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Love. We're not sure if there's been any subject about which more has been written (based purely on observation—no statistics here) and we think that's pretty awesome. The world could use a little more love. If you're looking for some truly fantastic books about all kinds of love to read with your munchkins, here are some truly great ones for you. We hope you enjoy them as much as we do.

Top 10 Books About Love

More Than Balloons book
#1
More Than Balloons
Written by Lorna Crozier and illustrated by Rachelle Anne Miller
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-4
Thoughts from Grammy

This charming story of the boundless love of a parent for a child makes for ideal bedtime reading. The creative rhymes and consistent meter are remarkable, as are the many details for spying and identifying on each page. There is a great variety of animals rendered in a warm palette of colors participating in a wide range of experiences throughout the seasons of the year. Plenty to discuss, and even use as a springboard for your own adventures.

Balloons love the moon, and a tuba loves a tune, but these don't compare to the love we have for you. Award-winning poet Lorna Crozier uses evocative rhyme, complemented by Rachelle Anne Miller's whimsical imagery, to provide babies and toddlers with common concepts that explain just how great love is.

My Love is For You book
#2
My Love is For You
Written by Susan Musgrave and illustrated by Marilyn Faucher
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-2
Thoughts from B is for Bookworm

This book is breathtaking! I love the creative vocabulary and word choice to describe a parent's love. To top it all off, the illustrations are absolutely gorgeous!

A beautiful board book that weaves the purity, strength and endlessness of love with simple joys of nature.

How Do You Say I Love You? book
#3
How Do You Say I Love You?
Written by Hannah Eliot and illustrated by Shirley Ng-Benitez
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-4
Thoughts from The Book Snob Mom

Awesome concept! The rhymes help with guiding you how to pronounce "I love you" in all the different languages, and the illustrations subtly show elements of each different culture that you can talk about your little one as you read through the book.

Learn how to say “I love you” in ten different languages with this heartwarming board book. “I love you” may sound different around the world, but the meaning is the same. From China, to France, to Russia, to Brazil, and beyond, this charming board book features “I love you” in ten different languages. Tapping into the emotions that parents feel for their children, the rhyming text is accompanied by sweet artwork that depicts different cultures around the world.

Bear of My Heart book
#4
Bear of My Heart
Written by Joanne Ryder and illustrated by Margie Moore
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-4

There are so many bears in the world dear, but there's no other one that will do. You are the bear of my heart, dear, and I am the one who lives you. Every mother makes promises to share the joys and wonders of the world with her children and Mother Bear is no exception. As Mother Bear introduces her child to the hills, lakes, caves and starry nights, she reminds Baby that no matter what, he will always remain the bear of her heart and she will always be there for him. With Joanne Ryder's heartfelt lyrical text and adorable illustrations by Margie Moore, this beautiful hardcover is now available in board book and is perfect book for sharing on Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, or any day of the year!

Bunny Roo, I Love You book
#5
Bunny Roo, I Love You
Written by Melissa Marr and illustrated by Teagan White
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-2
Thoughts from B is for Bookworm

I love this beautiful book! The illustrations are fantastic, and I love the concept. The loving mom talks about all the baby's traits and likens them to animals and shares how she cares for and loves her baby. Such a sweet read!

A warm and tender welcome to the world! In a gorgeous picture book that’s playfully sweet and visually captivating, New York Times bestselling author Melissa Marr and talented new illustrator Teagan White celebrate the many ways parents make their new babies feel at home. The world can seem like a big, bewildering place for new babies—fortunately, their mamas know just how to soothe and comfort them. Through enchanting scenes portraying all kinds of mama animals looking out for their little ones, the mother in this story reassures her baby, and young children everywhere, that their caretakers will always love them and keep them safe. This beautiful picture book has the feel of a classic and its heartwarming premise should make it a family favorite.

1-2-3, You Love Me book
#6
1-2-3, You Love Me
Written and illustrated by Jill Howarth
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5
Thoughts from The Book Snob Mom

This is anything but your average counting primer and is filled with charming illustrations, great rhymes and twelve ways to show love to friends and family, be it hugs, treats, or quality time.

From one bear hug to twelve pretty red roses, 1-2-3, You Love Me will foster lots of hugs, kisses, and affection between parent and child while teaching young ones to count from one to twelve. With charming love-filled illustrations, sturdy pages, and clever rhyming text, this is the perfect gift for baby for Valentine's Day or any time of year. Sipping on yummy shakes, cuddling puppies, counting the colors in a rainbow, and making music with friends are all ways that children can express their love for their friends and family with Jill Howarth's delightful board book.

If Kisses Were Colors book
#7
If Kisses Were Colors
Written by Janet Lawler and illustrated by Alison Jay
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-3
Thoughts from The Book Snob Mom

I love Alison Jay's signature illustration style, with all of it's whimsy, character and fun colors—it absolutely makes this delightfully sweet book about kisses. The representations of kisses are varied and creative, and while perhaps a little esoteric for the youngest readers, the cadence of the text is soothing and the sweetness and love conveyed are absolutely evident.

A parent describes kisses in many different ways, all of which express love for baby.

