True Love – Not The Sappy Stuff


Until this year, ML made her Valentines for school.  Recently, she asked, “Mommy, do I have to make valentines this year?  Can we buy them?”  As an afterthought, “I want to give the ones with candy attached.”  So we purchased valentines with candy.  Actually, the only types available included candy.  ML will drop Scooby Doo and Hello Kitty valentines with lollipops into her classmates homemade valentine boxes.  This weeks homework assignment – decorate a cereal box for Friday.  At least something will be handmade.

Not only is ML over handmade valentines.  She’s done with the sappy hug, kiss my baby, love my mommy books.  Quite honestly, I am too.  Below are some non-gushy, non-mushy, non-drippy books about love to read this week.

Woof: A Love Story by Sarah Weeks and illustrated by Holly Berry– Dog is in love with cat.  But they don’t speak the same language.  With the help of a musical instrument he digs up, dog is able to declare his love so cat understands.  The play on words of the instrument is a humdinger.  Can you guess what it is?

Mother, Mother, I Want Another by Maria Polushkin Robbins and illustrated by Jon Goodell – We love this story about Mrs. Mouse and her child.  Mrs. Mouse does not let her little mouse finish a sentence before she takes action; resulting in an amusing misunderstanding.

Foxy in Love by Emma Dodd – Foxy helps his friend Emily understand the true meaning of Valentine’s Day.  It’s not about what you love.  It’s about who you love.

We also purchased and downloaded adorable dog valentines created by ARIllustration.  ML colored and embellished them with crayons and glitter glue this weekend.

Dog’s Colorful Day


ML and I didn’t read Dog’s Coloful Day by Emma Dodd over and over together. But for 3 weeks straight, I caught her reading it all over the house. On the floor in the living room, up in her loft, and while she hid in my bed.

Why wasn’t she asking me to read it? I think learning to read finally clicked for her. The text is simple and repetitive. The illustrations are colorful. It’s a fun book.

What’s the first book you remember reading independently?