We love to celebrate the love of reading with our family every Valentine’s Day. Here are some of the books we’ve enjoyed together as a family over the years, both on Valentine’s Day as well as year round!
The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown – A classic story of a mama bunny and her little baby bunny. The baby keeps coming up with pretend scenarios for running away and the mama comes up with even bigger scenarios for rescuing the baby and bringing him home. Sweet, sweet, sweet.
Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney – Another sweet parent/child story of who loves whom the most. “I love you right up to the moon!” “I love you right up to the moon…and back!” Yep. That’s pretty far.
Snuggle Puppy! A Little Love Song by Sandra Boynton – Okay, ANYTHING by Sandra Boynton is on my list-o-favs, but Snuggle Puppy is a particular favorite of mine. “Ooo, Snuggle Puppy of mine! Everything about you is especially fine. I love what you are. I love what you do. Fuzzly little Snuggle Puppy, I love you!”
You’re Loveable To Me by Kat Yeh – “It had been a big day, it had been a hard night, ‘We’re sorry!’ sniffed the bunnies as Mama turned down the light. Mama smiled softly and she drew them to her knee, ‘Bunnies, let me tell you something someone used to day to me…’” You probably see where this is going, but really – such a good message for kids, no matter their age. Sometimes *I* need to be reminded that I’m lovable to someone in spite of my own behavioral shenanigans…
No Matter What by Debi Gliori – “I’m grim and grumpy,” says Small to Large, “and I don’t think you love me at all.” – Are you sensing a theme here? Yep. Kids question their place all the time and all the time we need to remind them that their position in our relationship is strong and secure. No Matter What does that beautifully.
Any other suggestions from you? Favorite books for children that reinforce parent/child love?
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