Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching so I pulled out my book bin to pick out some favorites for therapy. I’ve got quite a few Valentine’s Day books and I thought I’d give you my votes for the ones that work the best in therapy for different ages. Amazon affiliate links are included below.
Amelia Bedelia’s First Valentine by Herman Parish. This book features several different figurative language terms. It’s a great book for elementary aged students. First, Amelia “fixes” the cards that play on words. She puts a bandaid on the “hi heartbreaker” card and added peanuts to the “I’m nuts 4U card”. Each page features Amelia trying to break the figurative language code!
Somebody Loves you, Mr. Hatch by Eileen Spinelli. This is my favorite elementary book to use with the variety of my caseload. It’s a sweet story about Mr. Hatch, who felt alone. His town comes together to make him feel happy.
A Crankenstein Valentine by Samantha Berger. A short story about a boy who doesn’t like Valentine’s Day until he happens upon a best friend. Finally, someone who feels like he does!
Other elementary favorites:
The Yuckiest, Stinkiest, Best Valentine Ever by Brenda A. Ferber
The Berenstain Bears’ Funny Valentine by Stan & Jan Berenstain
Chick ‘n’ Pug The Love Pug by Jennifer Sattler
Robot in Love by T. L. McBeth
Happy Valentine’s Day, Mouse by Laura Numeroff. Mouse talks about attributes in others that he loves. The words and illustrations are simple and it’s great for preschoolers or EI.
The Day it Rained Hearts by Felicia Bond. It rains hearts and then Cornelia makes different valentines. The book includes lots of describing words (largest, soft, center, side) which are great learning targets for preschoolers.
Valentine Mice! By Bethany Roberts. This book features simple phrases that are perfect for a read aloud. Sliiiiiide down, swoooosh, Plop! The mice deliver valentines all over the forest.
Other favorites for preschool:
The Littlest Valentine by Brandi Dougherty
The 12 Days of Valentine’s by Jenna Lettice
The Biggest Valentine Ever by Steven Kroll
Kiss it Better by Smriti Prasadam-Halls
My bookshelf overflows, but if you have other favorites, I’d love to keep adding to my collection! What’s your favorite?
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