Will You Be My Valentine?

Love comes in many forms. Love from friends, family, pets, and even toys! With Valentine’s Day approaching, these heartwarming stories are great for sharing and celebrating this season of love and friendship.

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The Steadfast Tin Soldier by Hans Christian Anderson, retold by Cynthia Rylant
With her signature warmth and lyricism, Newbery winner Cynthia Rylant has crafted a new version of the classic Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale about a tin soldier who falls in love with a ballerina. As in the original story, the tin soldier’s love for the beautiful ballerina is thwarted by a goblin. The tin soldier is separated from the other toys and washed down a sewer, where he encounters a rat and gets swallowed by a fish, but somehow, against all odds, he manages to end up back home only to be cast into the nursery fire.  Rylant’s expert storytelling paired with Corace’s stunning illustrations create a beautiful, unforgettable tale of everlasting love.

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate Di Camillo
Once, in a house on Egypt Street, there lived a china rabbit named Edward Tulane. The rabbit was very pleased with himself, and for good reason: he was owned by a girl named Abilene, who adored him completely. And then, one day, he was lost. . .
Kate DiCamillo takes us on an extraordinary journey, from the depths of the ocean to the net of a fisherman, from the bedside of an ailing child to the bustling streets of Memphis. Along the way, we are shown a miracle — that even a heart of the most breakable kind can learn to love, to lose, and to love again.

Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White
Some Pig. Humble. Radiant. These are the words in Charlotte’s Web, high up in Zuckerman’s barn. Charlotte’s spiderweb tells of her feelings for a little pig named Wilbur, who simply wants a friend. They also express the love of a girl named Fern, who saved Wilbur’s life when he was born the runt of his litter.  E. B. White’s Newbery Honor Book is a tender novel of friendship, love, life, and death that will continue to be enjoyed by generations to come. It contains illustrations by Garth Williams, the acclaimed illustrator of E.B. White’s Stuart Little and Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House series, among many other books.

The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
Since it was first published fifty years ago, Shel Silverstein’s poignant picture book for readers of all ages has offered a touching interpretation of the gift of giving and a serene acceptance of another’s capacity to love in return.

Hold my Hand: Five Stories of Love and Family by Charlotte Zolotow
Charlotte Zolotow’s collection of five stories and poems focuses on the subjects young children care most about: love and family. Here are the quintessential experiences of childhood: a baby uttering his first words; a young girl taking a walk with her Dad on a summer night; a big brother with a tag-along little brother, and more. With tender and exuberant watercolors by Carol Thompson, this is a collection to be shared and treasured.

If you’re looking for a creative, active craft for kids to celebrate Valentine’s Day, here’s a fun one involving paint, but no mess!  Directions courtesy of Sunny Day Family.

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