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Want to send a love note to your littlest valentine? Start with a sweet book.
These picture books about love aren't all hearts and flowers and chocolate. They might be a ray of light when she's surrounded by darkness. Or 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.
Bestselling Valentine's Day books for kids
Hoda's book inspired by Haley Joy is all about gratitude for the things that make us happy, and most especially our little ones.
Porcupine can't catch a break in his search for a hug, until he finds a snake in need of a kiss.
How do animals greet each other? You might want to make like a fish with your toddler and touch noses.
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.
More Valentine's Day books for kids
Introduce your soon-to-be tiny reader to the beloved character, Llama Llama, with this bestselling board book. Llama shows his friends and family how much he loves them in the heartwarming tale.
There's nothing like the love that you and your little one share. This story of a bear and cub is the perfect celebration of that special bond.
Pete doesn't think Valentine's Day is cool — until he realizes how many friends he has to celebrate with. Kids will learn about love and gratitude as Pete makes cards for all his friends, including the bus driver, the crossing guard and the librarian.
This 2021 Caldecott Honor picture book is an ode to mom from a child's point of view.
A mother lovingly distills her hopes and dreams for a child's life.
When Porcupine uses his quills as cupid's arrows, he brings the other animals together — to confront his poking problem.
The new title from the “Wherever You Are, My Love Will Find You” author tells children there's nothing the world can do to stop a parent's love.
In this fatherly love story from Taye Diggs, dad might not be with his child as often as he likes, but his love fills the distance between them.
When Neander finds someone short, hairy and perfect, he must find a way to impress his crush. Turns out crushing things is strangely ineffective.
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.
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.”
Another sweet board book imagines all the ways animals might say “I love you” like we do.
A look around the natural world shows all kinds of hugs that feel like home.
Saying goodbye to Mama is tough, but a letter makes all the difference in this comforting tale of love that can cross any distance.
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.
The bright colors appeal to the littlest readers with an appealing message about loving little ones just as they are.
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