Valentine’s Day is about more than just flowers and candy; it’s about love! And let’s be honest—who wouldn’t want more love in their life? If you’re looking for age-appropriate ways to teach your students about Valentine’s Day, there’s nothing like a good book to spark discussion and excitement about the holiday. In celebration of Valentine’s Day, add one of these 67 books to your collection and share it with your kids!
1. How Many Do I Love You? by Cheri Love-Bird
We guarantee that your toddlers will enjoy this precious board book! They’ll have fun counting to 10 as they spot the cheery animal friends in the charming illustrations.
2. Mirabel’s Missing Valentines by Janet Lawler
Mirabel’s Missing Valentines is a relatable book for your kids with big emotions. They’ll immediately empathize with shy Mirabel, who is nervous to distribute her valentines—but then heartbroken when she discovers that she’s lost them on the way to school! This sweet story shows how love can brighten someone else’s day—even if it happens by accident.
3. I Love You and Cheese Pizza by Brenda Li
Your children will love this entertaining story about the different forms of love. Brian, the pig in jeans, thinks that he only loves cheese pizza. Invite your kids to join him as he quickly learns that love can be felt and shown in many different ways.
4. The Berenstain Bears’ Valentine Blessings by Mike Berenstain
Does Brother Bear have a secret admirer? When Sister Bear discovers that he does she starts to tease him about it—until Papa Bear saves the day with an important lesson about love. Your children will enjoy learning along with this well-known family that love and affection are gifts from God; not feelings to be embarrassed about.
5. I Love You Every Day by Cottage Door Press
This finger puppet Valentine’s board book is the perfect read for your kiddos aged 0-4. Through tender, rhyming text, the mommy bear in the story explains all of the ways that she loves her sweet baby.
6. Llama Llama I Love You by Anna Dewdney
This sweet board book is a lovely introduction to Llama Llama for babies and toddlers—and a lovely introduction to love in general! It will show your children how to show their love on Valentine’s Day. The rhyming text and familiar pictures outline how Llama Llama shows his love for his family and friends by giving them heart-shaped cards and hugs. Use this book to spark discussion with your little ones about different ways that they can show love to those around them.
7. Pete the Cat: Valentine’s Day Is Cool by James Dean
With this book, your kids can join Pete the Cat as he discovers how precious Valentine’s Day can be—and that it’s not uncool at all! Once Pete gets into the spirit of the season, he decides to make cards for all the cats that he loves, but what will he do when he realizes that he’s forgotten someone? This cute book even includes stickers, a poster, and 12 Valentine’s Day cards.
8. Roses Are Pink, Your Feet Really Stink by Diane deGroat
In this read-aloud favorite, Gilbert makes a terrible mistake and writes a couple of mean notes to two of his classmates’ valentines—and even signs them with a different name! Your kiddos will relate to Gilbert’s struggles and learn a valuable lesson about forgiveness and changes of heart as they get engrossed in the story.
9. The Dinosaurs Valentine’s Day by Jessica Brady
Your kiddos can follow Logan the dinosaur as he makes valentines for his friends—and in the process, learns to appreciate their good qualities even more! If your children love dinosaurs, you need to share this uplifting read with them this Valentine’s Day.
10. Loads of Love by Sonica Ellis
It’s Valentine’s Day in Rosedale, but Larry, the mail truck, is very sick. Bonnie decides to help Larry and delivers all of the packages for him. We guarantee that your kids will love this sweet tale of perseverance and friendship!
11. Happy Valentine’s Day, Little Critter! by Mercer Mayer
Your students will adore this fun lift-the-flap story that includes an exciting surprise under each flap. You and your class can share in Little Critter’s excitement as he has the best Valentine’s Day ever—even making a special card for his favorite Valentine!
12. A Little SPOT of Love on Valentine’s Day by Diane Alber
A Little SPOT of Love is extremely excited that there’s a special day all about him! He even spends the day creating an extra-special Valentine’s Day card for each friend! This story will inspire your kiddos to share love with others however they can.
13. I Love You All Ways by Marianne Richmond
This heartwarming story is a perfect read for Valentine’s Day! Your little ones will delight in the adorable illustrations and simple rhyming text that explains all of the ways that they’re loved.
14. Amelia Bedelia’s First Valentine by Herman Parish
This amusing picture book about Valentine’s Day at Amelia Bedelia’s school is sure to delight your students. She’s so excited to get her first card for Valentine’s Day—but when she forgets her cards on the bus she finds herself having to be resourceful to figure out a solution!
