Overview: Want to share some beautiful books about love and friendship with your kiddos for Valentine’s Day? Here are 15 of the BEST Valentine’s Day Books for Kids!
Valentine’s Day is only a few weeks away so this is the perfect time to stock up on some books for your kiddos. There are lots of books with great messages of love, caring, contentment, and friendship. Below are a few of my current favorites!
Here are the 15 Best Valentine’s Day Books for Kids:
1 – I’ll Love You Till the Cows Come Home (Ages 0-4) – This adorable board book extends the saying, “I’ll love you till the cows come home” to the humorous extreme. Along the way, there are yaks in Cadillacs, sheep setting sail, frogs on big-wheeled bikes, and more, in this great read-aloud.
2 – Apple of my PIe (All Ages) – The perfect book for parents and kiddos who love puns. Fun foods pear – er, pair – up in this quirky board book that will have the entire family berry excited. These peek-through partnerships are really gouda together.
3 – You Complete Me (All Ages) – Another punny book! Peek through the pages to see fun foods that are hap-pea-est together. A book to please everyone a waffle lot.
4 – Kisses, Cuddles, and Good Night (Ages 2-5) – Dog, Mouse, Pig, Chick, and Cow have been busy playing all day, but now it’s time to go to bed. They need kisses, cuddles… and a very special friend before they can say, “good night!” Little readers will love helping the friends pick out the perfect stuffed animal for bedtime using the 5 repositionable, reusable stickers. Also great for helping kiddos work on their fine motor skills in a fun way!
5 – Tiny T. Rex and the Impossible Hug (Ages 3-5) – An unforgettable character teaches a lesson in overcoming obstacles. Tiny T. Rex has a HUGE problem. His friend Pointy needs cheering up and only a hug will do. But with his short stature and teeny T. Rex arms, is a hug impossible? Not if Tiny has anything to say about it! Join this plucky little dinosaur in his very first adventure, Tiny T. Rex and the Impossible Hug—a warm and funny tale that proves the best hugs come from the biggest hearts.
6 – I Love You Animally (Ages 3-6) – This picture book is a precious one which uses animal adverbs to describe the reader’s love for their child. Whether you love them “hugely like a whale,” or “shyly like a quail,” this adverb adventure through the animal kingdom is perfect to share with all the birdily, bugily, animally loved people in your life.
7 – I Love You Americanly (Ages 3-6) – Whether you love them colossally like the High Cascades, bountifully like the Everglades, wholesomely like a warm apple pie, or soaringly like a ninth-inning fly this loving exploration of the United States, from coast to coast, sea to shining sea, will have you shouting, “I love you shiningly, freely, Americanly!”
8 – Love Is (Ages 3-6) – This beautifully illustrated book tells the heartwarming story of a little girl and a duckling, who both grow to understand what it means to care for each other as they learn that love is as much about letting go as it is about holding on. A little girl finds a duckling who has wandered away from the park onto the city streets and takes it home to care for it. The baby duck requires constant attention—early morning feedings, bathing, and tidying—until the time comes to say goodbye. When her pet has grown too big for the bath, the girl takes the full-grown duck back to the pond. Afterward, she misses it and wonders if it remembers her.
9 – Love You Hoo (Ages 3-7) – Little Owl and Big Owl are cuddled up at bedtime. Big Owl reminds Little Owl about all the special times they’ve had together and all the exciting adventures the future holds. It is a joyous, call-it-from-the-treetops rhyming salute to the love between a caregiver and child. Love You Hoo and Big Owl give voice to what every child deserves to know: that they are, and always will be, loved; that life is a journey; that there will be good times and bad, but that their Big Owl will always, “Love you Hoo.”
10 – Cuddle Bear (Ages 3-7) – Meet Cuddle Bear – the unforgettable hero with hugs for everyone! If, like lion, panda, penguin, or elephant, you’re feeling sad or lonely, never fear! Cuddle Bear has plenty of hugs to go around. It doesn’t matter if you’re big or tall, short or small, there’s one for every size! And who doesn’t love a book with a plush? For each Cuddle Bear purchased, UBAM donates a portion of the proceeds to the Scott Carter Foundation to help eliminate pediatric cancer. WIN-WIN!
11 – Cuddle Bear’s Book of Hugs (Ages 3-7) – Check out this adorable follow-up book to Cuddle Bear. The world is too big for just one Cuddle Bear! How can he deliver all the necessary hugs? Luckily, he has a plan: his Hug Academy, to teach lots of little teddy bears just how to cheer up children everywhere!
12 – Where Happiness Lives (Ages 4-8) – Three little mice. Three very different houses. Which is the happiest home? A tale about discovering true happiness and contentment, with flaps to lift and peep-through pages. Plus, you can also snag this adorable Gray Mouse plush!
13 – Lemur Dreamer (Ages 3-7) – This book gives children a fun example of true friendship. All the residents of 32 Pebbly Lane lead mostly unextraordinary lives… except for Louis the Lemur. He’s a sleepwalker! After his nighttime antics cause mischief, his friends decide to follow him one night, with hilarious consequences.
14 – Grandma’s Favorite (Ages 3-7) – Whether a grandma fixes cars, goes to the gym, loves loud, silly songs, or catching bugs, time with her grandkids is what she loves most of all!
15 – Hugs & Kisses for the Grouchy Ladybug (Ages 4-8) – A wonderful book that shows kids that even the grumpy among us need love. With Eric Carle’s signature bright collage illustrations featuring an array of charming animals, this is the perfect gift for Valentine’s Day or any time you want to share some love with someone special. With its universal message of friendship, this little gift book is perfect for all ages.
There are so many beautiful books with great messages about love and friendship out there. Which ones would you add to this list? Please leave a comment below!