by Chara Kramer
It’s almost Valentine’s Day! And what greater way to celebrate than with a good book? And better yet, try one that is Valentine’s Day themed to get yourself in the spirit of love and friendship.
Below is a short list of books for all ages: from youngsters to high school students. And maybe you aren’t the biggest fan of Valentine’s Day. But these books are not all just about being a part of a couple. Every story has more than one central theme, and in many cases (especially in some of these great books) there are big themes of friendship, family, and courage—perfect for remembering what Valentine’s Day is all about: loving and caring for one another.
Find extended versions of the book’s biographies (parts of them are below) on www.barnesandnoble.com
Happy Valentine’s Day, Mouse!
by Laura Numeroff and Felicia Bond (authors of If You Give a Mouse a Cookie)
Age range: 1-2 years
- Join Mouse from If You Give a Mouse a Cookie as he celebrates Valentine’s Day with all of his friends!
Junie B. Jones and the Mushy Gushy Valentine
By Barbara Park
Age range: 6-9 years
- On Valentime’s Day—as Junie B. calls it—Junie B. gets a big, mushy card from a secret admirer! She is determined to figure out who in her kindergarten class gave it to her.
By Gail Carson Levine
Age range: 8-12 years
- Who knew a fairy’s blessing could be a curse? When Ella is born, she is given a foolish gift by a fairy—the “gift” of obedience. Ella must obey any order given to her. But Ella will not take the “gift” sitting down. She goes on a quest filled with mystical creatures, and of course handsome princes, determined to find a way to break her curse.
By Meg Cabot (author of the Princess Diaries series)
Age range: 13-17 years
- When Valentine’s Day comes along, Princess Mia needs to prove that Michael is her true prince…which turns out to be a little difficult when Michael seems to be fairly uninterested in the “traditions” of Valentine’s Day. Will he be able to give in to Cupid and tell Mia that he loves her?
To Catch a Pirate
By Jade Parker
Age range: 12-17 years
- Annalisa finds her ship being set upon by pirates in search for her father’s treasure. When one of the pirates, James Sterling, tries to take her necklace, she begs him not to, for it is the last thing left by her mother. In exchange for the necklace, he steals a kiss from her. A year later, Annalisa is intent on finding Sterling and getting her father’s treasure back. But when she finds him, she also finds that he might be starting to steal her heart.
By Sarah Dessen
Age range: 14-18 years
- Remy doesn’t mess around with relationships. But there is something about Dexter that makes Remy want to break all of her rules. He doesn’t seem like the one, but she can’t seem to get him out of her head. Maybe she’s finally starting to understand what all of those love songs are about.