A Book of Kisses book
#8
A Book of Kisses
Written by Dave Ross and illustrated by Laura Rader
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-4
Thoughts from Mom of Boys

This is a fun book about kisses. There are a lot of I love you books for children or babies coming from their parents. This book is a fun twist on how kisses say I love you, but also so much more from lots of different people. It will make you laugh and cheer you up and ends with a sweet feeling of wanting to share a little kindness.

There are all kinds of kisses in the world, for all different occasions: congratulations kisses I'm sorry kisses butterfly kisses good night kisses A kiss is a wonderful way to show someone you care. Show someone you care--share this book and a kiss!

Mommy's Best Kisses book
#9
Mommy's Best Kisses
Written by Margaret Anastas and illustrated by Susan Winter
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-4
Thoughts from B is for Bookworm

I absolutely love this sweet book! The illustration style reminds me more of books I read when I was little--sweet, soft, and warm. It's fun that each page is a different animal child and mom. But mostly, I just don't know how anyone can resist a book about all the kisses from mommy!

Every mother knows that the sweetest way to say "I love you" is with a kiss. This loving book shows that animals know all about a mother's love, too.

Hello, Love! book
#10
Hello, Love!
Written and illustrated by Taro Miura
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

How do animals show their love? By touching trunks, beaks, and noses! Toddlers will delight in adorable pairs of fish, ducklings, elephants, and monkeys as they splash, swim, dance, and swing, all while showing affection. Author-illustrator Taro Miura brings a playfulness and verve to this love-affirming board book, which culminates in the ultimate celebration of love: a child embraced by loving parents.

Books About Love and Animals

My Love is For You book
#1
My Love is For You
Written by Susan Musgrave and illustrated by Marilyn Faucher
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-2
Thoughts from B is for Bookworm

This book is breathtaking! I love the creative vocabulary and word choice to describe a parent's love. To top it all off, the illustrations are absolutely gorgeous!

A beautiful board book that weaves the purity, strength and endlessness of love with simple joys of nature.

Mommy's Best Kisses book
#2
Mommy's Best Kisses
Written by Margaret Anastas and illustrated by Susan Winter
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-4
Thoughts from B is for Bookworm

I absolutely love this sweet book! The illustration style reminds me more of books I read when I was little--sweet, soft, and warm. It's fun that each page is a different animal child and mom. But mostly, I just don't know how anyone can resist a book about all the kisses from mommy!

Every mother knows that the sweetest way to say "I love you" is with a kiss. This loving book shows that animals know all about a mother's love, too.

Hello, Love! book
#3
Hello, Love!
Written and illustrated by Taro Miura
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

How do animals show their love? By touching trunks, beaks, and noses! Toddlers will delight in adorable pairs of fish, ducklings, elephants, and monkeys as they splash, swim, dance, and swing, all while showing affection. Author-illustrator Taro Miura brings a playfulness and verve to this love-affirming board book, which culminates in the ultimate celebration of love: a child embraced by loving parents.

Honorable Mentions
  1. Mommy Hugs - Animal and human mothers hug in different ways, but they all show love.

  2. Will You Still Love Me? - Said the bunny to his mother, just as sweetly as could be, “When the baby bunnies come, will you still love me?” “Of course,” said Mother Bunny. “You’re my extra-special one. And I’ll love you just as much when the baby bunnies come.” Every child is anxious about the arrival of a new brother or sister. In Carol Roth’s sweet, comforting story, various animal mothers-and one human one-reassure their little ones that love has no limits, and they will be loved as much as before. Daniel Howarth’s soft watercolors tenderly depict the mother-child bond.

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Books About Love and Valentines

How Do You Say I Love You? book
#1
How Do You Say I Love You?
Written by Hannah Eliot and illustrated by Shirley Ng-Benitez
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-4
Thoughts from The Book Snob Mom

Awesome concept! The rhymes help with guiding you how to pronounce "I love you" in all the different languages, and the illustrations subtly show elements of each different culture that you can talk about your little one as you read through the book.

Learn how to say “I love you” in ten different languages with this heartwarming board book. “I love you” may sound different around the world, but the meaning is the same. From China, to France, to Russia, to Brazil, and beyond, this charming board book features “I love you” in ten different languages. Tapping into the emotions that parents feel for their children, the rhyming text is accompanied by sweet artwork that depicts different cultures around the world.

A Book of Kisses book
#2
A Book of Kisses
Written by Dave Ross and illustrated by Laura Rader
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-4
Thoughts from Mom of Boys

This is a fun book about kisses. There are a lot of I love you books for children or babies coming from their parents. This book is a fun twist on how kisses say I love you, but also so much more from lots of different people. It will make you laugh and cheer you up and ends with a sweet feeling of wanting to share a little kindness.

There are all kinds of kisses in the world, for all different occasions: congratulations kisses I'm sorry kisses butterfly kisses good night kisses A kiss is a wonderful way to show someone you care. Show someone you care--share this book and a kiss!

Plant a Kiss book
#3
Plant a Kiss
Written by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-6
Thoughts from Grammy

This is an adorable little gem of a board book. It is a simple story told with minimal text and adorable illustrations about the power of sharing and nurturing love. There are plenty of things to point out and look for on each page. The unlikely seed of a kiss follows the growth pattern of traditional seeds, with cause for a community celebration at the harvest.

Little Miss planted a kiss. . . . One small act of love blooms into something bigger and more dazzling than Little Miss could have ever imagined in this epic journey about life, kindness, and giving from New York Times bestselling team Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Peter H. Reynolds. Now a board book!

