The Three Snow Bears
The Perfect Nest

My Heart is Like a Zoo

By Michael Hall

Filled with more than 300 hearts for young readers to spot and count, My Heart Is Like a Zoo (book's site) is a perfect read for Valentine's Day or for any other day of the year. Although filled with illustrations of animals made from hearts, according to Michael Hall's webstie the true inspiration for the book is how the heart holds every different feeling. 

Drawing upon his enormous talent as a graphic designer, Michael created an animal out of hearts to illustreate a myriad of feelings. This is a book to return to over and over again and quite possibly spot a new heart each and every time. 

Also from Michael Hall: Perfect Square

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Heartwiches Recipe - My Heart is Like a Zoo - Michale Hall - Off the Shelf

More of an activity than a recipe, but with tasty results nonetheless! Pull out your heart shaped cookie cutters, your favorite bread, and a variety of sandwich fixin's, and let your young reader create a sandwich they will love!



  • Your favorite bread (depending on your filling, cinnamon raisin bread would be delicious!)
  • Fillings and/or spreads, such as peanut butter, sliced apples, strawberries, cranberries, pineapple, cheese slices, turkey or tofurky, honey mustard, cream cheese, 
  1. Use cookie cutter to cut bread slices into a hearts. This is a great way for young readers to work on fine motor skills. 
  2. Depending on your snadwich filling, cut other ingredients into heart shapes, or spread on bread hearts. Assemble sandwiches. Sandwiches can also be grilled if desired. 

Sandwich Ideas

  • Apple, Cheddar & Honey Mustard on Whole Wheat (pictured)
  • Peanut Butter & Strawberry Cream Cheese on Cinnamon Raisin Bread
  • Nutella & Sliced Strawberries 
  • Turkey, Cranberry, and Cream Cheese on Whole Wheat

Help us expand this list! What combinations did you and young young reader enjoy?

More Valentine Recipes: Crispy Critter CookiesNo-Cook Chocolate Valentine Hearts


 See a Heart, Share a Heart

If you and your young reader enjoyed seeing all the hearts in My Heart is Like a Zoo, you might also enjoy Eric Telchin's book See a Heart, Share a Heart. Filled with photographs of hearts spotted in everyday life, the book encourages readers to look closely at their world. 

Eric also does a daily post on to show a photo of the heart he has spotted that day. 


Heart Creations

Heart Creations Craft - My Heart is Like a Zoo - Michale Hall - Off the Shelf

No holiday celebrates construction paper and glue like Valentine's Day. Enjoy the book, then draw upon the inspiration and create animals, people, plants, or whatever the imagingation holds, all made out of hearts. 

Heart Creations


  • Construction Paper
  • Glue
  1. Cut out hearts in a variety of sizes and colors. If your young reader's scissor skills are not yet developed, you can do this before, and then let their imagination take over in creating the images. 
  2. Arrange as desired. Hearts could be glued to a separate sheet of paper, or just attached to each other, like our butterfly. 

More Valentine Books: The Valentine BearsIt's Valentine's DayThe Day It Rained Hearts

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