It must be the early childhood teacher in me because I love pulling out themed book collections to read with my children! Valentine’s Day is one of those fun holidays – especially when you are little and there are so many cute Valentine’s Day books out there!
I spent some time looking through our Valentine’s Day children books and picked out our favorite books for this holiday. I put these Valentine’s Day books in a box at the beginning of February and we read them almost daily for a couple weeks. Some of these Valentine’s Day books are newer but many are classic books worth reading each Valentine’s Day.
I have read many of these books with countless classrooms of preschoolers and Kindergarten students, as well as dozens upon dozens of times with my own children. These books are all an enjoyable way to celebrate Valentine’s Day with literature!
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Here are some of our favorite Valentine’s Day books.
This cute Valentine’s Day story is one by the talented author Eve Bunting – and the brilliant illustrator, Jan Brett. It is one of Jan’s earlier books and many of the pages are black and white, still with lots of gorgeous detail. It’s the story of a married set of bears who decide not to hibernate through Valentine’s Day this year and wake up to surprise one another. Truly, an adorable Valentine’s Day story!
Mr. Hatch is lonely until he (mistakenly) receives a Valentine meant for someone else. It changes how Mr. Hatch acts towards everyone as he tries to figure out who sent him the Valentine. This sweet story has a wonderful ending and is a great one for children of all ages!
This Valentine’s Day book tells of two mice who get into a quarrel over making the perfect Valentine. When they try to make Valentines on their own, they discover they actually make nicer Valentines together. It’s a good story about teamwork.
There is a whole series of these ‘Night Before’ books, but this is our favorite. The story is set to the original rhyme of ‘The Night Before Christmas.’ It cleverly tells of children getting ready for Valentine’s Day and celebrating in class.
We all know Amelia Bedelia, but even for the unfamiliar, this is a great holiday introduction. This book is shorter than some Amelia Bedelia books and it has flaps, which little ones enjoy. Amelia Bedelia gets mixed up when reading the Valentines she is supposed to deliver which always makes my kids smile.
Anne Rockwell has a beautiful series of stories about school. This features a preschool / Kindergarten age class as they get ready for Valentine’s Day. It’s a perfect Valentine’s book to read in school – and at home!
Mary Engelbreit is a beautiful illustrator. Her illustrations have so much to captive the eye! Queen of Hearts is her Valentine’s Day story of a little girl who is so busy decorating her Valentine’s Day box that she forgets to actually make her Valentines! Of course, she discovers that she can give away pieces of her beautiful box and that sharing makes everyone happy.
This classic children’s book is not really a Valentine’s Day story but the message of love makes it fit with the theme. If you haven’t read the story of Little Nutbrown Hare, add it to your reading list. Little Nutbrown Hare and Big Nutbrown Hare have a discussion over who loves one another more. It’s a lovely story about love for children of all ages. Plus, you can always add ‘Love’ Bible verses to each page of the story to make it an extra special Valentine’s Day book!
Again, while not strictly a Valentine’s story, the message is a perfect one for Valentine’s Day. It’s the story of a little panda who feels overlooked. His mother reassures him that she will always choose him – just like God always chooses us. It’s a great story to read with children year round – including on Valentine’s Day.
Do you have a favorite Valentine’s Day book that you enjoy reading with your children? I’d love to add it to our list!