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One of the ways you can make reading fun for your kiddos is to have books that are out and around your house, whether to display or just make more easily accessible, for holidays. With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite picks about valentines, love, hugs, kisses, and cuddles! Plus, who ever actually gets tired of reading books about love, kisses, and cuddles?! These picks are books we’ve selected that can become favorites for all year long. Go ahead, grab some of them from your library or bookstore and cuddle up, read, and enjoy! Warning: reading these books with your children may cause increased hugging, cuddling, kissing, and loving. You’re welcome.

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Top 10 Books About Valentines

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More Than Balloons
Written by Lorna Crozier & illustrated by Rachelle Anne Miller
Thoughts from The Book Snob Mom
Truly such a sweet and lovely book. Love the rhymes, love the message, love the adorable illustrations (especially the hedgehog character!) and I can read it over and over and over again, which is always a major win.
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-4
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.
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Emma
Written by Jennifer Adams & illustrated by Alison Oliver
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-4
Step into the drama filled world of Jane Austin’s Emma: A BabyLit Emotions Primer. Your little one will learn about the meddling Emma Woodhouse, who takes it upon herself to become the village matchmaker, creating all sorts of feelings in others. Her friend’s emotions include Mr. Elton being angry, Miss Taylor becoming happy, while Jane Fairfax is tired.
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Three Little Words
Written by Clemency Pearce & illustrated by Rosalind Beardshaw
Thoughts from B is for Bookworm
I love this book!! The illustrations are absolutely beautiful and darling, and the story and text are just as sweet! I love the message of this book, and I love that it shows how love and kindness can help overcome other emotions or help you be brave in certain situations. I also love that it talks about how you can help others by using these words, too! Fabulous book.
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5
Perfect for Valentine's Day, graduation, birthdays, or anytime a hug is required, this beautiful book lets children know their parents will always be there for them! What are the three little words that make everything better? I Love You! Preschoolers will love snuggling with their families and counting all the ways that the three little words “I love you” can solve most every childhood concern. With warm, cuddly, reassuring illustrations of adorable animal families, this book lets children know that their parents will always be there with lots of hugs and kisses. "Each time the phrase I love you is introduced, Pearce describes it with a different adjective, such as mighty, friendly, or winning, which emphasizes the myriad ways unconditional love can rescue upsetting moments.... The bouncy rhythm makes it fun to read aloud, especially since little ones will easily catch on to the repeated refrain. Great for any time a kiddo needs a boost of confidence."—Booklist
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My Heart Is Like a Zoo
Written & illustrated by Michael Hall
Thoughts from The Book Snob Mom
This book is amazing and I love it so much! The illustrations are incredibly clever (all made out of hearts), and the rhyme scheme and cadence are FANTASTIC. In terms of content, the exposure it gives to a range of emotions in a child-accessible way fraught with silliness and similies is delightful.
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-5
The New York Times bestseller My Heart Is Like a Zoo features bright colors, simple sentences, playful animals, and more than 300 hearts for children to count and enjoy. Caldecott Medalist Brian Selznick says, "Starting with one simple shape, Michael Hall shows us a nearly infinite number of ways to make a menagerie of love." This board book edition of the award-winning picture book is perfect for little hands and the very youngest readers, who will learn that a heart can be hopeful, silly, happy, rugged, snappy, or lonely. A heart holds every different feeling, and author-artist Michael Hall captures each one with his bold, graphic artwork. An ideal springboard for conversations about emotions, and for introducing concepts, math, and art projects in the classroom and at home. School Library Journal called it an "outstanding choice for one-on-one sharing."
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How Do You Say I Love You?
Written by Hannah Eliot & illustrated by Shirley Ng-Benitez
Thoughts from B is for Bookworm
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.
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Recommend Ages: 1-4
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.
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Hugs and Kisses
Written & illustrated by Judi Abbot
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-4
From the bestselling illustrator of The Perfect Hug and The Biggest Kiss, comes an adorable board book full of hugs and kisses! This sweet board book features the same cast of adorable animals from The Biggest Kiss and The Perfect Hug by bestselling illustrator Judi Abbot. Only this time, all the friends are in a brand-new story that proves everyone needs hugs AND kisses!
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Catching Kisses
Written by Amy Gibson & illustrated by Maria van Lieshout
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6
At any given moment/someone, somewhere is blowing a kiss. And somewhere/someone/is catching it. So begins this journey of the heart, as readers young and old follow a handful of kisses around the United States. From San Francisco to New Orleans to New York City, the text and stylized artwork celebrate all the ways kisses are shared.
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Love Monster and the Perfect Present
Written & illustrated by Rachel Bright
Thoughts from B is for Bookworm
I thought this book was super cute! The illustrations are fun, and despite the book being about "monsters," they're the nicest monsters I've ever seen. :) I love the message of giving something from the heart that doesn't have to be expensive or flashy.
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5
Everyone in Cutesville is excited for the most special day of the year: Present Day! Love Monster goes on a hunt for the perfect gift for his special someone, but as it turns out, finding the perfect gift is not easy. And the only thing worse than a not-perfect present is no present at all. But Love Monster soon comes up with the idea for the best gift ever—one that comes straight from his furry heart.
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A Book of Kisses
Written by Dave Ross & illustrated by Laura Rader
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-4
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!
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Hug Machine
Written & illustrated by Scott Campbell
Thoughts from B is for Bookworm
I love this cute book about hugging! So sweet and a great book to get your little one to give your more hugs. ;) This book is also perfect for any little one that loves pizza, as that's a hug machine's favorite food!
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Recommend Ages: 2-4
The hug machine is available to hug anyone, any time, whether they are square or long, spikey or soft.
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Books About Valentines and Hugs

