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With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, what could be better than a book list that’s all about love? No matter your child’s age, we hope you will enjoy these sweet titles, suggested by our campus librarian, Anne Curtin. All of Anne’s selections are available at our library. Additionally, we’ve provided links to purchase. Happy reading!

Mama, Do You Love Me? by Barbara M. Joosse, illustrated by Barbara Lavallee

This beautiful book is about the unconditional love a mother has for her child.  Written and illustrated with an Alaskan Inuit focus, the child finds a myriad of hypothetical and silly ways she could test her mother’s love.

Corduroy by Don Freeman

This classic has been loved by children for generations.  Corduroy sits on a shelf in a department store until one day, a little girls spots him.  Lisa’s mother doesn’t buy Corduroy, but the child returns the following day with her own saved up coins.  She brings him home and loves him, missing button and all.

Frog and Toad are Friends by Arnold Lobel

Having a good friend is a special kind of love we all need in our lives.  Frog and Toad may be different in many ways, but they always seem to be there for one another.  Follow them through five short tales of friendship, including caring for one another when they are sick and making sure a special letter gets mailed.

Hug by Jez Alborough

Bobo the monkey is on the search for a hug! As he walks through the jungle he keeps seeing all the other jungle animals hugging one another, but he has no one to wrap up in a hug. As he keeps looking he grows more and more lonely until the best hug of all arrives — from his mom! This sweet, nearly wordless picture book is a tribute to finding the best hug of all.

The One and Only Ivan by Katharine Applegate

This Newbery award-winning novel celebrates unlikely friendships and unconditional love. Ivan, a gorilla kept in captivity for over 27 years strikes up a friendship with Ruby, a baby elephant taken from the wild. Told from the perspective of Ivan, readers will become engrossed in a story of the lengths we go for someone we love and care about.

We wish you a Valentine’s Day full of love, happiness, and maybe even a good book or two. ♡