The 41 Best Valentine’s Books for Kids You Need to Read This Year

Check out these 41 cute Valentine’s books for kids and start creating special Valentine’s Day memories now!

An awesome way to get into the Valentine’s Day spirit is to read some great Valentine’s books for kids. 

All of the books listed here are available on Amazon, and many may also be available at your local public library.

(To make your mom life easier, check to see if your local library offers a Hold Service or Curbside Pickup. This allows you to reserve books online. The books will then be gathered for you by a librarian and all you need to do is show up to check them out!)

Reading to your kids is not only rewarding and enjoyable, but according to the Washington Post, it is one of the most valuable things we can do for our kids. 

This is why there are so many great children’s books out there for every festive occasion – including Valentine’s Day!

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The list of Valentine’s books for kids is organized by the following sections so you can browse it conveniently:

  • Valentine’s Board Books
  • Valentine’s Picture Books 
  • Activity Books for Valentine’s Day
  • Valentine’s Early Chapter Books

Let’s dive right in, shall we?!

Valentine’s Board Books for Kids

Love from the Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

Based on one of the most popular board books ever, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, this sweet board book is perfect for kids ages 2-4.

The vibrant illustrations ring true to Eric Carle’s well-known style.

Llama Llama I Love You by Anna Dewdney

In this short and sweet board book, the well-known llama gives hearts and Valentines to the people he loves.

Happy Valentine’s Day, Mouse! by Laura Numeroff

The familiar mouse wants to create special, personalized Valentines for all of this friends.

This short board book would be great to read before helping your toddler make his or her Valentines!

Snuggle Puppy by Sandra Boynton

Sandra Boynton is known for her fun, brightly-colored board books that little ones love! This books is no exception.

Let down your guard and sing the Snuggle Puppy song to your own tune – your kid will love it!

I Love You, Little Pookie by Sandra Boynton

Written in her fun and adorable style, this Valentine’s day board book by Sandra Boynton is written from a parent to a child.

With endearing rhymes and illustrations, this recently published book is a great find!

Little Blue Truck’s Valentine by Alice Schertle

If your little one enjoys the Little Blue Truck series, this Valentine’s edition is a great choice!

The Little Blue Truck spends the day delivering Valentines to all of his friends, wondering all along if he’ll receive any himself.

How Many Do I Love You? by Cheri Love-Byrd

This sweet counting book is a great way to combine the festivity of Valentine’s Day with a little education too!

It’s perfect for toddlers who are learning to count.

My Fuzzy Valentine by Naomi Kleinberg

In this touch-and-feel book, Elmo is trying to figure out who sent him an extra special Valentine.

(This was one of my older boys’ favorites when he was little!)

Hug Machine by Scott Campbell The Hug Machine is all about a boy who loves to hug – everyone and everything! It’s a wonderful book for toddlers about heartfelt emotions and kind actions.

Ollie’s Valentine by Olivier Dunrea

From the Gossie and Friends series, this cute board book features Ollie and his quest to find his own special Valentine.

What is Love, Biscuit? by Alyssa Satin Capucilli 

In this sweet Biscuit book, the little girl teaches Biscuit what love is in a straightforward way that toddlers can understand.

Dr. Seuss’s Lovey Things by Dr. Seuss

Familiar characters, Thing 1 and Thing 2, share all of the things that they love.

The super fun rhymes and illustrations that make Dr. Seuss a favorite are all here too!

I Love You Just the Way You Are by Make Believe Ideas, Ltd. 

This sweet book, released in 2019, is a wonderful way to help your youngest kids know that they are loved no matter what – just for being themselves.

Best Valentine’s Day picture books for kids

Love from the Crayons by Drew Daywalt

Illustrated by the popular Oliver Jeffers, this book in the beloved Crayons series, is a gift-sized, shortened version made specifically for Valentine’s Day.

While it doesn’t have the same length or plot depth, this would be a great addition to a Valentine’s gift basket for any kid who enjoys the Crayons.

The Biggest Valentine Ever by Steven Kroll

Two mice, Clayton and Desmond, set out to create the biggest Valentine ever. When their plans go awry, they realize they can create an even bigger and better Valentine by working together.

The Day it Rained Hearts by Felicia Bond

Written and illustrated by the beloved illustrator of the If You Give a Mouse a Cookie books, this book is about a girl named Cornelia Augustus.

Fair warning: after reading this adorable, your kids may want to start creating their own Valentines!

This is NOT a Valentine by Carter Higgins

In this delightful book, a boy gives a girl simple and heartfelt gifts – but none of them, of course – are a Valentine.

With fantastic reviews about the unique mixed media art and the wonderful story, this is definitely one of the best Valentine’s books for kids.

A Crankenstein Valentine by Samantha Berger 

If you have a kid who is a little squeamish about all things love, hugs, and kisses, he or she will love Crankenstein!

This book is well loved by all elementary ages and almost always. brings a laugh or two.

Love Is by Diane Adams

The beautiful, rhyming text tells the story of a girl who finds and cares for a duckling, raises it to adulthood, and returns it to her home.

Fans of Frozen and Tangled will love the illustrations by Claire Keane, who created development art for both well-known movies.

The Night Before Valentine’s Day by Natasha Petach

If your kids are familiar with the popular poem, The Night Before Christmas, they’ll enjoy this book!

