This Is Not a Valentine

This Is Not a Valentine

This book is not a valentine. It doesn't have lacey edges or sugary hearts. But it is full of lucky rocks, secret hiding spots, and gumball machine treasures. This is a book about waiting in line and wishing for cinnamon buns. About recognizing that if you care so much about someone not thinking you care, maybe you really do. But wait?isn't that exactly what love is about? This book is not a valentine. It doesn't have lacey edges or sugary hearts. But it is full of lucky rocks, secret hidin...

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Title:This Is Not a Valentine
Author:Carter Higgins
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Genres:Childrens
ISBN:B072BRL63V
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Kindle Edition
Number of Pages:48 pages pages

This Is Not a Valentine Reviews

  • Mary Lee
    Oct 01, 2017

    E ARC provided by the publisher Two elementary school students clearly enjoy spending time together, and the boy is especially fond of the girl. Throughout the day, he gives her little gifts that he clearly states are NOT Valentines, since they are not the stereotypical pink, gl...

    This review was originally written for The Baby Bookworm. Visit us for new picture books reviews daily! Hello friends and Happy Valentine?s Day! We?ve got a special book for today to mark the occasion: This Is NOT A Valentine, written by Carter Higgins and illustrated by Luc...

    This might be asking too much, but I would have loved to see this message of devotion be demonstrably reciprocated. It might be the world we are living in, but it bothered me to see a boy obsessively give gifts to a girl and the girl is never given a chance to respond or even speak. I ...

    Although the narrator firmly insists that this book is no Valentine with all the usual elements associated with that holiday such as glitter, chocolates, and lacy edges, it actually is a message of love. After all, love can be expressed in many different ways such as sharing a secret h...

    I adored this charming picture book by Carter Higgins! I can?t wait to stare this with my students for Valentines Day. From the already blown out wishes to lunch box PB & J students will relate to the ways we show others that we care - but of course they are NOT Valentines. A mus...

    This is a book about being friends EVERY day, not just that one day in February. ...

  • Terri
    Jan 14, 2018

    E ARC provided by the publisher Two elementary school students clearly enjoy spending time together, and the boy is especially fond of the girl. Throughout the day, he gives her little gifts that he clearly states are NOT Valentines, since they are not the stereotypical pink, gl...

    This review was originally written for The Baby Bookworm. Visit us for new picture books reviews daily! Hello friends and Happy Valentine?s Day! We?ve got a special book for today to mark the occasion: This Is NOT A Valentine, written by Carter Higgins and illustrated by Luc...

    This might be asking too much, but I would have loved to see this message of devotion be demonstrably reciprocated. It might be the world we are living in, but it bothered me to see a boy obsessively give gifts to a girl and the girl is never given a chance to respond or even speak. I ...

    Although the narrator firmly insists that this book is no Valentine with all the usual elements associated with that holiday such as glitter, chocolates, and lacy edges, it actually is a message of love. After all, love can be expressed in many different ways such as sharing a secret h...

    I adored this charming picture book by Carter Higgins! I can?t wait to stare this with my students for Valentines Day. From the already blown out wishes to lunch box PB & J students will relate to the ways we show others that we care - but of course they are NOT Valentines. A mus...

    This is a book about being friends EVERY day, not just that one day in February. ...

    A sweet demonstration of friendship that lasts all year long, not just on February 14th. And also a cute story around the theme of "thou doth protest too much"! This is a perfect story for reading any time, but especially around the Valentine Day holiday to help show that we can show w...

    Look out Extra gum commercial...this book gives just as many feels! It is young love wrapped up perfectly in one little package with the sweetest illustrations. Will read again and again! ...

    I'm not crying, YOU'RE crying. I loved this book. ...

    "This is not a valentine, since I don't only like you today. I like you tomorrow and next Tuesday and last week, too. I like you all the days..." ...

    It is a greeting given in friendship. It is a written declaration of devotion. It is a token of endearment. On February 14th, collectively by more people than any other day of the year, love is celebrated. Brave souls will reveal their sincere feelings for others. If the fondness is kn...

    I?m really feeling this book. I think it?s a little weird this little girl gave a boy a Valentine then he follows he around giving her lots of ?not Valentine?s?. The paper airplane he shot at her while drinking from a water fountain bothered me too. I mean, for the most part ...

    I like the idea of this book - that you can show someone you know (and notice things about them) and love/care about them in lots of different ways and not just on one particular day (and even if you're afraid or reluctant to actually SAY "love"), but I didn't really love the execution...

    This book is so adorable! I love how the words and pictures tell a story of a sweet friendship between two classmates. The words are perfect and the pictures complement the prose perfectly. I want to give this book to my husband for Valentine's Day! ...

    This is a perfect read aloud book for Valentine's Day! So sweet! ...

    Such a sweet and charming book! One of the other reviewers said it best - it's about all the ways that love can be expressed without typical "valentines" gifts and cards. ...

    Thanks to @kidlitexchange for the review copy of this book-all opinions are my own. #kidlitexchange #partner Do you remember your first elementary school ?puppy love?? This book perfectly captures those sweet and innocent feelings between two little friends. After receiving a Va...

    4.5 stars Even though it will likely protest this statement, This Is Not a Valentine might just be the most perfect Valentine! Readers, through the eyes of an adamant young protagonist, get to learn about all the ways that certain things (kinds of flowers, kinds of hand drawn pic...

    Interest Level: K-3; Reading Level: 3.7 @kidlitexchange #partner Thanks to the @kidlitexchange network for the review copy of this book - all opinions are my own. What exactly does a Valentine look like? Red hearts and glitter? Not always! Valentines can come in the form of dande...

    Thank you to @kidlitexchange and @chroniclebooks for providing a copy of this book for my review. All opinions are my own. A little guy in the cape INSISTS that the treasures he shares with the little girl on his bus are not Valentines. Because after all, Valentines are supposed to ...

    This picture book will steal your heart. Carter Higgins has done a great job of creating This is NOT A Valentine. This cute, sentimental story is of a boy showing a girl he cares for her in other ways then sending your typical valentine. Who wouldn?t be impressed if someone gave yo...

    This is NOT a Valentine. It's just a little note that tells readers they will enjoy this lovely picture book by Carter Higgins! Carter has taken all the Valentine-stereotypes and threw them out the school bus window, and shows us what Valentine messages really mean. Valentines spar...

    I think the concept of this book is sweeter than the final product. Maybe because the concept is about how things beyond paper Valentines can show how much we care, but the product talks about boy/girl cooties and my daughter was simply confused about why the little boy wouldn't want t...

    This is a sweet picture book that would be perfect to share with young readers during the days leading up to Valentines Day. The little boy is giving and sharing all sorts of sweet and thoughtful gifts with the little girl who is his friend at school. But none of these are Valentines! ...

    Thanks to Chronicle Books for the review copy of this book. All opinions are my own. THIS IS NOT A VALENTINE is the perfect valentine for kiddos who aren?t quite ready for valentines yet. It?s not about the card, it?s about the perfect connection between two friends. It?s a...

    Thanks to the kidlitexchange for a copy of this book. All opinions are my own. This is NOT a Valentine by @carterhiggins and Lucy Ruth Cummins. Such a sweet story that reminds us of the love, friendship, and relationships in young lives. I will definitely read this again closer to Va...

    I really liked a lot of things about this book, but a couple of things leave me questioning. It's so obvious the Kevin really likes the little girl, but is his liking returned? That's not clear at all, especially when the back endpapers are seen. The valentine she gave Kevin at the beg...

  • Barbara
    Aug 05, 2017

    E ARC provided by the publisher Two elementary school students clearly enjoy spending time together, and the boy is especially fond of the girl. Throughout the day, he gives her little gifts that he clearly states are NOT Valentines, since they are not the stereotypical pink, gl...

    This review was originally written for The Baby Bookworm. Visit us for new picture books reviews daily! Hello friends and Happy Valentine?s Day! We?ve got a special book for today to mark the occasion: This Is NOT A Valentine, written by Carter Higgins and illustrated by Luc...

    This might be asking too much, but I would have loved to see this message of devotion be demonstrably reciprocated. It might be the world we are living in, but it bothered me to see a boy obsessively give gifts to a girl and the girl is never given a chance to respond or even speak. I ...

    Although the narrator firmly insists that this book is no Valentine with all the usual elements associated with that holiday such as glitter, chocolates, and lacy edges, it actually is a message of love. After all, love can be expressed in many different ways such as sharing a secret h...

  • Laurie
    Jan 15, 2018

    E ARC provided by the publisher Two elementary school students clearly enjoy spending time together, and the boy is especially fond of the girl. Throughout the day, he gives her little gifts that he clearly states are NOT Valentines, since they are not the stereotypical pink, gl...

    This review was originally written for The Baby Bookworm. Visit us for new picture books reviews daily! Hello friends and Happy Valentine?s Day! We?ve got a special book for today to mark the occasion: This Is NOT A Valentine, written by Carter Higgins and illustrated by Luc...

    This might be asking too much, but I would have loved to see this message of devotion be demonstrably reciprocated. It might be the world we are living in, but it bothered me to see a boy obsessively give gifts to a girl and the girl is never given a chance to respond or even speak. I ...

    Although the narrator firmly insists that this book is no Valentine with all the usual elements associated with that holiday such as glitter, chocolates, and lacy edges, it actually is a message of love. After all, love can be expressed in many different ways such as sharing a secret h...

    I adored this charming picture book by Carter Higgins! I can?t wait to stare this with my students for Valentines Day. From the already blown out wishes to lunch box PB & J students will relate to the ways we show others that we care - but of course they are NOT Valentines. A mus...

    This is a book about being friends EVERY day, not just that one day in February. ...

    A sweet demonstration of friendship that lasts all year long, not just on February 14th. And also a cute story around the theme of "thou doth protest too much"! This is a perfect story for reading any time, but especially around the Valentine Day holiday to help show that we can show w...

    Look out Extra gum commercial...this book gives just as many feels! It is young love wrapped up perfectly in one little package with the sweetest illustrations. Will read again and again! ...

    I'm not crying, YOU'RE crying. I loved this book. ...

    "This is not a valentine, since I don't only like you today. I like you tomorrow and next Tuesday and last week, too. I like you all the days..." ...

    It is a greeting given in friendship. It is a written declaration of devotion. It is a token of endearment. On February 14th, collectively by more people than any other day of the year, love is celebrated. Brave souls will reveal their sincere feelings for others. If the fondness is kn...

    I?m really feeling this book. I think it?s a little weird this little girl gave a boy a Valentine then he follows he around giving her lots of ?not Valentine?s?. The paper airplane he shot at her while drinking from a water fountain bothered me too. I mean, for the most part ...

    I like the idea of this book - that you can show someone you know (and notice things about them) and love/care about them in lots of different ways and not just on one particular day (and even if you're afraid or reluctant to actually SAY "love"), but I didn't really love the execution...

    This book is so adorable! I love how the words and pictures tell a story of a sweet friendship between two classmates. The words are perfect and the pictures complement the prose perfectly. I want to give this book to my husband for Valentine's Day! ...

    This is a perfect read aloud book for Valentine's Day! So sweet! ...

    Such a sweet and charming book! One of the other reviewers said it best - it's about all the ways that love can be expressed without typical "valentines" gifts and cards. ...

    Thanks to @kidlitexchange for the review copy of this book-all opinions are my own. #kidlitexchange #partner Do you remember your first elementary school ?puppy love?? This book perfectly captures those sweet and innocent feelings between two little friends. After receiving a Va...

