It’s almost time for hugs and kisses! The day we celebrate love, Valentine’s Day, is quickly approaching. One of my favorite things to do each holiday is add books to the case in his room, matching the month’s theme. There are so many precious books that center on Valentine’s Day and love. It would be fun to give your children a valentine’s gift basket with a few to enjoy leading up to the holiday!
A fun way to enjoy them as a family would be to choose one to read nightly before bed. You could also build a fort using pillows and blankets to read them in. Read about Valentine’s Day with your favorite childhood characters like Clifford, Baby Shark, Arthur, Berenstain Bears, Pete The Cat, and more! I’m sharing all my favorites that you can add to your library and cozy up with your kiddos to read.
Valentine’s Day Books for Kids
Love From The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Short, sweet, but full of love! These beautiful illustrations from Eric Carle will draw you in.
Love From The Crayons
Perfect for teaching and reinforcing colors for toddlers! A great message about loving everyone no matter what.
Disney Baby My First Valentine’s Day
A great book for babies! It will appeal to their kinesthetic side since it is touch and feel on each page. The Disney characters add to the fun!
Happy Valentine’s Day, Little Critter
One of my favorite children’s series growing up was Little Critter. Cute stories and illustrations that always have a good moral. This book includes flaps the reader can pull back to reveal Valentine’s Day surprises!
Happy Valentine’s Day, Curious George
A classic children’s storybook character: Curious George! This book also includes liftable flaps that surprise the reader with various elements throughout.
Little Blue Truck Valentine’s Day
This precious series is a current favorite of my son’s! I love the colorful and fun illustrations. It includes a large gatefold at the end of the story.
Baby Shark Valentine’s Day
Baby Shark is a big deal at our home! This is less of a story and more of an interactive craft book. It includes stickers, cards, and a paper fortune teller you can make.
I Love You
The sweetest touch and feel board book. Nothing says love like baby animals!
Is there anything more adorable than a baby and dog together?! This board book has both! Simple enough to keep babies and toddlers engaged.
Happy Valentine’s Day, Mouse!
Join Mouse and all his friends for a Valentine’s Day you won’t forget! Each Valentine in the story represents one of his friends and what he loves most about them, giving it a personal touch.
I Ruff You
This cute board book is perfect for babies! There are a pair of plush dog ears that stick out. I love the simple language and message of the story.
Biscuit’s Valentine’s Day
Cute puppies and love just go together! Follow Biscuit on his Valentine’s Day adventures. There are some pull-back flaps for extra fun!
I Love You, Stinky Face
A funny book about love. What kid doesn’t adore anything “stinky?” Giggle your way through this silly story.
I Love You, Little Pookie
Funny illustrations and words from the heart make up this story’s declaration of love! It’s part of a series of books that would be a fun collection to start.
Corduroy Bear Board Book
Corduroy the Bear is a classic and precious children’s literature friend! This festively shaped board book is perfect for Valentine’s Day.
How Do Lions Say I Love You?
Perfect for toddlers learning their animal sounds! This tale is about how baby animals love and bond with their families.
My Fuzzy Valentine
Perfectly hands-on for babies and toddlers! This Sesame Street book is designed with sturdy board pages for durable reading and fun.
A lovable story about a hair monster who just wants to fit in! He finally finds love when he least expects it.
A sweet little love song about a puppy! Perfect for singing aloud with your littles.
The Berenstain Bears Love One Another
Classic storybook character friends, The Berenstain Bears, always teach the best lessons in their stories. This one reminds us of how to find ways to love each other!
Click Clack Moo I Love You
The farm animals are at it again! This time Little Duck is throwing a Valentine’s day party. This series has such cute illustrations!
Our beloved friend Arthur takes his turn at Valentine’s Day! He tries to guess who his secret admirer is and ends up pretty surprised once he does!
I Love You, Spot
Perfect for shorter attention spans and little hands! This board book allows you to join Spot as he surprises his mom by showing her how much he loves her.
You’re My Little Cuddle Bug
I call my son bug, so we love this story! Chunky pages and die-cuts throughout will keep little hands engaged throughout.
Love From Giraffes Can’t Dance
Our friend from Giraffes Can’t Dance is back! It’s the perfect trim-size story celebration of love, music, and dance.
I Love You Funny Bunny
This book full of read-along rhymes is perfect for any time of year but especially for Valentine’s Day! It describes all the ways the parent bunny loves funny bunny and will make you grin throughout the story.
Clifford is big and red with an even bigger heart! Enjoy this heart-shaped board book and share the love.
I’ve Loved You Since Forever
Such a sweet story about love. I received this as a baby shower gift and have enjoyed reading it!
Pete the Cat Valentine’s Day is Cool
Our fun friend Pete the Cat does Valentine’s Day! He makes anything and everything cool, as evident in this story.
A classic children’s book character, it’s Franklin! A sweet and lovely journey with our favorite turtle on Valentine’s Day.
Love You Forever
An absolute classic that any children’s library isn’t complete without! I sing part of this book to my son before bed, just as my own family did growing up. A must for any little one!
Another fun way to celebrate Valentine’s Day with these precious books would be to give them in a fun “love basket.” Fill a basket with Valentine’s Day pajamas, books, and other red/pink-themed items to celebrate! Give the basket to them with plenty of time before Valentine’s Day to fully enjoy all the items and holiday. Make the celebration even more special by baking some special treats as a family and enjoying a love-themed movie together. Enjoy starting new traditions and making more memories this Valentine’s Day!
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