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!
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.
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 .
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.
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.
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.
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 .
What are some of your favorite books that celebrate love and Valentine’s Day that can be added to this list?