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Best Valentine's Day Books For Kids

These are our “best in class” from this list – but keep scrolling for a detailed review and more ideas!

Valentine’s day isn’t just a Hallmark holiday, but a great time to teach toddlers and young kids about the importance of love, kindness, and friendship. To help with that, I’ve rounded up a list of the best Valentine's Day books for kids! These Valentine’s day books for toddlers and preschoolers are the perfect mix of heartwarming tales to valuable life lessons. They make the perfect filler for a Valentine’s day basket for kids too!

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Best Valentine’s Day Books For Kids

“Love from The Very Hungry Caterpillar” by Eric Carle

This one's a classic! The hungry little caterpillar is back to show just how much he loves his special someone. It's all about teaching those toddlers the power of love and how even the tiniest gestures matter. Aww, adorable, right?

“Llama Llama I Love You” by Anna Dewdney

Llama Llama is here to spread love! Join this charming llama as he shows his friends and family just how much he cares. It's all about expressing feelings and the joy of giving. Love it!

“Harvey The Heart Had Too Many Farts” by Jane Bexley

This silly Valentine's day book is sure to crack some laughs while also teaching important life lessons on inclusion, acceptance, love, and friendship! Follow little Harvy the heart who has too many farts that are driving his friends away as he tries to find someone who can love him the way he is! This is a funny Valentine's day rhyming book best suited for kids and families who can handle some potty humor!

“Happy Valentine's Day, Mouse!” by Laura Numeroff

Mouse is on a mission to make special valentines for all his friends. It's a heartwarming story about friendship, kindness, and the joy of spreading love. Get ready to go “aww”!

“Where Is Baby's Valentine?” by Karen Katz

Time for some interactive fun! Your little one will love joining Baby in search of their valentine in this lift-the-flap book. Plus, they'll learn about love, friendship, and even different shapes. Talk about a win-win!

“The Pout-Pout Fish: Valentine's Day Is Cool” by Deborah Diesen

Who says Valentine's Day isn't cool? Pout-Pout Fish is here to change that perception! This whimsical tale teaches toddlers about embracing love and finding joy in special moments with friends. Keep it cool, fish, keep it cool!

“Huggy Kissy” by Leslie Patricelli

Prepare for some serious snuggle time! This adorable board book celebrates hugs and kisses, teaching toddlers about love, affection, and the importance of physical expressions of love. Get ready for some cuddle sessions!

Best Valentine’s day books for toddlers

“Peek-a-Boo, I Love You!” by Sandra Magsamen

It's time for an adorable game of peek-a-boo with the cutest animal friends ever! As they play, these furry pals express their love for each other. Bright illustrations, rhyming text, and valuable lessons about love and joy? Count me in!

“Guess How Much I Love You” by Sam McBratney

Ah, a classic tale that warms hearts every time. Join Little Nutbrown Hare and Big Nutbrown Hare as they try to express their immeasurable love for each other. It's a beautiful story about the boundless depth of love. Can you feel the warm fuzzies?

“Love Monster” by Rachel Bright

Monster love alert! Love Monster is a bit different from the other monsters – he's all about spreading love. This fun book teaches toddlers about acceptance and finding love in unexpected places. Who knew monsters could be so heartwarming?

“The Runaway Hug” by Nick Bland

When Lucy's little brother loses his hug, the whole family embarks on a hunt to find it. “The Runaway Hug” teaches preschoolers about love, family, and the joy of sharing. Get ready for a heart-melting search and cuddles galore!

“I Will Love You Always” by Mark Sperring


From the moment a baby is born, a parent's love knows no bounds. “I Will Love You Always” teaches preschoolers about the unwavering nature of a parent's love, even as their child grows older. Prepare for tender moments and unbreakable bonds!

“I Love You, My Cuddle Bug” by Nicola Edwards

A sweet story from one of our favorite kids book authors, Nicola Edwards, that walks you through the unconditional love of a parent and child. I love this book for toddlers and preschoolers who feel frustrated about making mistakes or not being “perfect.” As it shows various skills and things that make others unique!