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Hugs and Kisses
Written & illustrated by Judi Abbot
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-4
From the bestselling illustrator of The Perfect Hug and The Biggest Kiss, comes an adorable board book full of hugs and kisses! This sweet board book features the same cast of adorable animals from The Biggest Kiss and The Perfect Hug by bestselling illustrator Judi Abbot. Only this time, all the friends are in a brand-new story that proves everyone needs hugs AND kisses!
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Hug Machine
Written & illustrated by Scott Campbell
Thoughts from B is for Bookworm
I love this cute book about hugging! So sweet and a great book to get your little one to give your more hugs. ;) This book is also perfect for any little one that loves pizza, as that's a hug machine's favorite food!
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-4
The hug machine is available to hug anyone, any time, whether they are square or long, spikey or soft.
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Big Hugs, Little Hugs
Written & illustrated by Felicia Bond
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-5
A joyful board book about family love from the #1 New York Times bestselling illustrator of If You Give a Mouse a Cookie! Big or small, Furry or not, Here or there, Inside or out, Everyone hugs all over the world. With its loving, simple text and bold, beautiful artwork, this is a perfect board book for baby showers, first birthdays, or a baby’s first first holidays. And it’s not just about hugging! Little ones can learn about opposites and about animals and their habitats in this story too. Mega-selling author and artist Felicia Bond has crafted a charming book filled with animals hugging across the globe that celebrates the universality of love.
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The Runaway Hug book
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Huggy Kissy book
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If Animals Said I Love You book
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How Many Hugs? book
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  1. The Runaway Hug - B is for Bookworm -

    This is such a sweet bedtime book! I love the idea that there's just one hug left, so you have to give it back. :) I also love the final illustrations showing the whole family, all the kids in bed. Also, this didn't bother me at all, but one thing to note in case you'd like to know is that there are a few illustrations where both the mother and daughter are getting dressed and are just wearing underwear (though a full shirt on in both cases).

  2. 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.

  3. If Animals Said I Love You - 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.

  4. How Many Hugs? - A charming board book that explores all the ways that animals and multi-legged insects give hugs, How Many Hugs? is perfect as a counting picture book and for reading aloud at bedtime! Centipedes, those crawliest bugs have 300 legs for giving out hugs. That’s 150 on one side to grasp and 150 on the other to clasp. Hugs abound in this celebration of multi-legged animals and insects and their babies! And at the end of the day, human parents can give their little ones as many hugs as they want—with two arms. Charming art and rhyming text make this a perfect companion to All Kinds of Kisses, also by Heather Swain.

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Books About Valentines and Kisses

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Catching Kisses
Written by Amy Gibson & illustrated by Maria van Lieshout
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6
At any given moment/someone, somewhere is blowing a kiss. And somewhere/someone/is catching it. So begins this journey of the heart, as readers young and old follow a handful of kisses around the United States. From San Francisco to New Orleans to New York City, the text and stylized artwork celebrate all the ways kisses are shared.
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A Book of Kisses
Written by Dave Ross & illustrated by Laura Rader
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-4
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!
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Where Do Kisses Come From?
Written by Maria Fleming & illustrated by Janice Kinnealy
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7
Introduces some of the many reasons why parents kiss their children, including because they smile or because they are sick, and reveals where kisses come from.
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The Best Kind of Kiss book
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If Animals Kissed Good Night book
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Hello, Love! book
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All Kinds of Kisses book
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  1. The Best Kind of Kiss - A child lists many varieties of kisses, ending with a favorite.

