Love, Ruby Valentine

From the Series Ruby Valentine

  • Interest Level: Kindergarten - Grade 3
  • Reading Level: Grade 2

Deep in the heart of Heartland lives Ruby Valentine and her trusty parrot Lovebird. Ruby’s favorite day of the year is Valentine’s Day—she loves to say “I love you” and make cards and treats to deliver to everyone in her town. But Ruby is so exhausted that she sleeps right through the holiday. Although Ruby is worried that she’ll have to wait a whole year to tell everyone that she loves them, Lovebird convinces her to deliver her treats and messages of love even though they’re a day late. To Ruby’s surprise, no one minds.

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Interest Level Kindergarten - Grade 3
Reading Level Grade 2
Genre Picture Books
Category SEL: C Social Awareness, SEL: D Relationship Skills, SEL: E Responsible Decision-Making, Social Emotional Learning
Copyright 2006
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Carolrhoda Books ®
Language English
Number of Pages 32
Publication Date 2006-08-01
Text Type Fiction
BISACS JUV017070, JUV026000, JUV039140
Dewey [E]
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 10.625 x 8.875
Lexile 590
Guided Reading Level K
ATOS Reading Level 3.3
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 107470
Accelerated Reader® Points 0.5
Features Awards and Reviewed

Author: Laurie Friedman

Laurie Friedman is the author of the popular Mallory series, The Mostly Miserable Life of April Sinclair series, and many award-winning picture books. She lives in Florida.

Illustrator: Lynne Avril

Lynne Avril grew up in Montana, but she has lived in Arizona for a long time. Lynne knew she would always be an artist, but when she was younger her other passion was for horses. As an adult, her other passion is playing the bass in blues bands. Lynne received a BA in Art from the University of Montana in Missoula, got married, has two grown children, and likes to spend as much time as possible in Paris, France.


  • SSLI Book Award Honor Book, Commended, 2006


Kirkus Reviews

“Engaging watercolors depict Ruby on her quest, and . . . Ruby herself is a charming heroine. A Valentine’s offering as sweet as candy.”

Publishers Weekly

“With her red topknot and a perpetual spring in her step, Ruby is the very definition of spunk.”
Publishers Weekly

School Library Journal

“This story. . . should take a prominent place on Valentine’s Day bookshelves.”
School Library Journal