Monday, February 8, 2010

Valentine's Day Reads for Kids (and adults too!)

Valentine's Day is a pretty exciting holiday in the elementary school. Valentines cards, math with conversation hearts, specials snacks and just celebrating the friendships we have grown in our classroom. Lots of fun things to do and celebrate over the next week. One thing I love is sharing books with my class. Even though I am teaching older kids this year, I still love to share picture book favorites with them. Here is a short list of some of my Valentine's Day favorites. Maybe you can find a little valentine to share them with over this week...

Somebody Loves You Mr. Hatch by Eileen Spinelli
Check out Storyline Online. This great website showcases several children's books being read by celebrities. The website includes, Somebody Loves You Mr. Hatch read by Hector Elizondo. Here are some activities that go along with the book as well.

Today is Valentine's Day by PK Hallinan

The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn (I also like to read this book at the beginning of the school year)
There are a ton of activities and websites out there for this book. Here are a few things you might want to check out as you share this book with your favorite valentine.

Printables, vocabulary words and more

Lots of ideas not only for Valentine's Day but others too

If You'll Be My Valentine by Cynthia Rylant

A video of a librarian sharing this story to readers, includes close-ups of the illustrations

Valentine's Day crafts and coloring pages and more

I Love You the Purplest by Barbara Joosse

It's Valentine's Day by Jack Prelutsky

Happy Heart Day!

ps... Keep scrolling below for more of the past weekend's lovely ideas and tips.

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