By Birgitta Sif
Published 2012 by Candlewick Press
I really like this book - it's simple and quiet but fun and sweet. It tells the story of Oliver, a little boy who is a bit unique and doesn't quite fit in - but it suits him just fine. I like that this book doesn't make it seem like there is anything wrong with Oliver because he is quirky - he just likes what he likes. When he starts to feel a bit lonely for human company, he begins to explore. I love the illustrations here as well, and the wealth of detail to be found. Very sweet.
Penguin and Pinecone
By Salina Yoon
Published 2012 by Walker Childrens
Penguin is sure he has found a new best friend when he discovers Pinecone. But he is reminded that pinecones belong in the forest. What will Penguin do? I mean, do I really have to say more than "aw, look how cute!"? This book is adorable and a lovely little tale of friendship. Very sweet - I think it would actually be a great Valentine's Day read.
Pug and Doug
By Steve Breen
Published 2013 by Dial
Pug and Doug are best friends. They like a lot of the same things - doughnuts, secret handshakes, etc. But they also like some different things. A misunderstanding leads the friends to hurt feelings and they must find a way to make it right. This is a sweet story about friendship that would be great for kids who are just learning how to make friends and about what makes a good friend. This is another one that is too long for storytime, but a sweet story nonetheless.
The Perfect Hug
By Joanna Walsh, illustrated by Judi Abbot
Published 2012 by Paula Wiseman Books
This is a lovely companion to The Biggest Kiss. Different kinds of hugs are explored, accompanied by completely adorable animal illustrations. All along we are on a quest to discover the perfect hug and we find it in the end. The rhymes are occasionally off and clunky, but the illustrations are just so dang cute that you kind of ignore it. Definitely would be great in a Valentine's Day storytime.