Honorable Mentions
  1. Kisses and Cuddles - A little penguin loves to do many things during his fun day, but nothing beats getting kisses and cuddles from his mama! Follow a little penguin as he spends his day doing everything he loves--such as eating pancakes, playing with his toys, drinking hot chocolate, spotting rainbows, and more. But what does he love the most? Kisses and cuddles from his mama!

  2. 1-2-3, You Love Me - The Book Snob Mom - This is anything but your average counting primer and is filled with charming illustrations, great rhymes and twelve ways to show love to friends and family, be it hugs, treats, or quality time.

  3. Penguin in Love - Geisel Honor-winning author/illustrator Salina Yoon's beloved character Penguin searches for his match in Penguin in Love--a charming picture book that's perfect for Valentine's Day. When Penguin finds a lost mitten on the ice one day, he wonders who it belongs to--after all, every mitten has a mate! To unravel the mystery, he embarks on the biggest adventure of his life. Is love waiting for Penguin at the end of this incredible journey? Prolific author/illustrator Salina Yoon's spare text and bright, energetic illustrations bring to life this endearing story celebrating love in its many forms.

  4. Love, Mama - With a heartwarming story and tender illustrations, Jeanette Bradley's debut picture book is perfect for Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, and any day when a child needs a reminder of the strength of a mother's love.

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Books About Love and New Baby

Bunny Roo, I Love You book
#1
Bunny Roo, I Love You
Written by Melissa Marr and illustrated by Teagan White
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-2
Thoughts from B is for Bookworm

I love this beautiful book! The illustrations are fantastic, and I love the concept. The loving mom talks about all the baby's traits and likens them to animals and shares how she cares for and loves her baby. Such a sweet read!

A warm and tender welcome to the world! In a gorgeous picture book that’s playfully sweet and visually captivating, New York Times bestselling author Melissa Marr and talented new illustrator Teagan White celebrate the many ways parents make their new babies feel at home. The world can seem like a big, bewildering place for new babies—fortunately, their mamas know just how to soothe and comfort them. Through enchanting scenes portraying all kinds of mama animals looking out for their little ones, the mother in this story reassures her baby, and young children everywhere, that their caretakers will always love them and keep them safe. This beautiful picture book has the feel of a classic and its heartwarming premise should make it a family favorite.

When the World Was Waiting for You book
#2
When the World Was Waiting for You
Written by Gillian Shields and illustrated by Anna Currey
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

What could be more heartwarming than the arrival of a new little one? The bunny family in this charming picture book celebrates all the events surrounding a birth, from readying the baby's crib to the very first visit from friends and family This padded board book edition is a perfect baby shower gift, and the round edges and sturdy pages make it just right for big siblings with little hands.

On the Night You Were Born book
#3
On the Night You Were Born
Written and illustrated by Nancy Tillman
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-4
Thoughts from Readerly Mom

Sweet and calming, this book is perfect for reading together while snuggling before bed. When we've finished, my toddler likes to hear the story of the day she was born (usually multiple times). While its narrative style isn't my favorite, it's great for creating an opportunity to express my love for my rambunctious three-year-old.

On the night you were born, you brought wonder and magic to the world. The moon stayed up till morning. Polar bears danced. Here is a book that celebrates the one and only ever you! Now available in its entirety in board book format, Nancy Tillman’s masterpiece is perfect for acknowledging the special people in our lives that they are loved.

Honorable Mentions
  1. These Words I Shaped for You - A loving, lyrical ode to the bond shared between mother and child in the tradition of You Are My I Love You and On the Night You Were Born. Before you were born, you fit into the round fullness of my belly and when I dreamt I sent words like love to keep you safe. And when I first touched your tiny hand to mine, I drew a heart inside your palm for you to hold. There is no love more beautiful, more pure, than the deep-rooted love shared between parent and child. Told with vivid, poetic language, and accompanied by Basak Agaoglu's adorable, child-friendly art, Megan Merchant infuses genuine warmth and compassion in this celebration of a mother's heartfelt affection for her child. Whether it's Mother's day, Valentine's Day, graduation, or just an ordinary day, this is the perfect book to share with the people in our lives we cherish most.

  2. Love You Forever - Booksellers have sold more than 30 million copies of Love You Forever in paperback and hardcover. Now we have a board version, printed on light, crisp whiteboard and slightly reduced for child-sized hands. Yet it contains every word of the original, which is much-loved by grandparents and parents everywhere. Watch for major promotion this fall. A young mother holds her baby, and while she sings to it she rocks it back and forth. And through her life, and the stages of his life, she holds her son and rocks him back and forth as she tells him that she will love him forever.

  3. Welcome Little One - Welcome Your Little One to the World! On the day you were born, it was love at first sight. We welcomed you, little one, and held you so tight. For parents, the arrival of a newborn child is an event that offers the promise of never-ending love. Filled with lively illustrations and heartfelt rhyming text, Welcome Little One allows parents and children to celebrate and cherish their bond

  4. Wrapped in Love - In this endearing board book, an iconic blanket is wrapped around newborns, providing them with warmth and security, just as their parents do. As soon as babies are born, they are swaddled in their very first blanket and placed in their parents' loving arms. This book demonstrates how the warmth and security of this blanket, as well as the love and care of family, follow babies home. With soothing, lulling text and heartwarming illustrations, this board book is perfect for anyone who’s welcoming a newborn into the family.