15. I’ll Love You Till the Cows Come Home by Kathryn Cristaldi
This humorous board book is filled with rhyming text and demonstrates the fact that love has no boundaries. Your little ones will giggle along as the phrase “I’ll love you till the cows come home” is taken to greater—and funnier—extremes in this clever story.
16. A Crankenstein Valentine by Samantha Berger
This funny tale will show your kids that even cranky monsters can have hearts. A regular kid becomes Crankenstein when everything seems to go wrong on Valentine’s Day. Can he still find a way to spread some love and enjoy the day? Invite your kiddos to read along and find out!
17. Valentina Ballerina by Giggly Wiggly Press
Valentina Hyena has long dreamed of becoming the star ballerina in the Valentine’s Day program—but does she have what it takes? Your kiddos will love joining her to learn about the true meaning behind the day!
18. Franklin’s Valentines by Paulette Bourgeois
It’s Valentine’s Day! Franklin is excited about giving the cards he has made to his friends, but he realizes that they’re missing when he gets to school. Has he ruined Valentine’s Day for everyone? Invite your kids to join Franklin as he learns about true love and friendship—and discovers that some things are more important than cards.
19. Love from The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
This #1 New York Times bestseller makes a terrific Valentine’s read for your students. They’ll love recognizing familiar characters from their favorite Eric Carle books as you read about all the ways in which love can affect us.
20. There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Rose by Lucille Colandro
This fun story welcomes back the old lady for Valentine’s Day— and now she’s swallowing things that will make a precious gift for her sweet Valentine! This wacky installment of everyone’s favorite old lady is sure to delight and amuse your kids.
21. Love from the Crayons by Drew Daywalt
This charming story revisits our favorite group of crayons. Help your little ones explore love’s colors and shades with this endearing book.
22. Junie B. Jones and the Mushy Gushy Valentime by Barbara Park
Junie B. Jones is excited about “Valentime’s Day”—but she’s surprised to receive a mushy card from someone claiming to be her secret admirer! We bet that your kids will enjoy helping Junie B. Jones solve this Valentine’s mystery.
23. Valerie Fox and the Valentine Box by K.A. Devlin
Your kiddos can join Valerie Fox as she learns how to celebrate Valentine’s Day in this adventurous story that includes many different animals. Enjoy the rhyming text and charming pictures with your little ones!
24. The Valentine Bears by Eve Bunting
Read this sweet love story to your kids about Mr. and Mrs. Bear. Since they hibernate all winter, they’ve never been able to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Your students will love finding out what happens the year Mrs. Bear decides to change that by getting up early to celebrate the big day.
25. The Day It Rained Hearts by Felicia Bond
This adorable story is about the day it begins raining hearts—and Cornelia Augusta is able to catch them. Your kids will be charmed when Cornelia decides to send these hearts to her sweet animal friends! Pair this lively tale with some Valentine’s crafts so that your little ones can make cards for their own friends.
26. The Night Before Valentine’s Day by Natasha Wing
Valentine’s Day is the most loving holiday of the year! Celebrate it with another installment of Natasha Wing’s beloved series, with delicious treats, creating cards, and much more. This cheery book will give your kids a chance to consider their own family and classroom traditions this Valentine’s Day.
27. Dr. Seuss’s Lovey Things by Dr. Seuss
This rhyming board book features Thing One and Thing Two from The Cat in the Hat. Your kids will be delighted to learn about things that the Things love—caring, sharing, hugging, smiling, and blowing kisses!
28. Happy Valentine’s Day, Mouse! by Laura Numeroff
Mouse from If You Give a Mouse a Cookie is back! This time, he’s making valentines for his friends; telling them what he loves about each of them in special cards. Your little ones will enjoy seeing Mouse’s creations and will love the surprise at the end of the book.
29. Saint Valentine by Marisa Boan
This bilingual Spanish-English book explains the legend of Saint Valentine; a third-century Catholic priest who worked to make sure that couples who were in love could get married. It’s the perfect book to share with your children aged 5-10.
30. Splat the Cat: Funny Valentine by Rob Scotton
Splat the Cat would like to give a present to a special someone, but he wants it to be a secret. Your kids will relish joining in the fun as Splat’s classmates all try to find ways to help him. Let your little ones lift the flaps in the book to find surprises!
31. Will You Be My Valentine by Cottage Door Press
This delightful board book is a vintage masterpiece that includes fun-filled pages for your learners to enjoy. The detailed vintage illustrations are sure to enchant your kids!
