Cutest Kids Valentine's Day Books

Kids Valentine's Day books are a big part of childhood celebrations of the holiday!  Kids love hearing all the cute and funny stories, and there are so many great books to choose from!  Below is our long list of best kids Valentine's Day books. We LOVE teaching during this time of year, as Valentine's Day can be expanded beyond 'romantic' love to encompass kindness, giving, letter writing, poetry, and so many other great topics. Kids Valentine's Day books are a great springboard for all sorts of academic and a great discussion starter for acting with love and kindness.




Hedgehug: A Sharp Lesson in Love


Adorable!!!  A little hedgehog is super excited for Valentines Day and emerges from his burrow eager to find someone to give his special handmade Valentine to. Unfortunately, for hedgehogs, finding love can be a 'prickly' problem. But, after all hope seems lost...well, we won't spoil the ending, but rest assured it's a happy one. :)  And we guarantee, this sweet little hedgehog will capture your heart!

Interest Level: Preschool - 2nd Grade




Plant a Kiss by Amy Krouse Rosenthal


Little Miss plants a kiss and tends to the little seedling until it's ready to share with the world. This book isn't specifically about Valentine's Day, but its message of love and kindness and giving make it a great fit. The pages have a minimalist style--with few words and simple, whimsical illustrations--but it works and reminds the reader of the joy that comes from spreading love.

Interest Level: Preschool - 3rd Grade




Lily's Chocolate Heart by Kevin Henkes


The spunky little Lilly loves her red-foil-wrapped chocolate hearts and has just one left. She wants to hide it but is having a hard time finding a place that's not too warm, too tight, to dusty.... Finally she finds the "perfect" place--her mouth!  The premise is simple but fans of the Lilly books will definitely want this cute little Valentine's Day book.

Interest Level: Preschool - 2nd Grade




If You'll Be My Valentine by Cynthia Rylant


A little boy creates Valentines for all the loved ones in his life---his pets, family, and even his teddy bear--describing how they could spend time together "if you'll be my valentine." What a sweet book! The activities and rewards that the little boy offers his loved ones definitely rings true to little kid sensibilities (ie: he tells his dad they can make funny faces together and tells his dog "If you'll be my valentine/I'll give you extra treaties./I'll give you two/and maybe three/and let you lick my feeties.") This heartwarming book would be great to read to kids before having them create their own Valentines to give out.

Interest Level: Preschool - 2nd Grade




Love, Splat by Rob Scotton


Splat has a crush on a fluffy white cat, but so does Spike, who informs Splat this his Valentine for her is much better than Splat's. Discouraged, Splat tosses his Valentine into the trash, but the kitten finds it and surprises Splat with an extra special pink Valentine just for him.  Ahhh, Splat... what an endearing little guy, so fluffy and bewildered looking you just wanna reach in the book and give him a hug. He's so full of personality, you can't help but root for the little guy. This book is our favorite of all the Splat books!  Booklist ended their review by calling the book "a perfect choice for Valentine story hours or for Splat fans any time of the year."

Interest Level:  Kindergarten - 2nd Grade




Fancy Nancy: Heart to Heart


It's Valentine's Day and Fancy Nancy has a mystery on her hands: Who sent her the extra special Valentine? Join Nancy as she follows the clues and solves the mystery. Fancy Nancy is so over-the-top girlie (in an adorable way) that we generally don't read many books in this series as whole class read alouds, since we'd lose most of the boys from page one. However, Valentine's Day is such a frilly-mushy-pink holiday that a book like this one actually goes over beautifully. Fancy Nancy is a natural fit for Valentine's Day.

Interest Level: Preschool - 2nd Grade




Porcupining: A Prickly Love Story


Cushion the porcupine feels like the most unloved animal at the petting zoo, so he sets about finding love and friendship through a series of heartfelt serenades. His efforts don't seem to be getting anywhere until he meets Barb, the hedgehog and it's love at first sight!

Adorable little Cushion the porcupine will win your heart!  He's so clueless in his earnest efforts to find love that you can't help but root for him (ie: he has no idea that his serenades are actually sorta insulting and that's why they aren't working.) Plus, Lisa Wheeler's sing-songy prose is a perfect fit for this story about a singing porcupine! :)

Interest Level: Preschool - 2nd Grade




The Day It Rained Hearts by Felicia Bond


Little Cornelia is caught in quite an unusual downpour and she knows just what to do!  Delighted to see that it's raining hearts, she eagerly catches them as they fall, rushes home, and turns each unique heart into a special Valentine for someone she loves. What a sweet little book. Felicia Bond's (If You Give a Mouse a Cookie) darling illustrations are a perfect fit for this simple storyline. Read this book aloud before having children make their own Valentine cards, giving extra emphasis to how Cornelia made her Valentines special by making them with the recipient in mind!

