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Valentines Day is such a fun holiday to celebrate with kids. Especially when there are so many fun books to read about love with them. I’ve created a list of the best Valentines Day picture books for kids for you to choose from.
Happy Valentines Day, Mouse! “If You Give…” series, this title follows Mouse as he makes valentines for all of his friends. Each valentine is made to represent what he loves most about each of his friends, such as Pig “because she’s a good dancer” and Bunny “because she’s the best at hide-and-seek.”
Pete the Cat- Valentines Day is Cool. Complete with poster, punch-out valentine cards, and stickers! Pete the Cat thinks Valentine’s Day isn’t cool . . . until he realizes how many special cats there are in his life! Pete works hard to make valentines for everyone, and it turns out to be the grooviest Valentine’s Day ever. But what happens when he realizes he’s forgotten to make a card for a very important cat? Join Pete the Cat as he discovers just how special Valentine’s Day can be!
Star Wars A Very Vader Valentines Day. Includes sixteen pages of jokes, comics, activities, and mini-bios about famous Star Wars friendships. And when you’re done, tear out the thirty-two perforated Valentine’s Day cards to share with your friends and loved ones: “You R2 Good to Me!”
Llama Llama I Love You. In Llama Llama I Love You, little llama shows his friends and family how much he loves them with heart-shaped cards and lots of hugs. What could be sweeter than Llama Llama on Valentine’s Day?
Love from the Very Hungry Caterpillar. “You are the cherry on my cake; you make the sun shine brighter; you make my heart flutter.” Using a range of images from the World of Eric Carle, and featuring the Very Hungry Caterpillar, this special gift book gives all the reasons why someone special makes the world a better and brighter place. Perfect for that someone special any day of the year!
The Day it Rained Hearts. One day it rains hearts, and Cornelia Augusta catches them. She realizes that the hearts are perfect for making valentines. Each heart is special in its own way, and Cornelia Augusta knows exactly who to send them to: her animal friends.
The Biggest Valentine Ever. When Mrs. Mousely asks her class to make valentines, Clayton and Desmond decide to make one together and give it to their teacher as a surprise. But things don’t go as planned. First Clayton puts too much glitter on the card. Then Desmond puts on too many hearts. Soon the friends are arguing and they rip the card in half. “I’m going to make my own valentine!” they both say and go home in a huff.
But then Desmond and Clayton realize that by working together they can make the biggest, best valentine ever!
Kids can use the colorful foil stickers to make their own valentines!
Happy Valentines Day Curious George. George and his friends celebrate Valentine’s Day with decorating, baking, card making and some unexpected hilarity along the way! Just how much mischief can a curious little monkey get into when balloons, frosting, and glitter are involved? Fold-out flaps on each scene reveal lively surprises in this humorous celebration of friendship. Sparkly red foil shines on the cover and throughout the book.
Fancy Nancy: Heart to Heart. Mystery is in the air when Nancy receives a valentine from a secret someone. Join Nancy as she follows the clues to find out who it is—all in her trademark fabulous style, of course. Gorgeous stickers included!
There was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Rose. With rhyming text and hilarious illustrations, this wacky version of the classic song will appeal to young readers as they follow the Old Lady on a wild Valentine’s Day adventure.
Happy Love Day Daniel Tiger. It’s Love Day in the Neighborhood of Make-Believe. Daniel and his family find all kinds of ways to say “I love you” and show that they care. Daniel makes paper hearts for everyone he loves and Mom Tiger makes a heart-shaped pizza for everyone to share! This board book features red foil on the cover and flaps on each spread. Lift the flaps to see how Daniel and his family and friends show their love!
Happy Valentines Day Little Critter. It’s Valentine’s Day, and Little Critter’s class is celebrating! They’re decorating the classroom with hearts, eating cupcakes, and making Valentine’s Day mailboxes. Little Critter is making an extra special card for an extra special valentine. Who will it be? Pull back the flaps and discover all the fun Valentine’s Day surprises.
Amelia Bedelia’s First Valentine. School is always exciting for Amelia Bedelia, and getting her first Valentine’s Day card may be the most exciting surprise of all. But what will she do when she forgets her valentines for her classmates on the bus? Luckily, Amelia Bedelia is resourceful, and she doesn’t break any hearts. A lovely pick for Valentine’s Day—or any day—Amelia Bedelia’s First Valentine will have readers making room in their hearts for this charmingly literal little girl.
