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Love is in the air! Well, love is always in the air but what a great month to read all about it! We are definitely choosing Valentine’s Day themed books to read with Sweet Pea this month, along with a few other well-worn favorites. Sweet Pea is 2 years old and all of these books are well loved by her (translation: cute books with an acceptable picture to word ratio when her attention span is miniscule). Click here for more reading activities for toddlers. I hope this list gives you great ideas for books to read with your kids!
Books We Are Reading With Sweet Pea in February
Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney and Anita Jeram- a few months ago, Sweet Pea did not have the attention span to sit through this book. However, recently she has asked for it almost every night. I love how this Daddy and his son try to prove their love for each other. That is a contest I can get behind. This book is so sweet… all the way up to the moon, and back again.
I Love You Night and Day by Smriti Prasadam-Halls and Alison Brown- This is a relatively new book to us, but it is very sweet for Valentine’s Day. Plus, the illustrations are adorable.
Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae and Guy Parker-Rees- If you are not reading this book to your toddler yet, you are really missing out! Gerald the Giraffe is mocked because he is the only animal in Africa who can’t bust a move. However, he gets a pep talk from a cricket and finds his groove, a great reminder that all of us have unique gifts and talents.
How Do Dinosaurs Say I Love You? by Jane Yolen and Mark Teague- These dinosaur books are perfect for toddlers. The illustrations are very engaging and the author and illustrator do a great job at helping kids identify and manage their emotions.
Wherever You Are, My Love Will Find You by Nancy Tillman- I think Nancy Tillman might be my favorite children’s author/illustrator. I love every book we have ever read from her and her illustrations are works of art! The book itself is incredibly lyrical… just try not to love it!
Click, Clack, MOO: Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin- We were first introduced to Farmer Brown with the Halloween version of this delightful series. Honestly, it is kind of silly- but that is the charm. Now I want to know what the ducks do with that typewriter!
Love Monster by Rachel Bright- Disclaimer: There is a word on the second page of this book I would prefer my daughter not be exposed to. However, other than that, this book is very sweet. Considering we are all slightly googly-eyed monsters who need to find love, I can overlook a minor indiscretion on the part of the author. Well, that and I just don’t read it.
Who Will Be My Valentine This Year? by Jerry Pallotta and David Biedrzycki– We ordered this book from a Scholastic Book Fair and it instantly became a favorite with Sweet Pea. This beautiful Hippo desperately wants to find a Valentine but is met with much resistance. She is about to give up when she find out she has all the love she can handle!
My Huggy Valentine by Disney Book Group and Sheila Sweeny Higginson- Sweet Pea really loves Doc McStuffins and honestly, so do I because the good ‘ole doc has such a well-developed imagination. Sweet Pea gets very excited to read about Lamby and Val, especially since she has watched the TV episode that mirrors the book.
Minnie Be My Sparkly Valentine by Disney Book Group and Bill Scollon- What Valentine’s Day reading list would be complete without a little Minnie Mouse! This book is a ton of fun and actually inspired us to create our own ‘sparkly bow bands.’
These are 10 of our favorite books this month. What are some great books for toddlers you would add to the list?
Thanks for reading and thanks for reading with your kids!