10 Wonderful Valentine's Books for Children

January 30, 2017

My kids have always loved to go to the library and check out a big stack of books that relate to the current holiday or season. Valentine's Day of course is no exception, so here are some of our choices for great kids' books to read this week. Find them at your local library or bookstore. The links on each title take you to that book's listing on the Marin County Free Library website.

Llama Llama I Love You by Anne Dewdney
In this board book, little llama shows his friends and family how much he loves them with heart-shaped cards and lots of hugs. It's a perfect introduction to Llama Llama for babies and toddlers.

Groggle's Monster Valentine by Diana Murray
Groggle has been up all night making a Valentine’s Day card. This isn’t just any Valentine, though, and it has to be perfect—it’s for Snarlina, his beast friend in the whole wide world. Will Groggle's monster impulses foil his plans? (The library doesn't have this book yet, but you can suggest it to them.)

Pete the Cat: Valentine's Day Is Cool by James Dean
Valentine's Day skeptic Pete the Cat learns how special the holiday can be with a little help from his friend Callie. For ages 4 to 8.

Love Monster by Rachel Bright
Love Monster is a slightly hairy monster who finds it hard to fit in with the cute and the fluffy in Cutesville. Follow his adventures as he sets out to find someone who will love him just the way he is. For ages 2 and up.

Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch by Eileen Spinelli
One winter day, the postman delivers a mysterious package with a big pink bow to lonely Mr. Hatch. "Somebody loves you," the accompanying note says. Mr. Hatch wonders, who that somebody could be, and eventually discovers who his secret admirer is, much to his surprise! For ages 3 and up.

The Day It Rained Hearts by Felicia Bond
One day it rains hearts in a most unusual downpour! Fortunately, Cornelia Augusta is there to catch them. Each heart is special in its own way, and Cornelia Augusta knows exactly who to send them to. For ages 4 and up.

Love from The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
Celebrate Valentine's Day with this new release from prolific favorite Eric Carle. It's not in the library colleciton yet, so request it. For all ages.

The Biggest Kiss by Joanna Walsh
From tiny ants to enormous elephants, there’s a kiss for everyone in this warm and cozy feel-good book. Find out if worms kiss underground, with the soil all around, or if fish kiss with a splash and a splish. With an irresistible text that begs to be read aloud and adorable illustrations, parents and grandparents will love sharing this collection of affection with the youngest of readers. For ages 4 and up.

Snowy Valentine by David Petersen
Join Jasper the bunny as he steps out on a snowy Valentine's Day to search the forest valley for a special gift. This is debut picture-book by David Petersen, the Eisner Award–winning creator of Mouse Guard. For ages 4 to 8.

Love, Splat by Rob Scotton
Splat the Cat has a special valentine for a certain someone in his class: Kitten, who Splat likes even more than fish sticks or ice cream. But Kitten doesn’t seem to notice him at all. And of course Splat’s rival, Spike, likes Kitten, too. Will Splat’s heartfelt valentine win Kitten’s paw in the end? For ages 4 to 8.