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Books About Love and Babies

More Than Balloons book
#1
More Than Balloons
Written by Lorna Crozier and illustrated by Rachelle Anne Miller
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-4
Thoughts from Grammy

This charming story of the boundless love of a parent for a child makes for ideal bedtime reading. The creative rhymes and consistent meter are remarkable, as are the many details for spying and identifying on each page. There is a great variety of animals rendered in a warm palette of colors participating in a wide range of experiences throughout the seasons of the year. Plenty to discuss, and even use as a springboard for your own adventures.

Balloons love the moon, and a tuba loves a tune, but these don't compare to the love we have for you. Award-winning poet Lorna Crozier uses evocative rhyme, complemented by Rachelle Anne Miller's whimsical imagery, to provide babies and toddlers with common concepts that explain just how great love is.

Baby Love book
#2
Baby Love
Written by Angela DiTerlizzi and illustrated by Brooke Boynton Hughes
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-4

This cozy and cuddly picture book celebrates all the most wonderful things about babies and is perfect for reading aloud to little ones. Rosy cheeks. Button nose. Little fingers. Tiny toes. Sweet kiss. Warm hug. Yes, it must be baby love. Anyone who has ever delighted in a baby’s bright smile or darling toes will instantly connect to this adorable picture book with simple text and adorable illustrations. With just the right balance of sweetness and humor, this is a soothing ode to all the wonderful bits and pieces that make up a cuddly, snuggly baby.

Mama Loves You So book
#3
Mama Loves You So
Written by Terry Pierce and illustrated by Simone Shin
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-2

With lilting lullaby text and lovely illustrations, the New Books for Newborns stories are the perfect first books for new parents to share with their little ones right from the start! Start here. If only raising a child was that easy. It can be difficult in the first year to figure out what’s just right for your baby. But with this new line of books—New Books for Newborns— story time is really that simple. Designed as the first books to start reading with your baby, these just-right stories hit all the right notes with soothing texts, lovely art, and, most importantly, stories meant for sharing any time of the day. Start here. Snuggle up. It’s story time! This book celebrates a mother’s love trumping even majestic mother nature…a mama’s love is higher than a mountain and deeper than any stream.

Honorable Mentions
  1. Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes - A global celebration of adorable baby fingers and baby toes, as well as the babies they belong to, is now available in a lap board book edition.

  2. Besos for Baby - Everyone has kisses for Baby, from Mami and Papi to perro and gato. Using simple Spanish words, this charming read-aloud proves that love is the same in every language! Parents won't be able to resist giving baby muchos besos as they share this bilingual read aloud, filled with bold, graphic illustrations, with their little bébé!

  3. Blankies - Every baby's blankie or cuddly is different, but they are all just as special! Find out what makes them unique, and why babies love them. With a high emotional content reflecting a child's own life and experiences, this is perfect for sharing during a special quiet time.

  4. Love - This delightful book explores the joys of unconditional love between a parent and child. Beautifully illustrated pages and a gentle story make this perfect for sharing and creating special memories together.

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Books About Love and Hugs

If Animals Said I Love You book
#1
If Animals Said I Love You
Written by Ann Whitford Paul and illustrated by David Walker
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

If animals said “I love you” like we do…how would they say it? Whale would make bubbles shoot from her spout. Boa would give her hatchlings a hug. Gorilla would snuggle his child to sleep. And across the animal kingdom, every creature would show love in a special way. Ann Whitford Paul and David Walker are back with If Animals Said I Love You, a sweet imagining of love in the animal world.

Hug Machine book
#2
Hug Machine
Written and illustrated by Scott Campbell
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-4
Thoughts from The Book Snob Mom

The edgy illustrations totally change the dynamic of this extra sweet topic (hugs!) to make it peppy and energetic, feeling very much like a rambunctious child, rather than the soothingly sweet cadence you might have come to expect from a book all about hugging. I always get hugs from my toddler after reading this one, which is definitely a plus in my book, as well as give out a few myself, making it the perfect opportunity to show a little extra affection. I particularly love the final pages where the little boys' hug energy is given a boost by his mother's hug.

The hug machine is available to hug anyone, any time, whether they are square or long, spikey or soft.

Mommy Hugs (Classic Board Books) book
#3
Mommy Hugs (Classic Board Books)
Written and illustrated by Karen Katz
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-4

A loving mother counts the hugs she gives her baby throughout the day. Ob board pages.

Honorable Mentions
  1. Hug Me Little Bear: Finger Puppet Book - Share your love with this huggable finger puppet book! The sweetly reassuring stories in this brand-new series celebrate all the things a parent's arms can do for their child, from playing games to sharing a treat and—best of all—showing their love with a hug. Adorable illustrations and two plush finger puppet arms make for a cozy, interactive reading experience for babies and their loved ones.

  2. I Love You, Little Pookie - From the beloved and bestselling Sandra Boynton, here is I Love You, Little Pookie, a sweet and simple board book that offers a declaration of unwavering love from Mom to her wonderful child. I Love You, Little Pookie is an affectionate and heartfelt celebration—for Valentine’s Day and every day—enlivened with those funny and captivating Boynton drawings. And Pookie’s Mom wisely knows that the best way to say I love you is simply to say it: Through the days, through the nights, come rain or come shine, I love you, little Pookie. You’ll always be mine.

