Valentine's Day

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Valentine's Day (February 14, 2014)

Little Ones

I Love You!

By Caroline Jayne Church

  • December 2012
  • $12.99 (board book)
  • Ages 0-3

Caroline Jayne Church brings her bestselling toddlers into this huggable, snuggable cloth book format for the first time! With a mirror on the cover and soft, baby friendly pages throughout, I LOVE YOU celebrates the little discoveries and big feelings every parent shares with their little ones.



Eric & Julieta: todos enamorados/Everybody in Love (bilingual)

By Isabel Muñoz, Illustrated by Gustavo Mazali
Scholastic en español

  • January 2013
  • $3.99
  • Ages 4-8

In the latest Eric & Julieta book, love is everywhere, but Eric thinks he can live without it! It's Valentine's Day and Eric can't stand it. Everyone seems to be in love: His mom and dad, his sister Julieta, even the cat! The thing is, Eric doesn't believe in love. Until...



NEW!

Hug You, Kiss You, Love You

Cartwheel Books

  • December 2013
  • $6.99
  • Ages 0-3

From the creator of the deliciously adorable YOU ARE MY CUPCAKE comes a new ode to the best emotion in the world—LOVE! With a bright, shining full-foil cover and bold illustrations throughout, Joyce Wan celebrates the small joys and big wonders of parental love with a cast of endearing mommy and baby animals. I hug you, tickle you, sing to you softly, carry you, bathe you, kiss you always. Baby, this sweet board book is the perfect way to say I LOVE YOU!


 

NEW!

I Love You Through and Through/ Te quiero, yo te quiero (bilingual)

By Bernadette Rossetti-Shustak/Illustrated by Caroline Jayne Church
Cartwheel Books

  • August 2013
  • $8.95
  • Ages 0-3

A bilingual (English and Spanish) rhyming story of unconditional love with adorable illustrations of a toddler and a teddy bear who declare "I love you through and through!" A toddler and his teddy bear illustrate a young child's happy side, sad side, silly side, mad side, and more! Babies and toddlers will feel loved all over when they hear this declaration of adoration and affection!



NEW!

A Big Hug for Little Cub

By Lori Ann Grover, Illustrated by Rosalinda Knightley
Cartwheel

  • January 2014
  • $7.99
  • Ages 3-5

Cuddle up for a sweet bedtime story! Little Cub is a cute and curious lion cub on a big adventure. Follow along as he travels with his mother safely by his side, exploring a world full of small discoveries and large wonders. With lyrical rhymes and cuddly illustrations in a soft padded board book format, A Big Hug for Little Cub is a reassuring tale of toddler curiosity and a parent's joy at seeing their little one hard at play from morning till night.
 



You Mean the World to Me

By Bayne Gibby, Illustrated by David Walker
Cartwheel Books

  • March 2013
  • $8.99 (board book)
  • Ages 3-5

Written by actor and comedian Bayne Gibby and illustrated by picture book artist David Walker, You Mean the World to Me is a reassuring story about a mother's love for her little one. Filled with tender, uplifting, and precious moments, this padded board book is the perfect story to share with the center of your universe again and again.



Mama, Will I Be Yours Forever?

By Anna Pignataro

  • March 2013
  • $4.99 (paperback)
  • Ages 3-5

From Anna Pignataro, the author/illustrator of Mama, How Long Will You Love Me? And Mama, Will You Hold My Hand?, comes the third title in this bestselling series, Mama, Will I Be Yours Forever?, a sweet and loving portrayal of what "forever" means. The world is a very big place filled with everyday wonders that can both fascinate and confuse young readers. But Anna's text and sweeping illustrations are reassuring and engaging, showcasing the love of a parent for their child as well as introducing children to the many wonders of nature and life.



And I Love You

By Ruth Krauss, Illustrated by Steven Kellogg
Orchard Books

  • October 2010
  • $16.99
  • Ages 0-3

With comforting simplicity and gentle rhythms, Ruth Krauss celebrates the expansiveness of love between a parent and a child. In Steven Kellogg's luminous illustrations, a cat and her kitten discover the excitement and intimacy of sharing stories. As the pages turn and the landscapes evolve from forests to fields to sweeping ocean vistas, the tender bond that unites the cat and her kitten is deepened and enriched, making And I Love You an enchanting gift that will warm hearts both big and little.



I Love You Always and Forever

By Jonathan Emmett, Illustrated By Daniel Howarth
Cartwheel

  • December 2010
  • $6.99
  • Ages 0-3

This adorable tale is now available in a board book format! Littletail loves playing tag with her father, but Longtail is always faster. Littletail adores hide-and-seek, but Longtail always finds her. At least when they play follow the leader, Littletail can always squeeze into the smallest spaces! Longtail tells Littletail that he won't be faster, cleverer, and bigger than her forever. At the end of a busy day of games, Longtail tucks Littletail into their nest and reminds her of the one thing that will stay the same--always and forever--and that's his love for her.



Count My Kisses, Little One

By Ruthie May, Illustrated by Tamsin Ainslie
Cartwheel

  • August 2010
  • $8.99
  • Ages 0-3

A little girl helps her toy puppy to bed, loving him all along the way: story time, bath time, and lullaby. Each kiss is represented by a heart, and readers are invited to count the hearts on each spread. With delightful illustrations and calming rhymes.



All Kinds of Kisses

By Linda Cress Dowdy, Illustrated by Priscilla Lamont
Cartwheel

  • December 2010
  • $8.99
  • Ages 2-5

A heartwarming padded board book, all about different types of kisses!



Adorable You!

