Valentine’s Day doesn’t just mean candy sales and romance, it’s really about friendship, kindness, and love. These themes are all in abundance in these captivating Valentine’s Day picture books your children will love to read again and again. (And books are great non-candy gift ideas!)
Valentine’s Day Picture Books 2016
I Love You Already! by Jory John and Benji Davies
We love this book — is so hilarious especially if you know an introvert and extrovert who must figure out how to make their friendship work. Duck LOVES to talk and be together. Bear loves quiet, lazy alone time. You can imagine the miscommunications that happen. But no matter what, they are reminded that they don’t need to earn each other’s love, they love each other already.
How to Mend a Heart by Sara Gillingham
To mend a heart you need the right tools –some just need one stitch, some need a whole spool. You’ll love this literal and metaphorical story of redemption and healing.
Love Monster and the Last Chocolate by Rachel Bright
When the Love Monster receives a box of chocolates, he really doesn’t want to share — but he knows that he should so even though it’s hard, he runs to his friends to share all the chocolates. But lucky for him, the chocolates are from his friends and they want him to eat them all.
Here Comes Valentine Cat by Deborah Underwood, illustrated by Claudia Rueda
Cat’s NO-Valentines zone is in effect but Dog might just change Cat’s mind. You’ll reread this new Valentine’s Day book many times — it’s sweet and funny.
LOVE from the Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
If you’re an Eric Carle fan like me, you’ll love this new book showcasing his classic illustrations of love!
Mr. Goat’s Valentine by Eve Bunting, illustrated by Kevin Zimmer
Mr. Goat wants to buy his love special gifts. What he gets will delight young readers — and they’re all perfectly wonderful!
Happy Valentine’s Day!