Looking for a special gift for your littlest Valentines?
Kids treasure their children's books for years and often forever, all the more so when inscribed with a loving note from the person who gave it to them. Remember Charlotte's Web, Madeline, Babar, and Alice in Wonderland?
From board books to storybooks to chapter books, here's a selection of children's books that are ideal for Valentine's Day:
For Babies and Toddlers
by Karen Katz
How many kisses does a tired baby need? A bedtime counting book to help your little one go to sleep.
What Is Love, Biscuit?
by Alyssa Satin Capucilli
Biscuit the puppy learns that love is a lot of things, such as sharing a blanket, helping a little duck find its way home, and spending time with Grandma and Grandpa.
Who Do You Love?: A Touch and Feel Book
by Margaret Wang
A charming touch-and-feel animal book, perfect for naptime.
For Preschoolers on Up
Clifford, We Love You
by Norman Bridwell
Emily Elizabeth tries to cheer up Clifford, the big red dog. Nothing works until she writes a special song for him.
Mama, How Long Will You Love Me?
by Anna Pignataro
Mama bear shows her little cub how their love is as everlasting as everything they see and do. Soft watercolor paintings lend to the soothing feel of this book.
The Kiss That Missed
by David Melling
A little prince's goodnight kiss has gone missing, and a brave knight is sent into the forest to find it and bring it back. A delightful knightly adventure for your little prince.
The I LOVE YOU Book
by Todd Parr
I love you when we cuddle. I love you when we play. Most of all, I love you just the way you are. With his trademark illustrations, so brightly colored and engaging, Todd Parr teaches kids about unconditional love.
Fancy Nancy: Heart to Heart
by Jane O'Connor
Someone has sent Fancy Nancy a fancy Valentine. Can you help Nancy find out who sent it? Includes fancy stickers.
Olive You!: And Other Valentine Knock-Knock Jokes You'll A-Door
by Katy Hall and Lisa Eisenberg
A laugh-out-loud book of Valentine's Day jokes.
For Kids in Elementary School
Love, Splat (Splat the Cat)
by Rob Scotton
When it comes to Valentines, bigger isn't always better. A charming follow-up to Splat the Cat featuring whacky illustrations of Splat, one of children's favorite cats.
Junie B. Jones and the Mushy Gushy Valentime
by Barbara Park
Junie B. Jones can't wait to see how many "valentimes" she'll get. The last thing she expected was a mushy gushy valentime from a secret admirer. Junie B. is determined to find out who sent it, in a way that only Junie B. can.
Free to Be...You and Me
by Marlo Thomas and Friends
Now in its 35th anniversary edition, this book helps children determine their place in the world and learn compassion toward themselves and others. Includes comics, poems, songs and stories.
Roses Are Pink, Your Feet Really Stink
by Diane de Grout
What can Gilbert write on Valentines to kids who have hurt his feelings? A book about forgiveness and feelings.