A Wynk, a Blynk, and a Nod to Books

A Wynk, a Blynk, and a Nod to Books about Love and Valentine’s Day

Roses are red,
Violets are blue,
Books about love
Are waiting for you!

Children love Valentine’s Day, from making cards to giving kisses to eating sweets to planning a surprise or two. Many of our selected titles focus on friendship and affection as well as the holiday itself, so why not include a few books in your holiday celebration.


valentinebasketGiveaway:  The Library has a Valentine themed basket to giveaway to one lucky reader. You have three chances to win. Be sure to do each entry separately for more chances to win. The deadline to enter is January 30 at noon. The winner will be announced on the Library Facebook page and have 24 hours to respond. How to enter:

1. Comment on the blog saying who you would share this basket with and why.

2. Tweet this post including @kentonlibrary and comment here that you did.

3. Share on Facebook tagging the Library Facebook page and comment here that you did.

Note: Library employees and those living in their household are not eligible to enter.


New Books about Love and Valentine’s Day

A Crankenstein ValentineCrankenstein Valentine by Samantha Berger, illus. by Dan Santat

An ordinary boy becomes a grumbling Crankenstein on the mushiest, yuckiest day of the year … until he meets someone just like him! The humorous illustrations include exaggerated expressions which match the size of Crankenstein’s emotions.



Did You Know that I Love You? by Christa Pierce

Little Bird expresses her love for Fox in this sweet picture book. The minimal rhyming text makes it a good choice for one-on-one sharing. This is the author/illustrator’s debut children’s book.


Foxy in Love

Foxy in Love by Emma Dodd

Foxy uses his magic to help Emily create the perfect card for the one she loves. Children will delight in some of the mixed up wordplay and silly illustrations.




Hands Say Love by George Shannon, illus. by Taeeun Yoo

Everyday moments remind us that even the simplest gesture can be a deep expression of love. The simple, rhyming text pairs nicely with the linocut illustrations which give the book a distinctive look.



Katy Duck and the Secret Valentine by Alyssa Satin Capucilli, illus. by Henry Cole

In this easy reader, Katy Duck makes the perfect card for her secret valentine … and discovers who it is!



06llamaLlama Llama I Love You by Anna Dewdney

This board book is a very simple, yet nicely done Valentine’s story for little ones.



07lovealwaysLove Always Everywhere by Sarah Massini

A celebration of love in its many forms resonates in this lyrical text. Massini’s artwork is charming.



08loverealLove is Real by Janet Lawler, illus. by Anna Brown

This comforting text allows preschoolers to see that love is present in all the little things that take place each and every day. The collage illustrations are simple yet pleasing and reassuring.



09lovemonsterLove Monster and the Perfect Present by Rachel Bright

To show how much he cares, Love Monster comes up with the perfect gift, straight from the heart. The bold, expressive illustrations are bright and energetic and match the mood of the story.


10melvinMelvin’s Valentine by Jon Scieszka, illus. by David Shannon, Loren Long, and David Gordon

This easy reader is part of Scieszka’s Trucktown series. In this story, Melvin, the cement mixer, doesn’t know who sent him a valentine. The rhyming text makes for a fun read-aloud.



Ruby Valentine and the Sweet Surprise by Laurie Friedman, illus. by Lynne Avril

In this third book about Ruby, Ruby’s pets compete for her attention on Valentine’s Day. The watercolor illustrations are dominated by hues of Valentine colors: reds, pinks, and purples!



12superloveSuperlove by Charise Mericle Harper, illus. by Mark Chambers

A little girl, who calls herself Superlove, tries to marry her cat, Pinky, and stuffed dog. Things don’t go as planned, but her parents do come to the rescue. This whimsical story is sure to delight aspiring young flower girls!


13threelittlewordsThree Little Words by Clemency Pearce, illus. by Rosalind Beardshaw

A cute story about those three little words, “I love you,” that can make anything better. The sweet illustrations are as comforting as the rhyming text.



14valentinebemineValentine Be Mine by Jacqueline Farmer, illus. by Megan Halsey and Sean Addy

This book is full of fascinating information as it explores the history of Valentine’s Day, including the traditions, symbols, and activities connected to its celebration. Mixed-media collage illustrations accompany the text. A few craft projects are included as well.


15valentinesdaysweetstreatsValentine’s Day: Sweets and Treats by Ruth Owen

This book is part of the series Holiday Cooking for Kids! and includes step-by-step instructions for a variety of yummy, kid-friendly desserts.



16veryfairyThe Very Fairy Princess Follows Her Heart by Julie Andrews and Emma Walton Hamilton, illus. by Christine Davenier

This mother-daughter author team has written another adventure in the popular Very Fairy Princess  series. This time, Geraldine is getting ready for the sparkliest holiday of them all, Valentine’s Day.


Favorites from the Past

All Kinds of Kisses by Nancy Tafuri

Arthur’s Valentine by Marc Brown

Bee My Valentine by Miriam Cohen, illus. by Ronald Himler

The Best Valentine in the World by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat, illus. by Lilian Obligado

The Biggest Valentine Ever by Steven Kroll

The Day it Rained Hearts by Felicia Bond

Froggy’s First Kiss by Jonathan London, illus. by Frank Remkiewicz

A Giant Crush by Gennifer Choldenko, illus. by Melissa Sweet

Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney, illus. by Anita Jeram

Hearts, Cupids, and Red Roses: The Story of the Valentine Symbols by Edna Barth, illus. by Ursula Arndt

Henry and the Valentine Surprise by Nancy Carlson

It’s Valentine’s Day by Jack Prelutsky, illus. by Marilyn Hafner

Lilly’s Chocolate Heart by Kevin Henkes

Little Mouse’s Big Valentine by Thacher Hurd

Love and Kisses by Sarah Wilson, illus. by Melissa Sweet

Love Bugs by David A. Carter

Mouse’s First Valentine by Lauren Thompson, illus. by Buket Erdogan

My Heart is Like a Zoo by Michael Hall

The Runaway Valentine by Tina Casey, illus. by Theresa Smythe

The Valentine Bears by Eve Bunting

Valentine Hearts: Holiday Poetry selected by Lee Bennett Hopkins, illus. by JoAnn Adinolfi

Valentines: Cards and Crafts from the Heart by Thiranut Boonyadhistarn

Valentine’s Day Is … by Gail Gibbons

Will You Be My Valentine? by Steven Kroll, illus. by Lillian Hoban

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