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Feb 11

Children's Corner: Valetine's Day Reads

Posted on February 11, 2022 at 11:45 AM by Maggie Witte

Valentine’s Day is a day to celebrate your loved ones, close friends, family members, and classmates. Some of the most popular ways to show you care is giving candy, flowers, cards, or other gifts to the people you care about.

In honor of Valentine’s Day, we’ve gathered a list of books celebrating the holiday. Give any of these a read, enjoy the holiday, and don’t forget to let your loved ones know you care.

Illustration of a blue cat and a white cat holding a valentine on a skateboard.

DB 97323 Pete the cat: Valentine’s Day is cool by Kim Dean

Pete the Cat thinks Valentine's Day isn't cool--until he realizes how many special cats there are in his life!Commercial audiobook. For preschool-grade 2. 2013.

A lemon peel above three crushed candy hearts,

DB 79322 The candy smash by Jacqueline Davies

As Valentine's Day approaches and a crush on a classmate develops, Evan develops a secret fondness for writing poetry. But his sister Jessie plans on exposing all in her newspaper. Sequel to The Bell Bandit (DB 74601). For grades 3-6. 2013.

Illustration of notebook paper with sketch of a boy holding a box of chocolate and flowers.

DB 88554 Diary of a wimpy kid: the third wheel by Jeff Kinney

A Valentine's Day dance at Greg's middle school has turned his world upside down. An unexpected twist gives Greg a partner for the dance and leaves his best friend, Rowley, the odd man out. Commercial audiobook. For grades 3-6 and older readers. 2012.


DB 13282 Valentine’s Day by Elizabeth Guilfoile

Valentine legends, traditions, greetings, symbols, and parties from the days of St. Valentine, 1700 years ago, to the present. For grades 2-4.

Title surrounded by illustrations of animals, people, plants, weather, and other miscellaneous items

DB 88937 A year full of stories: [52 folktales and legends from around the world] by Angela McAllister

A treasury of fifty-two myths, fairy tales, and legends from around the world, with a story for every week of the year. Many of the tales tie into internationally celebrated dates, including Valentine's Day and the International Day of Friendship, as well as seasonal events and festivals. For grades 2-4. 2016.

Illustration of a woman carrying apples and behind her someone carrying a big heart.

DBC08720 The ballad of Valentine by Alison Jackson

An ardent suitor tries various means of communication, from smoke signals to Morse code to skywriting, in order to get his message to his Valentine. For preschool-grade 2.

Illustration of an ox writing a letter with a heart thought bubble with a gazelle in it from him.

DBC08760 XO Ox: a love story by Adam Rex

The hilarious tale of an ox who is in love with a gazelle, told in correspondence. For preschool-grade 2.