  2. If Animals Kissed Good Night - Rhyming text explores what would happen if animals kissed like humans do, from a slow kiss between a sloth and her cub to a mud-happy kiss from a hippo calf to his father.

  3. Hello, Love! - 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.

  4. All Kinds of Kisses - There are all kinds of kisses. Cheep kisses… moo kisses… baa kisses… coo kisses… But the best kiss of all is Mommy’s kiss goodnight. Mamas all across the farm cozy up with their little ones with cuddles and sweet affection. This lulling read-aloud, with animal sounds labeled on every page, will encourage young readers to join in as they are reminded how much they are cherished.

Books About Valentines and Feelings And Emotions

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Emma
Written by Jennifer Adams & illustrated by Alison Oliver
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-4
Step into the drama filled world of Jane Austin’s Emma: A BabyLit Emotions Primer. Your little one will learn about the meddling Emma Woodhouse, who takes it upon herself to become the village matchmaker, creating all sorts of feelings in others. Her friend’s emotions include Mr. Elton being angry, Miss Taylor becoming happy, while Jane Fairfax is tired.
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In My Heart
Written & illustrated by Jo Witek
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6
A young girl explores what different emotions feel like, such as happiness which makes her want to twirl, or sadness which feels as heavy as an elephant.
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Love from the Very Hungry Caterpillar
Written & illustrated by Eric Carle
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5
“You are the cherry on my cake; you make the sun shine brighter; you make my heart flutter.” Using a range of images from the World of Eric Carle, and featuring the Very Hungry Caterpillar, this special gift book gives all the reasons why someone special makes the world a better and brighter place. Perfect for that someone special any day of the year!
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Caveboy Crush book
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1-2-3, You Love Me book
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Happy Heart book
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L Is for Love book
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  1. Caveboy Crush - A caveboy-meets-cavegirl tale, with a twist! Neander is a young caveboy. He spends his days doodling on cave walls, chasing mammoth butterflies, and playing with his pet rock, Rock. But one day, he meets Neanne—and he’s CRUSHED! She’s short, she’s hairy, she’s perfect! Neander does everything he can think of to get Neanne’s attention. He picks a bouquet for her from the Field of the Bees. He fetches a conch shell for her from the Waves of Salt. As Neander’s gestures get grander and grander, Neanne remains unimpressed. But then Neander hatches the grandest gesture of all, and it’s Neanne’s turn to do some crushing. From Beth Ferry and Joseph Kuefler comes this sweet celebration of first love—perfect for Valentine’s Day and read-alouds all year long.

  2. 1-2-3, You Love Me - 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.

  3. Happy Heart - You are the sun in my sky. You are the apple of my eye. You mean the world to me. You make my heart so happy. Each page of this adorable board book is die-cut in a different shape. With sweet, loving text, bright, happy illustrations from Susie Hammer, and glitter on every page, Happy Heart is perfect to share with someone you love!

  4. 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.

Books About Valentines and Animals

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My Heart Is Like a Zoo
Written & illustrated by Michael Hall
Thoughts from The Book Snob Mom
This book is amazing and I love it so much! The illustrations are incredibly clever (all made out of hearts), and the rhyme scheme and cadence are FANTASTIC. In terms of content, the exposure it gives to a range of emotions in a child-accessible way fraught with silliness and similies is delightful.
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Recommend Ages: 3-5
The New York Times bestseller My Heart Is Like a Zoo features bright colors, simple sentences, playful animals, and more than 300 hearts for children to count and enjoy. Caldecott Medalist Brian Selznick says, "Starting with one simple shape, Michael Hall shows us a nearly infinite number of ways to make a menagerie of love." This board book edition of the award-winning picture book is perfect for little hands and the very youngest readers, who will learn that a heart can be hopeful, silly, happy, rugged, snappy, or lonely. A heart holds every different feeling, and author-artist Michael Hall captures each one with his bold, graphic artwork. An ideal springboard for conversations about emotions, and for introducing concepts, math, and art projects in the classroom and at home. School Library Journal called it an "outstanding choice for one-on-one sharing."
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Love Is
Written by Diane Adams & illustrated by Claire Keane
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6
Perfect for Valentine's Day—or any tender moment—this story of a girl and a duckling who share a touching year together will melt hearts old and young. In this tenderly funny book, girl and duckling grow in their understanding of what it is to care for each other, discovering that love is as much about letting go as it is about holding tight. Children and parents together will adore this fond exploration of growing up while learning about the joys of love offered and love returned.
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If Animals Said I Love You
Written by Ann Whitford Paul & illustrated by David Walker
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-6
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.
Honorable Mentions
Maze Book: Follow My Heart book
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Princess Ponies 12: An Enchanted Heart book
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How to Charm A Llama book
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The Itsy Bitsy Sweetheart book
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  1. Maze Book: Follow My Heart - Follow My Heart is a seasonal maze adventure in the Follow Me series featuring cute animal characters, Valentine-themed scenes, and finger trails. Follow each animal through the adorable, illustrated scenes on a journey to find their perfect match in this fun-size maze book. Children will love exploring the paths with their fingertips to trace the grooved mazes from hole to hole. There is lots to see and spot on every page along with animal couples such as bees, penguins, bunnies, and bears. The tracing element is great for developing fine motor skills and the search-and-find activity throughout will help with spacial awareness. A great book for little hands to explore and a perfect gift for anyone you love! Also published: Follow Me, Follow Me Around the World, Follow Me Halloween and Follow Me Santa

