Saturday, February 10, 2018

Kid Konnection: Valentine's Day Edition

Every Saturday, I host a feature called Kid Konnection -- a regular weekend feature about anything related to children's books. This week I'm going to share with you a book is perfect for the upcoming holiday.

Summary: The first day of Valentine’s starts with ONE warm, fuzzy hug. On the second day, the crafts begin with TWO cups of sparkles. On the third day, let’s make our cards with THREE pink pens! Each of the 12 busy days leading up to Valentine’s Day are celebrated in this cumulative rhyming storybook based on “The 12 Days of Christmas.”

Kids will love spotting all the fun ways a family gets ready for Valentine’s Day. And the book includes stickers—perfect treats for each of the 12 days. -- Random House

THE 12 DAYS OF VALENTINE'S by Jenna Lettice and illustrated by Colleen Madden is such a fun way to celebrate Valentine's Day with the little one in your life. This softcover picture book is absolutely adorable with its sweet illustrations and cumulative rhyming story. It kind of reminded me of the Christmas song, "The Twelve Days of Christmas."

Speaking of which, THE 12 DAYS OF VALENTINE'S is the third book in this fun series. There is also THE 12 DAYS OF KINDERGARTEN and THE 12 DAYS OF HALLOWEEN. I've seen these books too, and I promise they are just as cute as THE 12 DAYS OF VALENTINE'S.

THE 12 DAYS OF VALENTINE'S is geared to children ages three to seven years old, but I do think kids on the younger side of this range will appreciate this book the most. I think youngsters will enjoy the repetition (even when parents might not!), but because the story builds on each page, the last few pages do run a little long for toddlers. However, the sweet illustrations and stickers (did I mention stickers?) will help to keep them entertained throughout the entire book.

As a mom, I also like that this book is both entertaining and educational. The book features a busy family preparing for the holiday. Children will love identifying all of the different ways to get ready for Valentine's Day. And because it is so repetitive, it reinforces numbers and counting. For example, the book starts with 1 warm hug, 2 cups of sparkles and goes the whole way through the twelve days until 12 friends smiling.

I think THE 12 DAYS OF VALENTINE'S (and the entire series of books!) is precious. Highly recommended!

Thanks to the publisher for providing a review copy of this book.

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bermudaonion said...

We always loved holiday books when Vance was young so I'm sure this would have been a hit at our house.

Stacie said...

I think this sounds adorable for Valentine's Day. I'll have to remember for next year since I already have Valentine books to send to my nieces this year.