By Mae Brown, Illustrated by Randy Cecil
Cartwheel Books

  • September 2011
  • $6.99
  • Ages 0-3

With a mirror on each spread, Adorable You! highlights different animal families throughout, allowing young readers to playfully become each young animal through the embedded mirror. Illustrated by Randy Cecil, Adorable You! is filled with gentle terms of endearment and ends with a loving twist on the mirror concept.



'Cause I Love You

By Jan Carr, Illustrated by Daniel Howarth
Cartwheel Books

  • December 2011
  • $8.99
  • Ages 0-3

A snuggle-through-the-afternoon and time-for-goodnight padded board book! Mama and her cub share a tizzy-busy afternoon, and seal the day with a kiss. With Jan Carr's rhythmic text and Daniel Howarth's sweet-as-sun illustrations, this is a truly joyful ode to a parent's love for her child.



Goodnight, I Love You

By Caroline Jayne Church
Cartwheel Books

  • January 2012
  • $8.99
  • Ages 3-5

Caroline Jayne Church and her loveable, huggable toddlers are back! A bestselling author and illustrator, Church's books have been enormously successful across all channels, but none of them have done better than her padded board books: I Love You Through and Through and How Do I Love You? Now Church brings us Goodnight, I Love You-the quintessential get your children ready for bedtime book. With the charming illustrations that we have come to know and love and wonderful rhyming text, this book will no doubt be a success through and through.



I Am Small

By Emma Dodd
Cartwheel Books

  • September 2011
  • $8.99
  • Ages 0-3

The world is big and I am small. From the eyes of a baby penguin the world is a great big place. The sky so high, the ocean so deep, and the mountains so steep--all these things are magnificent from its point of view. But in the eyes of its mother--this little penguin is the biggest thing in the world!



The Kiss Box

By Bonnie Verburg, Illustrated by Henry Cole
Orchard Books

  • December 2011
  • $16.99
  • Ages 3-5

In this soothing love story between mother and child, Mama Bear offers various vessels to contain their love while they are apart--but none seem right. It's not until Little Bear suggests that they make each other a Kiss Box--filled with a hundred kisses--that they are able to stay connected--no matter where they are. Whether it be an errand to the grocery store, a business trip, or the first day of school, this is a tender reminder that we are always together where it matters most: in our hearts.



Middle-Grade

The Romeo and Juliet Code

By Phoebe Stone
Arthur A. Levine Books

  • May 2012
  • $6.99
  • Ages 8-12

Felicity's glamorous parents have a secret. When they leave her with distant relatives in Maine, Felicity hopes they won't leave her long. Her new Uncle Gideon hides things. Her Aunt Miami is star-crossed. And Derek, a kid her age, refuses to leave his room. But Felicity needs Derek's help. Gideon is getting coded letters from Felicity's parents, and she's sure they're in trouble. Can Felicity crack the code, heal the family and save her parents; all while surviving her first crush? It's a tall order, but - like THE SECRET GARDEN'S Mary Lennox before her - Felicity's up for the challenge.



NEW!

Star Wars: A Very Vader Valentine's Day

By Trey King/Illustrated by Katie Cook
Scholastic Inc.

  • December 2013
  • $6.99
  • Ages 8-12

A quirky Valentine's Day-themed activity book filled with STAR WARS comics, games, and thirty-six perforated Valentine cards! A funny and quirky take on Valentine's Day...STAR WARS style! Includes sixteen pages of jokes, comics, activities, and mini-bios about famous Star Wars friendships. And when you're done, tear out the thirty-six perforated Valentine's Day cards to share with your friends and loved ones: "You R2 Good to Me!"
 



Teens

NEW!

Better Off Friends

By Elizabeth Eulberg
Point

  • March 2014
  • $17.99
  • Ages 12 and up

For Macallan and Levi, it was friends at first sight. Everyone says guys and girls can't be just friends, but these two are. They hang out after school and share tons of inside jokes, their families are super close, and Levi even starts dating one of Macallan's friends. They are platonic and happy that way.Eventually they realize they're best friends—which wouldn't be so bad if they didn't keep getting in each other's way. Guys won't ask Macallan out because they think she's with Levi, and Levi spends too much time joking around with Macallan, and maybe not enough time with his date. They can't help but wonder...are they more than friends or are they better off without making it even more complicated?

From romantic comedy superstar Elizabeth Eulberg comes a fresh, fun examination of a question for the ages: Can guys and girls ever really be just friends? Or are they always one fight away from not speaking again—and one kiss away from true love?



The Big Crunch

By Peter Hautman
Scholastic Press

  • January 2011
  • $17.99 (hardcover; also available as an ebook)
  • Ages 12 and up

From Los Angeles Times Book Prize winner Peter Hautman comes a new kind of love story. Instead, they just hang around in each other's orbits...until eventually they collide. And even after that happens, they're still not sure where it will go. Especially when Jen starts to pity-date one of Wes's friends, and Wes makes some choices that he immediately regrets. From National Book Award winner Pete Hautman, this is a love story for people not particularly biased toward romance. But it is romantic, in the same way that truth can be romantic and uncertainty can be the biggest certainty of all.



The Lonely Hearts Club

By Elizabeth Eulberg
Point

  • January 2011
  • $8.99
  • Ages: 14 and up

Penny is sick of boys and sick of dating. So she vows: no more. It's a personal choice…. and, of course, soon everyone wants to know about it. And a few other girls are inspired. A movement is born: The Lonely Hearts Club (named after the band from Sgt. Pepper). Penny is suddenly known for her nondating ways . . . which is too bad, because there's this certain boy she can't help but like. . . .