    4.5 stars Even though it will likely protest this statement, This Is Not a Valentine might just be the most perfect Valentine! Readers, through the eyes of an adamant young protagonist, get to learn about all the ways that certain things (kinds of flowers, kinds of hand drawn pic...

    Interest Level: K-3; Reading Level: 3.7 @kidlitexchange #partner Thanks to the @kidlitexchange network for the review copy of this book - all opinions are my own. What exactly does a Valentine look like? Red hearts and glitter? Not always! Valentines can come in the form of dande...

  • Nikki
    Mar 15, 2018

    E ARC provided by the publisher Two elementary school students clearly enjoy spending time together, and the boy is especially fond of the girl. Throughout the day, he gives her little gifts that he clearly states are NOT Valentines, since they are not the stereotypical pink, gl...

    This review was originally written for The Baby Bookworm. Visit us for new picture books reviews daily! Hello friends and Happy Valentine?s Day! We?ve got a special book for today to mark the occasion: This Is NOT A Valentine, written by Carter Higgins and illustrated by Luc...

    This might be asking too much, but I would have loved to see this message of devotion be demonstrably reciprocated. It might be the world we are living in, but it bothered me to see a boy obsessively give gifts to a girl and the girl is never given a chance to respond or even speak. I ...

  • Arminzerella
    Jan 29, 2018

    E ARC provided by the publisher Two elementary school students clearly enjoy spending time together, and the boy is especially fond of the girl. Throughout the day, he gives her little gifts that he clearly states are NOT Valentines, since they are not the stereotypical pink, gl...

    This review was originally written for The Baby Bookworm. Visit us for new picture books reviews daily! Hello friends and Happy Valentine?s Day! We?ve got a special book for today to mark the occasion: This Is NOT A Valentine, written by Carter Higgins and illustrated by Luc...

    This might be asking too much, but I would have loved to see this message of devotion be demonstrably reciprocated. It might be the world we are living in, but it bothered me to see a boy obsessively give gifts to a girl and the girl is never given a chance to respond or even speak. I ...

    Although the narrator firmly insists that this book is no Valentine with all the usual elements associated with that holiday such as glitter, chocolates, and lacy edges, it actually is a message of love. After all, love can be expressed in many different ways such as sharing a secret h...

    I adored this charming picture book by Carter Higgins! I can?t wait to stare this with my students for Valentines Day. From the already blown out wishes to lunch box PB & J students will relate to the ways we show others that we care - but of course they are NOT Valentines. A mus...

    This is a book about being friends EVERY day, not just that one day in February. ...

    A sweet demonstration of friendship that lasts all year long, not just on February 14th. And also a cute story around the theme of "thou doth protest too much"! This is a perfect story for reading any time, but especially around the Valentine Day holiday to help show that we can show w...

    Look out Extra gum commercial...this book gives just as many feels! It is young love wrapped up perfectly in one little package with the sweetest illustrations. Will read again and again! ...

    I'm not crying, YOU'RE crying. I loved this book. ...

    "This is not a valentine, since I don't only like you today. I like you tomorrow and next Tuesday and last week, too. I like you all the days..." ...

    It is a greeting given in friendship. It is a written declaration of devotion. It is a token of endearment. On February 14th, collectively by more people than any other day of the year, love is celebrated. Brave souls will reveal their sincere feelings for others. If the fondness is kn...

    I?m really feeling this book. I think it?s a little weird this little girl gave a boy a Valentine then he follows he around giving her lots of ?not Valentine?s?. The paper airplane he shot at her while drinking from a water fountain bothered me too. I mean, for the most part ...

    I like the idea of this book - that you can show someone you know (and notice things about them) and love/care about them in lots of different ways and not just on one particular day (and even if you're afraid or reluctant to actually SAY "love"), but I didn't really love the execution...

  • Lauren- The Smile Lines
    Apr 03, 2018

    E ARC provided by the publisher Two elementary school students clearly enjoy spending time together, and the boy is especially fond of the girl. Throughout the day, he gives her little gifts that he clearly states are NOT Valentines, since they are not the stereotypical pink, gl...

    This review was originally written for The Baby Bookworm. Visit us for new picture books reviews daily! Hello friends and Happy Valentine?s Day! We?ve got a special book for today to mark the occasion: This Is NOT A Valentine, written by Carter Higgins and illustrated by Luc...

    This might be asking too much, but I would have loved to see this message of devotion be demonstrably reciprocated. It might be the world we are living in, but it bothered me to see a boy obsessively give gifts to a girl and the girl is never given a chance to respond or even speak. I ...

    Although the narrator firmly insists that this book is no Valentine with all the usual elements associated with that holiday such as glitter, chocolates, and lacy edges, it actually is a message of love. After all, love can be expressed in many different ways such as sharing a secret h...

    I adored this charming picture book by Carter Higgins! I can?t wait to stare this with my students for Valentines Day. From the already blown out wishes to lunch box PB & J students will relate to the ways we show others that we care - but of course they are NOT Valentines. A mus...

    This is a book about being friends EVERY day, not just that one day in February. ...

    A sweet demonstration of friendship that lasts all year long, not just on February 14th. And also a cute story around the theme of "thou doth protest too much"! This is a perfect story for reading any time, but especially around the Valentine Day holiday to help show that we can show w...

    Look out Extra gum commercial...this book gives just as many feels! It is young love wrapped up perfectly in one little package with the sweetest illustrations. Will read again and again! ...

    I'm not crying, YOU'RE crying. I loved this book. ...

    "This is not a valentine, since I don't only like you today. I like you tomorrow and next Tuesday and last week, too. I like you all the days..." ...

    It is a greeting given in friendship. It is a written declaration of devotion. It is a token of endearment. On February 14th, collectively by more people than any other day of the year, love is celebrated. Brave souls will reveal their sincere feelings for others. If the fondness is kn...

    I?m really feeling this book. I think it?s a little weird this little girl gave a boy a Valentine then he follows he around giving her lots of ?not Valentine?s?. The paper airplane he shot at her while drinking from a water fountain bothered me too. I mean, for the most part ...

    I like the idea of this book - that you can show someone you know (and notice things about them) and love/care about them in lots of different ways and not just on one particular day (and even if you're afraid or reluctant to actually SAY "love"), but I didn't really love the execution...

    This book is so adorable! I love how the words and pictures tell a story of a sweet friendship between two classmates. The words are perfect and the pictures complement the prose perfectly. I want to give this book to my husband for Valentine's Day! ...

    This is a perfect read aloud book for Valentine's Day! So sweet! ...

    Such a sweet and charming book! One of the other reviewers said it best - it's about all the ways that love can be expressed without typical "valentines" gifts and cards. ...

    Thanks to @kidlitexchange for the review copy of this book-all opinions are my own. #kidlitexchange #partner Do you remember your first elementary school ?puppy love?? This book perfectly captures those sweet and innocent feelings between two little friends. After receiving a Va...

    4.5 stars Even though it will likely protest this statement, This Is Not a Valentine might just be the most perfect Valentine! Readers, through the eyes of an adamant young protagonist, get to learn about all the ways that certain things (kinds of flowers, kinds of hand drawn pic...

    Interest Level: K-3; Reading Level: 3.7 @kidlitexchange #partner Thanks to the @kidlitexchange network for the review copy of this book - all opinions are my own. What exactly does a Valentine look like? Red hearts and glitter? Not always! Valentines can come in the form of dande...

    Thank you to @kidlitexchange and @chroniclebooks for providing a copy of this book for my review. All opinions are my own. A little guy in the cape INSISTS that the treasures he shares with the little girl on his bus are not Valentines. Because after all, Valentines are supposed to ...

    This picture book will steal your heart. Carter Higgins has done a great job of creating This is NOT A Valentine. This cute, sentimental story is of a boy showing a girl he cares for her in other ways then sending your typical valentine. Who wouldn?t be impressed if someone gave yo...

    This is NOT a Valentine. It's just a little note that tells readers they will enjoy this lovely picture book by Carter Higgins! Carter has taken all the Valentine-stereotypes and threw them out the school bus window, and shows us what Valentine messages really mean. Valentines spar...

    I think the concept of this book is sweeter than the final product. Maybe because the concept is about how things beyond paper Valentines can show how much we care, but the product talks about boy/girl cooties and my daughter was simply confused about why the little boy wouldn't want t...

    This is a sweet picture book that would be perfect to share with young readers during the days leading up to Valentines Day. The little boy is giving and sharing all sorts of sweet and thoughtful gifts with the little girl who is his friend at school. But none of these are Valentines! ...

    Thanks to Chronicle Books for the review copy of this book. All opinions are my own. THIS IS NOT A VALENTINE is the perfect valentine for kiddos who aren?t quite ready for valentines yet. It?s not about the card, it?s about the perfect connection between two friends. It?s a...

    Thanks to the kidlitexchange for a copy of this book. All opinions are my own. This is NOT a Valentine by @carterhiggins and Lucy Ruth Cummins. Such a sweet story that reminds us of the love, friendship, and relationships in young lives. I will definitely read this again closer to Va...

  • Ms. Yingling
    Feb 04, 2018

    E ARC provided by the publisher Two elementary school students clearly enjoy spending time together, and the boy is especially fond of the girl. Throughout the day, he gives her little gifts that he clearly states are NOT Valentines, since they are not the stereotypical pink, gl...

  • Tracy
    Feb 16, 2018

    E ARC provided by the publisher Two elementary school students clearly enjoy spending time together, and the boy is especially fond of the girl. Throughout the day, he gives her little gifts that he clearly states are NOT Valentines, since they are not the stereotypical pink, gl...

    This review was originally written for The Baby Bookworm. Visit us for new picture books reviews daily! Hello friends and Happy Valentine?s Day! We?ve got a special book for today to mark the occasion: This Is NOT A Valentine, written by Carter Higgins and illustrated by Luc...

    This might be asking too much, but I would have loved to see this message of devotion be demonstrably reciprocated. It might be the world we are living in, but it bothered me to see a boy obsessively give gifts to a girl and the girl is never given a chance to respond or even speak. I ...

    Although the narrator firmly insists that this book is no Valentine with all the usual elements associated with that holiday such as glitter, chocolates, and lacy edges, it actually is a message of love. After all, love can be expressed in many different ways such as sharing a secret h...

    I adored this charming picture book by Carter Higgins! I can?t wait to stare this with my students for Valentines Day. From the already blown out wishes to lunch box PB & J students will relate to the ways we show others that we care - but of course they are NOT Valentines. A mus...

    This is a book about being friends EVERY day, not just that one day in February. ...

    A sweet demonstration of friendship that lasts all year long, not just on February 14th. And also a cute story around the theme of "thou doth protest too much"! This is a perfect story for reading any time, but especially around the Valentine Day holiday to help show that we can show w...

    Look out Extra gum commercial...this book gives just as many feels! It is young love wrapped up perfectly in one little package with the sweetest illustrations. Will read again and again! ...

    I'm not crying, YOU'RE crying. I loved this book. ...

    "This is not a valentine, since I don't only like you today. I like you tomorrow and next Tuesday and last week, too. I like you all the days..." ...

    It is a greeting given in friendship. It is a written declaration of devotion. It is a token of endearment. On February 14th, collectively by more people than any other day of the year, love is celebrated. Brave souls will reveal their sincere feelings for others. If the fondness is kn...

    I?m really feeling this book. I think it?s a little weird this little girl gave a boy a Valentine then he follows he around giving her lots of ?not Valentine?s?. The paper airplane he shot at her while drinking from a water fountain bothered me too. I mean, for the most part ...

    I like the idea of this book - that you can show someone you know (and notice things about them) and love/care about them in lots of different ways and not just on one particular day (and even if you're afraid or reluctant to actually SAY "love"), but I didn't really love the execution...

