The one enduring love of my life is books.
I never get mad at books for not making the bed. I’m never upset when books forget my birthday. And the only time I have to compete for books is when I want to read a new title at my local public library.
For all of these reasons – and regardless of how many sweethearts you have in your life – books are a great way to celebrate St. Valentine’s Day. Here are some book recommendations for you to share with kids because one of the best gifts you can give children at any time of the year is a lifetime love of reading.
The Kiss That Missed – David Melling
If You’ll Be My Valentine – Cynthia Rylant
Zombie in Love – Kelly DiPucchio
Guess How Much I Love You? – Sam McBratney
10 Valentine Friends – Janet Schulman
Love, Splat – Rob Scotton
A Giant Crush – Jennifer Choldenko
Election Day is my father’s favorite holiday. Growing up, he got each of his four children involved in political campaigns and public service at a young age. This has had an excellent impact on each of us. You don’t have to love politics in order to get involved. Of the four of us, we vary widely in political parties, opinion, and involvement. But each of us learned a lot about the way our system of government works and the impact that one person (and one family) can have.
Here are a few books to help you teach your children about government, politics, and why Election Day is a reminder of why we’re among the most fortunate people on earth.
Grace for President by Kelly DiPucchio, illustrated by LeUyen Pham
I Want to Be President by Dan Liebman
Duck for President by Doreen Cronin, illustrated by Betsy Lewin