With fun and festive ideas for celebrating Valentine’s Day, this is a great addition to any library.

Pinkalicious Pink of Hearts by Victoria Kann

Pinkalicious fans everywhere will enjoy reading about Pinkalicious’ efforts to create the perfect Valentine.

With bonus stickers included, this book makes a great Valentine gift.

Groggle’s Monster Valentine by Diana Murray

This highly-rated Valentine’s picture book for kids tells the story of Groggle, a monster who is trying to create the perfect Valentine for his beast friend, Snarlina.

With endearing and clever monster vocabulary and detailed illustrations, this is one of best Valentine’s books for kids!

Happy Valentine’s Day, Little Critter! by Mercer Mayer

Perfect for preschoolers, this Little Critter book uses simple language and familiar illustrations.

With a fun lift-the-flap feature, this is a unique addition to the list of the best Valentine’s books for kids.

Pete the Cat Valentine’s Day is Cool by Kimberly and James Dean

Throughout this story, Pete the Cat realizes that Valentine’s Day is cool and sets out to make Valentine’s for all of his friends.

This book also includes stickers, a poster, and twelve punch-out Valentine’s Day cards for your kids to use!

Happy Valentine’s Day, Curious George! by N. Di Angelo

If your kids enjoy the antics of Curious George, this book will not disappoint!

As a parent, I appreciate that this book focuses on a celebration of friendship rather than romantic love.

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Valentine’s Activity Books for Kids

Highlights Hidden Pictures: 101 Hearts

In this brand new activity book, kids can hunt for 101 hearts in over 90 different Hidden Picture puzzles.

Mazes, riddles, jokes, and a few fun full-color bonus puzzles are also included!

I Love You! The Big Valentine’s Day Coloring Book for Toddlers & Preschool

This 60-page coloring book has been created specifically for little hands!

Thick lines and simple patterns and shapes make this a perfect coloring book for ages 1-4.

Let’s Play I Spy: Valentine

In this fun book, kids and parents can play I Spy for all things Valentine-themed.

This is a great book for ages 2-5.

Valentine’s Day Coloring Book for Kids

If you have a child who loves unicorns, rainbows, hearts, and other magical things, this 30-page coloring book will be a great choice!

Valentine’s Day Scissor Skills

This unique book will help your kid develop scissor skills as he or she learns to cut out Valentines shapes.

Your kids can also color the shapes before or after they cut them out.

The Don’t Laugh Challenge Joke Book: Valentine’s Day Edition

In this fun twist on the contemporary joke book, two people tell Valentine’s jokes to each other – and try not to laugh.

This book would be great to give your kids for a Valentine’s family game night! (And for more fun Valentine’s Day activities and traditions, read this article too!)

Valentine’s Fun Coloring & Activity Workbook for Kids

This festive workbook contains fun-mazes, matching pages, tracing, drawing, and more for kids ages 4-5.

Would You Rather? Valentine’s Day Edition

This book features plenty of Would You Rather questions – as well as lots of fun activities for kids to do as they act out WHY they chose the answer they did.

More game than book, this is a great way to celebrate Valentine’s Day as a family!

Sticker Doodle I Love You

Great for kids over a wide range of ages, this book features a doodle started on every page.

With 120 pages and more than 200 stickers, there will be plenty here to keep your young doodlers happy!

Happy Valentine’s Day Activity Book for Kids

Perfect for ages 6-12, this book contains 55 pages worth of Valentine’s Day soduku puzzles, mazes, word searches, word unscrambles, coloring pages, games, and more!

Valentine’s Day Chapter Books for Kids

Nate the Great and the Mushy Valentine by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat This early chapter book is great for beginning readers! When Nate finds a mushy Valentine taped to a dog house, he works hard to find out who left it. A fun activities section is included at the end of the book, too!

Junie B. Jones and the Mushy Gushy Valentine by Barbara Park

Part of the best-selling Junie B. Jones series, this book tells the story about how Junie reacts to receiving a big, mushy Valentine!

Perfect for the early elementary grades, who are sure to identify with Junie’s feelings.

A to Z Mysteries Super Edition #8: Secret Admirer by Ron Roy

If your 6-9 year old loves mysteries, this is a great series for him or her!

In this edition, the fab four try to track down the mysterious source of the Valentines they keep receiving.

With a hidden message in the illustrations, this book is lots of fun!

Calendar Mysteries: February Friend by Ron Roy

Similar to the A to Z Mysteries, the Calendar Mysteries series is aimed for the early reader who is ready to move into simple chapter books.

In this story, a mysterious Valentine leads the main characters to find a pet bunny.  They then have to work together to find the rightful owner and solve the mystery.

Cam Jansen: the Valentine Baby Mystery by David A. Adler

A great series for the 2nd-5th grader who enjoys mysteries! In this book, super-sleuth Cam Jansen has to solve a mystery at the hospital on the day her new baby sibling will be born: Valentine’s Day!

The Major Eights: The Secret Valentine by Melody Reed

In this December 2020 release, Scarlet of the band, The Major Eights, receives a mysterious Valentine. Will the band be able to figure out who sent it?

Final thoughts on the best Valentine’s books for kids:

Reading a few great, festive books is a great way to celebrate Valentine’s Day with your kids!

I hope you’ve found several Valentine’s Day books for kids that they’ll really enjoy!

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What other books would you add to this list of best Valentine’s books for kids? 

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