Check out 20+ Valentine books for kids about kindness, love and feelings right here in one spot! These books are perfect for a Valentine’s Day read aloud. However, I feel many of these lovely books are great to read at other times of year- eg Mother’s Day or during friendship and kindness learning themes!
February is a great month to be stocked with beautiful and engaging picture books about kindness, love, and friendship. Snuggle up with your favorite little Valentine and read these sweet books that are sure to warm your heart and home (or classroom)!
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Without further ado, here is our list of favorite Valentine books for kids!
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1. The Day It Rained Hearts by Felicia Bond
One day it rained hearts and Cornelia used them to make unique Valentines for all of her friends. This book ignites creativity and thoughtfulness! Try pairing this book with the ice hearts activity that I shared on Instagram.
2. Share Some Kindness, Bring Some Light by Apryl Stott
Bear is sad because all of the other animals are scared of him. He and his human friend, Coco, try to win over the other animals with gifts of cookies and handmade lanterns. When that doesn’t work, they soon learn that kindness only comes from the heart. I absolutely love the message of this book and think it’s a great read throughout winter!
3. Love Matters Most by Mij Kelly
What is momma polar bear looking for when she leaves her snuggly cave to explore the the frozen wonderland? This sweet story is perfect for a chilly winter day and reminds us of the power of a mother’s love.
4. Hug Machine by Scott Campbell
This adorable book is about an avid little hugger that hugs everything! It doesn’t matter if it’s tall, short, soft, or spiky, he’s always looking for a warm embrace.
5. Love by Matt de la Pena
This book boasts a long list of rave reviews! This endearing story appeals to people of all ages and will definitely tug on your heart strings.
6. This is NOT a Valentine by Carter Higgins
This book about friendship is a bit of an anti-valentine story for kids who want to show that they care for someone in a non-commercial or mushy way.
7. Love from Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter
This absolutely adorable book celebrates all things love and features gorgeous artwork from Beatrix Potter. This is such a classic!
8. The Invisible String by Patrice Karst
Did you know there is an invisible string that connects you to all of your loved ones? This book lovingly describes how you are always with those you love even when you are separated.
9. Will You Be My Valentine by Cottage Door Press
This gorgeous book with vintage illustrations will certainly win your heart this Valentine’s Day! The rhyming text and thick board pages, makes this great for young children.
10. A Hug Is For Holding Me by Lisa Wheeler
Look around in nature and you will see hugs everywhere! Whether it’s an egg holding a hatchling or a tight flower bud, hugs are all around us. This is a must have book for nature lovers and a great read for any time of year!
11. In My Heart: A Book About Feelings by Jo Witek
This colorful book explores all of the emotions that the heart feels and is perfect for preschool aged kids! The layered hearts and message of the story, makes this a meaningful Valentine’s Day read aloud.
12. Part of My Heart by Mike Sundry
This sweet book tells little ones how much they are loved by their parents. The heart illustrations are perfect for Valentine’s Day!
13. Love from The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
Featuring familiar illustrations from Eric Carle, this book gives readers all the reasons why they make the world a better place. This book is sweet and simple!
14. Love Is by Diane Adama
I’m not crying, you’re crying! This book might be my favorite of all the Valentine books for kids. This is a story about a little girl and her duckling. She lovingly takes care of the duckling until it grows too big for her to handle and it’s time to let it go. The sweet surprise ending makes this book extra special!
15. The Love Letter by Anika Aldmuy Denise
One kind letter makes a lot of animals feel all warm, fuzzy, and happy inside. Then they find out the letter wasn’t for them! Read the story to find out what happens next in the sweet story of friendship.
16. Kindness Makes Us Strong by Sophie Beer
Young children learn what kindness looks like in this gorgeous book with bright and colorful illustrations! Build community and friendship among children with this fun read.
17. You Belong Here by M.H. Clark
This is the sweetest bedtime book for any time of year! The pages journey around the natural world, observing plants and animals, everywhere, and reminding children that they are right where they belong.
18. Plant a Kiss by Amy Krouse Ronsenthal
Little Miss planted a kiss and took care of it and watched it grow. This imaginative story about kindness and giving is great for younger readers!
19. Mirabel’s Missing Valentines by Janet Lawler
This story is about shy Mirabel and her lost valentines. See how Mirabel finds her valentines and overcomes her insecurities in this adorable book. These gorgeous illustrations and sweet story makes this a must have book this Valentine’s Day!
20. One Love by Cedella Marley and Vanessa Brantley Newton
Based on the timeless song by Bob Marley, this story has gorgeous illustrations and is an easy read for any time of year!
21. My Heart by Corninna Luyken
This story so effortlessly captures how the heart can change with our changing emotions and feelings. The stunning illustrations and rhyming phrases speak directly to young and old readers alike.
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I hope you check out some of these Valentine books for kids! I promise, your little nature lovers will love them as much as my boys.