  2. Princess Ponies 12: An Enchanted Heart - Enter a land of magical ponies in this chapter book series that features illustrations throughout and comes with a collectible charm! The enchanted island of Chevalia, where ponies rule, has finally had its magic restored, thanks to human Pippa and pony Princess Stardust. Her task complete, Pippa has returned to our world . . . but her friends in Chevalia are never far away. It’s Valentine’s Day, and Pippa is so excited to get a surprise visit from her best friend, Princess Stardust. But Stardust needs Pippa’s help. . . Troublemaker Divine has cast a spell, and the ponies of Chevalia have forgotten how to love and started fighting! Together, Pippa and Stardust must search the forests, fields, and volcanoes of Chevalia for a way to break the curse. Can they remind the ponies how to be kind before Valentine’s Day is ruined? Pippa’s adventures in magical Chevalia are brought to life with delightful illustrations, and the book includes a special collectible charm. Collect all of the books in the Princess Ponies series: A Magical Friend A Dream Come True The Special Secret A Unicorn Adventure! An Amazing Rescue Best Friends Forever! A Special Surprise A Singing Star The Lucky Horseshoe The Pumpkin Ghost Season’s Galloping

  3. How to Charm A Llama - If you want to charm a llama, you need this book! This llama-themed touch-and-feel book is perfect for young children, with a funny rhyme that explains how to correctly charm a llama! Children will love watching the color change as they interact with the two-way sequins on every spread.

  4. The Itsy Bitsy Sweetheart - An adorable Valentine’s Day twist on the popular nursery rhyme “The Itsy Bitsy Spider!” The itsy bitsy sweetheart was loveable and kind, Drawing new cards for his friends and Valentines! Out came the markers, paints, and sticky glue, The itsy bitsy sweetheart had lots of work to do! The itsy bitsy sweetheart spreads holiday cheer as she makes Valentine’s Day cards for her family and friends! Little ones will love this sweet twist on the classic nursery rhyme “The Itsy Bitsy Spider.”

Books About Valentines and Friendship

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Love Monster and the Perfect Present
Written & illustrated by Rachel Bright
Thoughts from B is for Bookworm
I thought this book was super cute! The illustrations are fun, and despite the book being about "monsters," they're the nicest monsters I've ever seen. :) I love the message of giving something from the heart that doesn't have to be expensive or flashy.
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5
Everyone in Cutesville is excited for the most special day of the year: Present Day! Love Monster goes on a hunt for the perfect gift for his special someone, but as it turns out, finding the perfect gift is not easy. And the only thing worse than a not-perfect present is no present at all. But Love Monster soon comes up with the idea for the best gift ever—one that comes straight from his furry heart.
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Valentine's Day Secret
Written by Carolyn Keene & illustrated by Macky Pamintuan
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 6-9
Bess and George are fighting - and Nancy's caught in the middle! It's Valentine's Day, but things are not all hearts and flowers for Nancy! While she and her best friends, Bess and George, are making their own stuffed animals at Farmer Fran's Barnyard Buddies, someone slips a mean valentine into Bess' animal's pocket. What's worse than a mean valentine? Bess thinks it came from George! Now the two are in their worst fight ever - and Nancy's caught in the middle! How can she sew Bess and George's friendship - not to mention the Clue Crew - back together?
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Stick and Stone
Written by Beth Ferry & illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7
When Stick rescues Stone from a prickly situation with a Pinecone, the pair becomes fast friends. But when Stick gets stuck, can Stone return the favor? Author Beth Ferry makes a memorable debut with a warm, rhyming text that includes a subtle anti-bullying message even the youngest reader will understand. New York Times bestselling illustrator Tom Lichtenheld imbues Stick and Stone with energy, emotion, and personality to spare. In this funny story about kindness and friendship, Stick and Stone join George and Martha, Frog and Toad, and Elephant and Piggie, as some of the best friend duos in children’s literature.
Honorable Mentions
Mirabel's Missing Valentines book
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Sealed with a Kiss book
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I Love You Night and Day book
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Penguin in Love book
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  1. Mirabel's Missing Valentines - Poor shy Mirabel trembles at the thought of Valentine’s Day. Yet the little mouse crafts her cards with a heart on every one. As she nervously hurries to school, she doesn’t notice the valentines falling out of her bag! But with a little holiday kindness, the lost valentines make their way back to her . . . and bring joy into the lives of all who found them, too. This wonderful tale of overcoming insecurity will make its way to children’s hearts.

