On January 31, Publisher's Weekly published an interesting breakdown of the children's book market in their article, What Do Children's Book Consumers Want? It doesn't come as much of a surprise that parents and those close to children are more influential than ever and that for children under seven, friends and family are most likely to determine what they read.
So what do you have planned for Valentine's Day? Candy's always a hit, but how about serving up your favorite young reader with another treat--a book that celebrates Valentine's Day?
In A String of Hearts by Laura Malone Elliot, Sam wants to give just the right valentine to Tiffany, the most popular girl in the glass, but Sam has a lot of competition. When walking home from school, his friend Mary Ann asks him what's wrong. Sam tells her he needs to make a really good valentine, so Mary Ann promises Sam to show him how. Mary Ann gives Sam some valuable advice--that a valentine should say why you like a person and what's special about them. As it turns out, Sam discovers he really doesn't know much about Tiffany, but there is one person he could think of a hundred things to write about--his friend Mary Ann.
A String of Hearts reminds us of the true meaning of Valentine's Day and how special it makes you feel to receive a valentine. But it delivers a really strong message--that it's those valentines that take a lot of thought that soar
to the top of the stack.
[Additional Information: Ages 4-8/ 32 pages/ Katherine Tegen Books]
In Marley: Marley Looks for Love, young readers will have fun as they lift the flaps and help Marley find the adorable poodle who has stolen his heart.
One day at the park, Marley meets a new friend, Fifi and he can't wait to return to the park to see her again. He even finds a special gift to give her, but he searches the neighborhood and there's no sign of Fifi anywhere. Where can she be?
The bright colorful illustrations make this a great addition to any young reader's Valentine's Day collection and the lift the flaps will keep little fingers busy instead of ripping open another box of candy hearts!
[Additional Information: Ages 4-8/ Paperback: 16 pages/ Publisher: HarperFestival]