ALTHOUGH VALENTINE’S DAY IS OFTEN ASSOCIATED WITH TEENAGERS AND ADULTS BECAUSE OF ITS ROMANTIC THEMES, IT IS JUST AS IMPORTANT A HOLIDAY TO CHILDREN. GRADE SCHOOLS AND JUNIOR HIGHS WILL OFTEN HAVE LITTLE PARTIES TO CELEBRATE FEBRUARY 14 AND ENCOURAGE THEIR STUDENTS TO MAKE CARDS FOR FAMILY, FRIENDS, CLASSMATES AND EVEN FIRST CRUSHES. WITH THIS IN MIND, WE HERE AT OUTLOOK-12 ARE DEDICATING THIS MONTH’S SCHOOL LIBRARY TO VALENTINE-THEMED BOOKS FOR CHILDREN FROM SCHOLASTIC.
“JUNIE B. JONES AND THE MUSHY GUSHY VALENTIME”
by Barbara Park
It’s a mushy gushy mystery! February 14 — “Valentime’s Day,” as Junie B. calls it — is just around the corner. Her teacher told her kindergarten class that they are going to have a party at school with cupcakes, punch and candy hearts. Sure, Junie B. would have wanted more goodies like gummi bears and cheese popcorn, but still a party is always fun. And, of course, everyone will be getting “valentimes.” Junie B. can’t wait to see all the cards that she’s going to get (even if they aren’t the kind that have money in them). But she never expected a big, mushy card from a admirer! Who is this secret mystery guy, anyway? Junie B. is determined to find out!