Tuesday, February 8, 2022

Valentines Day Kids Books Review + Giveaway


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New Kids Titles With Heart Review + Giveaway

Last year around this time, MBE reviewed and gave away a Simon & Schuster book bundle for Valentine's Day 2021. Once again, we are thrilled to be collaborating with the children's division of this major publishing house to share S&S's newest books (and well as a few recent releases) with heart for kids of all ages ranging from 1 year-old to 12 and up to enjoy year-round. Keep reading to learn about the newest kid's book titles as well as find out how you can enter to win a book bundle for your child's reading level. These are all good student books for teachers and school libraries building their collections, too.

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Simon & Schuster is one of my personal favorite publishers for kids' board books. So I couldn't be more excited to share with you about their beautifully illustrated new titles in this category -- featuring themes of love and affection -- which are perfect for reading with boys and girls on Valentine's Day as well as any other time of the year.

My Heart Grows (Board Book, 12/7/21, Ages 1-5)

by Jeffrey Burton, illustrated by Joanne Liu
This is a story kids, moms, and dads will all definitely relate to. We all love our kids, and every child wants to be loved, right? In this book it's all about showing how a parent's love for their child grows with each and every day.

Kisses, Kisses, Head to Toe! (Board Book, 9/28/21, Ages 1-5)

by Karen Katz
Little ones will enjoy playing peekaboo in this interactive lift-the-flap book which even has a mirror on the last page for boys and girls to see themselves. A really fun one for older toddlers to page through on their own or to be read again and again to younger children or for older kids to "read" to you.

I Love My Teacher (Board Book, 1/18/22, Ages 4-8)

adapted by Maggie Testa, illustrated by Jason Fruchter
Both preschoolers and early elementary school age kids will enjoy this new book. Includes a removeable insert with five cards for young students to write notes of appreciation to their teachers.

Kids Books With Heart All Ages


For older little ones, check out this duo of adorable new paperback books celebrating love, from the series inspired by the popular Daniel the Tiger's Neighborhood animated children's TV show.

Celebrate Love Day (Paperback, 12/7/21, Ages 3-7)

adapted by Alexandra Cassel Schwartz, illustrated by Jason Fruchter
Kids can celebrate Love Day on any day of the year of their choosing with this cute 8"x8" soft cover book. Comes with eight cardstock love notes for kids to make love notes for their family and friends.

Daniel Misses Someone (Paperback, 12/7/21, Ages 3-7)

adapted by Alexandra Cassel Schwartz, illustrated by Jason Fruchter
Written and illustrated by the same duo as Celebrate Love Day, this story is all about the youngesters might be missing friends, family, grandparents and other loved ones. A soft cover book that resonates, especially in these times.


As I mentioned at the top of this post, I'm a big fan of the many lovely illustrated children's titles Simon & Schuster continues to roll out and these three titles are no exception.

Angelina & The Valentine's Day Surprise 

(Paper Over Board Book, 1/4/22, Ages 3-7)

by Katharine Holabird, illustrated by Helen Craig
The newest book in the whimsical Angelina Ballerina is this title. Inside, children are invited to interact with the book's pull-tab valentines simulating the fun of sending and getting cards in the mail.

Slug in Love (Hard Cover Book, 12/14/21, Ages 4-8)

by Rachel Bright, illustrated by Nadia Shireen
Authored by the bestselling writer of Love Monster, this rhyming picture book is a sweet read for Valentine's Day as well as year-round. Kids will likely enjoy reading about this cuddly snail's search for love again and again.

Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch 

(Paper Over Board Book, 12/7/21, Ages 4-8)

by Eileen Spinelli, illustrated by Paul Yalowitz
This book revolves around a lonely man named Mr. Hatch. One wintry day the mailperson delivers a mysterious package with a big pink bow. Kids will want to follow along and see what happens next.

Young Adult Books With Heart


From first loves to mending hearts to contemporary romances, these five chapter books will encourage older youngsters to read more as they move through the teenage years. 

The Meet Cute Project (Paperback, 1/12/22, Ages 12+)

by Rhiannon Richardson
In this rom-com novel, a teen girl goes to unbelievable extremes to do whatever it takes to ensure she has a date for her sister's wedding.

Fall Into Me (Paperback, 12/7/21, Ages 16+)

by Mila Gray
A recording artist and her ex-Marine bodyguard who is trying to outrun a difficult past embark on a suprisingly and romantic adventure together with lots of drama and tension. By the same novelist who brought us the book Come Back to Me and Run Away With Me.

Aristotle And Dante Dive Into The Waters of The World
(Paperback & Hard Cover, 10/12/21, Ages 14+)

by Benjamin Alire Saenz
The is the sequel to the award-winning novel Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets to the Universe. It's the story of an emotional roller coaster romance that fans of Adam Silvera and Mary H.K. Choi will appreciate.

For All Time (Paperback & Hard Cover, 9/28/21, Ages 14+)

by Shanna Miles
This romantic debut novel is about two teens, Tamar and Fayard, who relive their tragic love story again and again until they figure out what they have to do to change their fate and create their own happily ever after tale.

As If On Cue (Hard Cover Book, 9/21/21, Ages 12+)

by Marisa Kanter
Jenny Han and Morgan Matson are teenagers who once were enemies. Now they find themselves forced to work together to save their school's arts program and a romance emerges.

A Pho Love Story (Hard Cover Book, 2/9/21, Ages 12+)

by Loan Le
Two Vietnamese American teenagers fall in love with their sweet new relationship taking place against the backdrop of their families' fueding restaurants in the same neighborhood. In their review of this book, PopSugar says "Will leave readers swooming." 

All the books listed above are also available as eBooks. For more titles see the Simon & Schuster Spring 2022 Digital Catalog.


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Kids Heart Books Bundle

Exclusive MBE Giveaway

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How to Enter MBE's Giveaway

Thanks to Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing, ONE (1) lucky MBE giveaway partcipant will win their choice of ONE (1) age-appropriate book bundle.  Winner can choose their prize from any one of the kids book categories in this review: Board Books or Daniel the Tiger's Neighborhood or Picture Books or YA Books. To enter this exclusive giveaway Mommy Blog Expert is hosting, VISIT THIS MBE Instagram post. Contest is open to US residents only and qualifying winner will be selected at random. Hurry, giveaway ends February 14, 2021 at 11:59 pm EST. This contest is not affiliated with Instagram in any way. Simon & Schuster is providing the prize and is responsible for delivery to winner.

More About Simon & Schuster

Founded in 1924, Simon & Schuster is a subsidiary of ViacomCBS. With worldwide distribution, the company publishes 20,000 new titles annually under 35 different imprints. To learn more about their huge collection of literature for youth and see current titles, visit the Simon & Schuter Children's Publishing Catalog. To stay up on what's new in books for all ages of kids from 0-14, also follow the brand on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.

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