If You'll Be My Valentine
by Cynthia Rylant

by Cynthia Rylant
illustrated by Fumi Kosaka

A little boy creates Valentines for all the loved ones in his life---his pets, family, and even his teddy bear--describing how they could spend time together "if you'll be my valentine." What a sweet book!

The activities and rewards that the little boy offers his loved ones definitely rings true to little kid sensibilities (ie: he tells his dad they can make funny faces together and tells his dog "If you'll be my valentine/I'll give you extra treaties./I'll give you two/and maybe three/and let you lick my feeties.") If you'd like your Valentine's celebrations to focus on kindness and 'from the heart' card giving over more commercial approaches to the holiday, this simple but heartwarming title is a great choice.

Interest Level:  Kindergarten - 2nd grade 

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