  2. Sealed with a Kiss - What’s a seal to do when she’s new to the zoo? Make new friends, of course! But when the other animals aren’t so friendly, a wise sparrow inspires them to surprise Seal with a special treat. Full of heart and humor, this story of friendship and forgiveness from bestselling author Beth Ferry and illustrator Olivier Tallec will have little ones giggling along, and it makes for a fun Valentine’s Day gift!

  3. I Love You Night and Day - A message of unconditional love through the seasons is wrapped in a warm and exuberant board book—perfect for baby showers, Mother’s Day, Valentine’s Day, and love all year round! I love you strong, I love you small, Together, we have it all. I love you wild, I love you loud, I shout it out and I feel proud. When you love someone, you want the whole world to know. Through good times and bad, rain or shine, love is unconditional. Share this beautiful board book for story time, bedtime, or anytime—with someone you love!

  4. 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.

Books About Valentines and School

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My Weird School Special: Oh, Valentine, We've Lost Our Minds!
Written by Dan Gutman & illustrated by Jim Paillot
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 6-10
A.J. and the gang from My Weird School star in this series of after-school, holiday-themed chapter books featuring all-new hilarious stories and thirty-two pages of games, puzzles, and more. It's the week of Valentine's Day, and A.J.'s class is getting a foreign exchange student! His name is Pierre, and he's from France. But what happens when Pierre challenges A.J. to a duel (or at least a thumb war) over Andrea? One thing's for sure: when L-O-V-E comes to Ella Mentry, it spells the weirdest Valentine's Day story in the history of the world! Bestselling author Dan Gutman brings his kid-friendly sense of humor to this all-new series of holiday adventures. With My Weird School checklists and trivia plus tons of Valentine-themed facts and puzzles, this is one weird Valentine special you don't want to miss!
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Junie B. Jones and the Mushy Gushy Valentine
Written by Barbara Park & illustrated by Denise Brunkus
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 6-9
When Junie B. Jones receives a mushy gushy "valentime" on Valentine's Day, she tries to find out who in her kindergarten class is her secret admirer.
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Cupid Doesn't Flip Hamburgers
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 7-10
The whole school is turned upside down when the new cafeteria cook hands out her special Valentines Day cookies. Could she really be Cupid creating a love potion?
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The Night Before Valentine's Day book
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Meena Meets Her Match book
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The Third Wheel book
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Durinda's Dangers book
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  1. The Night Before Valentine's Day - All the kids are getting ready for the sweetest holiday of the year! Join in on all of the card-making fun, and then come along to school the next morning for a day of parties and games!

  2. Meena Meets Her Match - Graduates of the Ramona Quimby series will adore Meena Zee as she navigates the triumphs and challenges of family, friendship, and personal secrets in this charming middle grade debut. Meena’s life is full of color. She wears vibrant clothes, eats every shade of the rainbow, and plucks eye-catching trash from the neighborhood recycling bins. But when Meena’s best friend, Sofía, stops playing with her at recess and she experiences an unexpected and scary incident at breakfast, nothing can fight off the gray. That’s when Meena comes up with a plan to create the BEST and most COLORFUL Valentine’s Day Box in the class. With the help of her cousin, Eli, and her stuffed zebra, Raymond, Meena discovers that the best way to break through the blah is to let her true colors shine.

  3. The Third Wheel - Greg Heffley is not willing to be the odd man out. A dance at Greg’s middle school has everyone scrambling to find a partner, and Greg is determined not to be left by the wayside. So he concocts a desperate plan to find someone—anyone!—to go with on the big night. But Greg’s schemes go hilariously awry, and his only option is to attend the dance with his best friend, Rowley Jefferson, and a female classmate as a “group of friends.” But the night is long, and anything can happen along the way. Who will arrive at the dance triumphantly, and who will end up being the third wheel?

