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.
Heart 2 Heart written and illustrated by Lois Ehlert. 2017. Illustrated with cut paper. Published by Beach Lane Books.
Brief summary: Rebuses with large colorful letters and graphic image make puns as the book reveals a Valentine plea.
Comments: This encourages children to say out loud the letters and graphics to make the words of the puns. They will like putting words together to make a sentence or question. Small book for small hands.
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