Tuesday, January 31, 2012

February Book Basket



In addition to our regular reading, I like to change out our book basket with books that are based around the season and/or holidays.  We add these books into our bedtime readings, and it exposes the kids to books they might not choose off the bookshelf on their own, and sometimes introduces them to a new favorite.  For February, we don't own a lot of books specific to Valentine's Day, so I opted to include other books that are related to the 'theme' or 'symbols' of the holiday.


I Love You Through And Through was the first favorite book of both of my boys so it holds a special place in my heart!  It's a sweet rhyming text that tells our little ones how we love them through their happy days, their sad days, their silly days, and everything in between.





You Are My I Love You is another wonderful book about a mother's love for her child, and how they compliment each other perfectly.






God Gave Us You is the story of how a little baby bear was given as a precious gift to mommy and daddy.  Mom tells the bear cub how she carried him in her belly and goes through the story of pregnancy in a gentle way, describing how they waited patiently and prepared the crib...all the things that all mommies and daddies do as they wait for their new little blessings.



You're All My Favorites is a book about three bear cubs who realize they may not be their parents' favorite, and question their parents about which child they love the most.  It is a great book for siblings and teaching them how we love all of our children "the most" and how they are all unique.



I Love You With All My Hearts is not necessarily about how much we love our children, but how we show our love.






The Night Before Valentine's Day is our only book specific to the holiday.  It shows the activities that school children might engage in the night before and on Valentine's Day.  You can see what we did with this book in Homemade Valentine's Cards.






The Rose in My Garden is of the same cumulative style as "There was an old lady" in that the book starts with a single rose, and builds into a beautiful garden in just a few pages.  A fun book, and particularly great for children who love flowers!






Hear Your Heart (Let's-Read-And-Find-Out Science) is great introduction for the 4+ crowd to learning about the basics of how the heart works, and even has a few exercises and activities for kids to try.  You can see what we did with the book here.



Additions that I forgot to include:

Love You Forever is about a mom who sings a sweet lullaby to her son his whole life about how much she loves him and he will always be her baby.  He continues the tradition with his own.  It is one of those love it or hate it books...I'm actually on the fence.  If you don't own it, I'm sure your library owns at least one copy...you'll have to decide for yourself.




How Do Dinosaurs Say I Love You? is part of the How Do Dinosaurs series, that comically walks you through the antics of a dinosaur (or a little child).  In this particular book, it talks about how despite typical toddler behavior, we really love our little ones.







What are your favorite Valentine's books?  I am always looking for new suggestions to add to our home library!

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12 comments:

  1. I love February. This list is great.

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  2. I stood in Walmart and read God Gave Us You. I instantly fell in love with that story. In my effort to stop purchasing things on a whim (I know there's a word for that....), I put it back on the shelf. I have not been able to find it since! :-/

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    1. Impulse shopping...husband and I both suffer from it. haha! I hope you are able to find the book again. It has certainly been a gem on our shelf!

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  3. I love the idea of a book basket! Thanks so much for sharing your choices, and linking up at Teach Me Tuesday! This is wonderful!

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  4. coming from Teach Me Tuesday...Thank you for the book list! I would love to get my hands on Hear Your Heart because my 4-yr-old loves learning about the human body.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by! We had a lot of fun reading the book and listening to our own hearts!

      http://moms-heart.blogspot.com/2012/02/hear-your-heart.html

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  5. I teach preschoolers and I always read "I love you forever"

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  6. Great list of books for February! Love You Forever was the very first book I read to my son when he was 3 days old. I hopped over from TGIF.

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  7. These are wonderful book choices! I will have to start a book basket for my little guy. Thanks for linking up to Thinky Linky Thursday!
    Lori @ Cachey Mama’s Classroom

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  8. thanks for sharing your book list. we are on the hunt for some good love themed books at the mo xx

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  9. "Love you Forever" always makes me cry! This is a great list! Thank you for the summaries too. We have a book basket, but I haven't sat down to write up summaries of them. Good idea! Thanks for linking up to WOTT!

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