“My Fuzzy Valentine” by Naomi Kleinberg

Elmo is here, and he's ready to celebrate Valentine's Day with some fuzzy hugs! This interactive touch-and-feel book lets toddlers explore different textures while learning about love and friendship, Elmo-style. It's like a cuddly adventure!

“Love You Forever” by Robert Munsch

This timeless classic explores the eternal love between a mother and her child. “Love You Forever” teaches preschoolers about the unyielding nature of a parent's love, spanning a lifetime and beyond. Get your tissues ready for an emotional rollercoaster ride! It's the first book ever gifted to us, and my 4 year old can recite it word for word as I've read the board book to her since she was a baby!

“I Love You, Little Pookie” by Sandra Boynton

Pookie is back with more love to give! Join this adorable little pig as they express their love for their loved ones. It's a sweet book that teaches toddlers about love and the importance of showing affection.

“The Invisible String” by Patrice Karst

“The Invisible String” explores the unbreakable bond of love that connects us to the people we care about, no matter where they are. This heartwarming book reassures preschoolers that love is always with them, even when they can't see or touch it. Get ready for a touching lesson on the power of love that knows no bounds.

“Love” by Matt de la Peña

“Love” celebrates the diverse and multifaceted nature of love in everyday life. Through beautiful illustrations, this book shines a light on the love found in moments big and small, reminding preschoolers that love is all around and within them. Get ready for a visual feast of love and tender moments!

“Love Is” by Diane Adams

In this touching story, a little girl and her stuffed bunny experience the joy of love through seasons and challenges. “Love Is” teaches preschoolers about resilience, compassion, and the enduring power of love. Get ready for a heartwarming journey through the ups and downs of life and love.

Best Valentine's day books for preschoolers

“Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch” by Eileen Spinelli

Mr. Hatch receives a mysterious package with a note that says, “Somebody loves you.” As a result, his life is transformed, and he learns about the immense power of love and kindness. This book teaches preschoolers about the impact of love on our lives and the joy it brings. Get ready for a heart-expanding journey with Mr. Hatch!

“The Biggest Valentine Ever” by Steven Kroll

Two little mice, Clayton and Desmond, work together to create the biggest valentine ever. This delightful story teaches toddlers about cooperation, friendship, and the joy of giving.

“I Love You, Stinky Face” by Lisa McCourt

 When a child asks, “Would you still love me if…?” their mom's unconditional love shines through in creative and humorous ways. “I Love You, Stinky Face” teaches preschoolers that no matter what challenges they may face, love will always remain. Prepare for some giggles and snuggles with this lovably silly book!

“Love You Always” by Eileen Spinelli

No matter the time or the place, a parent's love is always there. “Love You Always” explores the enduring nature of love between parent and child. This book teaches preschoolers about the constancy and comfort that comes from knowing they are loved. Get ready for a heartwarming tale that'll tug at your heartstrings!

“You Make My Heart Saur”

A sweet Valentine's dinosaur themed rhyming book basically just saying how much you love your little one! Perfect for dino obsessed toddler boys!

“I Love You Through and Through” by Bernadette Rossetti-Shustak

This adorable book celebrates the unconditional love between parent and child. It teaches toddlers about acceptance, appreciation, and the beauty of being loved just the way they are.

“The Day It Rained Hearts” by Felicia Bond

Get ready for a raining hearts extravaganza! Cornelia Augusta catches hearts falling from the sky and turns them into special valentines for her friends. Toddlers will learn about creativity, generosity, and the joy of friendship.

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The Littlest Valentines by Brandi Dougherty

Prepare for a cuteness overload with “The Littlest Valentines”! Join Emma and her family as they get ready for Valentine's Day. This heartwarming tale teaches toddlers about friendship, kindness, and the joy of spreading love. Get your “aww” reactions ready, because these little ones are just too precious!

Dr. Seuss's Lovey Things by Dr. Seuss

Oh, the lovey things you'll find in this book! Dr. Seuss does it again with his whimsical rhymes and colorful illustrations. Join familiar Seussian characters as they celebrate love in all its forms. From silly surprises to cozy cuddles, this book teaches toddlers about all the wonderful things that make our hearts flutter. Get ready for a Seuss-tastic journey filled with giggles and love!

