Saturday, February 9, 2019

WRITE CLUB RECOMMENDS: Showing the LOVE for Valentine's Day-Themed Books

For today's post I asked the prolific Agented and Published writers in my Write Club critique group to share with you some of their favorite *must-read* Valentine's Day Picture Books. 

Many of these authors have books coming out in either this year or next! 

To start off your Valentine's Day picture book list, Lynne Marie, Author of Moldilocks and the Three Scares (Sterling, 8/2019) and Let's Eat: Mealtimes Around the World (Beaming Books, 2019), recommends ZOMBIE IN LOVE and ZOMBIE IN LOVE 2 +1 by Kelly DiPucchio and illustrated by Scott Campbell.

Lauren H. Kerstein, Author of Rosie the Dragon and Charlie Make Waves (Amazon/Two Lions, 6/2019): recommends XO, OX written Adam Rex and illustrated Scott Campbell and I WISH YOU MORE by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld.

Katie Frawley (Debut picture book, Spring 2020...details forthcoming)  recommends CRANKENSTEIN VALENTINE (words by Samantha Berger, pictures by Dan Santat).

Kathleen Doherty, author of DON'T FEED THE BEAR, Sterling Children's Books, 2018, recommends SOMEBODY LOVES YOU, MR. HATCH, written by Eileen Spinelli. and illustrated by Paul Yalowitz and ROSES ARE PINK, YOUR FEET REALLY STINK by Diane de Groat.  
From Joana Pastro, author of LILLYBELLE, A DAMSEL NOT IN DISTRESS (Kane Press, Fall/2020) recommends I’LL LOVE YOU TILL THE COWS COME HOME by Kathryn Cristaldi, illustrated by Kristyna Litten and LOVE, Z by Jessie Sima. 

Evelyn Bookless, author of Captain Green and the Plastic Scene (Marshall Cavendish, 2018), VALENSTEINS by Ethan Long and THIS IS NOT A VALENTINE by Carter Higgins, illustrated by Lucy Ruth Cummins.  

Shannon Stocker, author of CAN U SAVE THE DAY (Sleeping Bear Press, August, 2019), recommends BE A FRIEND by Salina Yoon and even share a wonderful audio/visual for our readers -

Sophia Gholz, Author of THE BOY WHO GREW A FOREST (Sleeping Bear Press, March 2019) recommends 
HENRY IN LOVE by Peter McCarty and AND TANGO MAKES THREE by Justin Richardson & Peter Parnell, as well as DID I TELL YOU I LOVE YOU TODAY by Deloris Jordan. 

Heather Macht, author of "The Ant Farm Escape," Feb. 2019, "Rex the...We-Don't-Know," Sept. 2019, and "You May Just Be a Dinosaur," September 2015, recommends GROGGLE MONSTER'S VALENTINE by Diana Murray, and illustrated by Bats Langley.

Rosie J. Pova, author of Sarah's Song (2017) and an upcoming picture book soon to be announced, recommends MOSTLY MONSTERLY by Tammi Sauer and illustrated by Scott Magoon. 

Henry Herz, author of "Two Pirates + One Robot," 2020 recommends WORM LOVES WORM written by J.J. Austrian and illustrated Mike Curato.

Kelly Jordan (debut picture book, Spring 2020...details forthcoming) recommends BUNNY BEAR by Andrea J. Loney, Illustrated by Carmen Saldana. 

Michal Babay recommends GEORGE AND MARTHA by James Marshall and SNUGGLE PUPPY (A LOVE SONG) by Sandra Boynton. 

PLEASE check out the websites of these authors where you will find more information about these *rising stars* of #Write Club.  And please leave a comment or a question for any one of them! Thanks for stopping by My Word Play Ground! 

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Lynne Marie is the author of Hedgehog Goes to Kindergarten - illustrated by Anne Kennedy (Scholastic, 2011), Hedgehog's 100th Day of School – illustrated by Lorna Hussey (Scholastic, January 2017), The Star of the Christmas Play -- illustrated by Lorna Hussey (Beaming Books, 2018), Moldilocks and the 3 Scares -- illustrated by David Rodriguez Lorenzo (Sterling, pending) and Let's Eat! Mealtimes Around the World -- illustrated by Parwinder Singh (Beaming Books, 2019). You can learn more about her at 

To order the Star in the Christmas Play, click the title. Keep an eye out for MOLDILOCKS AND THE THREE SCARES, coming in August, from Sterling Children's Books! 


  1. Love these titles. You are all such an inspiration and your success will motivate others like me to continue writing. This blog helps us lift each other. God bless all.

    1. Awww, thanks, dear Alicia! We appreciate your taking the time to browse our recommendations! XOXO