    This book is so adorable! I love how the words and pictures tell a story of a sweet friendship between two classmates. The words are perfect and the pictures complement the prose perfectly. I want to give this book to my husband for Valentine's Day! ...

    This is a perfect read aloud book for Valentine's Day! So sweet! ...

    Such a sweet and charming book! One of the other reviewers said it best - it's about all the ways that love can be expressed without typical "valentines" gifts and cards. ...

    Thanks to @kidlitexchange for the review copy of this book-all opinions are my own. #kidlitexchange #partner Do you remember your first elementary school ?puppy love?? This book perfectly captures those sweet and innocent feelings between two little friends. After receiving a Va...

    4.5 stars Even though it will likely protest this statement, This Is Not a Valentine might just be the most perfect Valentine! Readers, through the eyes of an adamant young protagonist, get to learn about all the ways that certain things (kinds of flowers, kinds of hand drawn pic...

    Interest Level: K-3; Reading Level: 3.7 @kidlitexchange #partner Thanks to the @kidlitexchange network for the review copy of this book - all opinions are my own. What exactly does a Valentine look like? Red hearts and glitter? Not always! Valentines can come in the form of dande...

    Thank you to @kidlitexchange and @chroniclebooks for providing a copy of this book for my review. All opinions are my own. A little guy in the cape INSISTS that the treasures he shares with the little girl on his bus are not Valentines. Because after all, Valentines are supposed to ...

    This picture book will steal your heart. Carter Higgins has done a great job of creating This is NOT A Valentine. This cute, sentimental story is of a boy showing a girl he cares for her in other ways then sending your typical valentine. Who wouldn?t be impressed if someone gave yo...

    This is NOT a Valentine. It's just a little note that tells readers they will enjoy this lovely picture book by Carter Higgins! Carter has taken all the Valentine-stereotypes and threw them out the school bus window, and shows us what Valentine messages really mean. Valentines spar...

    I think the concept of this book is sweeter than the final product. Maybe because the concept is about how things beyond paper Valentines can show how much we care, but the product talks about boy/girl cooties and my daughter was simply confused about why the little boy wouldn't want t...

    This is a sweet picture book that would be perfect to share with young readers during the days leading up to Valentines Day. The little boy is giving and sharing all sorts of sweet and thoughtful gifts with the little girl who is his friend at school. But none of these are Valentines! ...

    Thanks to Chronicle Books for the review copy of this book. All opinions are my own. THIS IS NOT A VALENTINE is the perfect valentine for kiddos who aren?t quite ready for valentines yet. It?s not about the card, it?s about the perfect connection between two friends. It?s a...

  • Jana
    Feb 03, 2018

    E ARC provided by the publisher Two elementary school students clearly enjoy spending time together, and the boy is especially fond of the girl. Throughout the day, he gives her little gifts that he clearly states are NOT Valentines, since they are not the stereotypical pink, gl...

    This review was originally written for The Baby Bookworm. Visit us for new picture books reviews daily! Hello friends and Happy Valentine?s Day! We?ve got a special book for today to mark the occasion: This Is NOT A Valentine, written by Carter Higgins and illustrated by Luc...

    This might be asking too much, but I would have loved to see this message of devotion be demonstrably reciprocated. It might be the world we are living in, but it bothered me to see a boy obsessively give gifts to a girl and the girl is never given a chance to respond or even speak. I ...

    Although the narrator firmly insists that this book is no Valentine with all the usual elements associated with that holiday such as glitter, chocolates, and lacy edges, it actually is a message of love. After all, love can be expressed in many different ways such as sharing a secret h...

    I adored this charming picture book by Carter Higgins! I can?t wait to stare this with my students for Valentines Day. From the already blown out wishes to lunch box PB & J students will relate to the ways we show others that we care - but of course they are NOT Valentines. A mus...

    This is a book about being friends EVERY day, not just that one day in February. ...

    A sweet demonstration of friendship that lasts all year long, not just on February 14th. And also a cute story around the theme of "thou doth protest too much"! This is a perfect story for reading any time, but especially around the Valentine Day holiday to help show that we can show w...

    Look out Extra gum commercial...this book gives just as many feels! It is young love wrapped up perfectly in one little package with the sweetest illustrations. Will read again and again! ...

    I'm not crying, YOU'RE crying. I loved this book. ...

    "This is not a valentine, since I don't only like you today. I like you tomorrow and next Tuesday and last week, too. I like you all the days..." ...

    It is a greeting given in friendship. It is a written declaration of devotion. It is a token of endearment. On February 14th, collectively by more people than any other day of the year, love is celebrated. Brave souls will reveal their sincere feelings for others. If the fondness is kn...

    I?m really feeling this book. I think it?s a little weird this little girl gave a boy a Valentine then he follows he around giving her lots of ?not Valentine?s?. The paper airplane he shot at her while drinking from a water fountain bothered me too. I mean, for the most part ...

    I like the idea of this book - that you can show someone you know (and notice things about them) and love/care about them in lots of different ways and not just on one particular day (and even if you're afraid or reluctant to actually SAY "love"), but I didn't really love the execution...

    This book is so adorable! I love how the words and pictures tell a story of a sweet friendship between two classmates. The words are perfect and the pictures complement the prose perfectly. I want to give this book to my husband for Valentine's Day! ...

    This is a perfect read aloud book for Valentine's Day! So sweet! ...

    Such a sweet and charming book! One of the other reviewers said it best - it's about all the ways that love can be expressed without typical "valentines" gifts and cards. ...

    Thanks to @kidlitexchange for the review copy of this book-all opinions are my own. #kidlitexchange #partner Do you remember your first elementary school ?puppy love?? This book perfectly captures those sweet and innocent feelings between two little friends. After receiving a Va...

    4.5 stars Even though it will likely protest this statement, This Is Not a Valentine might just be the most perfect Valentine! Readers, through the eyes of an adamant young protagonist, get to learn about all the ways that certain things (kinds of flowers, kinds of hand drawn pic...

    Interest Level: K-3; Reading Level: 3.7 @kidlitexchange #partner Thanks to the @kidlitexchange network for the review copy of this book - all opinions are my own. What exactly does a Valentine look like? Red hearts and glitter? Not always! Valentines can come in the form of dande...

    Thank you to @kidlitexchange and @chroniclebooks for providing a copy of this book for my review. All opinions are my own. A little guy in the cape INSISTS that the treasures he shares with the little girl on his bus are not Valentines. Because after all, Valentines are supposed to ...

    This picture book will steal your heart. Carter Higgins has done a great job of creating This is NOT A Valentine. This cute, sentimental story is of a boy showing a girl he cares for her in other ways then sending your typical valentine. Who wouldn?t be impressed if someone gave yo...

    This is NOT a Valentine. It's just a little note that tells readers they will enjoy this lovely picture book by Carter Higgins! Carter has taken all the Valentine-stereotypes and threw them out the school bus window, and shows us what Valentine messages really mean. Valentines spar...

    I think the concept of this book is sweeter than the final product. Maybe because the concept is about how things beyond paper Valentines can show how much we care, but the product talks about boy/girl cooties and my daughter was simply confused about why the little boy wouldn't want t...

    This is a sweet picture book that would be perfect to share with young readers during the days leading up to Valentines Day. The little boy is giving and sharing all sorts of sweet and thoughtful gifts with the little girl who is his friend at school. But none of these are Valentines! ...

  • Karina
    Oct 08, 2017

    E ARC provided by the publisher Two elementary school students clearly enjoy spending time together, and the boy is especially fond of the girl. Throughout the day, he gives her little gifts that he clearly states are NOT Valentines, since they are not the stereotypical pink, gl...

    This review was originally written for The Baby Bookworm. Visit us for new picture books reviews daily! Hello friends and Happy Valentine?s Day! We?ve got a special book for today to mark the occasion: This Is NOT A Valentine, written by Carter Higgins and illustrated by Luc...

    This might be asking too much, but I would have loved to see this message of devotion be demonstrably reciprocated. It might be the world we are living in, but it bothered me to see a boy obsessively give gifts to a girl and the girl is never given a chance to respond or even speak. I ...

    Although the narrator firmly insists that this book is no Valentine with all the usual elements associated with that holiday such as glitter, chocolates, and lacy edges, it actually is a message of love. After all, love can be expressed in many different ways such as sharing a secret h...

    I adored this charming picture book by Carter Higgins! I can?t wait to stare this with my students for Valentines Day. From the already blown out wishes to lunch box PB & J students will relate to the ways we show others that we care - but of course they are NOT Valentines. A mus...

    This is a book about being friends EVERY day, not just that one day in February. ...

    A sweet demonstration of friendship that lasts all year long, not just on February 14th. And also a cute story around the theme of "thou doth protest too much"! This is a perfect story for reading any time, but especially around the Valentine Day holiday to help show that we can show w...

    Look out Extra gum commercial...this book gives just as many feels! It is young love wrapped up perfectly in one little package with the sweetest illustrations. Will read again and again! ...

    I'm not crying, YOU'RE crying. I loved this book. ...

    "This is not a valentine, since I don't only like you today. I like you tomorrow and next Tuesday and last week, too. I like you all the days..." ...

    It is a greeting given in friendship. It is a written declaration of devotion. It is a token of endearment. On February 14th, collectively by more people than any other day of the year, love is celebrated. Brave souls will reveal their sincere feelings for others. If the fondness is kn...

    I?m really feeling this book. I think it?s a little weird this little girl gave a boy a Valentine then he follows he around giving her lots of ?not Valentine?s?. The paper airplane he shot at her while drinking from a water fountain bothered me too. I mean, for the most part ...

    I like the idea of this book - that you can show someone you know (and notice things about them) and love/care about them in lots of different ways and not just on one particular day (and even if you're afraid or reluctant to actually SAY "love"), but I didn't really love the execution...

    This book is so adorable! I love how the words and pictures tell a story of a sweet friendship between two classmates. The words are perfect and the pictures complement the prose perfectly. I want to give this book to my husband for Valentine's Day! ...

  • Ro
    Feb 10, 2018

    E ARC provided by the publisher Two elementary school students clearly enjoy spending time together, and the boy is especially fond of the girl. Throughout the day, he gives her little gifts that he clearly states are NOT Valentines, since they are not the stereotypical pink, gl...

    This review was originally written for The Baby Bookworm. Visit us for new picture books reviews daily! Hello friends and Happy Valentine?s Day! We?ve got a special book for today to mark the occasion: This Is NOT A Valentine, written by Carter Higgins and illustrated by Luc...

    This might be asking too much, but I would have loved to see this message of devotion be demonstrably reciprocated. It might be the world we are living in, but it bothered me to see a boy obsessively give gifts to a girl and the girl is never given a chance to respond or even speak. I ...

    Although the narrator firmly insists that this book is no Valentine with all the usual elements associated with that holiday such as glitter, chocolates, and lacy edges, it actually is a message of love. After all, love can be expressed in many different ways such as sharing a secret h...

    I adored this charming picture book by Carter Higgins! I can?t wait to stare this with my students for Valentines Day. From the already blown out wishes to lunch box PB & J students will relate to the ways we show others that we care - but of course they are NOT Valentines. A mus...

    This is a book about being friends EVERY day, not just that one day in February. ...

    A sweet demonstration of friendship that lasts all year long, not just on February 14th. And also a cute story around the theme of "thou doth protest too much"! This is a perfect story for reading any time, but especially around the Valentine Day holiday to help show that we can show w...

    Look out Extra gum commercial...this book gives just as many feels! It is young love wrapped up perfectly in one little package with the sweetest illustrations. Will read again and again! ...

