We’ve been reading and picking more Fun Picture Books for Valentine’s Day. Here are 10 that we have thoroughly enjoyed!
One of the best and easiest things I have ever done as a parent is to make seasonal book baskets. I only pull them out during the appropriate season. I do this partly because I hate reading books about snow in July and partly because we have so many books that I just don’t have room to keep them all out all the time.
But the best thing about rotating book baskets is that every few months, it feels like we get all new books because it’s been a year since we’ve seen them. Book basket rotation days are everyone’s favorite around here. It has been such an easy way to make an ordinary week feel special and memorable.
Alternatively, you could keep seasonal lists of books that you take to the library at the beginning of a new season or holiday. I could see this becoming a very treasured family memory as well.
This month, we pulled out all the Picture Books for Valentine’s Day. Most seasons, I gift the kids one or two new books to add to the basket too. I am completely convinced that Books always make the best gifts – they just keep on giving for years and years. We normally get a few new ones from the library too, so there’s a little something more to look forward to.
The last time I did a post about Valentine’s books was in 2013 (you can check out those books here – they’re all still good ones!). So, we’ve found quite a few more good Picture Books for Valentine’s Day since then.
Now, these are not strictly Valentine books. But they are all based on themes of love and friendship and are really fun books to read and gift for Valentine’s day. Here’s what we’ve been enjoying most lately:
Picture Books for Valentine’s Day
I wrote about this one here recently. We liked this one so much that I made free printable Valentine Cards to go along with it. It’s a silly nonsense sort of book, but the illustrations are adorable and it makes my kids giggle every time. I like you like a tree, but I love you like a pig. As far as I’m concerned, Mac Barnett wins every time he writes a book.
This is a poetic look at love from a child’s perspective. It’s really really beautiful! And it makes a lovely bed time story because it’s such a lyrical read. The preview on Amazon will give you a good sense of how good this book is, so check that out first.
We recently checked this out from the library and then proceeded to read it approximately 200 times. It’s very loosely a Valentine book, but there is a page where everyone exchanges heart shaped Valentines. It’s so fun though that I had to include it here. It’s a wordless alphabet book and the illustrations are the absolute cutest. I HIGHLY recommend this one! I’m definitely buying a copy for our home library. (Our favorite thing : the egg with legs)
This is my 3 year old son’s favorite book right now. It’s about a little boy who is a hugging machine – he hugs everything he sees. Obviously, this is incredibly appealing to my preschooler who often becomes a hugging machine after reading this book. It’s very fun!
This is the Valentine picture book that everyone is talking about this year – and for good reason! It’s just so cute. All through the book a little boy gives his friend, a little girl, small gifts that he explains are not Valentines. But while he may not be handing out Valentines, the book itself is absolutely about the real meaning of Valentines. It doesn’t have to be about love or about big grand gestures one day of the year. Valentine’s day is just a day to honor our everyday friendships. Like everyone else, we love this one!
My sister recommended this one to us this year and it’s been a hit here. Reminiscent of Dr. Seuss’s My Many Colored Days, it’s a book about feelings. It’s perfect for the preschool crowd, but my older girls like it too. I adore the Five Star illustrations!
This is a tear jerker, but such a sweet story about love. It follows a little girl who takes a baby bird home and raises it until it’s ready to head out on its own. The poetic words are sparse and the story is mostly told through the beautiful illustrations. This simple story will likely bring tears to your eyes. This is our most heartwarming pick for Valentine’s day this year.
I am a long time fan of the Little Bear books. I think we own every single one. But this one is definitely a family favorite. Little Bear sends his grandma a picture, which Hen delivers. But then Grandma wants to send a kiss back with Hen for Little Bear. The kiss gets all mixed up along the way, and there’s even a funny love story that happens as the kiss get passed from animal to animal. You will definitely have a good laugh before the kiss finally makes it back to Little Bear. Such a sweet, fun story.
This is the book that I bought for our basket this year. My kids all love a good search and find and I couldn’t resist the romance and fun of the Pride and Prejudice theme. Luckily, the kids are appreciating it as much as I had hoped. Not only does the book introduce you to all of the P & P characters, but each two page spread tells a little bit of the story too. It’s never too early to start raising Austen fans.
Isn’t the Love Monster so cute? And yet he has a hard time finding a friend in a world where everything is soft and cuddly, but not in a monster way. But don’t worry, this adorable book has a happy ending. This one is well loved at our house – especially by the youngest two.