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Love Between the Pages

… or sheets… or blankets… or flannel footie jammies.

There’s no better excuse to snuggle up with your child than storytime.  And there’s no better type of book to curl up with as we countdown to Valentine’s Day than a love-themed read.

As February 14th nears, consider cuddling up with your little sweetie and embracing these kid-friendly Love Day titles:

Splat the Cat:  Funny Valentine

The black furball with a heart of gold is at it again.  Splat wants to give his teacher a special Valentine’s gift and enlists the help of his friends to execute his plan, but will it go off without a hitch?  Young readers will love the hands-on interaction this lift-the-flap book provides.  Fun and surprises are at their fingertips thanks to the innovative page design, plus Rob Scotton’s whimsical writing and eye-popping illustrations.  Splat the Cat:  Funny Valentine is a must-read for little lovebugs who are just being introduced to the benefits associated with teamwork, cooperation, and the idea that giving can be better than receiving.

Mia:  The Sweetest Valentine

The party animals are on the prowl.  Mia the cat, Anna the hippo, and Ruby the giraffe are celebrating Valentine’s Day with the sweetest shindig ever.  They’ve got balloons, homemade cards, streamers, tutus, tiaras and glitter galore.  Adding to the Love Day festivities is a surprise box of chocolate that Mia finds downstairs and eagerly devours with her gal pals.  Unfortunately, the sweet treats were meant for her mom and when Mia’s dad finds out she gobbled the goodies he sees red.  Find out how the clever kitten is able to make up for her mistake and turn Valentine’s Day into an uber-sweet occasion for the entire feline family.

An Awesome Book of Love

How do you express love?  Do you shout it from rooftops, whisper it in a dark room or spell it out in the sand?  This heartwarming picture book illustrates the many ways love is communicated around the world.  The writing is playful and enthusiastic, though the illustrations are what will really capture your child’s eye.  The drawings are vibrant, detailed and highly relatable, especially the one that depicts a mommy lion flashing a look of utter disappointment at her rambunctious cub after he trashes the living room.  Despite Mama Lion’s furrowed brow the book reveals an undercurrent of unconditional love that parents can use as a teachable moment.  Share the love with your child this Valentine’s Day with this awesome book filled with a fervent appreciation for the most treasured feeling in the world.

You can find all of these sweet reads on HarperCollins’ website or at your favorite book store.

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About Michele Cheplic

Michele Cheplic was born and raised in Hilo, Hawaii, but now lives in Wisconsin. Michele graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Journalism. She spent the next ten years as a television anchor and reporter at various stations throughout the country (from the CBS affiliate in Honolulu to the NBC affiliate in Green Bay). She has won numerous honors including an Emmy Award and multiple Edward R. Murrow awards honoring outstanding achievements in broadcast journalism. In addition, she has received awards from the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association for her reports on air travel and the Wisconsin Education Association Council for her stories on education. Michele has since left television to concentrate on being a mom and freelance writer.