    I'm not crying, YOU'RE crying. I loved this book. ...

    "This is not a valentine, since I don't only like you today. I like you tomorrow and next Tuesday and last week, too. I like you all the days..." ...

    It is a greeting given in friendship. It is a written declaration of devotion. It is a token of endearment. On February 14th, collectively by more people than any other day of the year, love is celebrated. Brave souls will reveal their sincere feelings for others. If the fondness is kn...

    I?m really feeling this book. I think it?s a little weird this little girl gave a boy a Valentine then he follows he around giving her lots of ?not Valentine?s?. The paper airplane he shot at her while drinking from a water fountain bothered me too. I mean, for the most part ...

    I like the idea of this book - that you can show someone you know (and notice things about them) and love/care about them in lots of different ways and not just on one particular day (and even if you're afraid or reluctant to actually SAY "love"), but I didn't really love the execution...

    This book is so adorable! I love how the words and pictures tell a story of a sweet friendship between two classmates. The words are perfect and the pictures complement the prose perfectly. I want to give this book to my husband for Valentine's Day! ...

    This is a perfect read aloud book for Valentine's Day! So sweet! ...

    Such a sweet and charming book! One of the other reviewers said it best - it's about all the ways that love can be expressed without typical "valentines" gifts and cards. ...

    Thanks to @kidlitexchange for the review copy of this book-all opinions are my own. #kidlitexchange #partner Do you remember your first elementary school ?puppy love?? This book perfectly captures those sweet and innocent feelings between two little friends. After receiving a Va...

    4.5 stars Even though it will likely protest this statement, This Is Not a Valentine might just be the most perfect Valentine! Readers, through the eyes of an adamant young protagonist, get to learn about all the ways that certain things (kinds of flowers, kinds of hand drawn pic...

    Interest Level: K-3; Reading Level: 3.7 @kidlitexchange #partner Thanks to the @kidlitexchange network for the review copy of this book - all opinions are my own. What exactly does a Valentine look like? Red hearts and glitter? Not always! Valentines can come in the form of dande...

    Thank you to @kidlitexchange and @chroniclebooks for providing a copy of this book for my review. All opinions are my own. A little guy in the cape INSISTS that the treasures he shares with the little girl on his bus are not Valentines. Because after all, Valentines are supposed to ...

    This picture book will steal your heart. Carter Higgins has done a great job of creating This is NOT A Valentine. This cute, sentimental story is of a boy showing a girl he cares for her in other ways then sending your typical valentine. Who wouldn?t be impressed if someone gave yo...

    This is NOT a Valentine. It's just a little note that tells readers they will enjoy this lovely picture book by Carter Higgins! Carter has taken all the Valentine-stereotypes and threw them out the school bus window, and shows us what Valentine messages really mean. Valentines spar...

    I think the concept of this book is sweeter than the final product. Maybe because the concept is about how things beyond paper Valentines can show how much we care, but the product talks about boy/girl cooties and my daughter was simply confused about why the little boy wouldn't want t...

    This is a sweet picture book that would be perfect to share with young readers during the days leading up to Valentines Day. The little boy is giving and sharing all sorts of sweet and thoughtful gifts with the little girl who is his friend at school. But none of these are Valentines! ...

    Thanks to Chronicle Books for the review copy of this book. All opinions are my own. THIS IS NOT A VALENTINE is the perfect valentine for kiddos who aren?t quite ready for valentines yet. It?s not about the card, it?s about the perfect connection between two friends. It?s a...

    Thanks to the kidlitexchange for a copy of this book. All opinions are my own. This is NOT a Valentine by @carterhiggins and Lucy Ruth Cummins. Such a sweet story that reminds us of the love, friendship, and relationships in young lives. I will definitely read this again closer to Va...

    I really liked a lot of things about this book, but a couple of things leave me questioning. It's so obvious the Kevin really likes the little girl, but is his liking returned? That's not clear at all, especially when the back endpapers are seen. The valentine she gave Kevin at the beg...

    Carter Higgins' adorable picture book THIS IS NOT A VALENTINE left a sweet impression the very first time I read it. This is one of those rare books with the *perfect* balance of humor, heart, kid appeal, adult nostalgia, and absolutely precious illustrations, and I had to go back thro...

    It's not! Carter Higgins has written a Valentine Day story that offers up the idea to readers that true friendship is unrelated to glitter, hear shaped cards, and sweet treats, but rather the moments shared. Through the constant reiteration that every action and token given is not a Va...

  • Caitlin
    Feb 14, 2018

    E ARC provided by the publisher Two elementary school students clearly enjoy spending time together, and the boy is especially fond of the girl. Throughout the day, he gives her little gifts that he clearly states are NOT Valentines, since they are not the stereotypical pink, gl...

    This review was originally written for The Baby Bookworm. Visit us for new picture books reviews daily! Hello friends and Happy Valentine?s Day! We?ve got a special book for today to mark the occasion: This Is NOT A Valentine, written by Carter Higgins and illustrated by Luc...

    This might be asking too much, but I would have loved to see this message of devotion be demonstrably reciprocated. It might be the world we are living in, but it bothered me to see a boy obsessively give gifts to a girl and the girl is never given a chance to respond or even speak. I ...

    Although the narrator firmly insists that this book is no Valentine with all the usual elements associated with that holiday such as glitter, chocolates, and lacy edges, it actually is a message of love. After all, love can be expressed in many different ways such as sharing a secret h...

    I adored this charming picture book by Carter Higgins! I can?t wait to stare this with my students for Valentines Day. From the already blown out wishes to lunch box PB & J students will relate to the ways we show others that we care - but of course they are NOT Valentines. A mus...

    This is a book about being friends EVERY day, not just that one day in February. ...

    A sweet demonstration of friendship that lasts all year long, not just on February 14th. And also a cute story around the theme of "thou doth protest too much"! This is a perfect story for reading any time, but especially around the Valentine Day holiday to help show that we can show w...

    Look out Extra gum commercial...this book gives just as many feels! It is young love wrapped up perfectly in one little package with the sweetest illustrations. Will read again and again! ...

    I'm not crying, YOU'RE crying. I loved this book. ...

    "This is not a valentine, since I don't only like you today. I like you tomorrow and next Tuesday and last week, too. I like you all the days..." ...

    It is a greeting given in friendship. It is a written declaration of devotion. It is a token of endearment. On February 14th, collectively by more people than any other day of the year, love is celebrated. Brave souls will reveal their sincere feelings for others. If the fondness is kn...

    I?m really feeling this book. I think it?s a little weird this little girl gave a boy a Valentine then he follows he around giving her lots of ?not Valentine?s?. The paper airplane he shot at her while drinking from a water fountain bothered me too. I mean, for the most part ...

    I like the idea of this book - that you can show someone you know (and notice things about them) and love/care about them in lots of different ways and not just on one particular day (and even if you're afraid or reluctant to actually SAY "love"), but I didn't really love the execution...

    This book is so adorable! I love how the words and pictures tell a story of a sweet friendship between two classmates. The words are perfect and the pictures complement the prose perfectly. I want to give this book to my husband for Valentine's Day! ...

    This is a perfect read aloud book for Valentine's Day! So sweet! ...

    Such a sweet and charming book! One of the other reviewers said it best - it's about all the ways that love can be expressed without typical "valentines" gifts and cards. ...

    Thanks to @kidlitexchange for the review copy of this book-all opinions are my own. #kidlitexchange #partner Do you remember your first elementary school ?puppy love?? This book perfectly captures those sweet and innocent feelings between two little friends. After receiving a Va...

    4.5 stars Even though it will likely protest this statement, This Is Not a Valentine might just be the most perfect Valentine! Readers, through the eyes of an adamant young protagonist, get to learn about all the ways that certain things (kinds of flowers, kinds of hand drawn pic...

    Interest Level: K-3; Reading Level: 3.7 @kidlitexchange #partner Thanks to the @kidlitexchange network for the review copy of this book - all opinions are my own. What exactly does a Valentine look like? Red hearts and glitter? Not always! Valentines can come in the form of dande...

    Thank you to @kidlitexchange and @chroniclebooks for providing a copy of this book for my review. All opinions are my own. A little guy in the cape INSISTS that the treasures he shares with the little girl on his bus are not Valentines. Because after all, Valentines are supposed to ...

    This picture book will steal your heart. Carter Higgins has done a great job of creating This is NOT A Valentine. This cute, sentimental story is of a boy showing a girl he cares for her in other ways then sending your typical valentine. Who wouldn?t be impressed if someone gave yo...

    This is NOT a Valentine. It's just a little note that tells readers they will enjoy this lovely picture book by Carter Higgins! Carter has taken all the Valentine-stereotypes and threw them out the school bus window, and shows us what Valentine messages really mean. Valentines spar...

    I think the concept of this book is sweeter than the final product. Maybe because the concept is about how things beyond paper Valentines can show how much we care, but the product talks about boy/girl cooties and my daughter was simply confused about why the little boy wouldn't want t...

    This is a sweet picture book that would be perfect to share with young readers during the days leading up to Valentines Day. The little boy is giving and sharing all sorts of sweet and thoughtful gifts with the little girl who is his friend at school. But none of these are Valentines! ...

    Thanks to Chronicle Books for the review copy of this book. All opinions are my own. THIS IS NOT A VALENTINE is the perfect valentine for kiddos who aren?t quite ready for valentines yet. It?s not about the card, it?s about the perfect connection between two friends. It?s a...

    Thanks to the kidlitexchange for a copy of this book. All opinions are my own. This is NOT a Valentine by @carterhiggins and Lucy Ruth Cummins. Such a sweet story that reminds us of the love, friendship, and relationships in young lives. I will definitely read this again closer to Va...

    I really liked a lot of things about this book, but a couple of things leave me questioning. It's so obvious the Kevin really likes the little girl, but is his liking returned? That's not clear at all, especially when the back endpapers are seen. The valentine she gave Kevin at the beg...

    Carter Higgins' adorable picture book THIS IS NOT A VALENTINE left a sweet impression the very first time I read it. This is one of those rare books with the *perfect* balance of humor, heart, kid appeal, adult nostalgia, and absolutely precious illustrations, and I had to go back thro...

    It's not! Carter Higgins has written a Valentine Day story that offers up the idea to readers that true friendship is unrelated to glitter, hear shaped cards, and sweet treats, but rather the moments shared. Through the constant reiteration that every action and token given is not a Va...

    If you are in need a a smile this Valentine?s Day, then you must find a copy of THIS IS NOT A VALENTINE, a super poignant picture book by debut author Carter Higgins and children?s book veteran Lucy Ruth Cummins. This book is not a Valentine, see. There aren?t roses or candy h...

  • Margie
    Jan 23, 2018

    E ARC provided by the publisher Two elementary school students clearly enjoy spending time together, and the boy is especially fond of the girl. Throughout the day, he gives her little gifts that he clearly states are NOT Valentines, since they are not the stereotypical pink, gl...

    This review was originally written for The Baby Bookworm. Visit us for new picture books reviews daily! Hello friends and Happy Valentine?s Day! We?ve got a special book for today to mark the occasion: This Is NOT A Valentine, written by Carter Higgins and illustrated by Luc...

    This might be asking too much, but I would have loved to see this message of devotion be demonstrably reciprocated. It might be the world we are living in, but it bothered me to see a boy obsessively give gifts to a girl and the girl is never given a chance to respond or even speak. I ...

    Although the narrator firmly insists that this book is no Valentine with all the usual elements associated with that holiday such as glitter, chocolates, and lacy edges, it actually is a message of love. After all, love can be expressed in many different ways such as sharing a secret h...

