With the stores filling up with Valentine’s Day decorations and candy, it can be easy for kids (and parents) to get caught up in the commercial side of the holiday. It’s the perfect time to remind children that showing our love for others doesn’t require big displays or lots of money. It’s often best shown through small, simple, and every day acts. This round-up of books is full of beautiful stories that will help you share messages of love with your children in ways that will stick with them long after the holiday is over.
Here are ten books that are sure to have you feeling all the things. (P.S. you might want to grab some tissues before diving in!)
1 | I LOVE YOU LIKE NO OTTER BY SOPHIE CORRIGAN
My kids love joke books and if your kids do too, this wonderful book full of love puns will be right up their alley. Plus, kids love learning new ways to tell people they love them. It will be a like a secret code between you and your kids!
2 | I LIKE YOU BY SANDOL STODDARD WARBURG
“I like you because…” Ask your child this question and I bet they will have some pretty sweet (and hilarious!) answers. This adorable book is one of our favorites, sharing the true (and sweet and simple!) meaning of friendship. Children will connect with the reasons given in this book and it will make it one of their favorites, too.
3 | SNUGGLE PUPPY! BY SANDRA BOYNTON
Amazon describes this book as “a great big hug in book form” and that basically sums it up. It serves as a sweet reminder to you and your children of how much you love and care for them. The sweet lyrical text will get stuck in your head and you will have a hard time not singing the words as you read them out loud.
4 | SOMEBODY LOVES YOU, MR. HATCH BY EILEEN SPINELLI
One of the sweetest stories you’ll ever read. This heartwarming book about how love can change you is such a powerful, but simple, read. Somebody loves Mr. Hatch and I’m sure you will too by the end of this book.
5 | HOW DO DINOSAURS SAY I LOVE YOU? BY JANE YOLEN
This hilarious book features a cast of dinosaurs doing all sorts of naughty things (that may sound familiar to your human child!) followed by endearing acts that remind their parents just why they love them. Your child will be exposed to wonderful ideas as they read, like the fact that no matter what they do, they will always be loved.
6 | ORDINARY MARY’S EXTRAORDINARY DEED BY EMILY PEARSON
Kids will be amazed at how big of an impact one small deed can have on those around them as they read this book. Sweet Mary will help them see that love truly can change the world and help inspire them to perform their own extraordinary deeds.
7 | SO MANY CUDDLES BY RUTH AUSTIN
Cuddles are a love language that basically every child can understand. And this book will help both parents and children understand all of the times that cuddles are necessary, even essential. From right when you wake up, to when you need help saying I love you, to when you’re scared or trying to say goodnight, this book proves that cuddles are always a good idea.
8 | WHEREVER YOU ARE: MY LOVE WILL FIND YOU BY NANCY TILLMAN
Nancy Tillman has a way of expressing every parent’s thoughts so beautifully. This picture book is the perfect gift to share with your child, no matter how old they are. Infants and toddlers will love the sweet and lyrical text, but the older your children get the more they will understand and the more loved they will feel.
9 | YOU BELONG HERE BY M.H. CLARK
This book is one of our family favorites. Take your child around the world and discover that everything has a place where it belongs. Birds belong in their nests, stars belong in the night sky, whales belong in the sea. Everything has a beautiful place in the world, even you and your child: they belong with you and you belong with them.
10 | ALL THE LOVE IN THE WORLD BY ROSE BUNTING
Children love books about animals, and this wonderful book features so many fun and unique animals. It will help your children better understand the idea that all children, all around the world, are loved, no matter their shape or size. P.S. Cottage Door Press books feature a hidden red cardinal that your children will have so much fun searching for as you read together!