Happy February! Who’s ready for Valentine’s Day? Celebrate by reading some of these great books! All of these are available for check out at Magdalena Public Library.

Love is All Around New Mexico by Wendi Silvano, ill. by Joanna Czernichowska

“There is no grater love, I can tell you it’s true, than the love of your family, especially for you!”

This super cute picture book is about all the different ways we show our love to people around us. With New Mexico specific call outs and easy rhymes, it’s great for a read aloud!

 Yo! Yes? By Chris Raschka

Love isn’t just for romance, it’s for friends too! This Caldecott Honor picture book is a great, simple story about friendship. With simple, one-word declarations and colorful illustrations, your littles will love reading it with you. Yo! Yes? is one of my favorite picture books for read aloud.

Katie Kazoo Switcheroo: Love Stinks! by Nancy Krulik, ill. by John & Wendy

“Katie makes a wish to be someone else and turns into the candy store owner. She hates Valentine’s Day and almost ruins it for everyone! Will she have a change of heart and save the day?”

A short chapter book, great for older elementary kids. Despite the craziness, Katie is a relatable fourth grader and teaches a valuable lesson. The illustrations are also adorable.

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith

“Set over a twenty-four-hour-period, Hadley and Oliver find that true love can be found in unexpected places.”

This Young Adult novel is seriously cute and will make you believe in the power of love at first sight. It’s a moving story of love and family.

How to Stop Time by Matt Haig

“Tome Hazard has secretly been alive for centuries. Now a high school history teacher, he’s captivated by Camille, the French teacher. But the secret society that protects him has one rule: Never fall in love.”

I haven’t read this adult fiction novel yet, but the premise is so intriguing that I can’t wait to try it! With great reviews from the likes of Neil Gaiman (American Gods), Graeme Simsion (The Rosie Project), and Kate Williams (Becoming Queen Victoria), it’s sure to be a good story.

Mornings on Main by Jodi Thomas

“Jillian James is done with relationships. Connor Larady, a single dad and caretaker to his grandmother with Alzheimer’s, doesn’t know if he can trust her, but he’s out of options. The two begin to grow closer, but is it enough to make nomadic Jillian want to stay?”

A classic romance trope with a dash of family bonding, this novel is perfect comfort reading for this time of year.


Ivy Stover, Librarian, Magdalena Public Library