Valentine's Day is a day set aside especially for celebrating Love. As nice as that is, love should be shown every day. I'm not talking about flowers and chocolates or even romance but just sending messages of love, caring and support through every day things. As most of you know, one way I enjoy showing love for my children (besides taking care of them) is reading them bedtime stories. This Valentine's Day will be celebrated with some fresh, new titles from our friends at Thomas, Allen & Son Ltd. I'm so excited, I know how much my kids love books and these were a complete surprise I thought I would share with all of you!

- Happy Valentine's Day Curious George written by: N. Di Angelo and Illustrated in the style of H. A. Rey by Mary O'Keefe Young.

"George and his friends celebrate Valentine's Day together with decorating, baking, card making...and some surprises along the way". The book has folding flaps, just unfold to join in the fun. Wonderfully illustrated and has shiny red foil inside the book and on the cover.

This book is an easy read for beginners like our daughter, I want to save this one to read on Valentine's Day with both my kids. They are after all both BIG curious George fans! This book can be purchased at stores like Walmart and online book stores like Chapters.

- Martha Speaks: Thief of Hearts based on the characters created by Susan Meddaugh

"The day Martha's family fed her alphabet soup, the letters went to her brain instead of her stomach. Then Martha could talk. And boy, did she!
Who took the card making supplies? It's up to Martha to sniff out one sneaky Thief of Hearts! Inside this book are special Valentine's cards for kids to colour and decorate too!"

Another great read for beginners, the PBS series "Martha Speaks" is based on these books of the same title. The Martha Speaks series was created to help develop and enrich the vocabulary of children aged four to seven years old. A wonderful book to read to your little ones and a wonderful book to have your beginner read to you! K is going to love the Valentine's included in this book, a nice little extra surprise on top of a cute story! For more information www.marthathetalkingdog.com

- Won't You Be My KissARoo? by Joanne Ryder and Illustrated by Melissa Sweet

Part of the Send A Story series: Won't You Be My KissARoo is a great story to share with your little ones or send to a loved one as inside the cover is an area you can dedicate this book to them as well as a postage area on the back if you need to send it off. Simply written, makes it easy for young readers to read along (or to) Mom or Dad, Grandma or Grandpa etc. Beautifully illustrated as well.

"From sticky breakfast kisses to playful "gotcha" kisses to snuggly bedtime kisses, there's a new kiss for each moment of the day. But the best kiss, most delicious, and sweetest kisses of all are those you share everyday - with your very own kissaroo!"

- I Like You by Sandol Stoddard Warburg and Illustrated by Jacqueline Chwast

Another book from the Send A Story series, I Like You is a book for telling someone exactly that, how much you like them! We read this one together and we both thought it was just great, she loves the send a story series and so do I. They give such a sweet and sentimental message in each one, and they are nicely illustrated. I'd love to get the whole set even if we aren't sending them out to anyone, I know I am giving them to someone very special.

"Here is a book that Charlie Brown would have given Snoopy, Tonto would have given the Lone Ranger, Romeo would have given Juliet, and you can give to some very special friend."

For more information about the Send a Story series visit hmhbooks.com.

- Just Grace and the Terrible Tutu by Charise Mericle Harper.

The sixth installment of the Just Grace series, Grace and Mimi share a secret. Mimi is awaiting the arrival of a little sister! The two are just so happy and excited about it until Lily, a visiting four-year old, turns into the Terrible Tutu. Grace can't escape her and Mimi can't wait to spend time with her. Using all her empathy powers Grace shows Lily and Mimi a creative path toward a new friendship!

The Just Grace series are great books for tween-aged girls, they are humorous and quirky. Each story is unique with its own lesson to learn. For more info on this and other Just Grace books visit www.justgracebooks.com. This will be a great book for my girl once she masters reading and gets a little older :) but something to add to our ever-growing collection after all, books never get old.

We'd like to give a big THANKYOU to our friends over at Thomas, Allen & Son Ltd for sending us these great books as a Valentine's Day surprise - I'm glad I was able to share them with all of you and hope you bring the gift of reading into your homes this Valentine's Day and every day, along with maybe ONE chocolate? It doesn't have to be Valentine's day to read great books or have a piece of chocolate! ;-)

Posted by AME on behalf of Thomas, Allen & Son. Complimentary books were received with no obligation to review. Opinions and comments on this blog are those of the author

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