Interest Level: Preschool - Kindergarten




Slugs in Love
by Susan Pearson


Shy slug Marylou uses her slime trail to write love poems to Herbie the slug, who responds with a rhyme of his own, but a series of unfortunate circumstances prevents her from finding his responses. Desperate to meet her, he composes one final message on a tomato plant. At last, Marylou sees it; the two slugs meet and fall in love.

This book took us by surprise. Who'd have thought a book about slugs could be so adorable and clever! It's not specifically a Valentine's Day kids book, but it's definitely our favorite for the holiday! In addition to the sweet and unexpected 'love story', this book also touches on letter writing, determination, and poetry. Heck, kids even learn a little about slugs! In their review of this book, Publisher's Weekly said "full of humor and charm, this story...is as satisfying as a box of Valentine chocolates."  We agree. :)

Interest Level: Kindergarten - 2nd Grade




Henry in Love by Peter McCarty


Poor Henry. He's in love with his fellow Kindergarten student Chloe, but he's too shy to do anything about it. How can he ever break the ice? This slight book is short on plot twists but HUGE on charm!  Peter McCarty's simple characters are truly adorable and, just as in his Hondo and Fabian, the magic in this gentle book lies in watching as "an unexceptional day turns suddenly into an exceptional one." (Booklist)  This book was selected as a New York Times Best Illustrated Book of the Year!

Interest Level: Preschool - 2nd Grade




The Biggest Kiss by Joanna Walsh


"Kisses on noses, kisses on toes-es. Sudden kisses when you least supposes." This title looks at love among the animal kingdom, with a cute little penguin as the guide. It is definitely over-the-top on the cute factor and probably too young for elementary aged children, but we adore the rounded, almost plump characters in Abbot's illustrations so we're squeezing it into this list anyway. If you teach very young ones or want a super cute book to read to your own children, this is a great choice. Also...

Interest Level: Preschool - Kindergarten




Love, Ruby Valentine books


Love, Ruby Valentine--
After their tireless preparations for the upcoming Valentine's Day, little Ruby and her pet cockatoo accidentally sleep in and almost miss the day entirely! As they rush to deliver their Valentines around town, they soon realize that they don't have to wait for Valentine's Day to tell people how much they care!  School Library Journal suggests that "this story, told in rhyme, should take a prominent place on Valentine's Day bookshelves." Agree!

Ruby Valentine Saves the Day--
Ruby and her pet cockatoo are back and this time they're planning an elaborate Valentine's Day party. But, when the big day arrives, a snowstorm blows in and none of the guests can make it up the hill to attend the party. Can Ruby come up with a solution? We love the moral of the story--that time spent together is more important than gifts and trinkets--and Cravath's illustrations are truly adorable!

Interest Level:  Kindergarten - 3rd Grade




Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch
by Eileen Spinelli


This touching book tells the story of an ordinary man who leads a boring life until a candy-filled heart arrives at his house saying "Somebody loves you." This greatly improves his outlook, making him more friendly and happy. When he learns the heart was a mistake and he's sad, his new friends rally around to show him he's cared for.  This sweet story is quite popular due to how powerfully it teaches what a difference caring for others can make. Yalowitz's illustrations are a great fit for this story. We especially like how the colors slowly change from dull to bright as Mr. Hatch's whole outlook brightens.

Interest Level:  Kindergarten - 3rd Grade




Olive My Love by Vivian Walsh


Little Olive is off on another holiday-themed mission, this time to return a large heart she believes was accidentally left behind by its owner. With the help of a spider and a squirrel, she tracks down the 'owner', only to find out that the heart was meant for her after all!

We adore Olive the Other Reindeer, so we were eager to get our hands on this sequel...and, well, it's not quite as good as the first title but it's still a lot of fun. Perhaps we had too high of expectations. :) Siebold's illustrations are as quirky and fun as in the original, and little Olive is equally endearing. Read this book around Valentine's Day if your children have already 'met' Olive at Christmas time. The book isn't specifically about Valentine's Day, but the message of loving others makes it a good fit nonetheless.