  3. Hug - Bobo needs a hug. But his friends don't seem to understand. "Hug," he implores, time and again. Time and again his puzzled pals — from the smallest chameleon to the tallest giraffe — shrug and cuddle with their jungle mothers. As the lonely chimp's plea escalates, his friends grow concerned. Can the elephants lead Bobo to his heart's desire? Jez Alborough transforms a total of three words — and some of the most tenderly expressive animals ever created — into an endearing tribute to love and belonging.

  4. Huggy Kissy - When you’re an adorable bald baby, your family finds lots of ways to show you how much they love you: Mommy lifts you uppy, Daddy kisses you on the tummy, and everyone wants to snuggle. What’s not to love? With comedy and warmth, Leslie Patricelli offers a universal tribute to love and affection in a board book full of instant appeal for little valentines everywhere. Oh, baby! Leslie Patricelli’s one-haired wonder returns to share the love.

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Books About Love and Friendship

Penguin and Pinecone book
#1
Penguin and Pinecone
Written and illustrated by Salina Yoon
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-6
Thoughts from Mr. Staccato

"When you give love, it grows." Such a cute board book with a fun story and illustrations that fully add to it. When penguin discovers a pinecone he's not exactly sure what it is. His grandpa tells him that pinecones belong in the forest and so after making a scarf for his new friend, penguin makes the long journey to take his pinecone somewhere warmer.

Geisel Honor-winning author/illustrator Salina Yoon introduces readers to a beloved character in Penguin and Pinecone--a picture book about friendship that will warm your heart! When curious little Penguin finds a lost pinecone in the snow, their friendship grows into something extraordinary! But Grandpa reminds Penguin that pinecones can't live in the snow--they belong in the warm forest far away. Can Penguin help Pinecone get home? And can they stay friends, even if they're miles apart? Prolific author/illustrator Salina Yoon's spare text and bright, energetic illustrations bring to life this endearing story celebrating friendships lost and found, and overcoming the odds to be with the one you love.

Hey, Boy book
#2
Hey, Boy
Written by Benjamin Strouse and illustrated by Jennifer Phelan
board book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

In the classic style of The Giving Tree comes a touching debut picture book about the unfaltering love between a boy and his pet. One day a boy finds a dog. He takes him home, already dreaming of the adventures they will have and the games they will play. But when the boy gets hurt, he and his new best friend are separated. Will the boy be able to grow up quickly enough to get his furry companion back, or will life keep getting in the way? With dreamily spare text and sweeping yet simple illustrations, Hey, Boy is a reminder that true friends always find their way home to each other.

Small Bunny's Blue Blanket book
#3
Small Bunny's Blue Blanket
Written and illustrated by Tatyana Feeney
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

Small Bunny does everything with Blue Blanket. Blue Blanket helps him paint the best pictures, go the highest on the swings, and read the hardest words. They need each other. But one day, Small Bunny’s mother insists Blue Blanket needs to be washed. She says Blue Blanket will be as good as new after. But Bunny isn’t sure he likes new. Will his friend ever be the same?

Honorable Mentions
  1. L Is for Love - Introduce your brilliant baby to the ABCs with this colorfully illustrated primer about love and friendship. Valentine's Day is a time to reflect on the themes of love and friendship, and what better way to introduce toddlers to these concepts than with a new ABC volume from artist Greg Paprocki. The book's 26 fully illustrated pages take aim just like Cupid's arrow at lovebirds, sweethearts, BFFs, and secret admirers. Part of the BabyLit Alphabet Series. Greg Paprocki works full-time as an illustrator and book designer. In addition to illustrating several Curious George books, he's provided illustrations for a number of books for Gibbs Smith, including A Is for Atom, S Is for Santa, B Is for Boo, and The Big Book of Superheroes. He began his career as an advertising art director after studying fine art and graphic design at the University of Nebraska.

  2. Grandpas Are for Finding Worms - When you need worms for fishing, Grandpa knows just where to look. Grandpas are great at making things, like bookshelves, burgers, and funny faces. Some grandpas like to sing old songs, some like to play baseball, and all grandpas make you feel special. Young children and grandpas alike will love this sweet tribute to the special love between them

  3. Daniel Loves You - A new generation of children love Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, inspired by the classic series Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood! Daniel says “I love you” in this shaped board book based on Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood! Join Daniel Tiger for a ride around the neighborhood as he says “I love you” to his family, friends, neighbors…and to you! This sweet, simple board book is filled with hearts, hugs, and “Ugga Muggas!” © 2018 The Fred Rogers Company

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Books About Love and Rhyming

Best Friends: We Are A Family book
#1
Best Friends: We Are A Family
Written by Roger Priddy
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-4

Like peas in a pod, and leaves in a tree, we all belong to a family! Whether they are big, or whether they are small, this charming book shows young readers that there are all kinds of different families to be found in the world around us, from a bunch of balloons, to eggs in a box, and fingers on a hand. Designed with a mixture of photographs and fun illustrations to engage little ones and make them smile, there are cute rhymes to read and share in this celebration of family in its many forms.

