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11 Delightful Valentine’s Day Books

I’ve said a million times that one of my favorite ways to celebrate the holidays is with some good picture books.

My girls love looking for them at the library or going to the book store and checking out the newest titles, and I love displaying them for the month.

Of course, Valentine’s Day is so fun ANYWAY – all things pink and chocolate – so a few books just add to the festivities. Here are some of our family favorites:

The best Valentine's books for the whole family or classroom to enjoy during the month of February and celebrating love!

This Is Not a Valentine by Carter Higgins, illustrated by Lucy Ruth Cummins
This is new this year, and I just love how it follows a little boy giving the most thoughtful little gifts to the little friend he has his eye on. It’s such a sweet way to recognize that the best Valentine’s of all are the ones that acknowledge “I pay attention to you and what you like.” It’s been getting KILLER reviews, and it deserves them all.

Plant a Kiss by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Peter H. Reynolds
I’m basically obsessed with everything Amy Krouse Rosenthal does (Little Pea, anyone?) and this glittery book is no exception. The catchiest rhyme you can imagine about a little girl who plants a kiss and, what do you know? Something grows.

Hug Machine by Scott Campbell
I was dubious about this one for some reason, but it just made me smile and then it made me laugh. It’s just so darn cute, about a little guy who is a hugging machine, ready and willing to hug absolutely everyone and everything. (How is a hug machine fueled? By pizza, of course).

Here Comes Valentine Cat by Deborah Underwood, illustrated by Claudia Rueda
Dear heavens, I’m obsessed with the whole Cat series by this duo (there is a Christmas one and an Easter one too). The back and forth between the off-screen narrator and the cat, who communicates mostly by signs and facial expressions, never stop to make me laugh.

My Heart is Like a Zoo by Michael Hall
I would never have believed how many animals you could make entirely out of hearts, but Michael Hall creates the coolest images of shapes and colors in all his books, and this one is perfect for every little animal lover (which is every child in my house).

Love Is . . . by Diane Adams, illustrated by Claire Keane
If you’re the kind of parent who feels a little sad about how fast your children are growing up, maybe pass on this one. Or at least grab some tissues. It’s just so sweet, and I love the beautiful illustrations.

The Biggest Valentine Ever by Steven Kroll, illustrated by Jeni Bassett
I feel like any parent who ever saw a “fun” project go to pieces in front of their eyes can totally relate to this story about Valentine making gone wrong. It has a happy ending, much like I always hope ours do.

The Day It Rained Hearts by Felicia Bond
I can only imagine how nuts my girls would go if it actually rained hearts. In my mind, this is one of the most classic Valentine’s books out there.

No Hugs for Porcupine by Zoe Waring
Poor Porcupine. Nobody wants to hug him. I mean, it’s pretty dangerous! Happily, a friend comes up with a perfect solution!

Snowy Valentine by David Petersen
I know almost nothing about snowy Valentine’s Days, but this is a cute story about a rabbit searching for ideas for his wife for the holiday. Each of his animal friends suggest a new idea, but they all fall flat until a bird shows him that his walk has created a footprint heart in the snow.

The Biggest Kiss by Joanna Walsh, illustrated by Judi Abbot
Do you basically want to kiss your baby’s cheeks off every dang day? So do I (thanks, babies, for all having fat little cheeks). This book basically forces you to kiss your baby on each page as a penguin leads the way through a parade of animals, all who need a little smooch of one kind or another.


Any favorite Valentine’s books that I missed?

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  • Reply MC February 2, 2017 at 8:16 am

    The Hug Machine! It’s the cutest book I’ve read recently.

  • Reply Heather February 2, 2017 at 10:26 am

    These are all so adorable! I love this one 🙂

  • Reply Paige February 2, 2017 at 4:26 pm

    We have The Biggest Valentine sitting on Jay’s bookshelf right now. It’s been so fun reading it before bed the last couple weeks.

  • Reply Diana February 2, 2017 at 5:22 pm

    Just added all these to my library list. Thanks!!!

  • Reply Helen Harris February 6, 2017 at 9:32 am

    We just checked out “Love Is…” by Diane Adams from our library and it’s beyond adorable! Such a beautiful message of love and caring, plus the illustrations are gorgeous! It’s become my 3 year old’s current favorite.

  • Reply Rachel February 2, 2018 at 6:12 am

    We’ve read a few of the Love monster books and they’re so clever and cute. I also adore Worm Loves Worm for its creative way of demonstrating a powerful message.

  • Reply Katy February 2, 2018 at 11:40 am

    Somebody loves you mr hatch by Eileen spinelli

  • Reply Shauna February 2, 2018 at 12:33 pm

    Sandra Boynton’s Snuggle Puppy! is one of our favorite Valentine’s Day books (although we read it year round).

  • Reply Kristen Kwisnek February 2, 2018 at 5:15 pm

    My students LOVE The Hug Machine, especially making the finger puppet after we read the story. Have you made that craft with your kiddos? It’s really fun:

  • Reply Sara Millett February 3, 2018 at 2:55 pm

    Love Monster and the Last Chocolate

  • Reply Ann-Marie February 3, 2018 at 5:34 pm

    The Giant Hug by Sandra Horning is about sending a birthday hug, but it would be a great Valentine’s read as well.

  • Reply Kim February 3, 2018 at 9:14 pm

    Not sure if it counts as a Valentine’s book. We love the book “I Love You Already”. My girls love it, and I love reading it.

  • Reply Chiska February 4, 2018 at 8:06 am

    We love The Ballad of Valentine by Alison Jackson. It’s a funny story about a guy writing a letter to Valentine–but none of them make it to her.

  • Reply Brittany February 4, 2018 at 1:40 pm

    We found a new one this year that my 3 year old loves – Maurice Sendak’s Little Bear’s Valentine.

  • Reply Cait February 5, 2018 at 6:22 am

    It’s a little older, but I remember absolutely loving the book “The Best Valentine in the World” by Marjorie Sharmat. It’s illustrated in grey, green, and purple, which makes it stand out among all the pink and red. The main characters are foxes, and they’re each certain that the other has forgotten all about them for Valentine’s day! But the ending is happy and it’s really just an adorable story that I think is underappreciated.

  • Reply Susan Johnson February 5, 2018 at 9:36 am

    To echo another reader, “Somebody Loves You , Mr. Hatch” by Eileen Spinelli is absolutely wonderful and so poignant. Retired now, but I read it every year to my 1st and 2nd graders, such a sweet story. Another favorite is “Louanne Pig in The Mysterious Valentine” by Nancy Carlson, about trying to find out who sent an anonymous valentine. I love your lists for my granddaughters
    Happy Valentine’s Day!

  • Reply Jenae Jeppesen February 11, 2018 at 2:36 pm

    Porcupining: A Prickly Love Story by Lisa Wheeler. Such a favorite of ours. A porcupine in a zoo is looking for love but no one can see past his spines until he meets [spoiler alert!] a hedgehog.

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