Valentine’s Day is this week. The day to celebrate love and friendship and giving. I found a couple of lovely little books that we will be sending to my Princesses.
I Haiku You is a little book of loving haiku. I’m hoping that it will inspire the Ladybug Princess to spread her ladybug wings and dream up some poetry of her own. It was written and illustrated by Betsy Snyder and published by Random House Children’s Books in 2012.
This book is filled with haiku poems and pictures of young people going through their day, filling it with joy for their friends and life around them. My favorite is:
wiggle-wag tail love,
The is a very different little book. A wordless book. I love wordless books. They leave so much to the imagination! It begins with a picture of a mouse. A sad little mouse. I’m thinking that the mouse is trying to imagine the perfect valentine. And then he gets a great idea! He starts with a piece of paper and proceeds to chew a hole in it. The hole takes the shape of a heart! Then he chews around the edges and does some folding and Voila!! He has a house with a heart shaped hole in the roof! To share with his friend!
Ms Snyder was featured on the Writing and Illustrating blog with a nice interview.
You can find a list of more books by Monique Felix at Goodreads HERE.
I present to you a trailer for I Haiku You —
And I leave you with a haiku from my own brain –
Ears prick to listen
“Rhythm” floats in on the wind
Love calls me – Mom
This week also happens to be Random Acts of Kindness week. The official RAK website is a grand place for Kindness Inspiration. Another grand place for a Kindness and Joy fix is a blog belonging to Ms Barbara Gruener called The Corner on Character. Ms Gruener is a school counselor who radiates Kindness and Joy. You might pay her a visit!
And here’s a little video that she posted this weekend that will fill you with hope and JOY —