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Valentine’s Day Reading List Inspired by All Types of Love

This Valentine’s Day, we’re teaming up with our friends at Hudson Square Business Improvement District to share the love for our New York City community with families near and far! All week long, participate in Valentine-inspired art projects to show affection for the friends, coworkers, neighbors, educators, and pets that bring joy to our lives. Below, Artist-Educator in Residence (and children’s literature expert) Ciana Malchione selects her five favorite children’s books inspired by all types of love. 

What is Love? (2022) by Mac Barnett & Carson Ellis

A boy asks “What is love?” and finds that the answer may be different for everyone.

A Letter to Amy (1968) by Ezra Jack Keats

Peter decides to invite his crush, Amy, to his birthday party, but things don’t go as planned.

Gaston (2014) by Kelly DiPucchio & Christian Robinson

A mix-up at birth leads a bulldog and a poodle to expand their definitions of family.

Extra Yarn (2012) by Mac Barnett & Jon Klassen

Annabelle discovers a box of colorful yarn that brings warmth back to her cold community.

Heart to Heart (2017) by Lois Ehlert

You avoca-don’t want to miss this punny book of valentines.

Don’t forget to bring your valentine to a specially-marked drop-off box at Hudson Square Pharmacy located at 345 Hudson Street (around the corner from CMA!) through February 28. Valentines will be displayed in CMA’s front window for all to see. Can’t make it in-person? Submit your child’s creations here or use the hashtag #CMAVDAY when sharing on your own socials. To participate, follow along on social media at @CMAinNYC and @HudsonSquareNYC and sign up for CMA’s mailing list for projects and inspiration.

Top Image: Life by Hannah Stokes, Age 10, India  / Britain. Part of CMA’s permanent collection of children’s art from around the world.

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