She Preferred a Book to Going on a Date*



Valentine’s Day seems like such a good idea in theory. Who doesn’t want to celebrate love in all its many forms?

Then you see posts on Instagram of golden snitch valentines, which are admittedly awesome but maybe only make you feel bad. Then you remember that, oh no, Valentine’s Day is next week and I haven’t purchased any valentines. And the ones with candy make the foodie parents mad, and the ones with toys make the green parents mad, and the plain ones make your kid mad. Then you procrastinate until the only option is printable (Cool Mom Picks always links awesome printables, btw), but, alas, you are out of Magenta.

It makes you want to throw a great big noisy fuss.

If I were in charge of the universe, Valentine’s Day would be one giant book exchange. Everyone brings a book about love, and we all swap and leave happy.

And here’s what you should bring:

I Like You by Sandol Stoddard Warburg and Jacqueline Chwast

This looks unassuming, but if you only buy one book on this list, it should be this absolutely charming one.


Love by Matt De Pena and Loren Long

“A cab driver plays love softly on his radio…”


Tea with Grandpa by Barney Saltzberg

This is a great one for those long-distance loved ones, as long as they aren’t English majors.


Dear Sister by Alison McGhee and Joe Bluhm

At first you may think this is going to be another one of those awful mean-sibling books, but you are so, so wrong.


In the end, I always just do valentines and, well, give my kids something standard, like a chocolate heart:


*The title line is from The Library by Sarah Stewart and David Small, which is perfect for any book swap, Valentine’s Day or not.

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