blossom but are worth the wait. Beautiful illustrations drive home this life lesson in an endearing tale of friendship.
What we love: The beautiful cherry blossoms, the amazingly sweet expressions!
Our tip: Plan a playdate and read this book to your child and a friend.
5. The Kissing Hand - Audrey Penn
Introduce the world of nocturnal creatures to your child with this heartwarming tale of a baby raccoon and his loving mother.
What we love: This book leaves us with the warmest fuzzy feeling each time we read it!
Our tip: Is your child afraid of school? Use this book to discuss and address their fears in a creative way.
6. Never Too Little to Love - Jeanne Willis and Jan Fearnley
Tiny-Too-Little wants to kiss Topsy-Too-Tall. Can he do it? Mouse tries everything but doesn't give up!
What we love: The unique page structure that builds up a repetitive pattern of words!
Our tip: Young children love repetition. Point to pictures and say the repetitive words together. Enact the action words.
Go on mommies, take your pick and celebrate LOVE!
This article is part of a collaboration with The Little Reader’s Nook.
Little Readers’ Nook aims to change India's reading culture, one engaged child and one amazing book at a time! Their thoughtful Reading Enrichment sessions are carefully crafted around outstanding World Children’s Literature.
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