Happy Valentine’s Day from The Carle. We’re loving these sweet Eric Carle love-inspired canvas art prints! Tell us about something (or someone) you love today. Here’s a list of our favorite Valentine-themed books.
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Mr. Prickles: A Quill-Fated Love Story by Kara LaReau, illustrated by Scott Magoon (A Neal Porter Book/Roaring Brook Press, 2012)
As Mr. Prickles tries to find a friend, a raccoon, a chipmunk, and skunk, tell him that he’s not cute, cuddly, and playful, like them. Mr. Prickles believes he is adorable on the inside, but as he’s kept from joining in, he does feel prickly on the inside, too. Fortunately he meets Miss Pointypants, who understands him, plays with him, eats with him, and shows him that “porcupines do hug, very carefully.” This is a quick book to read, filled with love, humor, a bit of prickliness, wordplay, and food for thought. Pick up a copy of Mr. Prickles.
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For Valentine’s Day, we’ve gathered together a few of our favorite picture books about love. Here’s a peek at our in-store display:
I love that picture books make such a great gift to any age loved one because they often capture just the right thing I want to say about love in just a few pages!
You can browse through our selection online as well.
My favorite picture books picks this year for Valentine’s Day are Henry in Love by Peter McCarty (Balzer & Bray,2010), And I Love You by Ruth Kraus and Steven Kellogg (Scholastic Press, 2010) and Ooh-la-la (Max in Love) by Maira Kalman (Viking, 1991).
Another yearly favorite that makes a sweet gift for adults is The Dot & the Line: A Romance in Lower Mathematics by Norton Juster (author of The Phantom Tollbooth and The Hello Goodbye Window among others).
It’s the story of a straight line who falls in love with a frivolous dot and manages to persuade her, by his cleverness and skill at manipulating geometry, to fall for him as well. Juster takes the age-old trope of boy meets girl, girl rejects boy, boy gets girl in the end, and turns it into a delightful pun-filled exploration of the joy of mathematics, in a way that only he could. It was made into a short film which won an Academy Award in 1965. You can watch it below:
Happy Valentine’s Day! What are your favorite picture books about love?
There’s always lots of love to share in picture books – whether between a child and a parent, a sibling, a pet, or even a precious toy. What better way to show you can than a nice big hug! Here are a few of are favorites. Can you name all the books each of these hugs come from?
February is here and Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. While there are lots of wonderful books about valentines and love, some kids get grossed out or bored by that lovey-dovey mushy stuff. I’ve found that books about friendship make for great Valentine’s Day reading (and every other day of the year, too!) and they encourage us to appreciate the best friends in our own lives. Here are a few of my favorite picture book pairs.
Toot & Puddle (Little, Brown & Co., 1997) by Holly Hobbie
Frog & Toad (Scholastic, 1970) by Arnold Lobel
George & Martha (Houghtin Mifflin, 1972) by James Marshall
Rosie & Michael (Simon & Schuster, 1974) by Judith Viorst, illustrated by Lorna Tomei
Bink & Gollie (Candlewick Press, 2010) by Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee, illustrated by Tony Fucile
Like so with so many great pairings, these two prove that opposites attract. Bink is energetic, eccentric, and impulsive while Gollie is calm, imaginative and often the voice of reason. Together, they make a hilarious pair. In three short vocabulary-building stories, the two always seem to find adventure, fun and compromise.
Dog & Bear (Roaring Book Press, 2007) by Laura Vaccaro Seeger
Gossie & Gertie (Houghton Mifflin, 2002) by Olivier Dunrea
A Visitor for Bear (Candlewick Press, 2008) by Bonny Becker, illustrated by Kady MacDonald Denton
Stay tuned for more books about love, friends, and unlikely pairs as we count down to Valentine’s Day. In the meantime, why not share a book with one of your friends today? Do you have a favorite picture book pair? Let us know in the comments below.