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The love you show your children this Valentine's Day doesn't have to be all hearts and flowers and chocolate.
It might be a ray of light when she's surrounded by darkness. Or burned toast made by someone well-intentioned but rushed. Or maybe your love is as drippy and sweet as the jelly side a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.
No matter what flavor of love you want to share, here are the best Valentine's Day books for kids that are sure to please your little valentine.
When Neander finds someone short, hairy and perfect, he must find a way to impress his crush. Turns out crushing things is strangely ineffective.
It's impossible to give a hug with tiny T. Rex arms. But with a heart as big as Tiny's, he's bound to find a way.
A love letter found in the forest makes a series of animals discover how it feels to be loved.
This sweet follow-up to the hilarious "I Yam a Donkey" finds Yam besotted with Ewe and Donkey as confused as you might be by that scenario.
“Love” celebrates love even in times of difficulty and darkness, and made waves for its imagery, including a child huddling under a piano while parents fight. But Matt de la Peña believes we shouldn’t shield children from darkness.
“I’m just so moved by the truth and reality that I felt like the poem was empty until I acknowledged that adversity exists in this world, and as a matter of fact, if we acknowledge the adversity or even elements of darkness, I feel like love can be even more powerful,” de la Peña told TODAY.
Corinna Luyken's “My Heart” is a visual poem that acknowledges the times when a child's heart is cloudy or broken or a whisper but ends with a sunny sense of ownership of those feelings. Hunt for hidden hearts on each page.
Robot Z finds a message in a bottle that sends him on a quest to find out what love means in "Love, Z," a heartwarming new book from Jessie Sima.
Hoda's book inspired by Haley Joy is all about gratitude for the things that make us happy, and most especially our little ones.
It's Valentine's Day, so love must be some fancy chocolate and roses, right? Joanne Lew-Vriethoff's heartfelt illustrations show otherwise.
This rhyming board book will inspire dozens of besos for the baby in your life.
The sweet, rhyming text celebrates all the little creatures (like yours) that are “ever so clever at giving a hug.”
How do animals greet each other? You might want to make like a fish with your toddler and touch noses.
Porcupine can't catch a break in his search for a hug, until he finds a snake in need of a kiss.
Another sweet board book imagines all the ways animals might say “I love you” like we do.
This board book has sweet words of affirmation for your littlest sweetheart, no candy included.
A look around the natural world shows all kinds of hugs that feel like home.
The little robot protagonist falls for a shiny beautiful stranger, but will he be able to work up the courage to talk to her?
This book swears it’s not a valentine because it trades hearts and flowers for drippy glue, paper planes and the jelly half of a peanut butter sandwich (which makes it that much more special).
Saying goodbye to Mama is tough, but a letter makes all the difference in this comforting tale of love that can cross any distance.
Geometry comes to life in this sweet story about friends who get bent out of shape.
Duck just wants cranky Bear to like him. It may surprise them both that he already does.
A little girl takes in a duckling and learns what love is — from noisy midnight feedings to sensing when the time is right to fly the nest. It might resonate as much with parents as their kids.
Described as a “great big hug” in the form of a book, this story is perfect to share with your kid right before bedtime.
Tillman’s latest book celebrates all the “bells and whistles” that set children apart. (Her classic “Wherever You Are, My Love Will Find You” is a weeper.)
The bright colors appeal to the littlest readers with an appealing message about loving little ones just as they are.
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