Valentine’s Day Reads for Kids

I love holidays, and Valentine’s Day in particular is a good one because what’s not to love about love, right?

Here are some books that I think are perfect for reading on this special day with your little love and why I love them:

Picture Books:

Pandora, by William Mayne If this book doesn’t make you believe in the redemptive power of love, then there is seriously something wrong with you.


 A Visitor for Bear by Bonnie Becker Sometimes we don’t realize how much we need a friend until we realize we love them already.

The Old Woman Who Named Things by Cynthia Rylant Dogs. Love. Heart strings. You get the picture.

Early Chapter:

Davey’s Blue-Eyed Frog by Patricia Harrison Easton A princess who needs to be saved by a kiss and a little boy who has better things to do. What could go wrong?

Mango’s Revenge by Stephanie Logue When this Parrot escapes for a day off, love of his family brings him home.

Middle Grade:

Because of Winn Dixie by Kate DiCamillo Dogs. Love. How weird the South can be.

Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt In which our heroine has to choose between young love and mortality. Not as easy as you might think.

Young Adult:

I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith Smith was way ahead of her time with this quirky coming of age love story.

Reckless by Cornelia Funke Beautifully written high steam punk fantasy with bubbling romance. What’s not to like?

And, last but not least, let me just mention that Leaving Kent State has a classic romance story line that I hope you will enjoy.

Happy Valentine’s Day reading!!

2013 in Books

It’s time once again for a quick wrap up of my favorite books of 2013. Because I was working on a young adult fantasy for my thesis, I read quite a bit of YA fantasy and dystopian fiction. My picks for this year include Rae Carson’s Girl of Fire and Thorns, Kristen Cashore’s Graceling, and Cornelia Funke’s Fearless. You can check out my reviews in detail on my Goodreads page. Outside of fantasy, I’ve been reading Phoebe Stone’s The Romeo and Juliet Code, a middle grade historical fiction. I haven’t finished it quite yet, but so far I am very impressed. I helped my daughter read Burnett’s The Secret Garden. I read also Kevin Prufer’s Strange Wood and Fallen from a Chariot. I love his poetry.
My list of books to be read continues to grow, and I’ll keep you posted on those that I feel are worth passing on.
Happy reading everyone. What were your favorite books of 2013?