    I adored this charming picture book by Carter Higgins! I can?t wait to stare this with my students for Valentines Day. From the already blown out wishes to lunch box PB & J students will relate to the ways we show others that we care - but of course they are NOT Valentines. A mus...

    This is a book about being friends EVERY day, not just that one day in February. ...

    A sweet demonstration of friendship that lasts all year long, not just on February 14th. And also a cute story around the theme of "thou doth protest too much"! This is a perfect story for reading any time, but especially around the Valentine Day holiday to help show that we can show w...

    Look out Extra gum commercial...this book gives just as many feels! It is young love wrapped up perfectly in one little package with the sweetest illustrations. Will read again and again! ...

    I'm not crying, YOU'RE crying. I loved this book. ...

    "This is not a valentine, since I don't only like you today. I like you tomorrow and next Tuesday and last week, too. I like you all the days..." ...

    It is a greeting given in friendship. It is a written declaration of devotion. It is a token of endearment. On February 14th, collectively by more people than any other day of the year, love is celebrated. Brave souls will reveal their sincere feelings for others. If the fondness is kn...

  • Michelle (FabBookReviews)
    Feb 04, 2018

    E ARC provided by the publisher Two elementary school students clearly enjoy spending time together, and the boy is especially fond of the girl. Throughout the day, he gives her little gifts that he clearly states are NOT Valentines, since they are not the stereotypical pink, gl...

    This review was originally written for The Baby Bookworm. Visit us for new picture books reviews daily! Hello friends and Happy Valentine?s Day! We?ve got a special book for today to mark the occasion: This Is NOT A Valentine, written by Carter Higgins and illustrated by Luc...

    This might be asking too much, but I would have loved to see this message of devotion be demonstrably reciprocated. It might be the world we are living in, but it bothered me to see a boy obsessively give gifts to a girl and the girl is never given a chance to respond or even speak. I ...

    Although the narrator firmly insists that this book is no Valentine with all the usual elements associated with that holiday such as glitter, chocolates, and lacy edges, it actually is a message of love. After all, love can be expressed in many different ways such as sharing a secret h...

    I adored this charming picture book by Carter Higgins! I can?t wait to stare this with my students for Valentines Day. From the already blown out wishes to lunch box PB & J students will relate to the ways we show others that we care - but of course they are NOT Valentines. A mus...

    This is a book about being friends EVERY day, not just that one day in February. ...

    A sweet demonstration of friendship that lasts all year long, not just on February 14th. And also a cute story around the theme of "thou doth protest too much"! This is a perfect story for reading any time, but especially around the Valentine Day holiday to help show that we can show w...

    Look out Extra gum commercial...this book gives just as many feels! It is young love wrapped up perfectly in one little package with the sweetest illustrations. Will read again and again! ...

    I'm not crying, YOU'RE crying. I loved this book. ...

    "This is not a valentine, since I don't only like you today. I like you tomorrow and next Tuesday and last week, too. I like you all the days..." ...

    It is a greeting given in friendship. It is a written declaration of devotion. It is a token of endearment. On February 14th, collectively by more people than any other day of the year, love is celebrated. Brave souls will reveal their sincere feelings for others. If the fondness is kn...

    I?m really feeling this book. I think it?s a little weird this little girl gave a boy a Valentine then he follows he around giving her lots of ?not Valentine?s?. The paper airplane he shot at her while drinking from a water fountain bothered me too. I mean, for the most part ...

    I like the idea of this book - that you can show someone you know (and notice things about them) and love/care about them in lots of different ways and not just on one particular day (and even if you're afraid or reluctant to actually SAY "love"), but I didn't really love the execution...

    This book is so adorable! I love how the words and pictures tell a story of a sweet friendship between two classmates. The words are perfect and the pictures complement the prose perfectly. I want to give this book to my husband for Valentine's Day! ...

    This is a perfect read aloud book for Valentine's Day! So sweet! ...

    Such a sweet and charming book! One of the other reviewers said it best - it's about all the ways that love can be expressed without typical "valentines" gifts and cards. ...

    Thanks to @kidlitexchange for the review copy of this book-all opinions are my own. #kidlitexchange #partner Do you remember your first elementary school ?puppy love?? This book perfectly captures those sweet and innocent feelings between two little friends. After receiving a Va...

    4.5 stars Even though it will likely protest this statement, This Is Not a Valentine might just be the most perfect Valentine! Readers, through the eyes of an adamant young protagonist, get to learn about all the ways that certain things (kinds of flowers, kinds of hand drawn pic...

  • Mary Hamer
    Jan 15, 2018

    E ARC provided by the publisher Two elementary school students clearly enjoy spending time together, and the boy is especially fond of the girl. Throughout the day, he gives her little gifts that he clearly states are NOT Valentines, since they are not the stereotypical pink, gl...

    This review was originally written for The Baby Bookworm. Visit us for new picture books reviews daily! Hello friends and Happy Valentine?s Day! We?ve got a special book for today to mark the occasion: This Is NOT A Valentine, written by Carter Higgins and illustrated by Luc...

    This might be asking too much, but I would have loved to see this message of devotion be demonstrably reciprocated. It might be the world we are living in, but it bothered me to see a boy obsessively give gifts to a girl and the girl is never given a chance to respond or even speak. I ...

    Although the narrator firmly insists that this book is no Valentine with all the usual elements associated with that holiday such as glitter, chocolates, and lacy edges, it actually is a message of love. After all, love can be expressed in many different ways such as sharing a secret h...

    I adored this charming picture book by Carter Higgins! I can?t wait to stare this with my students for Valentines Day. From the already blown out wishes to lunch box PB & J students will relate to the ways we show others that we care - but of course they are NOT Valentines. A mus...

    This is a book about being friends EVERY day, not just that one day in February. ...

    A sweet demonstration of friendship that lasts all year long, not just on February 14th. And also a cute story around the theme of "thou doth protest too much"! This is a perfect story for reading any time, but especially around the Valentine Day holiday to help show that we can show w...

    Look out Extra gum commercial...this book gives just as many feels! It is young love wrapped up perfectly in one little package with the sweetest illustrations. Will read again and again! ...

  • Niki (Daydream Reader)
    Jul 12, 2017

    E ARC provided by the publisher Two elementary school students clearly enjoy spending time together, and the boy is especially fond of the girl. Throughout the day, he gives her little gifts that he clearly states are NOT Valentines, since they are not the stereotypical pink, gl...

    This review was originally written for The Baby Bookworm. Visit us for new picture books reviews daily! Hello friends and Happy Valentine?s Day! We?ve got a special book for today to mark the occasion: This Is NOT A Valentine, written by Carter Higgins and illustrated by Luc...

    This might be asking too much, but I would have loved to see this message of devotion be demonstrably reciprocated. It might be the world we are living in, but it bothered me to see a boy obsessively give gifts to a girl and the girl is never given a chance to respond or even speak. I ...

    Although the narrator firmly insists that this book is no Valentine with all the usual elements associated with that holiday such as glitter, chocolates, and lacy edges, it actually is a message of love. After all, love can be expressed in many different ways such as sharing a secret h...

    I adored this charming picture book by Carter Higgins! I can?t wait to stare this with my students for Valentines Day. From the already blown out wishes to lunch box PB & J students will relate to the ways we show others that we care - but of course they are NOT Valentines. A mus...

    This is a book about being friends EVERY day, not just that one day in February. ...

    A sweet demonstration of friendship that lasts all year long, not just on February 14th. And also a cute story around the theme of "thou doth protest too much"! This is a perfect story for reading any time, but especially around the Valentine Day holiday to help show that we can show w...

    Look out Extra gum commercial...this book gives just as many feels! It is young love wrapped up perfectly in one little package with the sweetest illustrations. Will read again and again! ...

    I'm not crying, YOU'RE crying. I loved this book. ...

    "This is not a valentine, since I don't only like you today. I like you tomorrow and next Tuesday and last week, too. I like you all the days..." ...

    It is a greeting given in friendship. It is a written declaration of devotion. It is a token of endearment. On February 14th, collectively by more people than any other day of the year, love is celebrated. Brave souls will reveal their sincere feelings for others. If the fondness is kn...

    I?m really feeling this book. I think it?s a little weird this little girl gave a boy a Valentine then he follows he around giving her lots of ?not Valentine?s?. The paper airplane he shot at her while drinking from a water fountain bothered me too. I mean, for the most part ...

    I like the idea of this book - that you can show someone you know (and notice things about them) and love/care about them in lots of different ways and not just on one particular day (and even if you're afraid or reluctant to actually SAY "love"), but I didn't really love the execution...

    This book is so adorable! I love how the words and pictures tell a story of a sweet friendship between two classmates. The words are perfect and the pictures complement the prose perfectly. I want to give this book to my husband for Valentine's Day! ...

    This is a perfect read aloud book for Valentine's Day! So sweet! ...

  • Hayley DeRoche
    Jan 22, 2018

    E ARC provided by the publisher Two elementary school students clearly enjoy spending time together, and the boy is especially fond of the girl. Throughout the day, he gives her little gifts that he clearly states are NOT Valentines, since they are not the stereotypical pink, gl...

    This review was originally written for The Baby Bookworm. Visit us for new picture books reviews daily! Hello friends and Happy Valentine?s Day! We?ve got a special book for today to mark the occasion: This Is NOT A Valentine, written by Carter Higgins and illustrated by Luc...

    This might be asking too much, but I would have loved to see this message of devotion be demonstrably reciprocated. It might be the world we are living in, but it bothered me to see a boy obsessively give gifts to a girl and the girl is never given a chance to respond or even speak. I ...

    Although the narrator firmly insists that this book is no Valentine with all the usual elements associated with that holiday such as glitter, chocolates, and lacy edges, it actually is a message of love. After all, love can be expressed in many different ways such as sharing a secret h...

    I adored this charming picture book by Carter Higgins! I can?t wait to stare this with my students for Valentines Day. From the already blown out wishes to lunch box PB & J students will relate to the ways we show others that we care - but of course they are NOT Valentines. A mus...

    This is a book about being friends EVERY day, not just that one day in February. ...

    A sweet demonstration of friendship that lasts all year long, not just on February 14th. And also a cute story around the theme of "thou doth protest too much"! This is a perfect story for reading any time, but especially around the Valentine Day holiday to help show that we can show w...

    Look out Extra gum commercial...this book gives just as many feels! It is young love wrapped up perfectly in one little package with the sweetest illustrations. Will read again and again! ...

    I'm not crying, YOU'RE crying. I loved this book. ...

    "This is not a valentine, since I don't only like you today. I like you tomorrow and next Tuesday and last week, too. I like you all the days..." ...

    It is a greeting given in friendship. It is a written declaration of devotion. It is a token of endearment. On February 14th, collectively by more people than any other day of the year, love is celebrated. Brave souls will reveal their sincere feelings for others. If the fondness is kn...

    I?m really feeling this book. I think it?s a little weird this little girl gave a boy a Valentine then he follows he around giving her lots of ?not Valentine?s?. The paper airplane he shot at her while drinking from a water fountain bothered me too. I mean, for the most part ...

    I like the idea of this book - that you can show someone you know (and notice things about them) and love/care about them in lots of different ways and not just on one particular day (and even if you're afraid or reluctant to actually SAY "love"), but I didn't really love the execution...

    This book is so adorable! I love how the words and pictures tell a story of a sweet friendship between two classmates. The words are perfect and the pictures complement the prose perfectly. I want to give this book to my husband for Valentine's Day! ...

    This is a perfect read aloud book for Valentine's Day! So sweet! ...

