It’s the month of love. Want to know which books we enjoy reading from around February 1st through the 14th, in honor of Valentine’s Day? You’re in luck! Our top picks are listed below.
Favorite Valentine’s Day Books for Children
A look at the history* of Saint Valentine, with beautiful illustrations. (*It seems that solid facts concerning St. Valentine are hard to come by, but this book presents a commonly held perspective on the origins of Valentine’s Day).
Eileen Spinelli & Paul Yalowitz
This is our new favorite! It’s the heart warming tale of a great Valentine mix-up, with near tragic results.
Cynthia Rylant & Fumi Kosaka
I think there is a Cynthia Rylant title on each of our Favorite Books lists. We love this light hearted, illustrated Valentine poem!
Wendy Anderson Halperin
Taken from the King James Version of 1 Corinthians 13, with beautifully detailed illustrations in pencil and watercolor.
Jan Carr & Dorothy Donohue
A short and sweet Valentine tale, with rhyming text. Good for toddlers and young preschoolers.
Liza Baker & David M. McPhail
The “warm and fuzzy” tale of a mother’s unconditional love for her child. Good for toddlers and young preschoolers.
Barbara M. Joosse & Mary Whyte
A beautiful book, made all the more meaningful for us as it describes the different, but equal love a mother has for her two boys.
Elise Holmelund Minarik & Heather Green
A sweet and simple tale of Little Bear’s search for his secret admirer.
Eve Bunting & Jan Brett
A sweet tale of Mr. and Mrs. Bear and their special Valentine’s Day surprises.
It’s really hard to write a valentine poem for someone you don’t really like. Gilbert finds the perfect solution…until his valentine prank backfires.
Eileen Spinelli & Archie Preston
At first glance, this delightful book seems more appropriate for Thanksgiving, but the last page makes it Valentine’s Day worthy.
Lee Bennett Hopkins & JoAnn Adinolfi
Light hearted poetry in honor of Valentine’s Day.
Tomie de Paola
So the crafts kind of stress me out, 🙂 but the poetry, jokes, games and illustrations are charming.
Which are your favorite books for Valentine’s Day?
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