  4. Durinda's Dangers - One month after their parents’ disappearance, the third-grade Huit octuplets deal with a malfunctioning refrigerator and try to win the love of the only boy in their class at Valentine’s Day, while Dorinda discovers her special power and gift. Simultaneous.

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Books About Valentines and Parental Behavior

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More Than Balloons
Written by Lorna Crozier & illustrated by Rachelle Anne Miller
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Truly such a sweet and lovely book. Love the rhymes, love the message, love the adorable illustrations (especially the hedgehog character!) and I can read it over and over and over again, which is always a major win.
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Recommend Ages: 1-4
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.
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I Heart You
Written by Meg Fleming & illustrated by Sarah Jane Wright
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-8
This tender, rhyming picture book is a lively celebration of love. Little ones adore being independent and trying new things. But they also need Mom and Dad’s reassurance and snuggles. With her spare, lyrical text, debut author Meg Fleming captures the exuberance, the affection, and the tender push-and-pull of life with a child. And illustrator Sarah Jane Wright’s evocative illustrations infuse the story with generous helpings of warmth and love.
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I'll Love You Till the Cows Come Home
Written by Kathryn Cristaldi & illustrated by Kristyna Litten
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
I will love you till the cows come home from a trip to Mars through skies unknown in a rocket ship made of glass and stone. I will love you till the cows come home. Love knows no bounds in this lyrical, gentle lullaby, a tender tribute to the depths of family love. Filled with warm, funny art, I’ll Love You Till the Cows Come Home is a perfect read-aloud for curling up with your little one at the end of the day . . . or anytime you want to express just how much you love them.
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Snuggle Puppy book
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Peter Rabbit, I Love You book
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  1. Snuggle Puppy - A great big hug in book form, Snuggle Puppy is a year-round valentine from parent to child. It is bright, chunky, a pleasure to hold, and has a die-cut cover that reveals a glimpse of the joy inside before it’s even opened. Best of all, it’s packed, of course, with pure Boynton: her inimitable language, her inimitable illustrations, her inimitable sense of fun. OOO, Snuggle Puppy of mine! Everything about you is especially fine. I love what you are. I love what you do. Fuzzy little Snuggle Puppy, I love you. Featuring a sweet and cuddly doggie cast and rhyming verse, Snuggle Puppy is the perfect bedtime book to read last, because of an ending that kids will want again and again: I started with OOO. . . . Now we’ll end like this: [BIG SMOOCH!]

  2. 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.

  3. I Heart You - Little ones adore being independent and trying new things. But they also need Mom and Dad’s reassurance and snuggles. With her spare, lyrical text, Meg Fleming captures the exuberance, the affection, and the tender push-and-pull of life with a child. And illustrator Sarah Jane Wright’s evocative illustrations infuse the story with generous helpings of warmth and love.

  4. I Love You, Mommy - A wonderful new Peter Rabbit book with a heart-warming rhyme that celebrates moms everywhere. This heart-warming book is the perfect way to tell Mom “I love you” on Mother’s Day—or on any other day of the year! With a little help from Peter Rabbit himself, a beautiful rhyme, contemporary design and gorgeous illustrations capture the charm of Beatrix Potter’s drawings, ensuring the book will appeal to Beatrix Potter fans old and new.

Books About Valentines and Kindness

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Somebody Loves You Mr. Hatch
Written by Eileen Spinelli & illustrated by Paul Yalowitz
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7
One wintry day, a postman delivers a mysterious package with a big pink bow to a lonely man named Mr. Hatch. "Somebody loves you," the note says. "Somebody loves me!" Mr. Hatch sings as he dusts his living room. "Somebody loves me!" Mr. Hatch whistles as he does his errands in town. "But who," Mr. Hatch wonders, "could that somebody be?" After some time, Mr. Hatch discovers just who his secret admirer is and, in doing so, enjoys the biggest surprise of his life!
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Plant a Kiss
Written by Amy Krouse Rosenthal & illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-6
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!
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Here Comes Valentine Cat
Written by Deborah Underwood & illustrated by Claudia Rueda
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
"Cat does not want to send a valentine to anyone until some unexpected gifts from the dog next door make him change his mind"
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I Love You, Elephant! book
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Love the World book
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Daniel Loves You book
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  1. I Love You, Elephant! - With the turn of each page, young readers share the love Monkey feels for his friends! “I love you!” is the refrain on each spread of this joyful story. Readers will delight in seeing new faces appear and then change when the page is turned, thanks to the magical Venetian blind element built into the book. This sweet novelty board book is great fun to read aloud, and the perfect addition to our Changing Faces series.

