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Sunday, February 14, 2021

Books to Celebrate Valentines and Presidents Day

Happy Valentine's Day! Today I have a great list of books to share that are perfect for celebrating today and Presidents Day tomorrow...

By Jason June, Illustrated by Lori Richmond 

12/1/20 | ISBN 9781481481014 | Ages 4-8 

A porcupine hatches a prickly plan to bring his animal friends together on Valentine’s Day in this humorous, heartwarming tale where everyone gets a happily ever after. 

By Arthur Howard 

10/6/20 | ISBN 9781481458405 | Age 4-8 

A young witch thinks Valentine’s Day is way too mushy until she meets a boy who knocks her right off her broom in this hilarious and adorable companion to Arthur Howard’s Hoodwinked. 


By Patty Michaels, Illustrated by Mette Engell 

12/1/20 | ISBN 9781534470736 | Ages 3-5 

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with bright Crayola colors in this sweet scratch-and-sniff board book! 


By Hannah Eliot, Illustrated by Kathryn Selbert 

12/1/20 | ISBN 9781534475793 | All Ages 

Animals that are sweet (but not too cuddly) get a little love in this Valentine’s Day lift-the-flap board book! 


By John Lennon and Paul McCartney, Illustrated by Marc Rosenthal 

12/1/20 | ISBN 9781534474178 | Ages 1-5 

Celebrate the love that surrounds us every day with this lyrical board book that beautifully illustrates John Lennon and Paul McCartney’s world-renowned classic song “All You Need Is Love.” 


By Nadine Brun-Cosme, Illustrated by Marion Cocklico 

12/1/20 | ISBN 9781534477452 | Ages 1-5 

In this sweet, lovable story, Little One is showered with hugs and kisses until...poof! She becomes Little Love. 

By John Lennon and Paul McCartney, Illustrated by Genevieve Santos 

2/2/21 | ISBN 9781534465855 | Ages 4-8 

With three generations of one family, we share moments that are meant to be savored in this special book that beautifully illustrates the words of John Lennon and Paul McCartney’s world-renowned song “In My Life.” 


By Heidi McKinnon 

8/25/20 | ISBN 9781534468023 | Ages 4-8 

This engaging and vividly illustrated picture book playfully explores the loyalty between best friends who will continue to love each other—no matter what. 


By Lisa Thiesing 

12/8/20 | ISBN 9781534465725 | Ages 4-8 

From award-winning author-illustrator Lisa Thiesing comes a timeless and adorably illustrated picture book that reminds readers of all ages about the singular joys of having and being a pal. 


By Cari Meister, Illustrated by Diana Toledano 

8/25/20 | ISBN 9781534441743 | Ages Up to 3 

Rock your little one to sleep with a sweet ocean lullaby, in this lovely New Books for Newborns board book! 


By Loan Le 

2/9/21 | ISBN 9781534441934 | Ages 12 and up 

When Dimple Met Rishi meets Ugly Delicious in this funny, smart romantic comedy, in which two Vietnamese-American teens fall in love and must navigate their newfound relationship amid their families’ age-old feud about their competing, neighboring restaurants. 


By Jenny Han 

12/15/20 | ISBN 9781534497252 | Ages 12 and up 

Lara Jean’s letter-writing days aren’t over in this follow-up to the bestselling To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before and P.S. I Still Love You. Soon to be a major motion picture coming to Netflix February 12, 2021—the first two movies in the series are streaming now! 

By Chloe Gong 

11/17/20 | ISBN 9781534457690 | Ages 14 and up 

Perfect for fans of The Last Magician and Descendant of the Crane, this heart-stopping debut is an imaginative Romeo and Juliet retelling set in 1920s Shanghai, with rival gangs and a monster in the depths of the Huangpu River. 


By Shaun David Hutchinson 

1/19/21 | ISBN 9781534448537 | Ages 14 and up 

Black Mirror meets What If It’s Us in this gripping, romantic, and wildly surprising novel about two boys lost in space trying to find their way home—while falling in love—from the critically acclaimed author of We Are the Ants. 

By Nikki Grimes, Illustrated by Laura Freeman 

8/25/20 | ISBN 9781534462670 | Ages 5-8 

Discover the incredible story of a young daughter of immigrants who would grow up to be the first woman, first Black person, and first South Asian American ever elected Vice President of the United States in this moving picture book biography of Kamala Harris. 

A completely updated edition of National Geographic’s Our Country’s Presidents is released every four years, timed to the inauguration. 

Our Country’s Presidents has become THE gold standard as the most complete, timely encyclopedia of the U.S. Presidency available.  This edition is fully up to date, featuring spreads that will fascinate the budding historian as well as the pop culture fanatic.  Timelines and descriptions of crucial events that occurred while each president was in office lay the foundation, while thematic spreads run the gamut of issues surrounding the presidency —including an explanation of the electoral college, the security and media that surround the president, a deep dive into the role of the vice presidency, presidential perks, the incredible challenges of choosing a president during a pandemic, campaign strategies, party politics, first ladies and so much more.  

Key features include: 

  • *Information about President Biden and the 2020 election results  

  • *A brand-new thematic spread on the impeachment process and its history 

  • *Revised terminology around the language of slavery and analysis of early presidents who benefitted from and relied on enslaved labor 

  • *Comprehensive profiles of all the former presidents along with timelines and descriptions of crucial events during their terms 

  • *Twenty thematic spreads covering a variety of topics, including the history of voting rights, the role that cash and conventions play in the election process and to how to write a letter to the president 

  • *Full-page portraits, famous quotes, and fascinating facts to help kids get to know each leader 

  • More than 400 illustrations -- from period artwork to iconic photography 


**I received copies of the titles above for review and feature purposes. All reviews, opinions, and thoughts are my own. 


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