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The Best Valentine's Day Books for Your Child

Red and pink ribbons, boxes of chocolates, and paper heart cutouts are everywhere you look. Valentine's Day is almost here!

This lovable holiday is such a special time to share your affection with the ones closest in your life. It's also exciting for young children who might only be experiencing this for the second or third time. That's why we put together a heartwarming selection of Valentine's Day books that you can read to your little sweetheart today!

Little Blue Truck's Valentine

by Alice Schertle (Author) &

Jill McElmurry (Illustrator)

"Beep!"said Blue."Happy Valentine's Day!"

Join Little Blue Truck as he delivers Valentine's Day cards to all his farm animal friends. But as Blue beeps along, he starts to wonder: will he get any cards of his own?

I Love You, Little Pookie

by Sandra Boynton (Author, Illustrator)

I Love You, Little Pookie is an affectionate and heartfelt celebration—for Valentine’s Day and every day—enlivened with those funny and captivating Boynton drawings. And Pookie’s Mom wisely knows that the best way to say I love you is simply to say it.

How to Catch a Loveosaurus

by Alice Walstead (Author) &

Andy Elkerton (Illustrator)

The How to Catch Kids are on the chase again, this time to trap a dinosaur that escaped from the museum and wants to spread love and kindness. Blending exciting traps and concepts with hilarity and chaos to encourage reading, learning, and imagination, this charming adventure will delight young readers, families, and educators alike―and maybe inspire spreading some kindness too!

Tiny T. Rex and the

Perfect Valentine

by Jonathan Stutzman (Author) &

Jay Fleck (Illustrator)

Valentine's Day is coming, which means showing the ones you love how much they mean to you, so Tiny has decided to make the perfect Valentine for his best friend Pointy. But as Tiny discovers, making a Valentine isn't easy. It might take a few tries until Tiny realizes the best Valentine might have been there all along.

Love Is My Favorite Thing

(Author & Illustrator)

Plum has lots of favorite things—catching sticks, her bear, her bed—but really, LOVE is her absolute favorite thing. She loves her family and all the things they do together. Sometimes, however, Plum’s exuberance causes trouble, and she just can’t help being naughty. But fortunately, love is such a great thing that even when she makes mistakes, Plum’s family still adores her.

Babies Love Valentines

by Holly Berry-Byrd (Author), Cottage Door Press (Author), & Martina Hogan (Illustrator)

Introduce your newborn, baby, or toddler to classic Valentines traditions like giving cards and candies with this adorable lift-a-flap board book. Simple sentences reinforce future language structure, and grasping and lifting the sturdy flaps helps develop fine motor skills. A perfect Valentine's Day gift for your child!

Pop-up Peekaboo! I Love You

by DK (Author)

Discover who’s sending Smiley Sheep presents in this adorable baby board book, complete with lift-the-flaps, pop-ups and more! Encompassing fun first words and enchanting adventures, this beautiful baby book encourages literacy in young learners, gently introducing key terms and read-aloud rhymes within its pages of highly-interactive pop-up play! 

I Love You Every Day

by Cottage Door Press (Author, Editor) & Samantha Meredith (Illustrator)

Snuggle together for this sweet rhyming story about unconditional love! Read along and play with your infant or toddler as mommy bear expresses all of the ways she loves her baby. Wiggle the cute baby bear plush puppet to engage and interest your little one. Beautiful illustrations and sweet rhyming text make this finger puppet board book a favorite to share with your little children.

Happy Valentine's Day, Curious George!

by N. Di Angelo (Author) &

Mary O'Keefe Young (Illustrator)

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 celebration of friendship.

Bananas for You!

by Sabrina Moyle (Author) &

Eunice Moyle (Illustrator)

Do you love someone more than chickens love to dance? More than poodles love to prance? Perfect for Valentine’s Day or any time that calls for a little extra celebrating, this book is full of eye-catching illustrations, pun-derful humor, and an extra dose of silliness sure to make little ones giggle with every page.

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