Children’s Books to Celebrate Valentine’s Day

As Valentine’s Day approaches, my kids are hard at work making valentines and I am hard at work reading books. I have waded through the masses of uninspired Valentine’s Day stories and discovered five delightful Valentine’s Day stories to share with you. Below you will also find four books to remind your children they are loved. All would make lovely Valentine’s Day gifts, either purchased or borrowed from the library.

My Funny Valentine by Harriet Ziefert and Emily Bolam. This lift-the-flap book follows a valentine as it travels from sender to recipient. My kids think the talking valentine is, as the title claims, funny. My Funny Valentine is a nice introduction to sending letters. Another good Valentine’s Day book for two-year-olds is What is Valentine’s Day? by Harriet Ziefert and Claire Schumacher. Ages 1+

The Day it Rained Hearts by Felicia Bond. “One day it started raining hearts, and Cornelia Augusta caught one,” this story begins. Cornelia uses the hearts to make thoughtful valentines for each of her animal friends. The Day it Rained Hearts was originally titled Four Valentines in a Rainstorm. Ages 3+

Secret Valentine by Catherine Stock. In Secret Valentine, a young girl makes homemade valentines for her family and for her lonely neighbor. On Valentine’s Day, the girl receives valentines, including one secret valentine, in return. Valentine’s Day, says the young girl’s mother, is a day to tell people that you love them. Ages 3+

Valentine’s Day by Anne and Lizzy Rockwell. The students in Mrs. Madoff’s class make valentines for a special friend Michiko. Each student makes a thoughtful card for Michiko based on some memory they have of playing with her. For example, Nicholas’s valentine says, “I want you to be my valentine because you always let me take a turn on the slide, and you never push or shove.” In return, Michiko sends the kids each an origami valentine from Japan. Ages 3+

Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch by Eileen Spinelli and Paul Yalowitz. A story about a man named Mr. Hatch who kept to himself, until, one Valentine’s Day, when he received a present and a note that said, “Somebody loves you.” Ages 4+

To share with your children:

The I LOVE YOU Book by Todd Parr. With bold, playful illustrations, The I LOVE YOU Book assures kids that they are loved just the way they are: “I love you when you are… silly… sad… brave… scared… when you give me kisses and when you need kisses…” Ages 1+

Mama, Do You Love Me? by Barbara Joosse and Barbara Lavellee. A beautifully illustrated conversation between an Inuit mother and daughter. The daughter asks “Mama, do you love me?” and then tests the limits of her mother’s love (e.g. What if I broke our eggs?, threw water at our lamp?, ran away?, turned into a polar bear?). The mother reassures the daughter that she will always love her. Ages 2+

Whereever You Are: My Love Will Find You by Nancy Tillman. A sentimental message for children but also a very important one. Whereever You Are conveys to children that as they grow and venture out into the world, their parents will always love them. Ages 3+

On the Day You Were Born: A Photo Journal by Debra Frasier. A photo journal inspired by Debra Frasier’s book, On the Day You Were Born. With this photo journal, you add photos and information to create a beautiful story of your child’s birth. This photo journal is a wonderful way to show your child that he is special. Ages 1+

More delightful books to read around Valentine’s Day:

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2 Responses to Children’s Books to Celebrate Valentine’s Day

  1. Sarah H says:

    The book Guthrie got as a present on his first Valentine’s Day (age 11 months) is still a favorite of mine: Love and Kisses by Sarah Wilson.

  2. myragarcesbacsal says:

    Oh these titles are nice. I’d definitely look them up when I hit the library. Have you heard of I Love You All Day Long? That’s a beautiful picture book that always moved me. It’s not strictly valentine-themed, but it does speak of loving which is the essence of the season. =)

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