This is NOT a Valentine by Carter Higgins; illustrated by Lucy Ruth Cummins. 2017. Brush marker, gouache, graphite, colored pencil, crayon, ink, and charcoal. Published by Chronicle Books.
Brief summary: A young boy gives a girl he loves several simple personal gifts that he knows she will like instead of a Valentine card.
Comments: We know that the little girl likes his gifts by the expressions on her face. Refreshing to have a different perspective on how to express one’s love on Valentine’s Day. Not mushy.