We are Better Together book
#2
We are Better Together
Written by Roger Priddy
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-3
Thoughts from The Book Snob Mom

I was a little lukewarm on this book until I read it 100 times to my toddler (who loves it!) and realized that a) I wasn't getting particularly tired of it and b) it was great for playing "I spy" and he was getting name actual pictures of things he sees in everyday life. The illustration style of drawings over photographs is original and fun and it's now a favorite at our house—plus the message is fabulous!

You can't paint a picture without paint, or make a milkshake without milk. This charming book of teamwork and friendship shows how individual things are so much better, when they all work together! Flour, eggs, butter, and sugar all join together to make a cake; paper, scissors, and tape wrap a beautiful present. Designed with a mixture of photographs and fun illustrations to engage little ones and make them smile, there are cute rhymes to read and share in this celebration of teamwork in its many forms.

We Are Best Friends book
#3
We Are Best Friends
Written by Roger Priddy
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-4

There are some things that just belong together - milk and cookies, pen and paper, salt and pepper, all best friends forever. This charming book of friendship is full of best friend pairs, and is designed with a mixture of photographs and fun illustrations to engage little ones and make them smile. With cute rhymes to read and share: 'Knife said to Fork: There's no one better. I love it when we are together.' This is a great book to celebrate friendship and love in its many forms.

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  1. Peter Rabbit, I Love You - Say "I love you" with this rhyming board book with a peekaboo mirror! This lovely book features classic Beatrix Potter characters, including Peter Rabbit, accompanied by sweet rhyming text. Celebrating all the lovable and adorable things little ones do, and ending with a mirror surprise, this book is perfect for reading with the little bunny you love the most.

  2. ABC Love - An endearing twist on learning your ABCs! ABC Love pairs each letter of the alphabet with a word that teaches young children about important concepts like love, acceptance, affection, values, and warmth. A fun family read with playful, rhyming text, ABC Love makes learning the alphabet interactive and fun for preschool children and older. Its engaging illustrations and text promote togetherness between kids and their family and encourages them to act out each "love list" item, including everything from "embrace" for the letter "E" and "laugh" for "L," to "trust" for "T."

  3. A Kiss Means I Love You - Now available in board book format with revised content perfect for even the youngest children. Featuring engaging photographs of young children and sweet rhyming text, this fun read-aloud teaches little ones about nonverbal communication from a kiss and a clap to a wave and a yawn.

  4. Llama Llama I Love You - 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. 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?

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Books About Love and Parents

You're All My Favorites book
#1
You're All My Favorites
Written by Sam McBratney and illustrated by Anita Jeram
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

Three much-loved baby bears begin to wonder if their parents have a favorite. On board pages.

I'll Never Let You Go book
#2
I'll Never Let You Go
Written by Smriti Prasadam-Halls and illustrated by Alison Brown
board book
Recommend Ages: 5-10

When you love someone, you stand by them no matter what happens. In good times . . . When you're excited, the world joins with you, You bounce all about--look, I'm bouncing, too! In bad times . . . When you are sad and troubled with fears, I hold you close and dry all your tears. And all the times in between. When you are high and when you are low, I'll be holding your hand . . . and I'll never let go. Share this beautiful celebration of unconditional love with someone special in your life.

Hug Me Little Bunny: Finger Puppet Book book
#3
Hug Me Little Bunny: Finger Puppet Book
Written and illustrated by Chronicle Books
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Share your love with this huggable finger puppet book! The sweetly reassuring stories in this brand-new series celebrate all the things a parent's arms can do for their child, from playing games to sharing a treat and—best of all—showing their love with a hug. Adorable illustrations and two plush finger puppet arms make for a cozy, interactive reading experience for babies and their loved ones.

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  1. You're My Little Honey Bunny - The perfect story to share with your own honey bunny! Celebrate your little honey bunny with this sweet and colorful rhyming board book! With chunky pages for little hands and die-cut shapes to add depth and interest, children will love the interactive features alongside the story of love between a parent and child.

  2. If There Never Was a You - If there never was a you, how empty life would be! Who would make me smile and laugh and keep me company? Filled with heartwarming messages of love, belonging, and togetherness, If There Never Was a You gently reassures children that the place they hold in their parents' hearts can never be filled with anything else.

  3. Love - Join a baby rabbit and its parent as they spend a glorious sunny day together in the meadow. The little rabbit finds love everywhere, but knows that a parent’s love is the best love of all!

  4. Always - One little elephant learns that a parent’s love is unconditional. There is always love between parent and child, which is the heartwarming message in an exquisite new title from Emma Dodd. Featuring stunning illustrations of an elephant family and with interior pages embellished with foil, this makes a handsome addition to any nursery bookshelf.

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Books About Love and Adventure

The Runaway Bunny Board Book book
#1
The Runaway Bunny Board Book
Written by Margaret Wise Brown and illustrated by Clement Hurd
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-2

Celebrating 75 years, The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown, beloved children’s book author of Goodnight Moon. “If you run away,” said his mother, “I will run after you. For you are my little bunny.” A little bunny keeps running away from his mother in this imaginary game of hide-and-seek. Children will be profoundly comforted by this lovingly steadfast mother who finds her child every time. The Runaway Bunny, first published in 1942 and never out of print, has indeed become a classic. Generations of readers have fallen in love with the gentle magic of its reassuring words and loving pictures.

