Books that Celebrate Love for Valentine’s Day

Books that Celebrate Love for Valentine’s Day

I’m absolutely crazy about Valentine’s Day!


I put together a list of my favorite books that celebrate love, and also a couple books specific to Valentine’s Day.

February is also a month to spread love and kindness. Grab a copy of my free February Kindness Challenge for some ideas to spread more love into the world!

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This is NOT a Valentine written by Carter Higgins and Illustrated by Lucy Ruth Cummins

In this adorable story, a little boy shows affection for his crush through a series of  special gifts (gumballs, sparkles, PB&J sandwiches and lucky rings) that are “not valentines”.  Vibrant drawings,  will help young children relate to the diverse characters, and teaches the importance of showing affection towards people we love 365 days a year.

Love Is written by Diane Adams and Illustrated by Clare Keane

On the pages of this heartwarming book, a beautiful friendship forms between a girl and an abandoned duckling. Over time, the pair form a special relationship, as they learn to take care of each other. Paired with endearing and hilarious illustrations, readers will understand what it means to love unconditionally .


Love Me Tender written by Elvis Presley and Illustrated by Stephanie Graegin

A truly endearing story based on Elvis Presley’s classic song Love Me Tender this book is the perfect tribute to families. The illustrations beautifully depict diverse  family structures and sends the message that even though families are different, they all share the same love for for their children.


The Day It Rained Hearts Written and Illustrated by Felicia Bond

Written by the author of the beloved series, If You Give a Mouse A Cookie, this classic story is perfect for Valentine’s Day. On a day it rains hearts, Cornelia decides to catch them, and realizes that each heart is special. She decides to make Valentine’s Day cards with her hearts, which she proudly gives to her animal friends. Not only is this a fantastic book to spark Valentine’s Day craft ideas, but it also teaches young children how to show acts of kindness.


Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch Written by Eileen Spinelli and Illustrated by Paul Yalowitz

Mr. Hatch is a lonely man who lives a dull existence, until one Valentine’s Day a mysterious package  arrives at his doorstep. Attached to the package, is  a note that says “somebody loves you”. This package changes his outlook on life, as he comes out of his shell and interacts with his neighbors for the first time. Eventually, Mr. Hatch learns that the mysterious package was a mistake, but his neighbors gather around him to make sure he knows that he’s still loved.  This book is a classic, that will be shared with for years to come, as it teaches powerful messages about empathy, kindness, community and love.

I Haiku You Written by Betsy Snyder

A perfect poetry book for Valentine’s Day that adults will love as much as children. Written in 20 haiku’s, each page tells the story of love, friendship and the simple joys of life. Beautiful illustrations with diverse characters  make this book even more relatable and will fill your heart with love.

The Valentine Bears Written by Eve Bunting and Jan Brett

A timeless love story and one of my all time favorite Valentine’s Day books! Mr. and Mrs. Bear always sleep through Valentine’s Day, but this year they set an alarm to celebrate. Both bears have surprises for each other to show their love, which will tug at your heartstrings.

The Biggest Valentine Ever Written by Steven Kroll and Illustrated by Jeni Bassett

A sweet tale about two friends who decide to make the biggest Valentine ever for their teacher! But, when  things don’t go as planned the friends learn the value of teamwork compromise.

Little Bear’s Valentine Written by Else Holmelund Minarik and Illustrated by Heather Green

An absolutely adorable book about a bear who surprisingly receives a Valentine from a secret admirer. As he delivers Valentine’s to his friends, he sets out on quest to figure out his secret admirer.

In My Heart: A Book of Feelings written by Jo Witek and Illustrated by Christine Roussey

This book eloquently illustrates a range of emotions and gives little ones the language (metaphors) to express their feelings. This book will be a treasured addition to your book collection, to effectively teach young children how to express their feelings and show empathy .


All Kinds of Kisses by Nancy Tafuri

If you can’t get enough of kissing your little ones, this is a sweet story about the different types of kisses animals give their babies. It’s absolutely perfect to read at bedtime when it’s time to snuggle and smoother your little one with kisses!

What are some of your favorite books that celebrate love for Valentine’s Day? I’d love to hear suggestions to add to this list. Also, don’t forget to follow me on Instagram for more book recommendations!


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