Valentine’s Day is one of my favorite holidays for children’s books. I admit that I think Valentine’s books are particularly adorable, but more importantly, there are many that teach kids about love, kindness, and feelings.
Below I’ve rounded up some of my favorite titles, including a few new ones we’ve added to our collection. And the best part is that most of the books on this list aren’t just for Valentine’s Day, but a good read for any day of the year!
1 | HUG MACHINE BY SCOTT CAMPBELL
I can’t get enough of this one! It’s about a boy who likes to hug everyone and everything – it makes no difference if you are big or small or soft or spiky. You can’t escape the hug machine!
2 | L IS FOR LOVE: A HEARTFELT ALPHABET BY GREG PAPROCKI
Introduce your baby to the ABCs with this adorable illustrated primer with words about love like poetry, kind, and sweethearts. Part of the BabyLit Alphabet Series and featuring delightful illustrations.
3 | LOVE IS A TUTU BY AMY NOVESKY
The sweetest book to introduce your tiny dancer to the world of ballet. Full of rhymes and illustrations, and plenty of pink! Also check out Love Is a Truck by the same author.
4 | MY HEART IS LIKE A ZOO BY MICHAEL HALL
“My heart is like a zoo – eager as a beaver, steady as a yak…”
A heart can be hopeful, lonely, happy, or silly. For each feeling, an animal is made out of hearts. Use this as a book to talk with your little one about their feelings, and then have fun finding and counting all the hearts in the book.
5 | I LOVE YOU, LITTLE POOKIE BY SANDRA BOYNTON
There’s just something about Sandra Boynton books that have your child asking you to read them over and over again! This is the perfect one for Valentine’s Day about all the many reasons a mom loves her little one.
6 | LOVE IS BY DIANE ADAMS
A sweet story about a girl and her duckling and how they care for each other and grow together. After raising her duckling, it’s time to let the duckling spread her wings and go out into the world. Get this tissues ready as the metaphor to parenting may leave you a little teary-eyed.
7 | LOVE FROM THE CRAYONS BY DREW DAYWALT
This adorable book features your favorite crayons, and explores the bright colors and shades of love. “Love is red, because it comes in all shapes and sizes.” And just a note so you know what to expect – this is a mini book, smaller in size than the original but a good size for a gift.
8 | I HEART YOU BY MEG FLEMING
This heartwarming book is a sweet affirmation of a parent’s love for their child. As the young animals try new things, their parents provide reassurance and snuggles.
9 | MIRABEL’S MISSING VALENTINES BY JANET LAWLER
A new favorite of mine! What initially drew me to this book were the illustrations, but this story is so charming. Despite Mirabel’s nervousness, she makes Valentine’s Day cards for her classmates. Unfortunately, the cards fall out of her bag on the way to school. But those valentines brighten up the day of everyone who finds them!
10 | LOVE, Z BY JESSIE SIMA
Robot Z had never heard the word “love” until he finds a message in a bottle signed “Love, Beatrice.” He sets out on an adventure to find Beatrice and what the message means. Along the way he encounters many creatures happy to help explain the meaning of love, but none of it computes with Z. Finally, he meets Beatrice and she teaches him the powerful meaning of the word.
11 | LOLA DUTCH I LOVE YOU SO MUCH BY KENNETH WRIGHT
The newest in the Lola Dutch series and it’s just perfect for Valentine’s Day! Lola Dutch is a creative girl who loves her friends so much. And when they’re having a bad day, she knows just what to do to make them feel better.
12 | I’LL LOVE YOU TILL THE COWS COME HOME BY KATHRYN CRISTALDI
“I will love you rill the cows come home from a trip to Mars through skies unknown, in a rocket made of glass and stone…I will love you til the cows come home.”
This one is funny and sweet, and sure to be a favorite for both you and your kids. I love the lyrical text that’s fun to read aloud.
13 | WORDS AND YOUR HEART BY KATE JANE NEAL
This book isn’t a traditional Valentine’s Day book, but it’s about how our words can affect someone’s heart. Our words have power, and we should use them to lift each other up instead of hurting someone. A simple and direct book about spreading love.
14 | IN MY HEART: A BOOK OF FEELINGS BY JO WITEK
Our heart can feel so many feelings – happiness, bravery, anger, calmness, sadness, and silliness. This book shows the heart has a range of emotions and describes how they feel on the inside. It’s an excellent book for helping kids identify and describe their feelings.
15 | THE HUG BY EOIN MCLAUGHLIN
Both a hedgehog and a tortoise are looking for a hug, but for some reason, all the animals they come across won’t give them a hug. Finally, a wise owl explains to them that hedgehog is too spiky and tortoise is too bony. And that’s when they find each other and learn there’s someone for everyone!
16 | THE LOVE LETTER BY ANIKA ALDAMUY DENISE
Hedgehog, Bunny, and Squirrel are good friends. One day, they each find a letter they thought was for them. And it wasn’t just any letter but a love letter! The letter made them each feel so loved. Until they learn it was a mix-up, but also a wonderful mix-up!