Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. Here’s a list of some of my favorite books to read on this sweetest of holidays. I discovered some new books which I’m excited to introduced to my kiddos as well.
The Ballad of Valentine by Alison Jackson
I found this little gem while browsing through the library with my kiddos. It’s a clever rhyming book that will keep kid and adult amused.
Valentine’s Day Is……. by Gail Gibbons
Not only does this book illustrate all of the different things we do to celebrate this special day. It gives you a history lesson on the origins of Valentine’s Day. Great book!
The Valentine Bears by Eve Bunting
This is one of my all-time favorite books for Valentine’s Day written by one of my favorite children book’s authors. Mr. and Mrs. Bear wake up mid-hibernation to give each other very special Valentine Day gifts. This is a must read.
Snowy Valentine by David Peterson
I put this at the top of my list because I just love this sweet book. Jasper Bunny wants to find his wife, Lilly, a very special Valentine’s Day gift. The ending is a sweet surprise.
The Kissing Hand by Audry Penn
I remember Lily’s teacher reading this book on her first day of Pre-K. I really love this book and am reading it for H’s Pre-K co-op coming up soon.
Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney
Who doesn’t love this book? This is a must for any library.
I’d Know You Anywhere My Love by Nancy Tillman
I found this book while browsing around Barnes and Nobles with The Hubs. It caught my eye because it is written by the same author who wrote On the Night You Were Born, one of my all-time favorite children’s books. I like this book just as much. It’s about the love we parents have for our kids. The book reminds me of Lulu and H who are always pretending to be someone or something else, just like the child in this book. I highly recommend this one. The Nancy Tillman also gives us the illustrations which are captivating as well.
Valentine Surprise by Corinne Demas
The main character, Lily, is trying to make the perfect Valentine for her mom. The end result is absolutely perfect to mom.
I Love You Night and Day by Smriti Prasadam Halls
This book reminds me a little bit of I’d Know You Anywhere My Love. It’s heartwarming and the illustrations are a bit more cartoonish. This is a great book for Valentine’s Day or before bed reading.
The Day It Rained Hearts by Felicia Bond
This is another gem I found while browsing at Barnes and Noble.
The Biggest Kiss by Joanna Walsh and Judi Abbot
I really enjoyed this book and the one below (by the same author).
The Perfect Hug by Joanna Walsh and Judi Abbot
Plant a Kiss by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
Sweet and simple. My kids loved this one, too.
I enjoyed reading these next set of books. I know my kids will love them because of the characters and what I know will capture my kids’ (and most kids’) interests. Some of these books have familiar characters that I know my kids will be drawn to.
Big Hugs, Little Hugs by Felicia Bond
I actually read this book this week to L and H while they were eating breakfast. Perfect for little ones.
There’s No One I Love Like You by Jutta Langreuter
This a book with a lesson. Bunny doesn’t appreciate his family until he lives somewhere else. This book would make a great discussion starter for being grateful and having a good attitude.
There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Rose by Lucille Colandro
This one is just plain funny and very entertaining.
Fancy Nancy Heart to Heart by Jane O’Connor
We like all the Fancy Nancy books! This is right up Lulu’s alley.
Pete the Cat Valentine’s Day Is Cool by James Dean and Kimberly Dean
To be honest, I’d never read a Pete the Cat book. I’ve been missing out. Pete realizes that thinking of others and giving thoughtful valentines to his friends is super cool!!
Dinosaurs Love Underpants by Claire Freedman
Okay, this isn’t so much a Valentine’s book as it has the word LOVE in the title. I think every boy (and girl) would love this silly and creative book read to them on Valentine’s Day. Did you know that wearing underpants is why the dinosaurs went instinct??? Neither did I! This is a super fun book.
The Night Before Valentine’s Day by Natasha Wing
Join this delightful class as they get ready for their special holiday celebration.
Happy Valentine’s Day, Curious George by N. Di Angelo
Little H loves Monkey George (as he calls him)! This is a sweet book.
Love You When by Linda Kranz
This one really caught my eye. What great photographs of real rocks with loving messages painted on them.
It’s Valentine’s Day by Jack Prelutsky
This is a fun book of Valentine’s poems that Lulu loved reading to me!
Happy Valentine’s Day, Little Critter! by Mercer Mayer
We (Little H) are IN LOVE with the Little Critter books right now. This is right up his alley!