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Valentine’s Day Booklist for Kids Ages 4-8

It’s no secret that reading to (or with) your young child is a great way to set him or her up for success in school. But have you thought about either visiting your local library or going shopping for a new book or two to read together with your son or daughter this Valentine’s Day?

What follows is a list of age-appropriate Valentine’s Day books for kids between 4 and 8 years old. There will be a big difference in reading ability in that age range, so keep these tips in mind as you read with your 4-8 year old:

· Most 4-5 year olds will need you to read to them.
· At that age, you can encourage your son or daughter to participate in the story by asking him or her questions before turning the pages of the book.
· 6-7 year olds will enjoy taking turns having you read to them and reading to you (consider taking turns by paragraph or by page).
· According to Scholastic.com, 6-8 years old is when most kids become “true readers” (source).
· There can be a large amount of variation in reading ability from old child to the next between 6 and 8 years old.

Missouri Parent’s Valentine’s Day Book List for Kids Ages 4-8

The Best Valentine in the World
by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat
Although Ferdinand has worked on his valentine for Florette since November, he's sure that she's forgotten him on Valentine's Day.

Bloom!: A Little Book About Finding Love
by Maria van Lieshout
Bloom isn’t interested in playing in messy mud puddles with other pigs. She’d rather galavant among pretty flowers. Bloom LOVES flowers and other pretty things. She also likes attention. And when a beautiful butterfly, a “flying flower” wafts by, she falls head over heels in love. But she soon learns that attraction is fleeting, and friendship brings a deeper, more satisfying love.
A 2008 Bank Street Best Children’s Book of the Year

Clifford’s Valentines
Easy words, a funny Valentine's Day story, and everyone's favorite Big Red Dog! It's Valentine's Day, and Clifford receives valentines from so many friends! Then when it snows, Clifford has an idea for how to give everyone a very special valentine!

The Day It Rained Hearts
by Felicia Bond
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.

Happy Valentine’s Day, Curious George
by H.A. Rey, N. Di Angelo, Mary O’Keefe Young
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-outflaps on each scene reveallively surprises in thishumorous celebration of friendship. Sparkly red foil shines on the cover and throughout the book.

Happy Valentine’s Day, Dolores
by Barbara Samuels
Time and time again Dolores has been told to keep out of her big sister Faye’s room. But when Dolores sees Faye hiding a mysterious heart-shaped box, she can’t resist sneaking in and taking a peek. Join the irrepressible Dolores and her long-suffering cat, Duncan, in this hilarious escapade as Dolores pushes the limits of sisterly love and learns that, in matters of the heart, it’s important to give, as well as take.

Henry in Love
by Peter McCarty
Henry is a bit of a dreamer and not much of a talker. Then there's Chloe, who says what she thinks and knows how to turn a spectacular cartwheel. This is the story of how one blueberry muffin makes all the difference.

Love, Ruby Valentine
by Laurie B. Friedman
Deep in the heart of Heartland live Ruby Valentine and her trusty parrot Lovebird. Ruby's favorite day of the year is Valentine's Day--she loves to say "I love you" and make cards and treats to deliver to everyone in her town. But Ruby is so exhausted that she sleeps right through the holiday. Although Ruby is worried that she'll have to wait a whole year to tell everyone that she loves them, Lovebird convinces her to deliver her treats and messages of love even though they're a day late. To Ruby's surprise, no one minds. In fact, they're thankful for her sweet wishes and kind heart, leaving Ruby with the realization that every day is the best day to say "I love you"!

Love, Splat
by Rob Scotton
(A follow-up to Splat the Cat)
It’s Valentine’s Day and Splat has a special valentine for a certain someone in his class. Her name is Kitten, and Splat likes her even more than fish sticks and ice cream. But Kitten doesn’t seem to like him at all. And then there’s Splat’s rival, Spike, who also likes Kitten. Will Splat’s heartfelt valentine win Kitten’s paw in the end?

Nate the Great and the Mushy Valentine
by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat
Nate the Great hates mushy stuff. But when he spies a big red paper heart taped to the outside of Sludge's doghouse, Nate knows he must help out his favorite pooch. Who has left Sludge a secret valentine? It's a mystery until Nate finds out his friend Annie is missing a valentine. The case seems easy. Nate is relieved. No more mushy stuff. That's what he thinks.

The Great Valentine’s Day Balloon Race
by Adrienne Adams
Bonnie and Orson, two young rabbits, build a hot air balloon to enter in a St. Valentine's Day balloon race.

Ruby Valentine Saves the Day
by Laurie B. Friedman
It's Valentine's Day and Ruby won't let anything spoil the celebration! In this follow-up to the popular Love, Ruby Valentine, Ruby's favorite day of the year rolls around again, and she and Lovebird work feverishly to plan the perfect party for everyone in Heartland. But when Valentine's Day arrives, an unexpected snowstorm threatens to ruin all of Ruby's plans. Will Ruby find a way to save the day, or will everyone in Heartland have to wait until next year to celebrate? Another heartwarming tale of a girl who discovers the true meaning of Valentine's Day.

Snowy Valentine
by David Petersen
Step out into a snowy Valentine’s Day with Jasper the bunny as he searches the forest valley for a special gift for his loved one. In his picture-book debut, David Petersen, the Eisner Award–winning creator of Mouse Guard, tells a delightful tale that becomes the perfect way to say “I love you.”

Where’s My Hug?
by James Mayhew
Jake doesn’t want to give his mother a hug when he gets to school. All the other kids will think he’s a baby. But when Jake gets home, he finds that his mom has given his hug to his dad, who’s given it to the cat, who’s given it to a witch, and so on . . . Will Jake ever get his hug back? James Mayhew’s gentle story and Sue Hellard’s charming illustrations make this a perfect bedtime story for parents and children to share.

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