valentine books for ELLs

8 Valentine’s Day Books for ELLs

valentine books for ELLs

Here are some great Valentine’s Day themed books to use with your English Language Learners. The topics include love of family, love of nature, How Valentine’s Day is celebrated around the world and examples of love.

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I Know the River Loves Me– In this Spanish and English book a young girl tells how she knows the a river loves her. The book shows the beauty of the river and how it changes throughout the year. Here is a lesson plan that highlights the bilingual aspect of this book. 


How Far Do You Love Me shows a child asking his mom “How far do you love me?” Each page shows a different location around the world. The book has beautiful illustrations to help readers visualize each place.

 


Papa Do You Love Me? followers a father and son from the Maasai culture as the boy asks his father how much he loves him. The father gives examples using cultural references. This book would go well with asking questions and answering questions as the boy asks: How much, How far, How long, ext.

 


Mama Do You Love Me? followers a mother and daughter living in the arctic as the girl asks her mother how much she loves him. The mother gives examples using cultural references. This book would go well with asking questions and answering questions as the boy asks: How much, How far, How long, ext.

Celebrate Valentine’s Day  gives facts about Valentine’s Day. The book has text features and brightly colored photographs to support English Language Learners.

Love is tells the story of a young girl that gets a pet duck. Each page uses the phrase “Love is ___________.” and shows her taking car of the animal. This would pair great with a writing activity where students complete the sentence frame “Love is _________.” and tell how they help take care of someone/something.



One Love is based on the lyrics of Bob Marley’s song, One Love. It tells how a girl helps bring positive change to her community.

 

Love From the Very Hungry Caterpillar  followers the caterpillar from A Very Hungry Caterpillar as it gives examples of what love is. There are examples of descriptive vocabulary and idioms throughout the book.

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