I Love You, Blankie book
#2
I Love You, Blankie
Written by Sheryl Haft and illustrated by Jane Massey
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-6

A flowing sail, a hot air balloon, a fluffy cloud, a glowing moon... with a little imagination, a blankie can be anything! This sweet and playful board book will encourage little ones to think big as they head off into dreamland. On each page, a young child uses his cozy yellow blankie in a new way, taking him everywhere from under the sea to high among the stars. As bedtime nears, the blankie turns into a balloon, a cloud, and a shooting star, eventually placing him safely into bed where he can keep dreaming and snuggling, too. Debut author Sheryl Haft and artist Jane Massey have crafted an adorable story around a universal bedtime theme. Featuring a soft padded cover, this is the perfect book to inspire sweet dreams.

How to Babysit a Grandpa book
#3
How to Babysit a Grandpa
Written by Jean Reagan and illustrated by Lee Wildish
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

A New York Times bestselling picture book—from the creators of the hilarious HOW TO… series—about a child spending time with his grandpa. Written in a how-to style, the narrator gives important tips for “babysitting” a grandpa, including what to eat for snack (anything dipped in ketchup, ice cream topped with cookies, cookies topped with ice cream) what to do on a walk (find lizards and dandelion puffs, be on the lookout for puddles and sprinklers), and how to play with a grandpa (build a pirate cave, put on a scary play). Filled with humor, energy, and warmth, this is a great gift for or from a grandparent, and perfect for lap reading when Grandpa comes to visit!

Honorable Mentions
  1. Grandmas Are for Giving Tickles - Spending time with Grandma is so much fun! She knows all about butterflies, snails, and computers. And she has great ideas for new adventures. Grandma will play dress-up with you, and she’ll show you pictures of your mom when she was a little girl. This adorable lift-the-flap book is perfect for young children to read with Grandma when she comes to visit.

  2. Nancy Tillman's the World Is a Wonderland Collection - A sweet mini board book collection from the New York Times-Bestselling Author of On the Night You Were Born! The world is a wonderland waiting for you. How will you play in it? What will you do? This exclusive collection of mini board books is a gift for the youngest readers—and their families—from Nancy Tillman. Using images recreated from her beloved picture books, these five volumes convey to children that "You are loved."

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Books About Love and Family

I Love You the Purplest book
#1
I Love You the Purplest
Written by Barbara M. Joosse and illustrated by Mary Whyte
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-4

From the bestselling author of Mama, Do You Love Me?— and finally available in a board book format—this classic read-aloud provides a poetic and comforting answer to a universal question: Who do you love more? In this warm celebration of unconditional love, a wise mother reassures her children that each of them has a very special place in her heart, making this a perfect gift for the whole family.

Grandma and Me book
#2
Grandma and Me
Written and illustrated by Karen Katz
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-5

Grandma is coming for a very special visit! Peek under the big, easy-to-lift flaps to see all of Grandma's surprises!

Love Makes a Family book
#3
Love Makes a Family
Written and illustrated by Sophie Beer
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

This fun, inclusive board book celebrates the one thing that makes every family a family . . . and that’s LOVE. Love is baking a special cake. Love is lending a helping hand. Love is reading one more book. In this exuberant board book, many different families are shown in happy activity, from an early-morning wake-up to a kiss before bed. Whether a child has two moms, two dads, one parent, or one of each, this simple preschool read-aloud demonstrates that what’s most important in each family’s life is the love the family members share.

Honorable Mentions
  1. I Love You So - "I love you.""How much?""SO much.""How much is so?""Way, Way more than you know."I Love You So... puts into words the often indescribable quality of boundless, steady and unconditional love.This comforting story embraces the reader like a warm hug and gently reassures a child that love is for always - despite grouchy moods or physical separation.I Love You So... is the perfect pause in a hectic day, offering the gift of love to a treasured child.

  2. Together - This little sea otter loves spending time with its parent — learning new things, playing together, or even just holding hands. Every day is special when they are together.

  3. Welcome Song for Baby - A poem describing the uniqueness of a newborn baby and its family's love is accompanied by colorful images of babies with their families.

  4. Big Little Hippo - Little Hippo is the youngest in his family . . . and the smallest. Smaller than his parents, his siblings, and all his friends, too. And even though his mom promises he'll grow, he wants to be big RIGHT NOW! But when he helps a creature even tinier than himself, Little Hippo learns that it's the size of his heart that counts most of all.

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Books About Love and Moms

Bear of My Heart book
#1
Bear of My Heart
Written by Joanne Ryder and illustrated by Margie Moore
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-4

There are so many bears in the world dear, but there's no other one that will do. You are the bear of my heart, dear, and I am the one who lives you. Every mother makes promises to share the joys and wonders of the world with her children and Mother Bear is no exception. As Mother Bear introduces her child to the hills, lakes, caves and starry nights, she reminds Baby that no matter what, he will always remain the bear of her heart and she will always be there for him. With Joanne Ryder's heartfelt lyrical text and adorable illustrations by Margie Moore, this beautiful hardcover is now available in board book and is perfect book for sharing on Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, or any day of the year!

