Blogger: Rachel Kent
First, the big news. We are having a boy! My daughter really wanted a sister, but she is taking it well and has started talking about her baby brother.
Valentine’s Day is Sunday! I have been looking at bookstores for children’s Valentine’s books and noticed that there is a Valentine’s Day book for every single children’s book character you can think of. I saw Very Hungry Caterpillar, Elmo, Clifford, Daniel Tiger, My Little Pony and SO many more. I also noticed is that there are very few Valentine’s Day-specific books about a parent’s love or loving your parents. Those seem to be books for every day of the year.
Here are some of the very popular ones:
Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney: We love this one, though my daughter has started asking me where the mother bunny is. I don’t know what happened to her! I do love that it is about a daddy and child though.
Love You Forever by Robert Munsch and Sheila McGraw: This book has a sweet message, but I don’t love it. I know so many who adore this book though, so I know my opinion isn’t the popular opinion. I’d love to hear your thoughts!
The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown: I have heard this is the ultimate helicopter mothering book. The little bunny tells his mom he is going to run away in approximately ten different ways and the mom tells him she’ll follow him and find him no matter what, so in the end he decides to stay home. I know many moms don’t like this one, and I didn’t at first, but now that I have my strong-willed girl I like it quite a bit. It’s sweet in a silly way. What do you think about it?
My two favorite parent/child love books are these:
Thank You God, for Mommy and Thank You God, for Daddy by Amy Parker: They are so sweet and share how much moms and dads do for children. The illustrations couldn’t be cuter and both books thank God for parents that point kids to God’s love. I always cry when I read the panda one to my daughter. These ones would make great gifts for Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, too.
What are your favorite books that celebrate the love of a parent?
Do you have a favorite children’s Valentine’s Day book to recommend?
Do you have any suggestions of books for older children?