Parents say these heartwarming stories about love are the perfect books to read for Valentine's Day with your kids!
These books make sweet (and sugar-free!) Valentine's Day gifts for kids, fun read-alouds for school class parties, and are wonderful to revisit all year long to inspire a love for love in its many forms.
Let us know about your family's favorite Valentine's Day books for kids below!
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The Velveteen Rabbit
Brigitte Nohra Miller:
Margery Williams beautifully tells the story of a lonely boy who wins over his detached father and strict grandmother with help from a valiant velveteen rabbit whose one wish is to become a real rabbit someday. Will the power of unconditional love transform him to become real? This timeless story is loved by kids and adults.
Brigitte Nohra Miller: This board book, written by the famous children's writer Sandra Boynton, presents a little love song that is very close to my heart. My son learned it in anticipation of the arrival of his little sister. The words in this book are so sweet and the rhymes make it so simple to remember! The song is sure to become one of your family's favorites!
Happy Valentine's Day, Mouse!
Brigitte Nohra Miller: Our beloved mouse is busy making Valentines for all his friends! He is even going the extra mile and taking time to express to each of his friends what he loves most about them and what make each of them special. Laura Numeroff captures a sweet and funny message of love and acceptance in this Valentine's Day book for kids!
Fancy Nancy: Heart to Heart
Brigitte Nohra Miller: Glamour and mystery meet in Fancy Nancy's world created by author Jane O'Connor. Join Fancy Nancy on her quest to discover who sent her an anonymous Valentine card.
Sue Krawitz Tandoc: This is the sweetest story about a little boy who refers to himself as the Hug Machine because he is the best hugger in the land. He will hug anyone and anything and it shows the simple act of a hug can do so much good for others and himself. The ending provides a tear-jerker moment, especially for moms.
This book demonstrates how children feel empathy and compassion for others in a way they will understand with easy text and fun illustrations (especially when the Hug Machine hugs a porcupine and whale!)
Love from The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Brigitte Nohra Miller: The beloved Very Hungry Caterpillar is sure to win every reader's heart! The book is filled with colorful collage illustrations (Eric Carle's signature), and the story features the famous caterpillar and his journey to express love!
Llama Llama I Love You
Brigitte Nohra Miller: Created by author Anna Dewdney, little Llama has become a character beloved by all young readers. Join him in his Valentine's Day book as he creates and sends cards to friends, and spreads love all around! The Llama Llama books are characterized by their very rhythmic and catchy words. The short stories are quick and simple, and just the right length for the attention capacities of little ones' minds. The board books are also sturdy and durable, making them easy to handle for little toddler hands.
The I Love You Book
Nancy L.: The I Love You Book by Todd Parr is about unconditional love. It shows kids that families love each other in good times and bad. As with all of Parr's book, the bright, basic illustrations and simple text convey very complex thoughts, ideas, and emotions to the youngest readers. Parr says, "I love you when you are silly. I love you when you are sad. I love you when you are stinky. I love you when we cuddle." It's sure to get a laugh while imparting an important message.
Everyone Says I Love You
Brigitte Nohra Miller: This pop-up book is unique and educational. Not only will your kid learn to say "I Love You" in different languages from around the world (French, Italian, Japanese), but it also introduces them to monuments and features that are specifically related to the country being mentioned. Perfect way to introduce kids to different cultures.
ABC I Love You
Sue Krawitz Tandoc: ABC I Love You by P.K. Hallinan was one of my favorites to read my kids when they were little. In poem and rhyme, the author uses words beginning with A, B, and C to show a parent's love for their child. With cute pictures and easy to grasp sentences and concepts, it is a fun book to read again and again. This board book is also great for little kids to hold, turn pages and look at the illustrations. It is easy to memorize and used to calm my kids when I recited the words in the car. Children will feel the love from this book.
The Missing Piece Meets the Big O
Brigitte Nohra Miller:
Published in 1976 by Shel Silverstein, The Missing Piece Meets the Big O is an inventive and heartwarming book about a missing piece in search of its perfect match. The book offers an emboldening message that true love doesn’t complete us, but rather helps us grow. The illustrations in the book are so simple and yet deliver a great message. Kids and adults will enjoy reading it.
The Moon Sees You & Me
Hannah Scott: It's difficult for children to be away from those they love -- whether it's a grandparent in a different state, a deployed military parent, or just an overnight trip. The Moon Sees You & Me by Caleb Burroughs is a comforting story about seeing the same moon, feeling the same wind, and wishing on the same stars as your loved one, no matter how far apart you may be.
How Do Dinosaurs Say I Love You?
Vanessa M.: How Do Dinosaurs Say I Love You? by Jane Yolen and Mark Teague lets kids know that no matter how naughty little dinosaurs can be, their Moms and Dads will always love them. The young dinosaurs in this book show love to their parents in many ways. The larger-than-life dinosaur illustrations draw young readers in, while the message of love brings families closer together.
Will You Be My Sunshine
Hannah Scott: This sweet and simple story by Julia Lobo celebrates the unconditional love of a mother for her child. The lilting rhyme travels from page to page as a little mouse asks for reassurance of his mother's devotion through uncertain times, and the mother provides it in turn. The charming illustrations are delightfully whimsical as well. You'll come back to this one time and time again!
Where Does Love Come From?
Brigitte Nohra Miller: This board book tackles the big question, "Where does love come from?" To find the answer, readers will go through a series of silly and adorable questions. What's unique about this book are the colorful and artistic illustrations that are sure to capture your kids eyes!
Where Is Love, Biscuit?
Brigitte Nohra Miller: Cute puppy Biscuit takes us on a journey to discover how love is all around us! This simple book helps kids reflect on their daily activities and see them in a new light. Now, my kids are even more excited to wear the woolly jumpers knitted by their granny, proud that they have been made especially for them, with love! The "touch and feel" feature makes the reading more engaging as they run their little fingers over the different textures incorporated into the illustrations.
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