  2. ABCs of Kindness - Learning the importance of kindness is as easy as A-B-C with this sweet board book. A is for all of us be everyone’s friend.
    B is for believing things will turn out well in the end.
    C is for being caring in everything you do.
    D is for dear ones who mean the world to you.
    Learn your ABCs while learning to be kind to everyone you meet with this irresistibly illustrated board book that’s perfect for Valentine’s Day.

  3. Love the World - A celebration of love, respect, peace, and unity by bestselling author and illustrator Todd Parr. Love your grin. Love your skin. Love the bees. Love the trees. Love giving a hand. Love taking a stand. LOVE YOURSELF. LOVE THE WORLD! What the world needs now is love—and who better than Todd Parr to share a message of kindness, charity, and acceptance. Touching upon themes including self-esteem, environmentalism, and respect for others, Todd uses his signature silly and accessible style to encourage readers to show love for themselves and all the people, places, and things they encounter.

  4. 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 Valentines and Mother And Child

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Kisses and Cuddles
Written & illustrated by Little Bee Books
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-4
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!
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Bear of My Heart
Written by Joanne Ryder & 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!
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Love Matters Most
Written by Mij Kelly & illustrated by Gerry Turley
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
Perfect for Valentine's Day and a heartwarming read for the cold winter months, this cozy animal story explores the universal theme of a mother's love for her child. When a polar bear leaves the safety and warmth of her cave to travel all over a frozen wonderland, she must be looking for something very important. Could it be delicious silver salmon? A view of the swirling winter sky? A bit of gold? Of course, she is in search of the most precious thing of all: her lost little cub. In this touching story, readers will instantly be enamored with the sweeping illustrations of winter landscapes, endearing polar bear characters, and the resonant message that a mother's love matters most.
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Hugga Bugga Love book
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These Words I Shaped for You book
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Llama Llama I Love You book
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Love, Mama book
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  1. Hugga Bugga Love - A little boy has had enough of his mom giving him hugs, kisses, and cuddles. She calls it “hugga bugga love,” and it’s a special love that the son eventually accepts because he learns his mom’s hugga buggas show him how much she loves him. Please, Mama! No more kisses. I get kisses all day through! I need some space! And it’s MY face. One hug and kiss will do! Mom loves kissing, hugging, and cuddling her precious little boy. She calls it hugga bugga love—but he has had enough! From lunchtime to playtime to bath time to nighttime, there’s no escaping her hugga bugga love. He isn’t even safe just pulling off his socks! But he learns to accept his mom’s affection, because he realizes that he’s hers and she’s all his, and her hugga buggas show him how much she loves him.

  2. 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.

  3. 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?

  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.

Books About Valentines and Parents

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Three Little Words
Written by Clemency Pearce & illustrated by Rosalind Beardshaw
Thoughts from B is for Bookworm
I love this book!! The illustrations are absolutely beautiful and darling, and the story and text are just as sweet! I love the message of this book, and I love that it shows how love and kindness can help overcome other emotions or help you be brave in certain situations. I also love that it talks about how you can help others by using these words, too! Fabulous book.
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5
Perfect for Valentine's Day, graduation, birthdays, or anytime a hug is required, this beautiful book lets children know their parents will always be there for them! What are the three little words that make everything better? I Love You! Preschoolers will love snuggling with their families and counting all the ways that the three little words “I love you” can solve most every childhood concern. With warm, cuddly, reassuring illustrations of adorable animal families, this book lets children know that their parents will always be there with lots of hugs and kisses. "Each time the phrase I love you is introduced, Pearce describes it with a different adjective, such as mighty, friendly, or winning, which emphasizes the myriad ways unconditional love can rescue upsetting moments.... The bouncy rhythm makes it fun to read aloud, especially since little ones will easily catch on to the repeated refrain. Great for any time a kiddo needs a boost of confidence."—Booklist
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I Love You, Snugglesaurus!
Written & illustrated by Sandra Magsamen
board book
Recommend Ages: 5-6
Do you growl loudly just for fun...and giggle and laugh a ton? This snuggly dinosaur romp encourages little ones to stop their feet, clap their hands, and, of course, cuddle up real tight! Sandra Magsamen's sweet, hand-stitched illustrations and loving message make this the perfect book to read and ROAR together.
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I Love You So
Written & illustrated by Marianne Richmond
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-4
"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.
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I Love You, Little Pookie book
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Love book
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  1. 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.

