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10 Valentine’s Day Picture Books

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and to help you get into the mood I have put together my top 10 Valentine’s Day picture books and board books!

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“Valentine Surprise” by Corinne Demas
It’s only a week until Valentine’s Day, and Lily wants to make the perfect heart-shaped valentine for Mommy. But every time she cuts out a heart, it’s either too pointy, too round, or too skinny. As the days go by, Lily tries again and again, and when Valentine’s Day finally arrives, she has a heart for each day of the week! Which one will be the perfect valentine surprise for Mommy?

“Llama Llama I Love You” by Anna  Dewdney
In Llama Llama I Love You, little llama shows his friends and family how much he loves them with heart-shaped cards and lots of hugs. What could be sweeter than Llama Llama on Valentine’s Day

“Love, Ruby Valentine” by Laurie B. Friedman
After Ruby Valentine misses her favorite holiday of the year, her parrot, Lovebird, convinces her that every day is the perfect day to say “I love you.”

“Lilly’s Chocolate Heart” by Kevin Henkes
Lilly loves her chocolate heart. Will she save it? Forever and ever? What do you think?

“The Best Thing About Valentine’s” by Eleanor Hudson
Valentines, valentines, big ones and small–I love making valentines. I love it all! Ribbons, glitter, lace, and paste are all fun things to use when creating special Valentine’s Day cards. Young children will enjoy reading this sweet rhyming story, narrated by a young child who loves to make cards and give them to family, friends, and classmates. But the very best thing of all is getting your very own valentines on Valentine’s Day!

“The Biggest Valentine Ever” by Steven Kroll
When Mrs. Mousely asks her class to make valentines, Clayton and Desmond decide to make one together and give it to their teacher as a surprise. But things don’t go as planned. First Clayton puts too much glitter on the card. Then Desmond puts on too many hearts. Soon the friends are arguing and they rip the card in half. “I’m going to make my own valentine!” they both say and go home in a huff.But then Desmond and Clayton realize that by working together they can make the biggest, best valentine ever!

“Happy Valentine’s Day, Mouse!” by Laura Numeroff
This title follows Mouse as he makes valentines for all of his friends. Each valentine is made to represent what he loves most about each of his friends, such as Pig ‘because she’s a good dancer’ and Bunny ‘because she’s the best at hide-and-seek.'” A surprise at the end adds to the read-aloud fun!

“Love, Splat” by Rob Scotton
It’s Valentine’s Day and Splat has a special valentine for a certain someone in his class. Her name is Kitten, and Splat likes her even more than fish sticks and ice cream. But Kitten doesn’t seem to like him at all—she always ties his tail and pokes his belly when she sees him. And then there’s Splat’s rival, Spike, who also likes Kitten. Will Splat’s heartfelt valentine win Kitten’s paw in the end?

“Mouse’s First Valentine” by Lauren Thompson
Early one morning, Mouse follows his sister around the house. She’s making something special. It’s red and lacy and very pretty. Snip! Snip! Snip! What will it be?

“Here Comes Valentine Cat” by Deborah Underwood
Cat does NOT like Valentine’s Day. It’s much too mushy, and no way is he making anyone a valentine—especially not his new neighbor, Dog. Dog refuses to respect the fence. He keeps tossing over old bones and hitting Cat in the head! But just as Cat’s about to send Dog an angry “valentine” telling him exactly what he can do with his bones, Dog throws a ball over the fence. What is Dog playing at?

Leave a note in the comments with your favorite Valentine’s Day book!

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20 Something Book Club – The Husband’s Secret

I don’t know about you ladies but in my group of friends it seems like the guys are always off having “guys nights.” The boys are at a sporting event or away on a golf trip or just having a guys night out. Us ladies very rarely have girls night out and recently we decided to change that. That was how the 20 Something Book Club came to be about. The girls wanted a night without boys or babies and wanted to focus on books and booze. The guys were gung ho about this until they heard the title of our first book “The Husband’s Secret,” then they started questioning if this book club was a good idea. Once they heard it would be held on football Monday they were once again all for it!

 

The Book

The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty

Summary:

Cecilia seems to have a wonderful life, a devoted husband (John-Paul) and great children, until one day she comes across a letter from her husband that is to be open upon his death. Her husband’s letter describes his deepest darkest secret, a secret that affects herself, her husband and the community she lives in.

Tess works alongside her cousin (Felicity) and husband (Will) at a company they founded together. Tess is horrified to find out that while they have not slept together, Felicity and Will are in love. Tess now must decide how to proceed with this huge betrayal.

Rachel, a loving grandmother, cannot seem to live in the present. Rachel is unable to move past the tragedy of her daughter’s murder. Janie was murdered as a teenager and Rachel constantly thinks about what her life would have been like now and of the murderer who got away.

This is a story about secrets, betrayal and guilt.

What We Thought:

We all agreed that it had a slow start and took us about 50 pages before we got into it, once we got about half way we were all trying to make time to read. Initially it is difficult to keep straight who is who since the book is written from different point of views but once you become invested in each character it is easy to remember. The author beautifully weaved the narratives and lives of each character, their connections may not be obvious right from the start but she nicely and intricately connects each person. It was a very interesting and captivating story that led to a great discussion about guilt, secrets and betrayal (we all felt firmly about girl code). Also, the epilogue rocked (how often do you hear that?!). We would definitely recommend this story to others.

Book Discussion:

Would we tell our significant others a huge secret like John-Paul’s?

Would we feel bad about sleeping with the hunky PE teacher? (consensus: hell no)

Is an emotional affair worse than a physical affair?

