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Ten Books to Celebrate Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day is upon us, and what better way to spread love and kindness throughout the classroom than through books! Education World has curated a list of ten books teachers can read to their students around Valentine's Day. These books are filled with lessons about kindness, friendship, and surprises.

  1. The Night Before Valentine's Day by Natasha Wing: Amazon says: "All the kids are getting ready for the sweetest holiday of the year! Join in on all of the card-making fun, and then come along to school the next morning for a day of parties and games!"
  2. Llama Llama I Love You by Anna Dewdney: In this children's book, Amazon says, "a little llama shows his friends and family how much he loves them with heart-shaped cards and lots of hugs. What could be sweeter than Llama Llama on Valentine's Day?"
  3. Roses Are Pink, Your Feet Really Stink by Diane deGroat: Amazon says: "When Gilbert writes two not-so-nice valentines to his classmates, his prank quickly turns into pandemonium. But there's always time for a change of heart on Valentine's Day."
  4. Happy Valentine's Day, Mouse! by Laura Numeoff: Amazon says teachers and students can "join Mouse from If You Give a Mouse a Cookie as he celebrates Valentine's Day with all of the friends he loves."
  5. Pete the Cat: Valentine's Day is Cool by James Dean: In Pete the Cat: Valentine's Day is Cool, Amazon says: "Pete the Cat thinks Valentine's Day isn't cool . . . until he realizes how many special cats there are in his life! Pete works hard to make valentines for everyone, and it turns out to be the grooviest Valentine's Day ever. But what happens when he realizes he's forgotten to make a card for a very important cat? Join Pete the Cat as he discovers just how special Valentine's Day can be!"
  6. The Invisible String by Patrice Karst: Amazon says: "'That's impossible', said twins Jeremy & Liza after their Mom told them they're all connected by this thing called an Invisible String. 'What kind of string'? They asked with a puzzled look to which Mom replied, 'An Invisible String made of love.' That's where the story begins. A story that teaches of the tie that really binds."
  7. Happy Valentine's Day, Curious George by N. Di Angelo: Amazon says: "George and his friends celebrate Valentine’s Day with decorating, baking, card making and some unexpected hilarity along the way! Just how much mischief can a curious little monkey get into when balloons, frosting, and glitter are involved? Fold-out flaps on each scene reveal lively surprises in this humorous celebration of friendship."
  8. Fancy Nancy: Heart to Heart by Jane O'Connor: In Fancy Nancy: Heart to Heart, Amazon says "mystery is in the air when Nancy receives a valentine from a secret someone. Join Nancy as she follows the clues to find out who it is—all in her trademark fabulous style, of course. Gorgeous stickers included!"
  9. Day It Rained Hearts by Felicia Bond: Amazon says: "One day it rains hearts, and Cornelia Augusta catches them. Each heart is special in its own way, and Cornelia Augusta knows exactly who to send them to."
  10. Oh, Valentine, We Lost Our Minds! by Dan Gutman: Amazon says: "It's the week of Valentine's Day, and A.J.'s class is getting a foreign exchange student! His name is Pierre, and he's from France. But what happens when Pierre challenges A.J. to a duel (or at least a thumb war) over Andrea? One thing's for sure: when L-O-V-E comes to Ella Mentry, it spells the weirdest Valentine's Day story in the history of the world!"

 

Here are two other resources teachers can use to teach about Valentine's Day:

  1. Valentine's Day Lesson Plans: Here teachers can find resources to teach about Saint Valentine, the heart, and more. 
  2. Seven Lesson Ideas for Valentine's Day: This article offers seven different activities teachers can bring to the classroom for Valentine's Day. 

Article by Kassondra Granata, Education World Contributor