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Yes, Valentine’s Day is already approaching and so it’s time for us to talk about Valentine’s Day children’s books. I know, I know – I’ve also barely come to terms with the fact that it’s the start of 2022. Take a deep breath, exhale, and prepare to feel the love.
Dear reader, I love you. Although I’m not a big fan of the holidays, it seems fitting that I can talk about books and love. There are few things I love more than sharing books, so thank you for giving me the opportunity to do what I love.
As a former primary school teacher, I can follow the kid’s version of this party. The kids really got this one. Valentine’s Day is all about sweets, arts and crafts, and everyone in the class gives and receives punny cards.
Moreover, Valentine’s Day in the world of children is broader than in the world of disenchanted adults. For children, V-Day is about all kinds of love. While adults are mostly caught up in romantic love and all its complications, children think bigger. They show love to their friends, caregivers, and all the other people in their lives who make the world a better place by being in it.
So let’s look at some Valentine’s Day books for children that capture the childlike wisdom of the Valentine’s Day season. For this list, we’re considering books that deal specifically with Valentine’s Day, as well as others that encourage love and appreciation. Enjoy!
Great Valentine’s Day Books for Kids to Celebrate on February 14
Jenna Lettice & Colleen Madden’s 12 Days of Valentine’s Day
To the tune of “The 12 Days of Christmas,” this book counts down to Valentine’s Day with a series of themed gifts. From hugs to sparkles, this story covers all the Valentine’s Day bases.
Llama Llama I love you by Anna Dewdney
In this episode of the Llamaverse, our favorite camelid celebrates the day of love. Naturally, this hardback book uses a simple rhyme pattern to detail the llama’s adventures. It’s a great introduction to vacations for your little one.
Love for Pencils by Drew Daywalt and Oliver Jeffers
Likewise, this entry into the world of The day the pencils stopped effectively uses rhyme to enhance descriptions of pencil love. Each color adds its own unique perspective of what love is. Most importantly, crayons make room for love to come in many colors, shapes, and sizes.
I love you like no otter by Rose Rossner and Sydney Hanson
If there’s one thing I love, it’s a good pun. This cute little book is full of them, as well as cute nursery rhymes about animals and their babies. Surely, this one will be a favorite to read and reread.
Love Matters by Jo Parker and Matt Kaufenberg
Although not specifically dedicated to Valentine’s Day, this counting book is perfect for the holidays. Beginning by waving ten fingers at healthcare workers, Parker details ways to show love every day. (Yes, that headline has been published since the pandemic began.) The message that small acts of love matter a lot will resonate with readers of all ages.
More books that capture the spirit of Valentine’s Day
One Love by Bob Marley, Cedella Marley and Vanessa Newton
Based on the popular song by Bob Marley, one Love is a celebration of community and the power of unity. Marley’s lyrics and Newton’s illustrations show us a world where all are connected as one. It is an inspiring and encouraging read.
Little You by Richard Van Camp and Julie Flett
Then this sweet rhyming book is perfect for fans of I love you forever. Told from the perspective of caregivers, this book is a love letter to their child. Van Camp’s words capture the wonder of finally having a child that had been wished for.
Honey, I love by Eloise Greenfield & Jan Spivey Gilchrist
Without a doubt, this will always be my favorite book to read aloud. The rhythm of the poetry and the familiar scenes seem so authentic and personal. Greenfield’s main character jumps off the page as she shares the multitude of things she loves. Finally, the book ends with a reminder of who we should love the most.
Full, Full, Full of Love by Trish Cooke & Paul Howard
It’s an enjoyable read with a smooth rhyme scheme and rich illustrations. Jay Jay helps his grandmother cook the big Sunday family meal. The food and people are overflowing with love, perfectly capturing the familiar African-American tradition of Sunday dinner.
Homemade love by bell hooks & Shane W. Evans
Above all, the late Bell Hooks is known for her brilliant works of feminism and liberation. However, Hooks’ work centered on love – a fierce love for ourselves and for others. In this beautiful board book, Hooks uses his gift for words to tell the simple story of a child who loves and is loved fiercely. No doubt your kids will want to read this one again and again.
For more children’s books on Valentine’s Day, check out these 18 children’s books about love.
I hope you found some tempting titles on this list. More importantly, I hope I have reminded you that YOU are loved. I know it can be hard to feel loved and cared for in these difficult times. Nevertheless, this is the time when we need it the most. Love each other fiercely. Receive love without counting. You deserve it.