Valentine’s day is approaching and families around the world are busy reading. And while it is great to teach your children about the history of the day itself, we think that love in general is such a fun theme to discuss with kids. Get in the spirit with some of the books listed below.
Here are our top picks:
Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney:
“Guess how much I love you,” says Little Nutbrown Hare. Little Nutbrown Hare shows his daddy how much he loves him: as wide as he can reach and as far as he can hop. But Big Nutbrown Hare, who can reach farther and hop higher, loves him back just as much. Well then Little Nutbrown Hare loves him right up to the moon, but that’s just halfway to Big Nutbrown Hare’s love for him.
An Awesome Book of Love! by Dallas Clayton:
When Dallas Clayton wrote An Awesome Book! for his son, everything changed. A self-published sensation, Dallas has visited schools and stores across the United States, hand-selling his book one kid at a time. An Awesome Book of Love!, his heartwarming follow-up, explores the many faces of love. This book is a perfect gift for Valentine’s Day—or really for any day you’d like to tell someone special how much you care.
Love Monster by Rachel Bright:
It can be tough being the only funny-looking Monster in Cutesville, but this Monster is not one to hang around and feel sorry for himself, so he’s off – out into the big wide world to look for someone to love him. He looks high, he looks low and he looks everywhere in-between, but it’s only when he’s just about to give up that he finally finds what he is looking for…Featuring an instantly charming main character who will appeal to children and adults alike, LOVE MONSTER is a warm and witty tale about the power of taking action from a terrific talent.
I Love You Night and Day by Smriti Prasadam-Halls and Alison Brown:
When you love someone, you want the whole world to know. Through good times and bad, rain or shine, love is unconditional.
I love you wild, I love you loud,
I shout it out and I feel proud.
A lyrical text from Smriti Prasadam-Halls is beautifully paired with illustrations from an exciting new talent, Alison Brown. Share this beautiful book-perfect for story time, bedtime, or anytime-with someone you love!
Zombie in Love 2 + 1 by Kelly DiPucchio:
Mommy, Daddy, and a new baby makes three! A heartwarming—and hair-raising—tale of undead parenting from the bestselling author and illustrator of Zombie in Love
, which Kirkus Reviews called “clever and delightfully gross.”
Happily married zombie couple Mortimer and Mildred are thrilled to be new parents. But having a baby isn’t what they expected. Sonny hardly ever cries. His teeth are coming in instead of falling out. And worst of all, he’s awake all day and sleeps through the night.
Mortimer and Mildred are dead tired, and very worried. Will their precious baby boy ever behave like a good little monster?
Hug Machine by Scott Campbell:
Watch out world, here he comes! The Hug Machine! Whether you are big, or small, or square, or long, or spikey, or soft, no one can resist his unbelievable hugs! HUG ACCOMPLISHED! This endearing story encourages a warm, caring, and buoyantly affectionate approach to life. Everyone deserves a hug-and this book!
Llama Llama I Love You by Anna Dewdney:
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? With short and simple rhyming text, the Llama Llama board books introduce Llama Llama to babies and toddlers before they’re ready for longer full-length stories. And their small size and durable pages are perfect for little hands.
Happy Valentine’s Day, Mouse! by Laura Numeroff and Felicia Bond:
Join Mouse from If You Give a Mouse a Cookie as he celebrates Valentine’s Day with all the friends he loves.
The Berenstain Bears’ Valentine Party by Jan and Mike Berenstain:
Join the Berenstain Bears on their latest lift-the-flap adventure!
It is Valentine’s Day at the Bear Country School, and Teacher Jane’s class is having a party! Join Sister Bear and her friends as they share lots of special messages. Who will get the most valentines?
Happy Valentine’s Day, Curious George by N. Di Angelo:
George and his friends celebrate Valentine’s Day with decorating, baking, card making and some unexpected hilarity along the way! Just how much mischief can a curious little monkey get into when balloons, frosting, and glitter are involved? Fold-out flaps on each scene reveal lively surprises in this humorous celebration of friendship. Sparkly red foil shines on the cover and throughout the book.