February 14, 2011

Happy Valentines Day!

Happy Valentines Day, Everyone!

I hope you all have someone to celebrate love in your life with, whether a spouse/significant other or a feisty groundhog (Phyllis will find a way to get mentioned as often as possible!)  I also hope that you will have the opportunity to over-indulge in chocolate today because really, why not :)

Since Valentines Day is about love, I thought I'd take a moment to mention a few of the things I love about being a children's writer.

I love that it has let me stay home with my children.

I love that it's creative - every day brings something new.

I love that it offers me the chance to visit schools, share my passion for writing, and meet the people I write for.

I love being part of the writing community - so many interesting, talented, creative, wonderful people!

And I love sharing the writing experience in the blogosphere, and look forward to hearing your thoughts on writing, parenting, teaching, and the world of children's literature each day.

Here a few Valentines children's picture books I love (for your enjoyment if you haven't read them yet!):

The Ballad of Valentine by Alison Jackson
Slugs In Love by Susan Pearson
Love, Ruby Valentine by Laurie Friedman
Love, Splat by Rob Scotten
Henry In Love by Peter McCarty (not, strictly speaking, a Valentine book, but so cute!)

But wait a minute!  What's this?

Who is that handsome stranger?
And what is he doing with Phyllis?

Do you think Phyllis has a secret admirer???  We'll have to keep an eye on that situation...!

Have a wonderful Valentines Day everyone! and please join in the comments with your favorite Valentines books, groundhog love stories, or anything else that tickles your fancy on this love-ly day :)  Oh, and in keeping with the pink theme of the week, don't forget our Meet Cori Doerffeld post coming up in the next couple of days, with an opportunity to win her new picture book, PENNY LOVES PINK!


  1. Hi, Susanna! Thanks for stopping by Book Dreaming. Your books look so fun. Another fun PB writer to follow is Robyn Campbell at Putting Pen to Paper. She's super-sweet. I look forward to getting to know you better. :-)

  2. Thanks, Shannon. I'm pretty sure I found her and joined her list too! Looking forward to getting to know both of you!

  3. Love the pictures, so cute! Happy Valentine's Day and nice to meet you. I did read a grondhog book the other day but I've lost my review. When I find it I'll blog it for sure.

  4. Happy Valentine's Day, Susanna! I don't know that I have a favorite Valentine's Day book, so I think some research is in order!

  5. Kangaroobee - thanks so much!

    Megan, you're back! Hope all's well. Yes, definitely let me know what your research turns up, and if you haven't read these, you're in for a treat!

  6. I agree with all of your points about being a writer (except the visiting schools part, since I don't really do that yet, but I do work in one part time). I'm going to have to check out a few of those books! One that I like is Smitten by David Gordon.

  7. Wow I've not heard of any of those Valentine's picture books.They sound great fun. I love children's books, though I have no children of my own I have a large collection of them :O)

  8. so that's him! oh he's a sweety for sure :) Can't wait to read all about it ;) Love your writing thoughts and I"ve never heard of those writing books either :) Thanks Susanna :)

  9. This is SUCH an old post! I can't even remember what's in it! Maybe I should go back and re-read :) He is a cutie, isn't he? :)


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