Slug in Love, The Day it Rained Hearts and Love from Dr Seuss among the perfect stories for children on Valentine's Day
Bishop's Stortford College Prep School librarian Lizzie Hall writes about the magic of storytelling...
Dear Reader. To celebrate Valentine's Day, here are some LOVE-ly stories that are perfect for children on February 14 and every day!
Jonathan and Martha by Petr Horacek
Jonathan and Martha are two lonely worms that live on opposite sides of a tree.
One day, a big juicy pear lands on the ground between them. Jonathan nibbles from the left, and Martha nibbles from the right - and soon they are caught in a tangle!
The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
"Once there was a little tree and she loved a little boy."
So begins the classic bestseller, beautifully written and illustrated by the gifted and versatile Shel Silverstein.
Every day the boy would come to the tree to eat her apples, swing from her branches, or slide down her trunk ... and the tree was happy. But as the boy grew older he began to want more from the tree, and the tree gave and gave and gave.
This is a tender story, touched with sadness and aglow with consolation. Shel Silverstein has created a moving parable for readers of all ages that offers an affecting interpretation of the gift of giving and a serene acceptance of another's capacity to love in return.
Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney and Anita Jeram
Sometimes, when you love someone very, very much, you want to find a way of describing how much you treasure them.
But, as Little Nutbrown Hare and Big Nutbrown Hare discover, love is not always an easy thing to measure.
The story of Little and Big Nutbrown Hares' efforts to express their love for each other has become a publishing phenomenon.
The Day It Rained Hearts by Felicia Bond
A creative and sweet story, perfect for Valentine's Day, that helps open the hearts of young readers from the beloved illustrator of If You Gave a Mouse a Cookie.
One day it rains hearts and Cornelia Augusta catches them. She realises that the hearts are perfect for making Valentine's.
Each heart is special in its own way and Cornelia Augusta knows exactly who to send them to: her animal friends.
A fun way to spark creativity and thoughtfulness, this is the perfect book to pair with Valentine's Day crafts.
Love from the Crayons by Drew Daywalt
"Love is yellow and orange. Because love is sunny and warm."
Discover all the bright colours and subtle shades of love with this charming new book featuring everyone's favourite colouring crew.
The perfect gift for that special someone on Valentine's Day – or any day of the year – and a must-have for fans of the Crayons.
Love from Dr Seuss by Dr Seuss
"One Love, Two Love, I Love, You Love!"
Love, live and laugh with Dr Seuss in this sweet selection of lovely lines and unforgettable illustrations.
Slug in Love by Rachel Bright and Nadia Shireen
Doug the slug needs a hug. But who wants to hug a slug called Doug?
Snuggle up with lonesome Doug on his search for love in this completely charming picture book which shows that you just never know when love might come flying by - and which introduces an unsuspecting world to snail superstar Gail!
A warm and endearing rhyming text by Rachel Bright (Love Monster, The Lion Inside) is perfectly paired with funny and fabulous illustrations by Nadia Shireen (Good Little Wolf, Billy and the Beast) in this adorable future classic.
Love from the Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
"You are . . . the cherry on my cake . . . the apple of my eye. You make . . . the sun shine brighter . . . my heart flutter . . ."
Join the Very Hungry Caterpillar for a celebration of love and all the ways to tell that special someone how much you care.
This delightful little book features Eric Carle's bright and distinctive artwork of favourite things, from pretty sweets to sparkling stars, with the Very Hungry Caterpillar making an appearance alongside each one. The perfect gift for Valentine's Day, or any day you want to say I love you.
Part of My Heart by Mike Sundy and Sansu
"You are a part of my heart. Before you were born, Mommy and Daddy gave a part of their hearts to each other. And that made you."
So begins the sweet and simple tale that has delighted thousands of readers and moved many to tears. It beautifully tells a child how much they are loved.