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Valentine’s Day Books for Your Littlest Readers

This year on Valentine’s Day, consider giving your son or daughter a special Valentine’s Day book. Missouri Parent has put this special Valentine’s Day book list together especially for your little reader; aged 3-6.

A few tips for making reading fun for 3-6 year olds (via Scholastic.com):
· Remember that the first step in learning to read is the “letter-sound connection”. Help your child make the connection between the first letter of a word and the sound it makes by sounding it out together.
· Keep your young reader interested in the story you’re reading by asking him or her questions before turning the page. This technique is called “dialogic reading”.
· Pick books that appeal to your son or daughter’s interests.
· At this age, your child will need you to read with him or her — don’t expect him or her to be able read all alone.

Missouri Parent’s Valentine’s Day Book List for Kids Ages 3-6

Froggy’s First Kiss
by Jonathan London
He can't even think straight when she's around. When Frogilina smiles at him through the monkey bars, Froggy falls smack on his head-bonk! So with Valentine's Day just a week away, Froggy gets busy making an extra-special valentine. The fifth book about the irrepressible Froggy, this is sure to keep children giggling with delight. An IRA-CBC Children's Choice Book

Guess How Much I Love You
by Sam McBratney
During a bedtime game, every time Little Nutbrown Hare demonstrates how much he loves his father, Big Nutbrown Hare gently shows him that the love is returned even more.

I Love You So Much
by Carl Norac
Lola the hamster wakes up with something important to say. Special, tender words are on the tip of her tongue. Are the words meant for Mommy and Daddy? Or should she tell her teacher? Or maybe her friend Frankie, the Skateboard King? The day is frustrating indeed as the words puff out impatient Lola’s cheeks. But eventually, her powerful, magical words are sure to burst forth. They’ll be worth the wait!

Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch
by Eileen Spinelli
One wintry day, a postman delivers a mysterious package with a big pink bow to a lonely man named Mr. Hatch.
"Somebody loves you," the note says.
"Somebody loves me!" Mr. Hatch sings as he dusts his living room. "Somebody loves me!"
Mr. Hatch whistles as he does his errands in town. "But who," Mr. Hatch wonders, "could that somebody be?"
After some time, Mr. Hatch discovers just who his secret admirer is and, in doing so, enjoys the biggest surprise of his life!

Valentine’s Day
by Anne and Lizzy Rockwell
For Valentine's Day everyone is making valentines to send to Michiko in Japan. Eveline decorates her card with gold glitter glue. Pablo draws a picture of a happy fish. Jessica writes a poem. The kids in Mrs. Madoff's class remember all the things they liked to do with their friend Michiko, even though she's thousands of miles away now.

The Yuckiest, Stinkiest, Best Valentine Ever
by Brenda A. Ferber
Even boys will fall in love with this valentine! Leon has a crush. Alet-her-cut-in-line-at-the-water-fountainkind of crush. And he's got the perfect valentine. But this valentine has no intention of getting caught up in any romantic conspiracy. "Love is yucky, kid! Valentine's Day is all about CANDY!" the card yells at Leon, before leaping out the window and running away, leaving Leon to chase it across town, collecting interested kids along the way.

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