Posts Tagged ‘Valentine’s Day’

The way I like my love stories:

  • IMG_4909Messy and complicated. Real love between real characters with all kinds of flaws and mistakes and challenges.
  • Part of a bigger story. Intimate personal connections are made all the more poignant by being part of something else–whether it’s the real world or an imagined one. The love story is one layer of many.
  • Both emotional and physical. I believe in the soul connection, the deep inside you complete me kind of love; but I also like the reminder that we are physical beings. I don’t need a lot of nitty gritty details, but the reminder that there is a physical component to love.

Some of my favorites on this particular Valentines Day~in no particular order:


Sarah Tomp


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In honor of Valentine’s Day, I thought I would share two fabulous picture books: Lovabye Dragon(Candlewick, 2012) by Barbara Joosse  and Randy Cecil and Plant a Kiss (Harper Collins, 2011) by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Peter H. Reynolds.

Lovabye Dragon  by Barbara Joosse  and Randy Cecil 


Book Description:

In her bed in her room in her castle, a girl longs for a dragon.
In his nest in his cave in his mountain, a dragon dreams of a girl.

When a lonely dragon follows a trail of princess tears, a beautiful friendship is born. They march and sing, roar and whisper, hide and seek, then settle into snug companionship at bedtime. Barbara Joosse’s fiercely protective and gently loving dragon cavorts across the pages, endearingly illustrated by Randy Cecil. At the end of the day, who can resist curling up in the embrace of a lovabye dragon?


Book Thoughts:

Nothing says Valentine’s Day like a book about a dragon. Actually, dragons aside, the theme for this story is love and friendship and if that doesn’t say Valentine’s Day, I don’t know what does.

  • The language is playful and poetic.
  • Great for a read aloud.
  • The illustrations are a perfect complement to the text.
Plant a Kiss Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Peter H. Reynolds
9780061986758Book Description:

Little Miss planted a kiss . . .

One small act of love blooms into something bigger and more dazzling than Little Miss could have ever imagined in this epic journey about life, kindness, and giving.

Book thoughts: 

  • Spare thoughtful prose with a sweet message.
  • Adorable illustrations.
  • A quick, short, read with lots of heart.

So sit down with your favorite valentine and enjoy these treats.

Happy Reading,

Suzanne Santillan

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