SLC Book Boy

the storytime ventures of a children's librarian

Love Storytime

on February 13, 2014

Opening: Shake My Sillies Out – Raffi

Book: If You’ll Be My Valentine – Cynthia Rylant


(A fun book about a boy who writes valentines to lots of different friends. The kids had fun guessing who would receive each valentine.)

Puppets: Never too Little to Love – from the book by Jeanne Willis


(Little mouse wants a kiss from someone way up high! His tower looks pretty precarious, doesn’t it? A fun simple story.)

Book: Kitty’s Cuddles – Jane Cabrera

kitty's cuddles

(Fun bright pictures and a simple story make this a sure win.)

Activity: In the Valentine Forest


(ala ‘In the Dark Dark Forest’ this valentines forest holds a castle, with a room, with a dresser, with a box …all valentine of course, and in the box is a Kiss! …or a frog, or chocolates, depending on which page I flip to. We do the progression three time. The kids proclaimed it a magic box!)

Book: Waking Beauty – Jane Yolen


(A bit wordy, but fun enough that it still holds the kids attention. Great as a two-person read.)

Activity: A Circle is not a Valentine – from the book by H. Werner Zimmermann

Ahhh! It’s almost Valentine’s Day. I’m going to paint a Valentine for you.

A Valentine is special. It says, ‘I Love You.’ I’ll show you how it’s done. It’s as easy at one, two, three.


Ta-daaa! There it is. A valentine just for you.

It’s not a Valentine? What is it?

Of course! It’s a square. How silly of me. Well then, I’ll just have to change it. For you it must be perfect.

The painter keeps trying to paint a valentine, but each time is comes out wrong, until the kids give a little help.


(The kids had so much fun with this. They were pretty good at describing the shape of a heart… it has two blumpitys on top, of course!)

Book: Love Monster – Rachel Bright


(Really fun pictures, and a cute story.  I did skip a few pages that were a bit two visually complex for storytime, and the kids really liked it.)

Activity: Valentines Craft

(Then everyone got to make valentines of their own to give away.)

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