How does guilt affect each character differently?

Can you ever fully know a person? (another resounding no)

What in the world was up with the Berlin wall references? (answer: too much symbolism)

The Food

Chicken Broccoli Casserole 

What We Thought:

Delicious!! One of the husbands actually cooked the dinner for us. A meal we didn’t have to cook or clean up?!? You’re damn right we enjoyed it!

The Wine

Relax – Riesling

What We Thought:

Relax is one of my favorite wines, I love sweet wines. 3 out of 5 of us love the sweet beverage, the other 2 could take or leave it.

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10 Valentine’s Day Picture Books

It’s that time of the year….

The time where you can’t walk into a store without seeing hearts, flowers and chocolate. In honor of Valentine’s Day I’ve compiled some of my favorite Valentine’s picture books, these would work great in a story time or as a gift for a special child in  your life!

Ps- if anyone would like to buy me a present I love dark chocolate!

             

             

         

  1. The Very Fairy Princess Follows Her Heart by Julie Andrews
  2. A Crankenstein Valentine by Samantha Berger
  3.   The Day it Rained Hearts by Felicia Bond
  4.   The Valentine Bears by Eve Bunting
  5.   Roses Are Pink, Your Feet Really Stink by Diane de Groat
  6.   Queen of Hearts by Mary Engelbreit
  7.   Snowy Valentine by David Petersen
  8.   If You’ll Be My Valentine by Cynthia Rylant
  9.   Love, Splat by Rob Scotten
  10. Nate the Great and the Mushy Valentine by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat

What are some of your favorites?

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Not Your Typical Baby Shower Books

I’m at the age (mid 20s) where it seems like everyone I know is getting married and having babies, I have lost count of how many bridal showers and baby showers I have attended in the past two years. My biggest pet peeve about baby showers, and no it is not the corny games, is that expecting mothers receive the same books over and over again. While there is nothing wrong with the tried and true, I have made it my job to purchase outside of the box. The following are the typical baby shower books given and then my list of amazing books you might not know about or wouldn’t think of, I’d love to hear your go-to baby shower book gift!









Typical Baby Shower Books
“Goodnight Moon” by Margaret Wise Brown
“The Runaway Bunny” by Margaret Wise Brown
“The Very Hungry Caterpillar” by Eric Carle
“Pat the Bunny” by Dorothy Kunhardt
“Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?” by Bill Martin Jr.
“Chicka Chicka Boom Boom” by Bill Martin Jr.
“Guess How Much I Love You” by Sam McBratney
“Love You Forever” by Robert Munsch
“The Tale of Peter Rabbit” by Beatrix Potter
“Where the Wild Things Are” by Maurice Sendak










Not Your Typical Baby Shower Books

“All of Baby Nose to Toes” by Victoria Adler
“Moo, Baa, La La La!” by Sandra Boynton
“Llama Llama Nighty-Night” by Anna Dewdney
“Baby Bedtime” by Mem Fox
“Time for Bed” by Mem Fox
“Kitten’s First Full Moon” by Kevin Henkes
“Kiss Good Night” by Amy Hest
“Counting Kisses” by Karen Katz
“Peek-a-Who?” by Nina Laden
“Meet Me at the Moon” by Gianna Marino
“Kiss, Kiss Good Night” by Kenn Nesbitt
“Curious George Story Book Collection” by H.A. Rey
“Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site” by Sherri Duskey Rinker
“I Am a Bunny” by Ole Risom
“I Love You Through and Through” by Bernadette Rossetti-Shustak
“On the Night You Were Born” by Nancy Tillman
“Owl Babies” by Martin Waddell

UPDATE: I have discovered some more books that make great Baby Shower gifts!

“Toes, Ears, & Nose!” by Marion Dane Bauer
“Where is Baby’s Belly Button”  by Karen Katz
“All Fall Down” by Helen Oxenbury
Leslie Patricelli
“Baby Cakes” by Karma Wilson

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3 Books That Have Changed My Life

I adore books, it’s part of the job description of a librarian, but every once in a while I come across a book that jumps out at me and stays with me forever. The following are 3 books that have changed my life, these are books that have made an impact on me and I constantly turn to (and probably own more than one copy of).

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

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There isn’t much to say about this book except holy roller coaster of emotions! This book makes you feel every feeling known to mankind. I have read this book numerous times and alway manage to finish it in one day, during this day I will be laughing and crying (I look crazy, but oh well it is worth it). Now it might sound weird to enjoy an emotional roller coaster but sometimes you need it. I turn to this book when I’m in a funk and need to put life into perspective, it’s the perfect book to get out all of your crazy emotions.

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

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I’m a die hard Alice in Wonderland fan, not just the books but also movies, TV shows, mini-series and whatever else I can get my hands on (like coffee mugs, pictures, shirts, etc). This book has changed my life as an adult and a child, as a child it gave me an escape into a bizarre world that I hoped really existed and as an adult it helps remind me of what it is like to be a child. I love reading this book or watching one of the many movies to bring back the magic of being a child (and sometimes an adult) in a world that doesn’t always make sense.

*Side note: I may or may not have an Alice tattoo!

Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom

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The first time I read this book was in high school and it really touched me. I felt that the book spoke to me and to this day still does. I read this book whenever I’m feeling down or lost in life, it really helps me put things into perspective and get my priorities straightened out. Reading this book is an amazing way to learn about yourself and life in general.

If you have never read one of these books I highly recommend you run to your local library and get a copy asap.

Let me know what books have changed your life!

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