3 Early Readers to Enjoy This Valentine's Day

Young readers will love the sense of accomplishment they feel after reading these stories about Valentine's Day on their own or with a caregiver.


The Berenstain Bears’ Extra Special Valentine by Mike Berenstain. illus. by author. HarperCollins. ISBN 9780063024564. 
K-Gr 2–A wonderful story presenting family love and connection. Sister and Brother are making valentines for their school’s Valentine’s Day party, but as they work, Brother makes a mysterious valentine he hides from Sister. Is it for a girl cub, or someone else? Sister must know! VERDICT A perfect shared and classic reading experience for emerging readers.

Stitch’s Valentine! (Disney’s Stitch) by Tim McCanna. Random. ISBN 9780736490405. 
PreS-Gr 1–This beginning reader serves as a funny, friendly introduction to the concept of Valentine’s Day for young readers who, like Stitch, struggle to understand its meaning. VERDICT Recommended for collections where beginning readers and Disney books are in demand.

Flubby Does Not Like Valentine’s Day by J.E Morris.  illus. by author. Penguin Workshop. ISBN 9780593523421. 
PreS-Gr 1–On Valentine’s Day, Kami wants to show her cat Flubby that she loves him. She tries it all—a card, a gift, and flowers—but nothing’s right. Although the book does not discuss exactly why Flubby doesn’t like Valentine’s Day, the story’s plot structure, unique presentation, and accessible text present an authentic holiday story to young readers. VERDICT A simple, fun text for the earliest of independent readers.


For children who aren't quite ready to start reading on their own, these board books and picture books will delight: 9 Books to Help Young Readers Feel the Love on Valentine’s Day.

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