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Little Kids: A Valentine’s Love-Fest

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As many of you know, a really sweet day is approaching: Valentine’s Day! And my daughter, Everett, just turned one a week and a half ago. I intended to do a big OMG HOW HAS THIS YEAR FLOWN BY POST, but I kind of got wrapped up in the moment and didn’t share that little tribute like I wanted. I decided I’d sort of combine everything into this great big Little Kids post because I want to focus on books that show our love to the kiddos in our lives.

I’ve listed a few new-to-us titles and a few absolute favorites that are often on repeat over here. One thing they all have in common is they let the reader proclaim, share, or discuss love. I hold and tell Everett that I love her no less than a million times a day. I want it to be engrained in the center of her little core that I love her to the ends of the world. But guess what, sometimes she doesn’t want me squeezing her and hugging her. Sometimes she just wants to sit and read a book, but I can still sneak in the same message.

Here are my recommendations to you for our Valentine’s love-fest / (a belated) celebration of my little girl:

  1. Wherever You Are My Love Will Find You: Oh, be prepared to sob while you read this one. I think about Everett growing up and becoming her own person. I used to read it to our foster daughter and wanted to send along the message that she would always have our love. This book has been a treasured one that’s been soaked with lots of tears and read with much emotion.
  2. I Love You Through and Through: My favorite aspect of this book is that I can point out different body parts, i.e.: “I love your hair and eyes,” but I also really appreciate that it talks about how our littles will have good days and bad days, happy days and sad days, but no matter what, we’re still going to love them just the same. That’s a HUGE lesson for a child to learn.
  3. If I Could Keep You Little: This is another extremely sentimental book because it hits home for us parents that we REALLY want to press the pause button and freeze time because RIGHT NOW IS SO AWESOME … but there are going to be other equally awesome, amazing moments that lie ahead.
  4. The Biggest Kiss: This is a new-to-us book we just picked up from a Barnes & Noble visit a week ago. It’s fun to read aloud and has great illustrations, silly rhymes, and focuses on kisses!
  5. I Love You Night and Day: Another new-to-us book, but with the recurring message of unconditional love with cute graphics, and sweet, sweet words.

Bonus recommendations:

  • On the Night You Were Born: Okay, obviously it’s impossible for me to read this one without sobbing.
  • God Found Us You: This was a staple read when we had our foster daughter; it’s a lovely book about how much the child is wanted and was yearned for. This post should really be titled “Books That Turn Magan Into a Blubbering Mess.”
  • God Gave Us You: This is a companion book to God Found Us You for biological children. Also really sweet and special because it talks about patience and waiting for that special little bundle.

Happy Valentine’s Day to you and your littles!
Do you have a book you’d recommend we check out to complete our love-fest?

Oh, and who am I kidding? Here’s are two shameless photos of my sweet girl. Happy birthday, Everett!

Magan-and-Everett

Photographs courtesy of Lindsey from The Life You Love Photography

February 23, 2015 - 11:28 am

Magan - Katie, I know RIGHT? More crying books! (Yes, please…) So glad you were interested in a few of these! Hope you love them!

February 23, 2015 - 11:27 am

Magan - Elizabeth, we don’t have the Snuggle Puppy book. I’m adding it to my amazon wishlist right now! Thanks for the heads up! xo

February 23, 2015 - 11:27 am

Magan - Thanks for telling me about your post! Checking it out! And thank you — she’s so sweet and silly. xo

February 23, 2015 - 11:26 am

Magan - Oh me either, Leah. ME EITHER. I sob through a lot of children’s books too. A LOT. (I mean, obviously.)

February 23, 2015 - 11:24 am

Magan - Thanks, Alexa! It was so fun to celebrate her birthday! I can’t believe a YEAR has passed!

February 23, 2015 - 11:19 am

Magan - Brooke: Thank you so much! I absolutely love reading to Everett. Each time we sit down with a book, I think my heart grows a little. 🙂 Thanks so much for the sweet compliments about the photos! xo

February 20, 2015 - 1:50 pm

Brooke - This post is so sweet! One of the things I am looking forward to MOST about having little ones is sharing my love of reading with them…

And OH those pictures of Everett. What a beauty!

February 15, 2015 - 12:25 am

Alexa S. - Loved reading this post, M! And such great recommendations <3 Also, you and E looked so lovely. Happy first birthday, Everett!

February 14, 2015 - 9:34 am

Leah - I know I already mentioned this on twitter, but I seriously cannot believe she’s already a year old! It feels like you just posted your What to Expect.. review, M! A very, very happy birthday to miss Everett (those pictures are beyond adorable – my goodness she has cheeks for days ♥!)

When it comes to kids’ books…I just can’t read anything too emotional. Adult books, sure, bring it on! But storybooks have a way of completely wrecking me and I’m left a sobbing mess. 🙁

February 13, 2015 - 6:49 pm

Brianna - Valentine’s Day books are so fun. I did a round-up last week with some fun titles.

Your little girl is so cute. I love the photo of her in the tent.

February 13, 2015 - 3:33 pm

Elizabeth - We love to read I Love You Through and Through… my almost 2 yo likes to do the body parts and thinks my mad face and crying face are funny. I think my favorite lovey kid’s book is Snuggle Puppy by Sandra Boynton… we really love all Sandra Boynton, but that one is super cute!

February 13, 2015 - 10:54 am

Katie T - Love this! Just added a few of these to Eli’s wishlist 🙂 Just what I need – more books to make mamma cry! ha

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