Valentine’s Day For Your Little Book Lover


Roses are red,

Violets are blue,

Reading is sweet

and so are you! 

Ok, so my Valentine writing skills might be a little rusty….

With that loving holiday Valentine’s Day quickly approaching, it got me thinking about love and how children experience love. For most kids… the first most universal experience of love is from mom or dad. Things get a little more interesting once kids hit the stage where they are old enough to have their first crush and taste of puppy love…and inevitable heartbreak.

As one of those moms who thinks her kids are growing up much too quickly, I’d like to believe that this will never happen. And, even if it did happen, that it will go away. Yes, I suppose we moms have stages we need to grow out of, too. But, in the meantime, I’m going to do my best to nurture those loving feelings in my kids towards one of my first major loves… books. Much like those famous love stories… Tristan & Isolde, Romeo & Juliet, Cleopatra & Marc Antony, my love affair with books has been intense and life altering. Just think of the ways that childhood can be so enriched by a love of literature.

Fostering a feeling of “Valentine I’m Yours” towards books is perfect for the cold February month. There are plenty of children’s books to share with kids related to the book-reading-snuggle-worthy holiday. Here are a few suggestions of the many titles available for cupid’s favorite holiday.
With it’s silly story, reassuring tone and gentle, affectionate reminders, “I Love You, Stinky Face” by Lisa McCourt is a favorite storybook of mine to share with little children. For younger kids, “Peekaboo Kisses” is perfect to share with toddlers, and there’s an early reader book about everyone’s favorite big red dog that is great for early readers.
For older, teen kids (and sometimes their moms) that vampire infused love story from one of the world’s most lucrative book trilogies, the “Twilight” series is always as option. You can even personalize your gift with a handmade bookmark with your devotion to the youngster. The key is to encourage your child to pick up on your love of reading, and to learn a little more about that complex human emotion of love in a tricky, age-appropriate way. That way, when your kiddo sees a stack of as yet unread books, they’ll have hearts in their little shining eyes and they just might be thinking “oooh-la-la!”
Happy reading from friends! And may cupid’s arrow find you this month!