Sunday, February 14, 2010

Picture Books on Sunday: Valentine's Day

Fancy Nancy: Heart to Heart, by Jane O’Connor and Robin Preiss Glasser

Publisher: HarperFestival
Pages: 22
Reading Level: 3 and up

I heart Fancy Nancy books! I’ve been meaning to get one up on the blog for quite some time now, so I figured Valentine’s Day would be the perfect time.

In Heart to Heart, Nancy’s making Valentine’s when she discovers that someone has secretly given her a one. She follows the clues to figure out who her secret admirer is.

If you’ve never read a Fancy Nancy picture book, you should! The stories are wonderful, simple and embellished with beautiful (and fancy) art. Nancy is an adorable character that is the ultimate girly-girl, but with some of her adventures, even non-girly girls will like her.

As Valentine’s books go, this is a keeper. It makes a perfect gift for the little girls in your life. It’s an easy read and the illustrations are amazing. Share this with someone and then sit down to create homemade Valentines as fancy as Nancy’s.

Angelina Ballerina: Angelina Loves…, by Katharine Holabird and Helen Craig

Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap
Pages: 23
Reading Level: 3 and up

I’ve loved Angelina Ballerina since I was a kid (let’s not talk about how long ago that was). This is another great book for Valentine’s Day.

What does Angelina love? Lots of different things. Dancing, skating, her family… Not everything goes her way all the time, but it doesn’t make her love activities and people any less.

Though probably not specifically for Valentine’s Day, this book is a good exploration of love, put in terms kids will understand. Just because Angelina loves something, doesn’t mean there aren’t conflicts. Showing kids that a favorite character can still come out on top and keep her love, helps them do the same.

Grab this book and read it to someone special and then go through all the things they love. It’s the perfect activity for Valentine’s Day.

Now it's your turn to go enjoy the day doing something you love! Happy Valentine's Day from everyone at YA Lit Review.


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