    Such a sweet and charming book! One of the other reviewers said it best - it's about all the ways that love can be expressed without typical "valentines" gifts and cards. ...

    Thanks to @kidlitexchange for the review copy of this book-all opinions are my own. #kidlitexchange #partner Do you remember your first elementary school ?puppy love?? This book perfectly captures those sweet and innocent feelings between two little friends. After receiving a Va...

    4.5 stars Even though it will likely protest this statement, This Is Not a Valentine might just be the most perfect Valentine! Readers, through the eyes of an adamant young protagonist, get to learn about all the ways that certain things (kinds of flowers, kinds of hand drawn pic...

    Interest Level: K-3; Reading Level: 3.7 @kidlitexchange #partner Thanks to the @kidlitexchange network for the review copy of this book - all opinions are my own. What exactly does a Valentine look like? Red hearts and glitter? Not always! Valentines can come in the form of dande...

    Thank you to @kidlitexchange and @chroniclebooks for providing a copy of this book for my review. All opinions are my own. A little guy in the cape INSISTS that the treasures he shares with the little girl on his bus are not Valentines. Because after all, Valentines are supposed to ...

    This picture book will steal your heart. Carter Higgins has done a great job of creating This is NOT A Valentine. This cute, sentimental story is of a boy showing a girl he cares for her in other ways then sending your typical valentine. Who wouldn?t be impressed if someone gave yo...

    This is NOT a Valentine. It's just a little note that tells readers they will enjoy this lovely picture book by Carter Higgins! Carter has taken all the Valentine-stereotypes and threw them out the school bus window, and shows us what Valentine messages really mean. Valentines spar...

    I think the concept of this book is sweeter than the final product. Maybe because the concept is about how things beyond paper Valentines can show how much we care, but the product talks about boy/girl cooties and my daughter was simply confused about why the little boy wouldn't want t...

  • Susan
    Jan 31, 2018

    E ARC provided by the publisher Two elementary school students clearly enjoy spending time together, and the boy is especially fond of the girl. Throughout the day, he gives her little gifts that he clearly states are NOT Valentines, since they are not the stereotypical pink, gl...

    This review was originally written for The Baby Bookworm. Visit us for new picture books reviews daily! Hello friends and Happy Valentine?s Day! We?ve got a special book for today to mark the occasion: This Is NOT A Valentine, written by Carter Higgins and illustrated by Luc...

    This might be asking too much, but I would have loved to see this message of devotion be demonstrably reciprocated. It might be the world we are living in, but it bothered me to see a boy obsessively give gifts to a girl and the girl is never given a chance to respond or even speak. I ...

    Although the narrator firmly insists that this book is no Valentine with all the usual elements associated with that holiday such as glitter, chocolates, and lacy edges, it actually is a message of love. After all, love can be expressed in many different ways such as sharing a secret h...

    I adored this charming picture book by Carter Higgins! I can?t wait to stare this with my students for Valentines Day. From the already blown out wishes to lunch box PB & J students will relate to the ways we show others that we care - but of course they are NOT Valentines. A mus...

    This is a book about being friends EVERY day, not just that one day in February. ...

    A sweet demonstration of friendship that lasts all year long, not just on February 14th. And also a cute story around the theme of "thou doth protest too much"! This is a perfect story for reading any time, but especially around the Valentine Day holiday to help show that we can show w...

    Look out Extra gum commercial...this book gives just as many feels! It is young love wrapped up perfectly in one little package with the sweetest illustrations. Will read again and again! ...

    I'm not crying, YOU'RE crying. I loved this book. ...

    "This is not a valentine, since I don't only like you today. I like you tomorrow and next Tuesday and last week, too. I like you all the days..." ...

    It is a greeting given in friendship. It is a written declaration of devotion. It is a token of endearment. On February 14th, collectively by more people than any other day of the year, love is celebrated. Brave souls will reveal their sincere feelings for others. If the fondness is kn...

    I?m really feeling this book. I think it?s a little weird this little girl gave a boy a Valentine then he follows he around giving her lots of ?not Valentine?s?. The paper airplane he shot at her while drinking from a water fountain bothered me too. I mean, for the most part ...

    I like the idea of this book - that you can show someone you know (and notice things about them) and love/care about them in lots of different ways and not just on one particular day (and even if you're afraid or reluctant to actually SAY "love"), but I didn't really love the execution...

    This book is so adorable! I love how the words and pictures tell a story of a sweet friendship between two classmates. The words are perfect and the pictures complement the prose perfectly. I want to give this book to my husband for Valentine's Day! ...

    This is a perfect read aloud book for Valentine's Day! So sweet! ...

    Such a sweet and charming book! One of the other reviewers said it best - it's about all the ways that love can be expressed without typical "valentines" gifts and cards. ...

    Thanks to @kidlitexchange for the review copy of this book-all opinions are my own. #kidlitexchange #partner Do you remember your first elementary school ?puppy love?? This book perfectly captures those sweet and innocent feelings between two little friends. After receiving a Va...

    4.5 stars Even though it will likely protest this statement, This Is Not a Valentine might just be the most perfect Valentine! Readers, through the eyes of an adamant young protagonist, get to learn about all the ways that certain things (kinds of flowers, kinds of hand drawn pic...

    Interest Level: K-3; Reading Level: 3.7 @kidlitexchange #partner Thanks to the @kidlitexchange network for the review copy of this book - all opinions are my own. What exactly does a Valentine look like? Red hearts and glitter? Not always! Valentines can come in the form of dande...

    Thank you to @kidlitexchange and @chroniclebooks for providing a copy of this book for my review. All opinions are my own. A little guy in the cape INSISTS that the treasures he shares with the little girl on his bus are not Valentines. Because after all, Valentines are supposed to ...

  • Amanda  Schreiber
    Dec 30, 2017

    E ARC provided by the publisher Two elementary school students clearly enjoy spending time together, and the boy is especially fond of the girl. Throughout the day, he gives her little gifts that he clearly states are NOT Valentines, since they are not the stereotypical pink, gl...

    This review was originally written for The Baby Bookworm. Visit us for new picture books reviews daily! Hello friends and Happy Valentine?s Day! We?ve got a special book for today to mark the occasion: This Is NOT A Valentine, written by Carter Higgins and illustrated by Luc...

    This might be asking too much, but I would have loved to see this message of devotion be demonstrably reciprocated. It might be the world we are living in, but it bothered me to see a boy obsessively give gifts to a girl and the girl is never given a chance to respond or even speak. I ...

    Although the narrator firmly insists that this book is no Valentine with all the usual elements associated with that holiday such as glitter, chocolates, and lacy edges, it actually is a message of love. After all, love can be expressed in many different ways such as sharing a secret h...

    I adored this charming picture book by Carter Higgins! I can?t wait to stare this with my students for Valentines Day. From the already blown out wishes to lunch box PB & J students will relate to the ways we show others that we care - but of course they are NOT Valentines. A mus...

  • Kate Olson
    Dec 04, 2017

    E ARC provided by the publisher Two elementary school students clearly enjoy spending time together, and the boy is especially fond of the girl. Throughout the day, he gives her little gifts that he clearly states are NOT Valentines, since they are not the stereotypical pink, gl...

    This review was originally written for The Baby Bookworm. Visit us for new picture books reviews daily! Hello friends and Happy Valentine?s Day! We?ve got a special book for today to mark the occasion: This Is NOT A Valentine, written by Carter Higgins and illustrated by Luc...

    This might be asking too much, but I would have loved to see this message of devotion be demonstrably reciprocated. It might be the world we are living in, but it bothered me to see a boy obsessively give gifts to a girl and the girl is never given a chance to respond or even speak. I ...

    Although the narrator firmly insists that this book is no Valentine with all the usual elements associated with that holiday such as glitter, chocolates, and lacy edges, it actually is a message of love. After all, love can be expressed in many different ways such as sharing a secret h...

    I adored this charming picture book by Carter Higgins! I can?t wait to stare this with my students for Valentines Day. From the already blown out wishes to lunch box PB & J students will relate to the ways we show others that we care - but of course they are NOT Valentines. A mus...

    This is a book about being friends EVERY day, not just that one day in February. ...

    A sweet demonstration of friendship that lasts all year long, not just on February 14th. And also a cute story around the theme of "thou doth protest too much"! This is a perfect story for reading any time, but especially around the Valentine Day holiday to help show that we can show w...

  • Julie Guzzetta
    Aug 16, 2017

    E ARC provided by the publisher Two elementary school students clearly enjoy spending time together, and the boy is especially fond of the girl. Throughout the day, he gives her little gifts that he clearly states are NOT Valentines, since they are not the stereotypical pink, gl...

    This review was originally written for The Baby Bookworm. Visit us for new picture books reviews daily! Hello friends and Happy Valentine?s Day! We?ve got a special book for today to mark the occasion: This Is NOT A Valentine, written by Carter Higgins and illustrated by Luc...

    This might be asking too much, but I would have loved to see this message of devotion be demonstrably reciprocated. It might be the world we are living in, but it bothered me to see a boy obsessively give gifts to a girl and the girl is never given a chance to respond or even speak. I ...

    Although the narrator firmly insists that this book is no Valentine with all the usual elements associated with that holiday such as glitter, chocolates, and lacy edges, it actually is a message of love. After all, love can be expressed in many different ways such as sharing a secret h...

    I adored this charming picture book by Carter Higgins! I can?t wait to stare this with my students for Valentines Day. From the already blown out wishes to lunch box PB & J students will relate to the ways we show others that we care - but of course they are NOT Valentines. A mus...

    This is a book about being friends EVERY day, not just that one day in February. ...

    A sweet demonstration of friendship that lasts all year long, not just on February 14th. And also a cute story around the theme of "thou doth protest too much"! This is a perfect story for reading any time, but especially around the Valentine Day holiday to help show that we can show w...

    Look out Extra gum commercial...this book gives just as many feels! It is young love wrapped up perfectly in one little package with the sweetest illustrations. Will read again and again! ...

    I'm not crying, YOU'RE crying. I loved this book. ...

    "This is not a valentine, since I don't only like you today. I like you tomorrow and next Tuesday and last week, too. I like you all the days..." ...

    It is a greeting given in friendship. It is a written declaration of devotion. It is a token of endearment. On February 14th, collectively by more people than any other day of the year, love is celebrated. Brave souls will reveal their sincere feelings for others. If the fondness is kn...

    I?m really feeling this book. I think it?s a little weird this little girl gave a boy a Valentine then he follows he around giving her lots of ?not Valentine?s?. The paper airplane he shot at her while drinking from a water fountain bothered me too. I mean, for the most part ...

    I like the idea of this book - that you can show someone you know (and notice things about them) and love/care about them in lots of different ways and not just on one particular day (and even if you're afraid or reluctant to actually SAY "love"), but I didn't really love the execution...

    This book is so adorable! I love how the words and pictures tell a story of a sweet friendship between two classmates. The words are perfect and the pictures complement the prose perfectly. I want to give this book to my husband for Valentine's Day! ...

    This is a perfect read aloud book for Valentine's Day! So sweet! ...

    Such a sweet and charming book! One of the other reviewers said it best - it's about all the ways that love can be expressed without typical "valentines" gifts and cards. ...

  • Kate Buechler
    Feb 04, 2018

    E ARC provided by the publisher Two elementary school students clearly enjoy spending time together, and the boy is especially fond of the girl. Throughout the day, he gives her little gifts that he clearly states are NOT Valentines, since they are not the stereotypical pink, gl...