“The Hug Machine” by Scott Campbell

Meet the ultimate hugging machine! This delightful book follows a little boy who loves to give hugs and spread love everywhere he goes. It teaches toddlers about the power of physical affection and the joy it brings.

 

“Love Makes a Family” by Sophie Beer 

“Love Makes a Family” celebrates the diverse ways love is expressed within different types of families. With vibrant illustrations and inclusive messages, this book teaches preschoolers about love, acceptance, and the beauty of every family unit. Get ready for a colorful celebration of love in all its forms!

“Love Monster and the Perfect Present” by Rachel Bright

Love Monster is back, and this time he's on a mission to find the perfect present for his special someone. This heartwarming sequel teaches preschoolers about thoughtfulness, perseverance, and the joy of giving. Prepare for another love-filled adventure with our favorite furry friend!

Best Valentines day books for kids

Love Is My Favorite Thing by Emma Chichester Clark

Move over, everything else! Love is officially our favorite thing, and this book proves it. Meet Plum, the lovable pup who discovers the joy and importance of spreading love to those around her. “Love Is My Favorite Thing” teaches toddlers about empathy, kindness, and the boundless love that comes from our furry four-legged friends. Get ready for some tail-wagging goodness!

I Will Love You Anyway by Mick Inkpen

Meet Ink, the most mischievous pup you've ever seen! But guess what? Even when Ink gets into all sorts of trouble, his family still loves him anyway. “I Will Love You Anyway” is a heartwarming tale that teaches toddlers about unconditional love, forgiveness, and the special bond between pets and their humans. Warning: extreme cuteness levels may be reached!

Little Blue Truck's Valentine by Alice Schertle

Beep, beep! You know who's coming to spread the love? Little Blue Truck, of course! Join our favorite truck on a heart-filled adventure as he delivers valentines to all his animal pals and worries about getting some of his own! “Little Blue Truck's Valentine” teaches toddlers about friendship, community, and the joy of spreading love to everyone you meet. Get ready to truckin' love with Little Blue!

Pete the Cat: Valentine's Day is Cool by Kimberly & James Dean

Pete the Cat is on a mission to prove that Valentine's Day can be cool, man! Join this groovy feline friend as he discovers the joy of giving valentines and spreading love to his pals. “Pete the Cat: Valentine's Day Is Cool” teaches toddlers about kindness, acceptance, and the importance of being true to themselves. Stay cool and spread the love, just like Pete!

Clifford Loves by Norman Bridwell

Get ready for some big love from the one and only Clifford – that big red love machine! With Clifford and his pals, love is always in the air. Join them on heartwarming adventures filled with love, cuddles, and tail-wagging excitement. “Clifford Loves” teaches toddlers about loyalty, compassion, and the joy of having a giant furry friend. Clifford loves, and so will you!

Love: From Sesame Street by Sesame Workshop

Can you tell me how to get to Sesame Street? Why? Because that's where all the love is happening! Join Elmo, Big Bird, Cookie Monster, and the rest of the Sesame Street gang as they teach toddlers about love and all its different forms. Hugs, kisses, and lots of laughs await in “Love: From Sesame Street.” Get ready for a Sesame Street lovefest!

Valentine's Books For Toddlers

Construction Site: You're Just Right by Sherri Duskey Rinker

Buckle up, because we're headed to the construction site! This heartwarming book celebrates the unique qualities of each construction vehicle and teaches toddlers about embracing differences, teamwork, and the joy of building something together. No matter who you are, on the construction site, you're just right. Get ready for some construction cuteness!

How Do You Say I Love You by Hannah Eliot

Love knows no borders in this global adventure! Join little ones as they journey around the world to discover how different cultures say “I love you.” From “Je t'aime” to “Te quiero,” “How Do You Say I Love You” teaches toddlers about love, diversity, and the beauty of different languages. Love, it speaks every language!

