It’s that time of year: hearts, cards, kisses, and reminders of love and friendship!
Here are some great kids books celebrating affection in it’s many forms and encouraging kindness to one another.
Porcupining: Porcupining is the passionate tale of love and friendship between two prickly creatures in a petting zoo, and a perfect read aloud for Valentine’s Day.
Hokey Pokey – Another Prickly Love Story: In the second adventure, Barb loves to dance, but Cushion has two left feet, and usually ends up prickling someone with his quills. How will he ever learn to dance?
Love Monster: Love Monster is a slightly hairy monster trying to fit in with the cuddly residents of Cutesville. But as it turns out, it’s hard to fit in with the cute and the fluffy when you’re a googly-eyed monster.
Llama Llama I Love You: In Llama Llama I Love You, little llama shows his friends and family how much he loves them with heart-shaped cards and lots of hugs. What could be sweeter than Llama Llama on Valentine’s Day?
Happy Valentine’s Day, Mouse!: Happy Valentine’s Day, Mouse! follows Mouse as he makes personalized valentines for all his friends to show them what he loves most about each of them.
Love is: The story of a girl and a duckling who share a touching year together will melt hearts old and young, while exploring the action of growing up while learning about the joys of love offered and love returned.
Pete the Cat: Valentine’s Day Is Cool: Pete things Valentine’s Day isn’t cool, until he realizes that there are a lot of special cats in his life. He has fun making cards for family and friends, but what happens when he realizes he’s forgotten to make a card for a very important cat?
Love from The Very Hungry Caterpillar: This story uses arrange of image from the World of Eric Carle, and features the Very Hungry Caterpillar. This one makes a sweet gift for that special someone!
Day It Rained Hearts: One day it rains hearts, and Cornelia catches them to make the perfect valentines for her animal friends.
The Biggest Valentine Ever: When the teacher asks her class to make valentines, two friends decide to make one together and give to their teacher as a surprise. But making the valentines doesn’t go as planned. The book also includes some colorful foil stickers to for kiddos to make their own valentines!
Words and Your Heart: A very timely book about the power of words – and how we use them. Your words are amazing! This book is about your heart. The little bit inside of you that makes you, you!
Little Critter: Happy Valentine’s Day, Little Critter!: Little Critter is having a great day decorating and eating cupcakes. Read along while he does this and makes an extra-special card for an extra-special event!
Fancy Nancy: Heart to Heart: Mystery is in the air when Nancy receives a valentine from a secret someone. Through this fun and adventurous book you’ll join her in following the clues to find out who it is!
There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Rose!: This story is packed with rhyming and knee-slapping illustrations. It’s sure to be a hoot to read along with giggles and smiles.
Happy Valentine’s Day, Curious George: This adorable Curious George Valentine’s Day story takes you along as George and his friends celebrate baking, decorating, and card making. And of course, you’ll find some unexpected hilarity along the way!
How Do Dinosaurs Say I Love You?: This sweet book about parent and child love is surely one you’ll want to add to your library! You’ll laugh out loud as you read through the typical antics of childhood.
Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch: The postman delivers a mysterious package to a lonely man named Mr. Hatch. It says “Somebody loves you,” and he sings this out loud as he dusts his living room with his renewed excitement. Through the story he finds out who his secret admirer is and gets a great surprise in the process!
Happy Valentine’s Day, Charlie Brown!: Charlie Brown is trying to find the courage to give Litter Red-Haired Girl a valentine!
Amelia Bedelia’s First Valentine: A wonderful pick for Valentine’s Day! Amelia gets her first Valentine’s Day card and it may be the most exciting surprise of all!
The Berenstain Bears’ Valentine Party: Great book to read with the classroom, kids, or to give as a gift! join Sister Bear and her friends as she shares lots of special messages for Valentine’s Day!
Star Wars: A Very Vader Valentine’s Day: Star Wars fan? This funny and quirky take on Valentine’s Day will be a sure win with fellow Star Wars fans!
OLIVIA and the Perfect Valentine: Olivia is determined to make the very best possible valentines for all her friends and family! Join her along the journey!
Love, Splat: It’s Valentine’s Day and Splat has a special valentine for a certain someone in his class. Will Splat’s heartfelt valentine win Kitten’s paw in the end?
Dinosaur Kisses: Kids will laugh and cheer when Dinah, a newly hatched dinosaur, finds just the right creature for her dinosaur kisses.
When an Elephant Falls in Love: This soulful book is relatable and revealing, a reminder that love is worth striving for, and that the very best things in life will come to those who wait.
What books would you add to this list?