    This review was originally written for The Baby Bookworm. Visit us for new picture books reviews daily! Hello friends and Happy Valentine?s Day! We?ve got a special book for today to mark the occasion: This Is NOT A Valentine, written by Carter Higgins and illustrated by Luc...

    This might be asking too much, but I would have loved to see this message of devotion be demonstrably reciprocated. It might be the world we are living in, but it bothered me to see a boy obsessively give gifts to a girl and the girl is never given a chance to respond or even speak. I ...

    Although the narrator firmly insists that this book is no Valentine with all the usual elements associated with that holiday such as glitter, chocolates, and lacy edges, it actually is a message of love. After all, love can be expressed in many different ways such as sharing a secret h...

    I adored this charming picture book by Carter Higgins! I can?t wait to stare this with my students for Valentines Day. From the already blown out wishes to lunch box PB & J students will relate to the ways we show others that we care - but of course they are NOT Valentines. A mus...

    This is a book about being friends EVERY day, not just that one day in February. ...

    A sweet demonstration of friendship that lasts all year long, not just on February 14th. And also a cute story around the theme of "thou doth protest too much"! This is a perfect story for reading any time, but especially around the Valentine Day holiday to help show that we can show w...

    Look out Extra gum commercial...this book gives just as many feels! It is young love wrapped up perfectly in one little package with the sweetest illustrations. Will read again and again! ...

    I'm not crying, YOU'RE crying. I loved this book. ...

    "This is not a valentine, since I don't only like you today. I like you tomorrow and next Tuesday and last week, too. I like you all the days..." ...

  • Maria Rowe
    Apr 21, 2018

    E ARC provided by the publisher Two elementary school students clearly enjoy spending time together, and the boy is especially fond of the girl. Throughout the day, he gives her little gifts that he clearly states are NOT Valentines, since they are not the stereotypical pink, gl...

    This review was originally written for The Baby Bookworm. Visit us for new picture books reviews daily! Hello friends and Happy Valentine?s Day! We?ve got a special book for today to mark the occasion: This Is NOT A Valentine, written by Carter Higgins and illustrated by Luc...

    This might be asking too much, but I would have loved to see this message of devotion be demonstrably reciprocated. It might be the world we are living in, but it bothered me to see a boy obsessively give gifts to a girl and the girl is never given a chance to respond or even speak. I ...

    Although the narrator firmly insists that this book is no Valentine with all the usual elements associated with that holiday such as glitter, chocolates, and lacy edges, it actually is a message of love. After all, love can be expressed in many different ways such as sharing a secret h...

    I adored this charming picture book by Carter Higgins! I can?t wait to stare this with my students for Valentines Day. From the already blown out wishes to lunch box PB & J students will relate to the ways we show others that we care - but of course they are NOT Valentines. A mus...

    This is a book about being friends EVERY day, not just that one day in February. ...

    A sweet demonstration of friendship that lasts all year long, not just on February 14th. And also a cute story around the theme of "thou doth protest too much"! This is a perfect story for reading any time, but especially around the Valentine Day holiday to help show that we can show w...

    Look out Extra gum commercial...this book gives just as many feels! It is young love wrapped up perfectly in one little package with the sweetest illustrations. Will read again and again! ...

    I'm not crying, YOU'RE crying. I loved this book. ...

    "This is not a valentine, since I don't only like you today. I like you tomorrow and next Tuesday and last week, too. I like you all the days..." ...

    It is a greeting given in friendship. It is a written declaration of devotion. It is a token of endearment. On February 14th, collectively by more people than any other day of the year, love is celebrated. Brave souls will reveal their sincere feelings for others. If the fondness is kn...

    I?m really feeling this book. I think it?s a little weird this little girl gave a boy a Valentine then he follows he around giving her lots of ?not Valentine?s?. The paper airplane he shot at her while drinking from a water fountain bothered me too. I mean, for the most part ...

  • Jennifer
    Jan 31, 2018

    E ARC provided by the publisher Two elementary school students clearly enjoy spending time together, and the boy is especially fond of the girl. Throughout the day, he gives her little gifts that he clearly states are NOT Valentines, since they are not the stereotypical pink, gl...

    This review was originally written for The Baby Bookworm. Visit us for new picture books reviews daily! Hello friends and Happy Valentine?s Day! We?ve got a special book for today to mark the occasion: This Is NOT A Valentine, written by Carter Higgins and illustrated by Luc...

    This might be asking too much, but I would have loved to see this message of devotion be demonstrably reciprocated. It might be the world we are living in, but it bothered me to see a boy obsessively give gifts to a girl and the girl is never given a chance to respond or even speak. I ...

    Although the narrator firmly insists that this book is no Valentine with all the usual elements associated with that holiday such as glitter, chocolates, and lacy edges, it actually is a message of love. After all, love can be expressed in many different ways such as sharing a secret h...

    I adored this charming picture book by Carter Higgins! I can?t wait to stare this with my students for Valentines Day. From the already blown out wishes to lunch box PB & J students will relate to the ways we show others that we care - but of course they are NOT Valentines. A mus...

    This is a book about being friends EVERY day, not just that one day in February. ...

    A sweet demonstration of friendship that lasts all year long, not just on February 14th. And also a cute story around the theme of "thou doth protest too much"! This is a perfect story for reading any time, but especially around the Valentine Day holiday to help show that we can show w...

    Look out Extra gum commercial...this book gives just as many feels! It is young love wrapped up perfectly in one little package with the sweetest illustrations. Will read again and again! ...

    I'm not crying, YOU'RE crying. I loved this book. ...

    "This is not a valentine, since I don't only like you today. I like you tomorrow and next Tuesday and last week, too. I like you all the days..." ...

    It is a greeting given in friendship. It is a written declaration of devotion. It is a token of endearment. On February 14th, collectively by more people than any other day of the year, love is celebrated. Brave souls will reveal their sincere feelings for others. If the fondness is kn...

    I?m really feeling this book. I think it?s a little weird this little girl gave a boy a Valentine then he follows he around giving her lots of ?not Valentine?s?. The paper airplane he shot at her while drinking from a water fountain bothered me too. I mean, for the most part ...

    I like the idea of this book - that you can show someone you know (and notice things about them) and love/care about them in lots of different ways and not just on one particular day (and even if you're afraid or reluctant to actually SAY "love"), but I didn't really love the execution...

    This book is so adorable! I love how the words and pictures tell a story of a sweet friendship between two classmates. The words are perfect and the pictures complement the prose perfectly. I want to give this book to my husband for Valentine's Day! ...

    This is a perfect read aloud book for Valentine's Day! So sweet! ...

    Such a sweet and charming book! One of the other reviewers said it best - it's about all the ways that love can be expressed without typical "valentines" gifts and cards. ...

    Thanks to @kidlitexchange for the review copy of this book-all opinions are my own. #kidlitexchange #partner Do you remember your first elementary school ?puppy love?? This book perfectly captures those sweet and innocent feelings between two little friends. After receiving a Va...

    4.5 stars Even though it will likely protest this statement, This Is Not a Valentine might just be the most perfect Valentine! Readers, through the eyes of an adamant young protagonist, get to learn about all the ways that certain things (kinds of flowers, kinds of hand drawn pic...

    Interest Level: K-3; Reading Level: 3.7 @kidlitexchange #partner Thanks to the @kidlitexchange network for the review copy of this book - all opinions are my own. What exactly does a Valentine look like? Red hearts and glitter? Not always! Valentines can come in the form of dande...

    Thank you to @kidlitexchange and @chroniclebooks for providing a copy of this book for my review. All opinions are my own. A little guy in the cape INSISTS that the treasures he shares with the little girl on his bus are not Valentines. Because after all, Valentines are supposed to ...

    This picture book will steal your heart. Carter Higgins has done a great job of creating This is NOT A Valentine. This cute, sentimental story is of a boy showing a girl he cares for her in other ways then sending your typical valentine. Who wouldn?t be impressed if someone gave yo...

    This is NOT a Valentine. It's just a little note that tells readers they will enjoy this lovely picture book by Carter Higgins! Carter has taken all the Valentine-stereotypes and threw them out the school bus window, and shows us what Valentine messages really mean. Valentines spar...

  • Becky Shillington
    Mar 03, 2018

    E ARC provided by the publisher Two elementary school students clearly enjoy spending time together, and the boy is especially fond of the girl. Throughout the day, he gives her little gifts that he clearly states are NOT Valentines, since they are not the stereotypical pink, gl...

    This review was originally written for The Baby Bookworm. Visit us for new picture books reviews daily! Hello friends and Happy Valentine?s Day! We?ve got a special book for today to mark the occasion: This Is NOT A Valentine, written by Carter Higgins and illustrated by Luc...

    This might be asking too much, but I would have loved to see this message of devotion be demonstrably reciprocated. It might be the world we are living in, but it bothered me to see a boy obsessively give gifts to a girl and the girl is never given a chance to respond or even speak. I ...

    Although the narrator firmly insists that this book is no Valentine with all the usual elements associated with that holiday such as glitter, chocolates, and lacy edges, it actually is a message of love. After all, love can be expressed in many different ways such as sharing a secret h...

    I adored this charming picture book by Carter Higgins! I can?t wait to stare this with my students for Valentines Day. From the already blown out wishes to lunch box PB & J students will relate to the ways we show others that we care - but of course they are NOT Valentines. A mus...

    This is a book about being friends EVERY day, not just that one day in February. ...

    A sweet demonstration of friendship that lasts all year long, not just on February 14th. And also a cute story around the theme of "thou doth protest too much"! This is a perfect story for reading any time, but especially around the Valentine Day holiday to help show that we can show w...

    Look out Extra gum commercial...this book gives just as many feels! It is young love wrapped up perfectly in one little package with the sweetest illustrations. Will read again and again! ...

    I'm not crying, YOU'RE crying. I loved this book. ...

    "This is not a valentine, since I don't only like you today. I like you tomorrow and next Tuesday and last week, too. I like you all the days..." ...

    It is a greeting given in friendship. It is a written declaration of devotion. It is a token of endearment. On February 14th, collectively by more people than any other day of the year, love is celebrated. Brave souls will reveal their sincere feelings for others. If the fondness is kn...

    I?m really feeling this book. I think it?s a little weird this little girl gave a boy a Valentine then he follows he around giving her lots of ?not Valentine?s?. The paper airplane he shot at her while drinking from a water fountain bothered me too. I mean, for the most part ...

    I like the idea of this book - that you can show someone you know (and notice things about them) and love/care about them in lots of different ways and not just on one particular day (and even if you're afraid or reluctant to actually SAY "love"), but I didn't really love the execution...

    This book is so adorable! I love how the words and pictures tell a story of a sweet friendship between two classmates. The words are perfect and the pictures complement the prose perfectly. I want to give this book to my husband for Valentine's Day! ...

    This is a perfect read aloud book for Valentine's Day! So sweet! ...

    Such a sweet and charming book! One of the other reviewers said it best - it's about all the ways that love can be expressed without typical "valentines" gifts and cards. ...

    Thanks to @kidlitexchange for the review copy of this book-all opinions are my own. #kidlitexchange #partner Do you remember your first elementary school ?puppy love?? This book perfectly captures those sweet and innocent feelings between two little friends. After receiving a Va...

    4.5 stars Even though it will likely protest this statement, This Is Not a Valentine might just be the most perfect Valentine! Readers, through the eyes of an adamant young protagonist, get to learn about all the ways that certain things (kinds of flowers, kinds of hand drawn pic...

    Interest Level: K-3; Reading Level: 3.7 @kidlitexchange #partner Thanks to the @kidlitexchange network for the review copy of this book - all opinions are my own. What exactly does a Valentine look like? Red hearts and glitter? Not always! Valentines can come in the form of dande...