A Charlie Brown Valentine. Charlie Brown is excited about Valentine’s Day. It’s the perfect excuse to finally talk to the Little Red-Haired Girl! He’s ready to wear his heart on his sleeve…and so are Lucy, Peppermint Patty, Sally, and Linus. Will the Peanuts gang find love once and for all? With Snoopy’s help, anything is possible!
The Very Fairy Princess. Valentines from the Heart. Gerry makes beautiful cards for her friends at school, showcasing their special qualities. But when she forgets her folder at home, she needs to think of a new way to celebrate their inner sparkle! This celebration of friendship and creativity by the bestselling mother-daughter team is the perfect gift for any special Valentine.
Franklin’s Valentines. In this Franklin Classic Storybook, it’s Valentine’s Day and Franklin can’t wait to give his friends the cards he has made. But when he gets to school, he discovers that they’re missing. Franklin is heartbroken and worried that now his friends won’t want to give him any cards. Big hearts prevail and Franklin soon learns that he has very good friends — and that he can be a good friend, too.
Psst! I Love You. This book celebrates the love between parents and children of every species. In lilting rhyme, the book introduces toddlers to an array of super-adorable animal parents and babies—including cows, horses, sheep, cats, owls, ducks, roosters, and, of course humans. What do they all say to each other? I LOVE YOU! This is the perfect read-aloud and goodnight story.
Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown. Love is in the air! Celebrate Valentine’s Day with the Peanuts gang, and see if Charlie Brown will finally talk to the little red-headed girl. This beloved story is now available in an exciting format as an 8×8 with stickers.
A Crankenstein Valentine. Who is Crankenstein? He may look like an ordinary boy, but he can turn into mumbling, grumbling CRANKENSTEIN with no warning! Now he’s going to take on the most lovey-dovey day of the year: Valentine’s Day. How will Crankenstein survive a day of cheesy cards, allergy-inducing bouquets, and heart-shaped everything? It’s enough to turn anyone into a monster! With sturdy pages, rounded corners, and a padded cover, this board book is sure to delight even the youngest readers.
BEEcause I love you. This sturdy board book with soft, plush bee antennae offers a playful and interactive way to remind little ones how much they are cherished. Featuring best-selling author and artist Sandra Magsamen’s signature loving message and hand-stitched illustrations, every page invites a cuddly moment together to remind little ones they are loved “beecause” of how special they are.
Just Because You’re Mine. Little Red Squirrel tries to guess the reason that his daddy loves him—is it because he is a good High Climber, and Brave, and Fast, and Completely Handsome? Could it be because he’s so Friendly? Or maybe it’s because he’s so good at finding Top Secret Berries? The answer is a heartwarming testament to a parent’s love for a child. From New York Times bestselling author Sally Lloyd-Jones and illustrator Frank Endersby comes a classic story about the nature of unconditional love.
Ollie’s Valentine. A new board book in Olivier Dunrea’s Gossie & Friends series! Ollie is looking. Looking for a valentine. Gossie, Gertie, Peedie, and BooBoo all have valentines, but Ollie wonders who will be his. His search leads him to a special valentine of his very own—a surprise for Ollie and readers! With shiny foil hearts on the cover and every spread, Dunrea’s charming artwork shines in this gift-worthy treat of a book.
Sugar Cookies: Sweet Little Lessons on Love. This delectable follow-up to the bestselling Cookies and Christmas Cookies defines words that are associated with love. From letting your friend have the last cookie (selfless) to waiting to lick the bowl together (considerate), here is a book for anyone who wants to say I love you. Meanings are illuminated in this different kind of dictionary, which is every bit as heartwarming as the experience of baking cookies with someone you love. Amy Krouse Rosenthal’s sweet little lessons, mixed with warm and inviting illustrations by mother-daughter duo Jane Dyer and Brooke Dyer, make for a book that will hit the spot!
There you have it. Some amazing books to start your child’s Valentines Day Book collection. Now go and create some memories and read a book together.
What is your favorite Valentines Day Picture Book?
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