32. Groggle’s Monster Valentine by Diana Murray
Groggle the monster has stayed up all night making the perfect Valentine for Snarlina. Unfortunately, his appetite gets the best of him, and he eats the valentine. Get ready for giggles as you share this silly and surprising story with your students.
33. Here Come Valentine Cat by Deborah Underwood
This is a Valentine’s Day book that breaks the mold as the main character, Cat, is not a fan of Valentine’s Day. He hates making valentines and he thinks that the holiday is too mushy. To make matters worse, his new neighbor, Dog, keeps throwing things at him! The hilarious and heartwarming story will help your kids think differently about holidays and teach them not to judge others too quickly.
34. Pinkalicious: Pink of Hearts by Victoria Kann
A lover of Valentine’s Day, Pinkalicious works hard to make the perfect card for a student in her class. Will she get one back that’s equally as perfect? Invite your kiddos to pick up this book and find out!
35. Love Monster by Rachel Bright
Love Monster really tries to fit in at Cutesville—but he always seems to stand out from his sweet and cuddly neighbors. You and your kids can join him on his mission to find someone special to love him for the hairy monster that he is!
36. The Yuckiest, Stinkiest, Best Valentine Ever by Brenda Ferber
Leon has a huge crush, and he has the perfect valentine, but he also has a big problem: the valentine for his crush doesn’t want to be a mushy card and runs away! Share Leon’s wild chase after the card with your kids for a not-too-mushy Valentine’s Day read.
37. Cooper the Farting Cupid by Cindy Press
Cooper has a problem that’s keeping him from finding special love! Will he find a special someone to love him without him having to change himself? Brace yourself for lots of giggles as your little ones join Cooper on his quest.
38. Always More Love by Erin Guendelsberger
This heartwarming and interactive story is filled with rhyming text all about love. This sweet story will get your kids up on their feet as they tap, press, shake, touch, or flip the book and discover all the ways in which love can grow.
39. A Charlie Brown Valentine by Natalie Shaw
This classic Valentine’s Day story is a must-read for your little ones! Charlie Brown and the Peanuts gang are excited for Valentine’s Day as this is Charlie Brown’s chance to talk to the Little Red-Haired Girl! Your kids will love the classic illustrations and disarming story.
40. Little Miss Valentine by Adam Hargreaves
This adorable picture book is about Little Miss Valentine and her love for Valentine’s Day. Although nothing goes as planned, she and her friends learn a valuable lesson about what matters most on Valentine’s Day—each other!
41. Froggy’s First Kiss by Jonathan London
Froggy is in love—he can’t even think when Frogilina is near! Your kiddos will enjoy this humorous story that’s all about the very special Valentine that Froggy makes for Frogilina.
42. A Valentine for Frankenstein by Leslie Kimmelman
The Frankenstein in this cute story is actually nice—which makes it hard for him to fit in with other monsters! He soon finds out that he has a secret admirer at the Valentine’s Day Bash and we bet that your students will delight in trying to find out who it is!
43. I Love You, Spot by Eric Hill
Your toddlers will be smitten with this precious heart-shaped board book. In this sweet tale, Spot wants to surprise his mom for Valentine’s Day and let her know just how much he loves her. Can he find a way to show how much he cares?
44. Hugs and Kisses for the Grouchy Ladybug by Eric Carle
Does even a grouchy ladybug need a hug? In Eric Carle’s delightful tale, your kids will learn about love and empathy. Perfect for Valentine’s Day, it’s a heartwarming lesson in sharing affection. A must-read for young hearts!
45. Ollie’s Valentine by Olivier Dunrea
This cheerful book is a celebration of love, friendship, and joy. Ollie’s in search of the perfect Valentine! With surprises and laughter aplenty, your kids can join him on this thrilling journey.
46. Biscuit’s Valentine’s Day by Alyssa Satin Capucilli
Valentine’s Day is here, and Biscuit is ready to spread some love. Your kids will love watching him make cards, share treats, and give hugs. It’s a charming story that will inspire your young readers to embrace the joy of giving.
47. Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Minnie’s Valentine by Disney Book Group
Minnie and friends are having a blast this Valentine’s Day! Full of friendship, fun, and delightful surprises, this book captures the essence of love and we bet that your kiddos will adore this spirited celebration.
48. Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney
This classic story unfolds the infinite love between parent and child. Told with tender words and beautiful illustrations, it’s a touching read for your little Valentines.
