The month of love is here and, according to research by Hallmark, Americans will send 145 million cards to their sweethearts. That doesn’t even count the millions of cards exchanged in classrooms next Tuesday. Teachers, Hallmark says, get the most valentines, and that seems appropriate.

Want to give your Valentine’s Day a bookish twist? Here are three fun ideas:

  1. Give bookmarks instead of cards. People still read tangible books (especially young readers), and when they do, they need a bookmark. So rather than your kids giving classmates regular cards, have them give bookmarks! You can make bookmarks (find fun downloadable patterns on Pinterest or buy bookmarks from some of the gifted crafters on Etsy, or check out these bookmarks with silly jokes.
  2. Give valentines with quotes or characters from your favorite books. Celebrate reading and friendship with cards based on Harry Potter or Captain Underpants, or create your own using some of Crosley’s best sayings.
  3. Read a valentine’s book with someone you love. Many of your favorite writers and best-loved characters have valentine’s books, and not all of them are mushy. A few of our favorites are Valentine’s Day Jitters by Julie Danneberg, The Invisible String by Patrice Karst (updated version), and  Love Monster and the Last Chocolate by Rachel Bright.

However you celebrate, remember that you are loved. Remind someone else that they are loved, too!