    Thank you to @kidlitexchange and @chroniclebooks for providing a copy of this book for my review. All opinions are my own. A little guy in the cape INSISTS that the treasures he shares with the little girl on his bus are not Valentines. Because after all, Valentines are supposed to ...

    This picture book will steal your heart. Carter Higgins has done a great job of creating This is NOT A Valentine. This cute, sentimental story is of a boy showing a girl he cares for her in other ways then sending your typical valentine. Who wouldn?t be impressed if someone gave yo...

    This is NOT a Valentine. It's just a little note that tells readers they will enjoy this lovely picture book by Carter Higgins! Carter has taken all the Valentine-stereotypes and threw them out the school bus window, and shows us what Valentine messages really mean. Valentines spar...

    I think the concept of this book is sweeter than the final product. Maybe because the concept is about how things beyond paper Valentines can show how much we care, but the product talks about boy/girl cooties and my daughter was simply confused about why the little boy wouldn't want t...

    This is a sweet picture book that would be perfect to share with young readers during the days leading up to Valentines Day. The little boy is giving and sharing all sorts of sweet and thoughtful gifts with the little girl who is his friend at school. But none of these are Valentines! ...

    Thanks to Chronicle Books for the review copy of this book. All opinions are my own. THIS IS NOT A VALENTINE is the perfect valentine for kiddos who aren?t quite ready for valentines yet. It?s not about the card, it?s about the perfect connection between two friends. It?s a...

    Thanks to the kidlitexchange for a copy of this book. All opinions are my own. This is NOT a Valentine by @carterhiggins and Lucy Ruth Cummins. Such a sweet story that reminds us of the love, friendship, and relationships in young lives. I will definitely read this again closer to Va...

    I really liked a lot of things about this book, but a couple of things leave me questioning. It's so obvious the Kevin really likes the little girl, but is his liking returned? That's not clear at all, especially when the back endpapers are seen. The valentine she gave Kevin at the beg...

    Carter Higgins' adorable picture book THIS IS NOT A VALENTINE left a sweet impression the very first time I read it. This is one of those rare books with the *perfect* balance of humor, heart, kid appeal, adult nostalgia, and absolutely precious illustrations, and I had to go back thro...

  • Baby Bookworm
    Feb 14, 2018

    E ARC provided by the publisher Two elementary school students clearly enjoy spending time together, and the boy is especially fond of the girl. Throughout the day, he gives her little gifts that he clearly states are NOT Valentines, since they are not the stereotypical pink, gl...

    This review was originally written for The Baby Bookworm. Visit us for new picture books reviews daily! Hello friends and Happy Valentine?s Day! We?ve got a special book for today to mark the occasion: This Is NOT A Valentine, written by Carter Higgins and illustrated by Luc...

  • Katie
    Feb 07, 2018

    E ARC provided by the publisher Two elementary school students clearly enjoy spending time together, and the boy is especially fond of the girl. Throughout the day, he gives her little gifts that he clearly states are NOT Valentines, since they are not the stereotypical pink, gl...

    This review was originally written for The Baby Bookworm. Visit us for new picture books reviews daily! Hello friends and Happy Valentine?s Day! We?ve got a special book for today to mark the occasion: This Is NOT A Valentine, written by Carter Higgins and illustrated by Luc...

    This might be asking too much, but I would have loved to see this message of devotion be demonstrably reciprocated. It might be the world we are living in, but it bothered me to see a boy obsessively give gifts to a girl and the girl is never given a chance to respond or even speak. I ...

    Although the narrator firmly insists that this book is no Valentine with all the usual elements associated with that holiday such as glitter, chocolates, and lacy edges, it actually is a message of love. After all, love can be expressed in many different ways such as sharing a secret h...

    I adored this charming picture book by Carter Higgins! I can?t wait to stare this with my students for Valentines Day. From the already blown out wishes to lunch box PB & J students will relate to the ways we show others that we care - but of course they are NOT Valentines. A mus...

    This is a book about being friends EVERY day, not just that one day in February. ...

    A sweet demonstration of friendship that lasts all year long, not just on February 14th. And also a cute story around the theme of "thou doth protest too much"! This is a perfect story for reading any time, but especially around the Valentine Day holiday to help show that we can show w...

    Look out Extra gum commercial...this book gives just as many feels! It is young love wrapped up perfectly in one little package with the sweetest illustrations. Will read again and again! ...

    I'm not crying, YOU'RE crying. I loved this book. ...

  • Ali Book&Seaglasshunter
    Apr 26, 2018

    E ARC provided by the publisher Two elementary school students clearly enjoy spending time together, and the boy is especially fond of the girl. Throughout the day, he gives her little gifts that he clearly states are NOT Valentines, since they are not the stereotypical pink, gl...

    This review was originally written for The Baby Bookworm. Visit us for new picture books reviews daily! Hello friends and Happy Valentine?s Day! We?ve got a special book for today to mark the occasion: This Is NOT A Valentine, written by Carter Higgins and illustrated by Luc...

    This might be asking too much, but I would have loved to see this message of devotion be demonstrably reciprocated. It might be the world we are living in, but it bothered me to see a boy obsessively give gifts to a girl and the girl is never given a chance to respond or even speak. I ...

    Although the narrator firmly insists that this book is no Valentine with all the usual elements associated with that holiday such as glitter, chocolates, and lacy edges, it actually is a message of love. After all, love can be expressed in many different ways such as sharing a secret h...

    I adored this charming picture book by Carter Higgins! I can?t wait to stare this with my students for Valentines Day. From the already blown out wishes to lunch box PB & J students will relate to the ways we show others that we care - but of course they are NOT Valentines. A mus...

    This is a book about being friends EVERY day, not just that one day in February. ...

    A sweet demonstration of friendship that lasts all year long, not just on February 14th. And also a cute story around the theme of "thou doth protest too much"! This is a perfect story for reading any time, but especially around the Valentine Day holiday to help show that we can show w...

    Look out Extra gum commercial...this book gives just as many feels! It is young love wrapped up perfectly in one little package with the sweetest illustrations. Will read again and again! ...

    I'm not crying, YOU'RE crying. I loved this book. ...

    "This is not a valentine, since I don't only like you today. I like you tomorrow and next Tuesday and last week, too. I like you all the days..." ...

    It is a greeting given in friendship. It is a written declaration of devotion. It is a token of endearment. On February 14th, collectively by more people than any other day of the year, love is celebrated. Brave souls will reveal their sincere feelings for others. If the fondness is kn...

    I?m really feeling this book. I think it?s a little weird this little girl gave a boy a Valentine then he follows he around giving her lots of ?not Valentine?s?. The paper airplane he shot at her while drinking from a water fountain bothered me too. I mean, for the most part ...

    I like the idea of this book - that you can show someone you know (and notice things about them) and love/care about them in lots of different ways and not just on one particular day (and even if you're afraid or reluctant to actually SAY "love"), but I didn't really love the execution...

    This book is so adorable! I love how the words and pictures tell a story of a sweet friendship between two classmates. The words are perfect and the pictures complement the prose perfectly. I want to give this book to my husband for Valentine's Day! ...

    This is a perfect read aloud book for Valentine's Day! So sweet! ...

    Such a sweet and charming book! One of the other reviewers said it best - it's about all the ways that love can be expressed without typical "valentines" gifts and cards. ...

    Thanks to @kidlitexchange for the review copy of this book-all opinions are my own. #kidlitexchange #partner Do you remember your first elementary school ?puppy love?? This book perfectly captures those sweet and innocent feelings between two little friends. After receiving a Va...

  • storymamas
    Feb 10, 2018

    E ARC provided by the publisher Two elementary school students clearly enjoy spending time together, and the boy is especially fond of the girl. Throughout the day, he gives her little gifts that he clearly states are NOT Valentines, since they are not the stereotypical pink, gl...

    This review was originally written for The Baby Bookworm. Visit us for new picture books reviews daily! Hello friends and Happy Valentine?s Day! We?ve got a special book for today to mark the occasion: This Is NOT A Valentine, written by Carter Higgins and illustrated by Luc...

    This might be asking too much, but I would have loved to see this message of devotion be demonstrably reciprocated. It might be the world we are living in, but it bothered me to see a boy obsessively give gifts to a girl and the girl is never given a chance to respond or even speak. I ...

    Although the narrator firmly insists that this book is no Valentine with all the usual elements associated with that holiday such as glitter, chocolates, and lacy edges, it actually is a message of love. After all, love can be expressed in many different ways such as sharing a secret h...

    I adored this charming picture book by Carter Higgins! I can?t wait to stare this with my students for Valentines Day. From the already blown out wishes to lunch box PB & J students will relate to the ways we show others that we care - but of course they are NOT Valentines. A mus...

    This is a book about being friends EVERY day, not just that one day in February. ...

    A sweet demonstration of friendship that lasts all year long, not just on February 14th. And also a cute story around the theme of "thou doth protest too much"! This is a perfect story for reading any time, but especially around the Valentine Day holiday to help show that we can show w...

    Look out Extra gum commercial...this book gives just as many feels! It is young love wrapped up perfectly in one little package with the sweetest illustrations. Will read again and again! ...

    I'm not crying, YOU'RE crying. I loved this book. ...

    "This is not a valentine, since I don't only like you today. I like you tomorrow and next Tuesday and last week, too. I like you all the days..." ...

    It is a greeting given in friendship. It is a written declaration of devotion. It is a token of endearment. On February 14th, collectively by more people than any other day of the year, love is celebrated. Brave souls will reveal their sincere feelings for others. If the fondness is kn...

    I?m really feeling this book. I think it?s a little weird this little girl gave a boy a Valentine then he follows he around giving her lots of ?not Valentine?s?. The paper airplane he shot at her while drinking from a water fountain bothered me too. I mean, for the most part ...

    I like the idea of this book - that you can show someone you know (and notice things about them) and love/care about them in lots of different ways and not just on one particular day (and even if you're afraid or reluctant to actually SAY "love"), but I didn't really love the execution...

    This book is so adorable! I love how the words and pictures tell a story of a sweet friendship between two classmates. The words are perfect and the pictures complement the prose perfectly. I want to give this book to my husband for Valentine's Day! ...

    This is a perfect read aloud book for Valentine's Day! So sweet! ...

    Such a sweet and charming book! One of the other reviewers said it best - it's about all the ways that love can be expressed without typical "valentines" gifts and cards. ...

    Thanks to @kidlitexchange for the review copy of this book-all opinions are my own. #kidlitexchange #partner Do you remember your first elementary school ?puppy love?? This book perfectly captures those sweet and innocent feelings between two little friends. After receiving a Va...

    4.5 stars Even though it will likely protest this statement, This Is Not a Valentine might just be the most perfect Valentine! Readers, through the eyes of an adamant young protagonist, get to learn about all the ways that certain things (kinds of flowers, kinds of hand drawn pic...

    Interest Level: K-3; Reading Level: 3.7 @kidlitexchange #partner Thanks to the @kidlitexchange network for the review copy of this book - all opinions are my own. What exactly does a Valentine look like? Red hearts and glitter? Not always! Valentines can come in the form of dande...

    Thank you to @kidlitexchange and @chroniclebooks for providing a copy of this book for my review. All opinions are my own. A little guy in the cape INSISTS that the treasures he shares with the little girl on his bus are not Valentines. Because after all, Valentines are supposed to ...

    This picture book will steal your heart. Carter Higgins has done a great job of creating This is NOT A Valentine. This cute, sentimental story is of a boy showing a girl he cares for her in other ways then sending your typical valentine. Who wouldn?t be impressed if someone gave yo...