“Love, Splat” by Rob Scotton

Splat the Cat has a crush on Kitten, but will he find the purr-fect way to express his love? This adorable book teaches toddlers about courage, friendship, and the ups and downs of love.

“Love You Head to Toe” by Ashley Barron

In this interactive book, little ones learn about the various ways we show physical affection and love to our loved ones. “Love You Head to Toe” teaches preschoolers about love, body parts, and the joy of playful gestures. Get ready for tickles, kisses, and plenty of laughter!

“Love from the Crayons” by Drew Daywalt

In this colorful sequel to “The Day the Crayons Quit,” the crayons express their love and affection through heartfelt letters. “Love from the Crayons” teaches preschoolers about love, diversity, and the importance of expressing our feelings. Prepare for a vibrant display of affection from our favorite crayon crew!

“How Do Dinosaurs Say I Love You?” by Jane Yolen

Roar! Join your favorite dinosaurs as they show their loved ones just how much they care. This fun book teaches toddlers about love, manners, and the importance of expressing emotions.

“Plant a Kiss” by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

 Little Miss plants a kiss and waits for something magical to happen. “Plant a Kiss” teaches preschoolers about the power of kindness and how even the smallest acts of love can grow into something extraordinary. Prepare for a heart-blooming adventure with Little Miss!

“The Kissing Hand” by Audrey Penn

Chester Raccoon is anxious about going to school, but his mother shows him a special way to keep her love with him always. It's a heartwarming story about separation anxiety, unconditional love, and the power of reassurance. Get ready for some snuggles and a secret handshake that'll warm your heart.

“Love Is a Truck” by Amy Novesky

Move over, roses! Love comes in all shapes and sizes, and in this case, it comes in the form of a truck. This charming book teaches toddlers about different expressions of love and the joy of finding it in unexpected places.

“Love, Mama” by Jeanette Bradley

With beautiful illustrations and a heart-touching story, “Love, Mama” follows a young penguin as they receive messages of love from their Mama. It's a tender tale about the enduring bond between parent and child.

Valentine's Books For Kids

“What the World Needs Now Is Love” by Burt Bacharach and Hal David

This book, inspired by the famous song, spreads the message of love and kindness. It teaches toddlers about the importance of empathy, compassion, and making the world a better place.

“Hedgehugs: Happy Ending for Now” by Steve Wilson and Lucy Tapper

Horace and Hattie Hedgehog are back with their adorable hugs! Join them as they navigate through friendship, love, and the challenges of a rainy day. This book teaches toddlers about resilience, problem-solving, and the power of love.

“Owl Moon” by Jane Yolen

Embark on a magical nighttime adventure as a young girl and her father go owling together. “Owl Moon” teaches preschoolers about the beauty of nature, the joy of bonding, and the power of love and creating special traditions between family members. Get ready to hoot with delight under the moonlit Winter sky!

“ABC I Love You” Board Book by Candace Warren

Oh gosh I love this sweet little ABC book! Alphabet affirmations are something we do in our home, which are very similar to this book, making it the perfect entry point for many families!

Final thoughts

One of our favorites books from this list is Laura Numeroff's “Happy Valentine's Day, Mouse!” which is a sweet and silly tale following Mouse and his friends. It teaches all about friendship, cause and effect, and thinking about the next step in things.

For Babies I love “ABC I Love You” Board Book by Candace Warren which is a simple affirmation book focusing on love.

“Guess How Much I Love You” by Sam McBratney is another one of our favorites. Its such a sweet story, with beautiful muted imagery, that's perfect for montessori or waldorf families!

Lastly for preschoolers, Little Blue Truck's Valentine by Alice Schertle is a fan favorite. “Plant a Kiss” by Amy Krouse Rosenthal is perfect for teaching about spreading kindness. “Harvey The Heart Had Too Many Farts” by Jane Bexley is a funny Valentine's book for boys and girls who love a good fart joke, while also teaching about acceptance and unconditional love.

Lastly, The Invisible String by Patrice Karst is an incredibly deep and meaningful book about love knowing no bounds. It's a best seller in grief and brievement kids books, but has a sweet Valentine's message too for everyone.

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