It’s February friends! The month of love, chocolates and cupid’s arrows. OR perhaps like me, it’s also virtual school, endless lockdown and chocolate. As long as there is chocolate I’m all good.
Here are ten Valentine’s Day books for kids. Ranging from parental love, first crushes, best friends and even some jungle giraffe love.
by June Jason with pictures by Lori Richmand
Little Porcupine is using his quills like a Cupid’s arrow this Valentine’s Day – hoping to get all the forest animals in the loving spirit of the day. But with every poke he sends, all he gets is an ouch or a yowser!
His mission isn’t turning out exactly as planned but perhaps his spirit is contagious after all . . .
by Anika Aldamuy Denise with picture by Lucy Ruth Cummins
What a sweet book without being overly cloy.
Hedgehog, Bunny and Squirrel are best friends and one day they find a letter. A love letter. Somone loves them but who?
Love spreads from animal to animal as each discovers the letter. I love Cummins’ illustrations always – it’s truly a lovely book.
by Alice Schertle and Jill McElmurry
Little Blue is back! My kids still love Little Blue Truck as much as they did when they were toddlers so we were so excited to see this new one out.
Join Little Blue as he delivers Valentine cards around to all his friends. Will he get a Valentine too? In the style of all the other books, the end page has a wonderful fold out complete with vibrant foil and illustrations.
by Jane Porter with pictures by Maisie Paradise Shearring
Dimitri spends his first day at a new preschool telling everyone and everything “I love you”. But no one says it back and he feels dejected.
His mother tells him that even though no one said it back, they felt his love. That’s the way love works. A sweet story about navigating social cues. I couldn’t help but think of a little boy I taught years ago that gave a flower to each of his classmates on Valentine’s Day and declared loudly “HAPPY BIRTHDAY”. It was the cutest thing in the world.
by Vincent Kirsch
Oh I love this book so much! It is a perfect read to young kids to normalize queer love from the very start.
Archie and Zack spend nearly every minute of the day with each other. Archie loves Zack. Zack loves Archie. They just haven’t told each other yet.
Archie writes a note to Zack to tell him how he feels but it doesn’t sound right. So he hides them all away. When Archie’s friends find them – they know exactly who the letters are for. There is no teasing, no laughing – just pure sweet love.
by Monique Gray Smith with pictures by Danielle Daniel
Like all of Smith’s books, the lessons of love and kindness radiate in this book.
In very simple text, we see all the ways you can love someone else. How you can support them, lift them up and support them. In a world that likes to break others down, these early lessons are so very important.
by Corrinne Averiss with pictures by Kirsti Beautyman
Tess is off to school but she is worried that the golden string of love she perceives of connecting her to her family won’t stretch far enough. Tess’s mom assures her that her string is long enough and that her family is always with her. When Tess gets to school, all the other kids have strings too!
Averiss has several uplifting books that tackles big subjects in a simple way for children to understand. Perfect for children with anxiety issues.
by Arthur Howard
This book is perfect for my witch-loving Alice. Yes, she loves all things witchy. And Elsa.
Mitzi the witch and her kitten Hoodwink love all holidays except one: Valentine’s Day. Until she meets Spencer. Spencer is the best. He spurts milk out of his nose! Mitzi tries her best to compose the perfect Valentine but will she get one in return?
by Giles Andreae and pictures by Guy Parker-Rees
We love the classic and this fun reimagined version that expresses love for all that is around us is great. My daughter really loves this new update – she’s giraffe obsessed!
by Jonathan Stutzman with pictures by Jay Fleck
Yes another popular series that has added a Valentine’s book. I realize we have a few.
Tiny T. Rex is adorable and hopefully you have read the other books to your Dino-loving kids. In this book, Tiny wants to make a perfect Valentine for his best friend Pointy. But it turns out making a Valentine card is harder that he first thought and instead he makes a big mess. Tiny realizes the perfect Valentine has been there the whole time.