Read & Make – Valentine’s Day Books and Crafts

crafts with books to match 14 Valentine’s Day books and crafts! Read & Make lists are ultimate activity cheat sheets. These are all easy to find books ( and they have affiliate links straight to Amazon too ) and the crafts are all easy to make too. Nothing is too costly and many of these crafts work great for groups. Your Valentine’s Day party will be super simple to plan. Like I said all book links will take you to Amazon but I have some deeper reviews of the books in my Books About Love and over on Scholastic’s  Raise A Reader blog too! The crafts are linked to the original tutorial so you can the full how to.

Read and Make valentines day 14Read Consider Love  by Sandra Boynton and then use Paper Hearts to sort, make patterns, and even paint!

Read and Make valentines day heart craftA simple book like Be Mine  by Brenda Ponnay lends itself to an equally simple and beautiful craft like this Heart Sun Catcher.

Read and Make valentines day for childrenRead all about what Valentine’s Day is all about with Valentine’s Day Is by Gail Gibbons and then learn more about your own family with our Conversation Hearts activity.

Read and Make valentines day for kidsEvery fairy needs a wand and a book.  The Very Fairy Princess Follows Her Heart by Julie Andrews and Emma Walton Hamilton is a perfect match for our Heart Wands.

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Panda bears might not have anything to do with Valentine’s Day but they are the center of  Sweet Hearts  by Jan Carr and if you really must have hearts on your Panda Bear Craft add a sticker or two!

Read and Make valentines day 7You can make a Paper Hug Craft to go with  Huggy Kissy by Leslie Patricelli.

Read and Make valentines day for toddlersBoth of my kids have loved Laura Numeroff books right around age three. That is the perfect age for this Mosaic Heart Craft and for reading Happy Valentine’s Day, Mouse! (If You Give…) .

Read and Make valentines day craftsOur Love Bomb craft is so awesome that it needed to be paired with an equally awesome book like Awesome Book of Love!, An by Dallas Clayton.

Read and Make vdayThese were made for each other and these Love Bugs are not hard to make at all. Read Love Bugs Mini Edition by David A. Carter before or after you get crafty.

Read and Make valentines day booksDinosaur Valentine by Liza Donnelly is an odd book that both my kids have loved and what could be better than making your own Clothespin Dinosaur after reading?

Read and Make valentineMake a Recycled Heart and pop it on a string after reading  The Invisible String  by Patrice Karst.

Read and Make Valentines 3This Collage Heart craft is easy enough for babies and they will adore Where Is Baby’s Valentine?: A Lift-the-Flap Book by Karen Katz.

Read and Make valentines day 2I can’t resist Love Monster by Rachel Bright and making your own loveable Monster Craft after is a great way to keep the conversation this book will spark going even longer.

Read and Make Valentine's Day 1The book may be called Day It Rained Hearts by Felicia Bond but you can turn your own paper hearts into a Heart Rainbow!

Read & Make Christmas – 25 Christmas Books With Crafts To Match

Christmas crafts for preschool Are you ready for another Read & Make post? I have so much fun doing these because they bring together so many of my older ideas with newer books or vice versa. I love creating great resources and this post is so easy to take to the library and grab whatever book they still have left on the shelf and know that you will have a great craft to activity to go with it. We have about 60 Christmas crafts on the site so if you don’t see something rad here check out our archives too.

Each pair includes a link to the full post for the craft or activity tutorial and a link to amazon.com for the book. I have read and reviewed most of these books and have paired crafts that would work not only with the book but with the book’s target age group as well. All book titles are affiliate links.

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The Gingerbread Pirates by Kristin Kladstrup is the perfect book to go with our Paper Bag Gingerbread Men craft.

llama llama holidya drama craft idea

Our Mess Free Ornaments are don’t need a lot of patience which is great if your child is like the little Llama in Llama Llama Holiday Drama .

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Santasaurus by Niamh Sharkey and our Roll and Count Santa Math Game will keep your kids busy and learning!

snow playdough

In McDuff’s New Friend by Rosemary Wellsthe puppy makes tracks in the snow. Your child can make their own with our Tracks In The Snow Playdough activity even if you never get the real stuff in your area.

bear stays up

Bear Stays Up for Christmasby Karma Wilson includes all the traditional pre-Christmas activities like hanging stockings. These Scrap Paper Stockings can be hung up year after year.

nativity game and book

Play our Find & Fill  Nativity Game and then read What Is Christmas? by Michelle Medlock Adams to further the lesson.

toddler christmas craft

This Handprint Christmas Tree was my daughter’s first craft and Counting Christmas by Karen Katz was one of her first Christmas books too.

Our Snow Globe Snowman craft is a great match for Snowmen at Christmas by Carolyn Buehner .

gingerbread playdough

Create gingerbread men that don’t need to be baked with our Playdough Gingerbread Men and read Mini Merry Book: Gingerbread Joy by Julia Woolf.

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Merry Christmas, Ollie (Gossie & Friends)by Olivier Dunrea will be loved by your little one just as much as they will love the Sticky Wall Christmas Tree .

wise men craft

This Three Wise Men craft is even more meaningful when you read it with The Christmas Story: The Brick Bible for Kids by Brendan Powell Smith.

madeline's christmas

Madeline’s Christmas is set in Paris and while I don’t expect you to jump on a jet and take your kids there you can imagine with your won Eiffel Tower and other Landmark Blocks.

christmas ornaments

Count your way through Merry Christmas, Mouse! (If You Give…) by Laura Numeroff then make ( and count) these Letter Ornaments were a cinch to make and after many years they still look great.

Great Joy by Kate DiCamillo is a touching book and it goes perfectly with this Angel Craft. 

santa craft

This Paper Plate Santa is just right, much like Santa Claus and the Three Bears by Maria Modugno .

littlest elf

Elves don’t live in the toy shop they need houses to live in and these Elf houses are easy to create after reading The Little Christmas Elf (Little Golden Book) by Nikki Shannon Smith.

Rudolf craft

Read The Night Before Christmas  by Clement C Moore and then create your own Handprint Reindeer , you don’t have to make Rudolf!

christmas lights craft

Mooseltoe by Marge Pallatini is a hilarious read that you can follow up with these Sponge Painted Christmas Lights.

xmasreadandplay5Pete the Cat Saves Christmas by Eric Litwin is a cute book about giving and these cute kid made gift boxes are a great craft to complete after reading.

ornament craft Even David couldn’t break this unbreakable ornament craft which is why after you read It’s Christmas, David! by David Shannon they are a perfect craft to make.

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SantaKid by James Patterson is a great read to dive into the North Pole and a great addition to any North Pole play using this DIY  playmat.

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Christmas Eve with Mrs. Claus by M.P. Hueston is a sweet book about sweets and the perfect companion for this easy candy cane craft .

tree craft

The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree: An Appalachian Story by Gloria Houston is a great book for older children and this Button and Nail Tree is craft that they can really get into as well.

french christmas sign

Read Babar and Father Christmas  by Jean De Brunhoff then create this NOEL banner for a French celebration!

xmasreadandplay1Last but not least read all about How Santa Got His Job in this book by Stephen Krensky and then let your kids test out the jobs for themselves with this  Workshop play idea.

 

What is your favorite Holiday read?