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My favorite way to volunteer in my children’s classrooms is doing the reading station at their holiday class parties.
I may not be the mom planning a Valentine’s Day craft but you better believe I’m happy to show up with a stack of books and read 2-3 of them to each group of kids before they move to the next station.
I usually bring 5 or 6 book options, set them all out on a desk or table and then let the kids choose 2-3 for me to read aloud to them in the 10-12 minutes I have.
Here are some of my favorite Valentine books to read aloud to an elementary classroom:
Hug Machine by Scott Campbell
I was dubious about this one for some reason, but it just made me smile and then it made me laugh. It’s just so darn cute, about a little guy who is a hugging machine, ready and willing to hug absolutely everyone and everything. (How is a hug machine fueled? By pizza, of course).
No Hugs for Porcupine by Zoe Waring
Poor Porcupine. Nobody wants to hug him. I mean, it’s pretty dangerous! Happily, a friend comes up with a perfect solution!
Eyes That Kiss in the Corners by Joanna Ho, illustrated by Dung Ho
This is a STUNNING picture book and one where you’d be hard pressed to decide whether you love the text or the illustrations better. It follows a young girl who notices that the shape of her eyes is different than some of her peers and realizes that her eyes are like her mother’s and her grandmother’s. If I was forced to choose a single best picture book of 2021, it’d probably be this one.
Tiny T. Rex and the Impossible Hug by Jonathan Stutzman, illustrated by Jay Fleck
Just the title alone makes me laugh and the book, about a T. Rex who is determined to hug his friends lives up to the title.
Love, Z by Jessie Sima
This sweet book is all about a little robot named Z. When Z finds a message in a bottle signed, “Love, Beatrice” they set out to find out what love really is.
My Heart is Like a Zoo by Michael Hall
I would never have believed how many animals you could make entirely out of hearts, but Michael Hall creates the coolest images of shapes and colors in all his books, and this one is perfect for every little animal lover (which is every child in my house).
Any other favorite Valentine books that are a hit in the classroom? I’d love for you to share!
And if you’d like a printable copy of this list of Valentine books to read in the classroom that you can take to your library or screenshot on your phone for easy access, just pop in your email address below and it’ll come right to your inbox!
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