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Valentine’s Day
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Splat the Cat: Funny Valentine

By: Rob Scotton
Publisher: HarperFestival
Level: 8-9

It’s Valentine’s Day, and Splat and his friends want to give Mrs. Wimpydimple something special. Lift the flaps to find out what—and reveal hidden holiday surprises!

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A Kiss Like This

By: Mary Murphy
Publisher: Candlewick
Level: 6-7

Using a clever split-page format that makes for charming surprises, author-illustrator Mary Murphy shares a series of animal kisses that are sure to have babies and toddlers gurgling, giggling, smiling, and leaning over for their kisses, …

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I Ruff You

By: Sandra Magsamen
Publisher: LB Kids
Level: 0-5

I ruff you in the morning when the sun is shining brightI ruff you in the evening when the moon lights up the nightI ruff your prescious ears and your sweet little noseI ruff your little fingers and teeny-tiny toes!Mommies and babies will RUFF this delightful new format, featuring poseable plush puppy ears that make each page even more fun. A new novelty board book from beloved author/artist Sandra Magsamen.

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Peanuts: Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown

By: Charles M. Schulz
Publisher: Running Press Kids
Level: 6-7

Love is in the air! Celebrate Valentine’s Day with the Peanuts gang, and see if Charlie Brown will finally talk to the little red-headed girl. This beloved story is now available in an exciting format as an 8×8 with stickers.

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Froggy’s First Valentine

By: Jonathan London
Publisher: Puffin
Level: 0-5

He can’t even think straight when she’s around. When Frogilina smiles at him through the monkey bars, Froggy falls smack on his head-bonk! So with Valentine’s Day just a week away, Froggy gets busy making an extra-special valentine. The fifth book about the irrepressible Froggy, this is sure to keep children giggling with delight. An IRA-CBC Children’s Choice Book

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Where’s My Sweetie Pie?

By: Ed Emberley
Publisher: LB Kids
Level: 0-5

Reveals a variety of animals in hiding while inviting young readers to search for a missing “sweetie pie” in the mirror on the last page. On board pages.

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A Kiss For You!

By: Joan Holub
Publisher: Cartwheel Books
Level: 0-5

With the help of a die-cut hand on the front cover, little kids can see the many things their small hands can do, from patting a puppy and giving a “high five,” to saying hello and blowing a kiss.

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Snowy Valentine

By: David Petersen
Publisher: HarperCollins
Level: 8-9

Step out into a snowy Valentine’s Day with Jasper the bunny as he searches the forest valley for a special gift for his loved one. In his picture-book debut, David Petersen, the Eisner Award–winning creator of Mouse Guard, tells a delightful tale that becomes the perfect way to say “I love you.” Bring this sweet story home to your Valentine today.

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There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Rose!

By: Lucille Colandro
Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
Level: 6-7

Our favorite lady is back and hungry for Valentine’s Day treats!That lovely old lady has returned just in time for Valentine’s Day. Now she’s swallowing items to make a very special gift for her valentine!With rhyming text and hilarious illustrations, this wacky version of the classic song will appeal to young readers as they follow the Old Lady on a wild Valentine’s Day adventure.

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My Fuzzy Valentine

By: Naomi Kleinberg
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Level: 6-7

It’s Valentine’s Day and Elmo’s received an anonymous valentine. Who could have sent it? He checks with all of his friends and finds the answer right back where he started looking—at home! Kids will love touching the fuzzy flocking on every spread!

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