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Friday, January 18, 2013

Random House Children's Books that Celebrate Valentine's Day

If you are looking for some new books to read to your child in honor of the upcoming Valentine's Day holiday, check out these NEW PICTURE BOOK RELEASES FROM RANDOM HOUSE CHILDREN’S BOOKS

I HAIKU YOU by Betsy E. Snyder
A charming picture book full of love-filled haiku poems!

Charming multimedia illustrations and the Japanese poetic form are cleverly used to express “I love you” to all manner of favorite thingsa favorite teddy bear, a popsicle, a bike, a new friend, a beloved pet, and morein this giftable little picture book.

Award winner Betsy E. Snyder’s charming book is something adults will love to give one another as much as they’ll enjoy sharing it with the youngest listeners. Perfect for Valentine’s Day and any day of the year, this book will inspire people to tell one another, “I haiku you!”

BETSY E. SNYDER is a seasoned illustrator-designer of children’s greeting cards in addition to writing and illustrating children’s books. Her work has been recognized with the Please Touch Museum’s 23rd Annual Book Award, a Silver Addy Award (Cleveland, 2006), and has been selected for the Society of Illustrators annual shows. Animals and nature have fascinated Betsy since she was a young child fishing and catching salamanders in the ponds of Pennsylvania. She lives near Cleveland, Ohio, with her husband. Check out Betsy’s blog at BetsySnyder.blogspot.com

Calming rhymes about nature are perfect for bedtime reading and now available as a board book.
This dreamy, lyrical picture book will reach a whole new audience, joining the ranks of Betsy’s other beloved board and novelty formats, Haiku Baby and Have You Ever Tickled a Tiger? Full of gorgeous collage artwork created from natural materials, this gentle book of soothing rhymes is a great bedtime read for your littlest ones. Published in hardcover in 2010, Sweet Dreams Lullaby is now available as a board book, the perfect bedtime companion.

WHO NEEDS LOVE? by Elise Primavera; illustrated by Laura Park
A very different kind of love story by bestselling author Elise Primavera.

Scarlett Starlett and Simon Greensnout were best friends; they were also alligators who lived in a town menaced by a rotten-to-the-core witch. She hated anything sweet and nice and had no use for love. Scarlett longed to be a singer and Simon yearned to travel the world. One day, they stumbled upon a silver dollar that the witch had lost. In exchange for its return to her, the witch granted them their wishes. But be careful what you wish for, because these wishes came with an evil spell attached. . . .

This humorous but poignant story, enhanced by Park’s highly atmospheric artwork, is perfect for Valentine’s Day!
ELISE PRIMAVERA has been writing and illustrating children’s books for more than 25 years, including books such as Thumb Love and The House at the End of Ladybug Lane. She has received numerous awards for her work, and in 2004, she was asked to illustrate the Christmas brochure for the White House. Her bestselling book Auntie Claus has sold almost a half million copies and inspired two sequels. She lives in Red Bank, New Jersey, with her dog, Lulu.

LAURA PARK is a cartoonist and the illustrator of the New York Times bestselling Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life by James Patterson. She lives and works in Chicago, Illinois. This is her first picture book.

TWEET HEARTS by Susan Reagan
A wonderful way to say, “I love you” on Valentine’s Day—or any other day!

Tweet Hearts features two little lovebirds and 10 little hearts. Preschoolers and their parents will love counting all the hearts from 10 to one while reading along with the rhyming text. Topped off with a beautiful pop-up at the end, this book is the perfect gift to give to your little ones!

Author and illustrator SUSAN REAGAN’s work can be found on greeting cards, in magazines, and in numerous children’s books. Her inspiration and positive attitude come from helping others. Most days she can be found working in her studio or volunteering. She lives in a wonderfully creaky old house in a historic neighborhood of Cleveland, Ohio, with her husband, Frank, and their dog, Princess.

Celebrate love—and what it means to be a good friend—with Duck & Goose!

Duck & Goose are back in this sturdy board book, perfect for preschoolers! And this time, New York Times bestselling author and illustrator Tad Hills brings our favorite feathered friends out to celebrate Valentine's Day. What does Goose need more than anything this Valentine’s Day? A hug from a good friend.

This is the perfect gift for Valentine’s Day, as well as any other day with its classic tale of friendship. Featuring well-loved characters, a low price, and its small size, this book is an ideal gift to celebrate love and friendship.

TAD HILLS is the author and illustrator of the ALA-ALSC Notable Children’s Book Duck & Goose and Duck, Duck, Goose, both New York Times bestsellers. His Duck & Goose board books include the ALA-ALSC Notable Children's Book What's Up, Duck?, and the indie bestseller, Duck & Goose: It’s Time for Christmas! He is also the author-illustrator of How Rocket Learned to Read, a New York Times bestseller and a Parents’ Choice Award Winner, and Rocket Writes a Story.

10 VALENTINE FRIENDS by Janet Schulman; illustrated by Linda Davick
Now available as a board bookcount your way to Valentine’s Day!

It’s Valentine’s Day and the 10 little neighbors in this book are busy making valentines for their closest friends. Will everyone get a valentine at the big Valentine’s Day party? You can count on it! With its fun counting element, bouncy text, and adorable illustrations, this book, newly available in board, is the perfect gift for young lovebugs.
JANET SCHULMAN is the author of 10 Trim-the-Tree’ers, 10 Easter Egg Hunters, and 10 Trick-or-Treaters.

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