Bunny My Honey book
#2
Bunny My Honey
Written and illustrated by Anita Jeram
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

Bunny knows how to do lots of special rabbity things, like running and hopping, digging, and thumping his great big feet. But when he runs too far one day and gets lost deep in the woods, there’s only one thing he wants: an adoring Mommy Rabbit to cuddle him and put her twitchy nose on his. The incomparable Anita Jeram, illustrator of the all-time classic series about the Nutbrown Hares and many other beloved tales, offers a sweetly reassuring read-aloud for the youngest of children.

I Love You More Each Day book
#3
I Love You More Each Day
Written by Gill Lewis and illustrated by Louise Ho
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Join Mommy Bear and Little Bear on a beautiful journey of love and discovery! Join Mommy Bear and Little Bear on a beautiful journey of love and discovery. With beautiful illustrations and a sweet message, this story is perfect for parents to read to their special little one at story time, bedtime, and any time in between!

Honorable Mentions
  1. Ladybug Girl and Her Mama - Ladybug Girl stars in this concept board book about spending time with Mama. The short, simple text and sturdy format make this book perfect for sharing with the toddler in your life. Ladybug Girl loves her mama, and can’t wait to spend the day with her. They plant flowers in the garden, share a special lunch, and enjoy a favorite movie. Together-time has never been so sweet. Just right for Mother’s Day!

  2. I Love You, Mommy - An adorable, heartfelt padded board book for mothers and children, just in time for Valentine's Day and Mother's Day! A heartwarming story of a baby bear who loves doing things with her Mommy, like having fun at breakfast time, playing in the backyard, enjoying yummy snacks, and watching clouds together. This beautifully illustrated padded board book is the perfect gift for mom's birthday or for Mother's Day!

  3. From Mother to Mother - "Looking back at Baby's ancestors, Mother describes how long, long, long, long ago, her mother's mother's mother's mother gave birth to her mother's mother's mother. And so it goes, describing Baby's lineage through to present day. Russian nesting dolls (matryoshka) illustrated on each spread get smaller with each page turn, and each is a different color decorated with animals, flowers, and other nature-based items"--

  4. How to Raise a Mom - Celebrate the bond between moms and children in a humorous book that invites the kids to do the hard work of raising their mom...if just for a day! A New York Times Bestseller This humorous new addition to the beloved HOW TO... books takes readers through a playful, busy day with Mom. In an instructional style, two siblings suggest the best ways to raise a happy, healthy mom--from waking her up in the morning to arranging playdates, to making sure she gets enough exercise, some quiet time, and plenty of veggies! Filled with charming role-reversal humor, creative ideas, and lots of love, How to Raise a Mom is the perfect gift for Mother's Day--or any day!

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Books About Love and Dads

I Love My Daddy book
#1
I Love My Daddy
Written and illustrated by Sebastien Braun
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-4

Sebastien Braun’s celebrated I Love My Daddy is now in board book format—perfect for little hands in strollers and highchairs! Sometimes daddies are loud and playful. Other times they are quiet and compassionate. And they are always loving. Sebastien Braun's appealing text and charming illustrations follow a day in the life of a bear and his bear cub in this celebration of the bond between father and child.

I Love Dad book
#2
I Love Dad
Written by Joanna Walsh and illustrated by Judi Abbot
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-4

Show Dad how much you care with this delightful board book from the creators of The Perfect Hug and The Biggest Kiss. From his stubbly kisses to his sky high piggyback rides to his bedtime stories, no one is quite like Dad. This charming Classic Board Book is a celebration of dads everywhere!

Spot Loves His Daddy book
#3
Spot Loves His Daddy
Written and illustrated by Eric Hill
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Whether playing ball in the park, feeding the ducks, or reading bedtime stories, Spot and his Daddy are great buddies. Perfect for Father’s Day, as well as all year long, this happy and heartwarming book is great for sharing.

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  1. Superhero Dad - "Blazing with energy and saturated with love." -- Booklist Dad might not have a superhero mask or wear his underwear outside his pants, but his super snores can be heard a thousand miles away, he tells super-funny jokes, and he can even make super-scary monsters go away at bedtime! This vibrant, humorous, and warmhearted celebration of all the incredible things a dad can do is a fun tribute to the specialness of dads (and their superhero children!).

  2. Ladybug Girl and Her Papa - Perfect for Father’s Day or any day, this board book from the New York Times bestselling Ladybug Girl series celebrates Lulu’s bond with her dad and pairs perfectly with Ladybug Girl and her Mama Join Lulu and her papa as they spend a perfect day together. They take a hike complete with rock-skipping at the stream, make a delicious pancake breakfast, and build a birdhouse. Even hanging the laundry to dry is an adventure when Ladybug Girl is with Papa. This sweet story captures the everyday magic of the love between a little girl and her dad.

  3. On Our Way Home - This heartfelt picture book celebrates the love between a father and his child. Together, Daddy Bear and Baby Bear walk through the forest, racing and resting and gazing at wonderful things along the way. When they arrive home, Daddy tucks his sleepy little bear into bed with a kiss and a cuddle. With its gentle, simple text and lovely art, On Our Way Home is the perfect bedtime story.

  4. Daddies Are Awesome - Daddies are awesome! They're warm and delicious. They tickle and hug you and shower you with kisses. Loving and thoughtful, playful and daring, cuddly and caring--daddies are awesome. This gentle rhyming text celebrates the special bond between father and child. Adorable doggy daddy and pup illustrations make this perfect for sharing!

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