Whether you choose to celebrate Valentines, Palentines or Galentines a celebration all about love is a great one to get our little ones involved in. My children love books so here are some we’ve been reading this week from our bookshelf and our local library.
As with all these things, if you can shop local then that’s great. For books there’s your local Library – click here for Devon Libraries Unlimited website or fabulous independent book shops such as Winstone’s in Sidmouth or Crediton Community Bookshop in Credition.
But sometimes Amazon is a convenient alternative. I’ve linked all the recommendations below to Amazon (just click on the picture or the title) or go straight to my Amazon ‘shop front’ page here. All links are affiliate links. The affiliate link means I might earn a small amount if you click through and then buy the book. It has absolutely no effect on the price you pay but it might give me a few pennies for my efforts. Thank you for supporting me.
A super simple but still lovely book about Bobo’s quest to find his hug. There are lots of animals hugging and finally Bobo finds his mummy for his own hug! A great one for littlies (so get it as a board book) or preschoolers and reception aged if you want to talk about inference and how the characters might be feeling despite the only text on the page being the word hug.
‘Ever feel like you need a hug? A really big hug from someone who loves you? That’s how Bobo, the little chimp in this classic first story book, feels. Walking through the jungle he passes lots of creatures enjoying a cuddle together: elephants, chameleons, lions, giraffes, hippos – even the snakes have got someone special to squeeze. But poor Bobo is alone. Will he ever find the hug he needs? Using only three words throughout the book, this simple, endearing story is told through Jez Alborough’s gorgeous, detailed artwork.‘
I love the book The Day The Crayons Quit – it’s really amusing and is about the Crayons each wanting to be used for more than their obvious choices (blue is always used for sea and sky etc). Love from the Crayons is more simple but with a beautiful message of Love is not just one colour – there are ‘sunny’ moments and ‘stormy’ moments too. Each page has just a couple of lines about each colour like below rather than a story line but still a great addition and discussion point for preschoolers or young school children.
‘Celebrate Valentine’s Day – and love – with the number 1 bestselling Crayons!
Love is yellow and orange.
Because love is sunny and warm.
Discover all the bright colours and subtle shades of love with this charming new book, featuring everyone’s favourite colouring crew. The perfect gift for that special someone on Valentine’s Day – or any day of the year – and a must-have for fans of The Crayons.’
A lovely heart-warming story about the love between a mummy and child.
‘Join little rabbit and his mummy as they spend a glorious sunny day together in the meadow. Little rabbit finds love everywhere, but knows that a mummy’s love is always the best love of all. Featuring a tenderly-told rhyming text and delightful illustrations from Emma Dodd. Exploring the loving relationship between animal parents and their babies, this beautifully-designed board book makes the perfect gift and will soon become a bedtime favourite.’
Everyone has to have a copy of this story on their shelf! A beautiful story about the competition of who loves the other more Big Nutbrown Hare (daddy) or Little Nutbrown Hare (child). And the final line or ‘I love you to the moon and back’ is a firm favourite in our house. We have the paperback but I’ve linked a gift edition one that looks gorgeous. If you would like a gift set with Nutbrown Hare then have a look here.
‘When you love someone right up to the moon and back, what better way to tell them so than with a tender universal story that has touched hearts across generations? Now dressed in a stunning blush-coloured cover accentuated with delicate rose gold foil details, this beautiful volume is perfect for gifting and a true treasure to hold.‘
This is a great fun book that is full of shimmer and kisses. We love reading this as we all have lots of kisses and giggles like the different animals – it’s very fun!
‘A beautiful new novelty title from Mary Murphy that bursts at the seams with all kinds of kisses and cuddles from giraffes, mice, fish, bumble bees and … even elephants!! It’s a total love fest!
A giraffe kiss is gentle and tall … like this! *Mwaaaah!* Then there are kisses that are quick and small … others are fizzy and bubbly… some are even long and tooty-tooty! There are SO many different types of kisses, just turn the page to see! This split-page book, with its cast of loveable, cuddly-looking parent-and-child animals, will evoke lots of giggles, gurgles and smiles – not to mention kisses – from little babies!‘
The Hugasaurus spreads kindness and love with her hugs and so stops the squabbles that can arise with friends. A great rhyming story book showing children how to be loving to their friends.
‘A joyful celebration of the power of kindness for fans of The Worrysaurus. From Rachel Bright, author of the bestselling The Lion Inside, and Chris Chatterton, illustrator of the popular Ten Minutes to Bed series.
One sunny morning, a happy little Hugasaurus waves goodbye to her Pappysaur and sets off into the world on her own for the very first time. When she finds a playground, some new friends welcome her to their games. But it isn’t long before the other little dinosaurs start to squabble.
Can Hugasaurus bring her new friends back together using the magical power of kindness? The perfect picture book to help children learn to be kind to one another. For every hugasaurus – large or small.’
A beautiful long story about a child’s love for his favourite toy – the velveteen rabbit and how it becomes more shabby the more loved it is. There is a heart-wrenching part where the boy is sick and all his belongings have to be burned (including the rabbit), but thankfully through the love the boy has shown the rabbit becomes real. Goreoug illustrations in a really wonderful book.
‘The beloved nursery classic by Margery Williams is now available in a sumptuous new gift book edition with beautiful new art.
When the Velveteen Rabbit first arrives in the nursery, he is snubbed by the other toys. But the Rabbit soon makes friends with the Skin Horse who explains how toys can become ‘real’, if only they are loved enough. The Velveteen Rabbit longs for this to happen until, one day, he finds that he is Boy’s very favourite toy. They play together through a long, golden summer and, even though Rabbit becomes shabbier and shabbier, he becomes ‘real’ to the boy who loves him so much. The rabbits in the garden think otherwise – how can Rabbit be real when he can’t leap and hop? But when Boy is ill with Scarlet Fever, and Rabbit is thrown away, Rabbit finally discovers what it truly means to be real. As he sheds a tear, a magical fairy transforms him into a real, wild rabbit, though her parting words remind him that he was always real to the boy.
Shortlisted for the British Book Design and Production Awards 2017
A classic picture book story about the unbreakable bond between a child and their beloved toy. A timeless keepsake gift that will be treasured by generations. With sumptuous details including cloth binding, foil cover, full colour illustrations throughout, textured paper jacket, ribbon marker and head and tail bands.’