Fall in Love with Books this February with Joanne Sallay

When you think about February, the first thing that comes to mind is Valentine’s Day and children love to celebrate it. Love is a rich theme for readers to tap into. Shortly after Valentine’s is Family Day, another holiday favourite. Here are five lovable book options to enjoy this month for families of all types and bookworms of all ages.

Everything You
Written by Elizabeth McPike, Illustrated by Jay Fleck
For new parents

This picture book is a love story which celebrates the joy and wonder a baby brings to the family. Parents and young children will love the lyrical text and illustrations of animal families welcoming their new additions. It makes a great present, especially for new parents and for baby’s first Valentine’s Day.


Kiss, Kiss, Pout-Pout Fish
Written by Deborah Diesen, Illustrated by Dan Hanna
For ages: 1 – 4

Fans of The Pout-Pout Fish bestseller will fall in love with this sweet board book. For readers not familiar with the original, it’s a good introduction and a very simple story that is easy for little ones to follow. Toddlers will love learning about the different ways to say, ‘I love you.’

Little the Tree
Written by Ronny & Josie Elfassy, Illustrated by Sonia Quattro
For ages: 2 – 5

This magnetic board book from MagneTree Books made its debut on Kickstarter. The adventure follows Little the Tree which has forgotten how to grow. Follow an online link and create nine customized photo magnets of family, friends, and even pets which, together, create a cast of characters that are all central figures in the life of the little reader. It’s the perfect book this month to feel connected to family.

I Love You Already!
Written by Jory John, Illustrated by Benji Davies
For ages: 4 – 8

This charming picture book follows Bear and his next-door neighbour Duck. Bear wants to spend a relaxing day alone, but Duck has other plans in store for him. It’s a very funny book that celebrates friendship in all forms.

Made with Love: 50 beautiful, sweet gifts for friends and family
By Aimee Twigger
For all age

Nothing says ‘I love you’ like baked goods. Baking is a fun and educational activity for families to participate in. While this title is officially marketed to adults, some of the recipes are simple enough for students to follow. This mouth-watering cookbook comes from Aimee Twigger, the food blogger behind Twigg Studios. Looking for a recipe for raspberry and white chocolate muffins? This book’s for you!

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