Every first with your baby is special, and that includes every first holiday. Valentine’s Day is all about celebrating the ones you love, especially your newest and littlest love.
One of the best gifts for babies and toddlers on Valentine’s Day is a board book. Of course, there are holiday-themed options but any board book about love and friendship is great for celebrating the holiday. And as a bonus, these ones you can enjoy with your mini-Valentine all year long.
Below I’ve rounded up my favorite Valentines board books for babies and toddlers, including some titles that would be perfect for baby’s first Valentine’s Day. Because what better way to say “I love you” than snuggling up and reading together?
If you’re looking for Valentine’s Day books for little kids, we have a round-up of Valentine’s Day Picture Books too.
1 | Hug Machine by Scott Campbell
I can’t get enough of this one! It’s about the sweetest boy who likes to hug everyone and everything. It makes no difference if you are big or small, 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 adorably illustrated primer with words about love like poetry, kind, and sweethearts. Part of the BabyLit Alphabet Series with absolutely the most delightful illustrations.
3 | Love Can Come in Many Ways by Terry Pierce
“A smile, a kiss, a word of praise, love can come in many ways.”
This modern board book celebrates all the ways that animals and humans show their love. It features playful illustrations with interactive felt lift-the-flaps to keep baby engaged.
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, there is an animal made out of hearts. Use this book to talk with your child about their feelings, and then have fun finding and counting all the hearts on each page.
5 | Let’s Say I Love You by Giselle Ang
A simple book that teaches your little one how to say “I love you” with their friends around the world. A great introduction to other languages and cultures.
6 | Tiny T. Rex and the Perfect Valentine by Jonathan Stutzman
To show his friend just how much he means to him, Tiny sets out to make the perfect Valentine for his best friend Pointy. But soon, Tiny realizes that making a Valentine isn’t always easy! This sweet story teaches kids about overcoming obstacles.
7 | Follow My Heart Finger Mazes by Roger Priddy
Help Valentine Bear find her friends’ matching pair by following the mazes from hole to hole. An interactive book where toddlers can spot the cute animals along the trail while working on their fine motor skills.
8 | You’re My Little Cuddle Bug by Nicola Edwards
Snuggle up with your little cuddle bug while you read this gentle rhyming board book. With bold and colorful illustrations, each spread shows a child and parent duo and has cut-outs and raised elements to engage your child.
9 | Loveblock by Christopher Franceschelli
The Abrams Block Book series are interactive board books with chunky die-cut pages and surprise gatefolds. They are a favorite in our house, and I was happy to see a new loved-theme release. This one shares how different animals show their love, which is sure to be a favorite for Valentine’s Day and beyond.
10 | Babies Love Valentines by Holly Berry-Byrd
“Candy hearts are for sharing with…a sweet friend!”
Your baby will love learning about classic Valentine’s Day traditions like gifting cards and candies with this interactive book. Each spread features colorful illustrations and a thick flap that babies can lift to find a surprise!
11 | I’m Programmed to Love You by Elias Barks
From projector eyes for teaching to extending arms filled with books, a mother robot tells about the built-in features she has to show love for her robot child. An adorable oversized board book with unique illustrations, perfect for any robot-loving child.
12 | Little Hugs from Little Loves by Mark Sperring
With playful poetry, this charming board book celebrates love and hugs from all kinds of animals. From the gentlest elephant embrace to the sweetest bug hug, the littlest things give the loveliest hugs!
13 | Besos for Baby: A Little Book of Kisses by Jen Arena
Everyone has kisses for baby, from Mami to Papi and perro to gato. This bilingual book has simple repetitive poems about everyone (and everything!) who loves baby, and features charming illustrations with the happiest cast of characters.
14 | Snuggle Puppy by Sandra Boynton
“Well, I have a little thing to tell you, and it won’t take long – the way I feel about you is a kind of a song.”
The lyrical rhyming text in Sandra Boynton’s books will have your child asking you to read them over and over again. There’s a reason they are a favorite for kids and parents alike – they are a lot of fun!
Featuring classic Eric Carle illustrations, this board book gives all the reasons why someone special makes the world a better place. The perfect introduction to the world of The Very Hungry Caterpillar.
16 | You Are My Sweetheart by Joyce Wan
“You are my sweetheart, the apple of my eye.”
You’ll be hard-pressed to find board books with graphics cuter than those by Joyce Wan. Simple and sweet.
17 | My Baby Loves Valentine’s Day by Jabari Asim
All of the ways that baby loves Valentine’s Day, “from the tips of her toes to the top of her hair.”
18 | ABC Love by Christiane Engel
“Adventure. Bond. Carry. Dance.”
What is love? This book teaches the meaning of the word by pairing each letter of the alphabet with a word representing it.
19 | Happy Heart by Hannah Eliot
Each page of this board book is a different shape, and features colorful illustrations complete with glitter! All of this makes it the perfect Valentine’s Day gift.
20 | I Love You Too by Ziggy Marley
“I love you too, I love you too, I tell you, I love you.”
This book is based on Ziggy Marley’s song by the same name. It has captivating illustrations, but the tender, lyrical text makes it the perfect bedtime read.