Two New Valentines Picture Books

Thursday, January 25, 2018

A look at love and not love and all the subtle, or rather very deliberate, omissions we take when making a move. Especially when it involves young love. My favorite spread involves a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Guaranteed you’re sure to find both the images and text a heartwarming combination. This Is Not a Valentine by Carter Higgins and illustrated by Lucy Ruth. Published by Chronicle Books.
"It was a cold, dark night, perfect for scaring, but Fran had something else on his mind." Armed with pink paper, scissors, and glue Fran worked on an unusual looking shape. While his friends tried to guess what it was, Bunny informed everyone he was making a heart and that Valentine's Day was right around the corner. But that meant, GULP, that Fran must be in love. Gross! As his friends talked about how mushy and yucky love was, Fran felt flustered, so he escaped to the roof where he could think. Spotting his beloved a distance off, Fran realized that love is more than a paper heart, it’s a feeling it your real heart, even if it sometimes feels a little funny. A welcome new picture book perfect for Valentine's Day. Valensteins by Ethan Long. Published by Bloomsbury Publishing.

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LOVE: a picture book

Friday, January 19, 2018

We see glimpses of love from the moment we are born and it weaves throughout our entire life. Punctuating seemingly mundane moments and magnifying the momentous ones. Love can captivate our senses and color our relationships. With luminous illustrations and thoughtful text, LOVE is more than a celebration of its namesake, it is a rich narrative carrying us through beautiful phases of what it means to be alive. Recommended for ages 4+.

For a simple love related craft simply punch out various shades of paper hearts and sew them together on your sewing machine. Be sure to swap out the needle for a new one once your heart bunting is complete.

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LOVE by Matt de la Pena (@mattdelapena) and illustrated by Loren Long. Published by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers (@penguinkids).

Two Daughters

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Nearly six weeks ago we welcomed our second daughter into the world. For years I said I never wanted to have a December or January baby. Which is exactly why I had a December baby. In truth, it made the holiday season more memorable and sweeter than I could have imagined. We were lucky to have five weeks together as a family with my husband on paternity leave and cold weather keeping us indoors. My birth experience and recovery were much easier the second time around. And nursing has been a thousand times better than last time. Life changes with a newborn and overall I feel so incredibly fortunate to be able to do it all over again.

Photo by Amy Rau.

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