  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. 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.

  4. You Are Loved - Perfect for baby showers, gender reveal parties, and first birthdays, this edition extends the sentiments in the bestseller On the Night You Were Born and tells children they are loved. With space and prompts for writing personal messages in the book, this volume is sure to be a special keepsake.

Books About Valentines and Family

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How Do You Say I Love You?
Written by Hannah Eliot & illustrated by Shirley Ng-Benitez
Thoughts from B is for Bookworm
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.
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Recommend Ages: 1-4
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.
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The I LOVE YOU Book
Written & illustrated by Todd Parr
board book
Recommend Ages: 5-8
The ultimate gift book from beloved author Todd Parr--a perfect way to say, "I Love You!" I love you when you give me kisses. I love you when you need hugs... Most of all, I love you just the way you are. In this colorful picture book, Todd Parr explores the meaning of unconditional love in a heartfelt, playful way. Perfect for Valentine's Day and beyond, Parents and caregivers are sure to be inspired by Todd's vibrant illustrations and tender sentiments, and will enjoy sharing this very special book with the little ones they love.
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Lilly's Chocolate Heart
Written & illustrated by Kevin Henkes
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-4
Lilly loves her chocolate heart. Will she save it? Forever and ever? What do you think?
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Bunny My Honey book
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I Love Kisses book
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The Littlest Valentine book
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  1. Bunny My Honey - 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.

  2. I Love Kisses - I love kisses. I’ll bet that you do too! Wake up sleepyhead kisses Raspberry jam and bread kisses… There are lots of kinds of kisses in the world, and they all say something different. Award-winning author Sheryl McFarlane’s new book celebrates the best part about kisses; while each one is unique, they all say “I love you!”

  3. The Littlest Valentine - Emma may be the littlest in the Valentine family, but she knows that she has what it takes to help the family business get ready for the holiday. But Emma just can’t seem to do things the right way like the bigger members of her family, no matter how hard she tries. Will Emma find a way to help her family on Valentine’s Day, or is the littlest Valentine just too little?

Books About Valentines and Social Themes

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What Is Given from the Heart
Written by Patricia C. McKissack & illustrated by April Harrison
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
This final, magnificent picture book from three-time Coretta Scott King Award winner and Newbery Honor author Patricia McKissack is a poignant and uplifting celebration of the joy of giving. "Misery loves company," Mama says to James Otis. It's been a rough couple of months for them, but Mama says as long as they have their health and strength, they're blessed. One Sunday before Valentine's Day, Reverend Dennis makes an announcement during the service— the Temples have lost everything in a fire, and the church is collecting anything that might be useful to them. James thinks hard about what he can add to the Temple's "love box," but what does he have worth giving? With her extraordinary gift for storytelling, McKissack—with stunning illustrations by Harrison—delivers a touching, powerful tale of compassion and reminds us all that what is given from the heart, reaches the heart.
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Robot in Love
Written & illustrated by T. L. McBeth
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
When a shiny, beautiful stranger catches Robot's eye, he knows she's the one. He thinks about her all the time. He even makes her a gift. But will he be able to keep his circuits from overheating and work up the courage to talk to her? T. L. McBeth spins a funny and heartwarming story of love—perfect for sharing at Valentine's!
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Honorable Mentions
Love from the Crayons book
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Hugs and Kisses for the Grouchy Ladybug book
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  1. Love from the Crayons - Ring in Valentine’s Day—and love—with the New York Times Best-Selling Crayons! This charming new title featuring everyone’s favorite coloring crew is the perfect gift for that special someone on Valentine’s Day—or any day of the year. Love is yellow and orange. Because love is sunny and warm.
    Love is purple. Because it’s okay to love outside the lines.
    This special gift book, featuring all the The Crayons from The Day the Crayons Quit, explores the bright colors and subtle shades of love. This is a must-have for fans of The Crayons, and the perfect gift for that special someone.

  2. Hugs and Kisses for the Grouchy Ladybug - From the World of Eric Carle comes a brand-new book starring the Grouchy Ladybug, a favorite character for over 40 years! Perfect for fans of Love from the Hungry Caterpillar, this reminds us that that hugs and kisses truly make the world go ‘round and that we all need love, even when we’re grouchy! With Eric Carle’s signature bright collage illustrations featuring an array of charming animals, this is the perfect gift for Valentine’s Day, or any time you want to share love with someone special. With its universal message of friendship, this little gift book is perfect for all ages! Hugs and kisses for the grouchy ladybug will make you smile, clap, and jump for joy!

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