Interest Level:  Preschool - 3rd Grade




Roses Are Pink, Your Feet Really Stink by Diane deGroat


Gilbert writes unkind Valentine poems for two fellow students and signs their names to the poems. When his actions are discovered, he's ostracized until he musters the courage to apologize and make amends with new poems and homemade cookies.

We like that this book is more than just another cute story about exchanging Valentines. Children understand Gilbert's dilemma, and learn from his good example of apologizing and making things right after being unkind to others. A great discussion starter! This book won a number of awards, including the International Reading Association Children's Choice Award and the C.S. Lewis Medal Book Award.

Interest Level: 1st Grade - 3rd Grade




Bloom: A Little Book About Finding Love


Bloom isn't like the other pigs. He doesn't want to grunt and play in the mud. Instead, she likes pretty, happy things, and would rather frolick in the flowers all day. When a beautiful butterfly flutters by, Bloom immediately falls in love with the 'flying flower'. Is this the love she's been searching for? "As light and sweet as cotton candy, this saga of a pig in love will win over kids and grownups alike..a beguiling version of love at first sight...A natural for Valentine's Day." (Publisher's Weekly starred review). 

Interest Level:  Preschool - 2nd Grade




The Ballad of Valentine by Alison Jackson


Told to the folk song "My Darling, Clementine" this title shares the story of a bashful man who sends love messages to his sweetheart but each meets with a mishap and never arrives. At the end, even though she never receives any of his messages, she travels from her home across a canyon to deliver special treat just for him. In their review, School Library Journal said "Without ever being treacly or melodramatic, this fun book is ideal for Valentine's Day programs." 

Interest Level:  Kindergarten - 3rd Grade




Mouse's First Valentine by Lauren Thompson


Little Mouse just can't quite figure out what his big sister is doing with all the frilly, "smooth and rosey", "white and holey" items that she's collecting around the house. Finally, after a bunch of cutting, pasting, and arranging, Minka presents her little brother with a Valentine just for him. This book is so sweet!  The premise is as simple as they come, but Erdogan's pink, purple and red illustrations are adorable. The perfect lead-in to a Valentine crafting activity.

Interest Level: Preschool - 2nd Grade




Saint Valentine by Robert Sabuda


A Valentine's Day kids book about the origins of the holiday. It started in ancient Rome when a doctor named Valentine restored sight to a young, poor blind girl and then sent her a secret message that she didn't receive until after Valentine was executed. Illustrated with Sabuda's exquisite paper mosaics, which are reminiscent of early Christian art. Beautiful! If you'd like the share with children how this holiday came into being, try this book by master illustrator Robert Sabuda. (Note: As Valentine was a physician and a Christian priest, this book has a religious aspect to it. Check Amazon's 'look inside' feature to pre-read and see it it's okay for your school.)

Interest Level:  1st grade - 4th grade




Zombie in Love books


Zombie in Love-- Mortimer is looking for love. He's tried gym (but his arm wouldn’t keep falling off), at dancing lessons (but he's a bit too stiff), and even online dating. What's a zombie to do? When all hope seems lost, will Mortimer’s dreams ever come true?

Zombie in Love 2+1-- In this sweet sequel, newly married Mortimer and Mildred are thrilled to be new parents, but are worried when their good little baby is NOT behavng like a little monster. We agree with Kirkus Reviews, who called it “clever and delightfully gross.”

Interest Level:  Kindergarten - 3rd Grade




Happy Valentine's Day Dolores by Barbara Samuels


Dolores spies her big sister hiding a large heart- shaped box and can't help herself: she must take a peek. Inside, she finds a frog necklace, which she decides to try on 'just for a minute.' The fun and silliness begins when the clasp sticks and Dolores must resort to all manner of schemes to prevent her sister from discovering what she has done!  Dolores is surely "a picture-book cousin to Junie B. Jones" (Booklist) and her adorable, funny antics will have kids wanting more!  "With so much to laugh at, children will enjoy repeat reads-- and so will the grown-ups."  (Booklist, starred)

Interest Level: Kindergarten - 2nd Grade




Kids Valentine's Day Chapter Books

And if you're looking for Valentines-themed chapter books, check out Junie B. Jones and the Mushy Gushy Valentine -or- Cam Jansen and the Valentine Baby Mystery -or- any of the other kids Valentines Day chapter books listed below.  All very popular and fun to read around during the Valentines 'season'.



Did we miss any good kids valentine's day books?

This list is long, but we'd still love to add to it if we have missed any great ones. If we don't have your favorite kids Valentine's Day books, please let us know! Because you can never have enough children's books about Valentine's Day. :)




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