If you're looking for delightful books that celebrate the purest forms of love, I want to recommend these to you...
+ Loved by Sally Lloyd-Jones
. (Ages 2-4) This board book is for your little ones, but contains a powerful reminder for us all: it's the Lord's Prayer in language that even young ones understand. This would make a perfect baby shower gift, too.
+ Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch by Eileen Spinelli. (Ages 4-8) This is my top picture book choice for Valentine's Day, but also, I think it's one that every family library should have. It speaks of the value and power of loving and being loved. Please find this at your library or purchase one for your family. It's that good!
+ Penguins Love Their Mama by Melissa Guion
. (Ages 3-5) This is a sweet, simple board book that expresses the mutual, enduring love between a mama and her babies. It would be perfect for a toddler's Valentine's Day basket.
+ The Valentine's Bears by Eve Bunting
. (Ages 4-8) This is the quintessential Valentine's Day book that can be pulled off the shelf year after year. The first time we read it, my kids asked if we could read it again... and then again. A sweet bear couple wakes up from hibernation in time to celebrate Valentine's Day and watching their story unfold is so charming.
+ Just Because You're Mine by Sally Lloyd-Jones
. (Ages 4-8) This is a heartwarming book with solid theology. Little Red Squirrel is looking for the reasons that his daddy loves him. In the same way in our relationship to God, we are loved not because of anything we do, but because we belong to Him.
Our family also made a simple wooden heart garland by painting wooden hearts, drilling a couple holes in the top, and stringing them on twine. The kids then flipped the heart over and wrote a person's name whom they love. We will enjoy pulling these back out year after year. You can find wooden hearts here
or at your local craft store.
Happy Valentine's Day!!