My Favorite Valentine’s Day Picture Book

I am not one that gets overly excited about Valentine’s Day. However, when it comes to picture books- I just can’t help myself. I love the book Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch. This book is so sweet and it’s perfect to use to express how much you love someone.

Cover of the book Somebody loves you, Mr. Hatch
Somebody loves you, Mr. Hatch
This picture identifies character traits of Somebody loves you, Mr. Hatch.
Character Traits of Somebody loves you Mr. Hatch

The picture above really gives you examples of some character traits that you can recognize with Mr. Hatch. I love having the students identify pieces of him before I read the book- for example, using the picture above…what can you identify about him?

Character experiencing emotions in the book Somebody loves you, Mr. Hatch
Character experiencing emotions in the book Somebody loves you, Mr. Hatch

How does Mr. Hatch change throughout the book?

This picture always makes the kids so happy. They recognize that although he probably didn’t get a package- it’s very good that he’s happy. Maybe this happiness will spread to other people and others will want to experience his joy.

Adding on to the character traits in Somebody Love you, Mr. Hatch
Adding on to the character traits in Somebody Love you, Mr. Hatch

When we get to this part, I love to ask them what the character traits are of Mr. Hatch now. I make sure that they recognize that he always HAD these traits but he didn’t express them because he didn’t know how to or what to do.

Use the book to recognize Mr. Hatch's feelings throughout the book.

Once again, we are seeing how Mr. Hatch is not happy. I ask the students what they notice between each of the pictures. The students are to identify the difference between when he was happy and after the big “let down.” It is important that the students recognize that the pictures probably changed colors immediately because of his feelings. The world might be looked at through Mr. Hatch’s eyes.

YAY! Mr. Hatch is loved. In the book, Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch, the students are able to feel the love emanating off of the book.

Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch Ideas

Need some amazing ideas that go with Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch? Check out these awesome ideas below!

  1. Have the book read to you by Hector Elizondo (it’s on YouTube)
  2. I have the parents write little hearts for their children. Sometimes I have them write 5 of them so they know different ways that they are loved. These will last an entire week!
  3. Write I Love You notes to fellow teachers.
  4. I Love You notes to their parents.
  5. Write I love you notes to their siblings.
  6. Write a note to themself so they can express how much they love themselves!

I can’t wait to see you use these in your classroom. If you want to check out my other posts about reading, you can click >here<.

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