49. Zombie in Love by Kelly DiPucchio
Mortimer is looking for love, but it’s a challenge! This quirky and humorous tale offers giggles and teaches that love is for everyone; offering a unique take on Valentine’s Day!
50. You Are My Cupcake by Joyce Wan
Sweet metaphors and adorable illustrations fill this love-filled board book. Perfect for your younger readers, it’s a delicious treat for Valentine’s Day. Share this lovingly crafted book to satisfy everyone’s literary sweet tooth!
51. Olive, My Love by Vivian Walsh
Follow Olive the dog’s adventure to find her secret admirer. Twists and turns abound in this delightful tale and are sure to keep your little ones entertained and engaged this Valentine’s Day.
52. Happy Love Day, Daniel Tiger! by Becky Friedman
Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood comes alive in this engaging, love-filled story that will teach your children about showing love and appreciation. They’re bound to learn, love, and enjoy reading with Daniel and his friends.
53. Slugs in Love by Susan Pearson
Slugs in love? Who knew! This unexpected tale of romance is both charming and whimsical and your children will be enchanted by the quirky characters and love’s surprise. Share the unexpected joy this Valentine’s Day!
54. Where Is Baby’s Valentine? by Karen Katz
Invite your kids to join the search for Baby’s Valentine in this interactive book. Bright illustrations and engaging flaps make it a delightful exploration. What a great pick to introduce your youngest readers to the theme of love.
55. The Ballad of Valentine by Alison Jackson
Love in the Wild West is what this read is all about! This clever book tells a humorous love story with flair. Your learners will be amused by a suitor’s persistence in this rollicking Valentine’s Day read!
56. The Love Monster by Rachel Bright
A monster looking for love? Who would’ve thought! You and your students can follow his journey of self-acceptance and connection. Both touching and relatable, it’s a tale about fitting in and embracing love in whatever form it comes in.
57. Happy Valentine’s Day, Curious George! by N. Di Angelo
Join Curious George’s adventurous Valentine’s Day. Filled with fun, mischief, and love, your kiddos will be highly entertained from start to finish.
58. Plant a Kiss by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
Watch as a little girl’s planted kiss blossoms into something magical with this delightful metaphor for love’s power to spread joy. Enchanting and beautiful, it’s a tale that’s sure to warm each and everyone’s heart
59. Heart to Heart by Lois Ehlert
Dive into this artistic book with your kids. Heart 2 Heart features collage artwork and playful rhymes; presenting a stunning visual journey through love’s many facets. It’s perfect for reading aloud and exploring with your young artists. A heart-to-heart connection awaits!
60. Snuggle Puppy by Sandra Boynton
Here’s a love song in a book! Snuggle Puppy is best described as playful and affectionate. Share the song of love between parent and child and invite your littles to snuggle up with this read.
61. In My Heart: A Book of Feelings by Jo Witek
Explore emotions with your kids using this beautiful book- a wonderful guide to understanding our feelings and expressing love. Better still, use it to teach your children about empathy and connection.
62. Love, Splat by Rob Scotton
Splat has a crush, but will she notice him? Humorous and sweet, this book is for anyone who’s felt that first love’s pang. It’s a great pick if you’re on the hunt for a light-hearted Valentine’s Day read that will touch your class’s young hearts.
63. Love, Ruby Valentine by Laurie Friedman
Ruby oversleeps on Valentine’s Day, but love’s still in the air! This is a lively story that will teach your sweethearts about love’s true meaning and remind them that every day is perfect for sharing love.
64. Kisses, Kisses, Head to Toe! by Karen Katz
Invite your littlest of learners to explore love’s joy from head to toe with this interactive book. Tactile and delightful, it celebrates affection in a fun way.
65. Love Is by Diane Adams
Journey through love’s many facets with a girl and her duckling. A touching tale for Valentine’s Day or any loving occasion. Heartfelt and tender, it’s sure to resonate across the seasons and carry all that lovey-dovey energy way further than Valentine’s Day!
66. Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch by Eileen Spinelli
A mysterious valentine upends Mr. Hatch’s life in this soulful story. A reminder of love’s transformative power, it’s heartwarming and sure to resonate with readers who are both young and old. Love really does have the power to change everything!
67. Words and Your Heart by Kate Jane Neal
Words really do wield power, and this book explores how they often shape feelings. With a few heartfelt messages, it presentes a lesson in kindness and empathy and is great for reminding your kiddos to speak from the heart.