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These 10 Books About Love Are Perfect for Reading on Valentine’s Day or Every Day

Love a good read? Don’t save these heartfelt stories for February 14th!

Megan Baldwin · 8 months ago

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Bedtime stories definitely fall into the "things we heart" column. More than that, children's books can serve as a great way to talk with your kids about the things they hold close to their heart — and all the wonderful different types of love there are in the world.

Ready for a love story or two? With Valentine’s Day in mind, we’ve rounded up ten heartfelt titles that are perfect for reading this holiday, or any day you want to remind your kid how much you love them.

Love is Powerful by Heather Dean Brewer

Believe love is powerful? You'll find plenty of proof in the pages of this uplifting story, inspired by a girl who participated in the January 2017 Women’s March in New York City. Heather Dean Brewer’s simple prose is delightfully illustrated by LeUyen Pham as a reminder to open our eyes and hearts to our power to create change. 

Good for ages: 4-8

The Shape of My Heart by Mark Sperring

When you look for love, you’ll find it’s all around you in this vibrant Valentine for curious little ones. Discover hearts of all shapes and sizes and delight in exploring the world in a whole new way. 

Good for ages: 2-6

Hair Love by Matthew A. Cherry

Tender and empowering, Hair Love is an ode to loving your natural hair (and yourself) — and a celebration of daddies and daughters everywhere. 

Good for ages: 2-6

Love from the Crayons by Drew Daywalt, Illustrated by Oliver Jeffers

Celebrate Valentine's Day—and love—with the New York Times best-selling crayon characters from The Day the Crayons Quit. This charming story featuring every kid’s favorite coloring crew explores the bright colors and subtle shades of love.

Good for ages: 4-8

You Matter by Christian Robinson

Named Best Book of the Year by Barnes & Noble, The New York Times/New York Public Library, Publishers Weekly, and School Library Journal, this beautiful book shows young readers that everyone is connected, and that everyone matters.

Good for ages: 3-5

Bling Blaine: Throw Glitter, Not Shade by Rob Sanders

This heartwarming picture introduces Blaine, a boy who loves to sparkle, as he proves that we can all shine when allies band together to throw glitter — not shade.

Good for ages: 4-8

Eyes That Kiss in the Corners by Joanna Ho

This lyrical picture book tells the story of learning to love and follows one girl's journey to celebrate the shape of her eyes. Drawing from the strength of powerful women in her life, she recognizes her own beauty and discovers a path to self-love and empowerment.

Good for ages: 4-8

Outside, Inside by LeUyen Pham

Selflessness is at the heart of Caldecott honoree LeUyen Pham’s picture book, celebrating essential workers and communities coming together to face the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Good for ages: 2-6

Tiny T. Rex and the Perfect Valentine by Jonathan Stutzman

As we all know, making just the right Valentine isn't easy. Lovable bestselling Tiny T. Rex takes us on an adventure and teaches us a valuable lesson in overcoming obstacles.

Good for ages: 2-6

The Love Letter by Anika Aldamuy Denise

Fall in love with this picture book that illustrates how even small acts of kindness can go a long way towards making the world a better place for all. 

Good for ages: 3-5