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It is already time for Valentine’s Day!
Spend some time snuggling with your littlest sweethearts, and spreading some love of the season with these 12 books. We actually only owned one book for Valentine’s Day so we had to hit up our local library to find some more. My girls mostly went for the ones with familiar characters in them, so you will see a lot of our normal series on this list. It actually made it a lot of fun for them as they tried to be the first to find their favorite character in a Valentine story.
Berenstain Bears’ Funny Valentine – Stan & Jan Berenstain
Of course our first book, and the only one we owned, was a Berenstain Bears book! This one is a great pick for introducing that first Valentine’s Day crush. You can also share the holiday with the Bear family in Berenstain Bears’ Valentine Party. That one is a lift flap book which are always a hit with the kids.
Click Clack Moo I love You – Doreen Cronin & Betsy Lewin
The whole gang from Farmer Brown’s farm is back at it with this Valentine’s Story. Little Duck is very excited about the big party in the barn. Everyone has a great time, until a fox shows up! Will it end the party or will they find a friend in an unexpected guest?
Happy Valentine’s Day Little Critter – Mercer Mayer
If your little one is having their first Valentine’s Day party at school this is the perfect book to introduce the idea to them. This copy even had flaps to lift for more fun party surprises. My girls loved finding Little Critters friends on each page too.
The Night Before Valentine’s Day – Natasha Wing
I adore this series by Natasha Wing! The illustrations are so cute and the story is always perfect for preschoolers. Experience all the night before fun of making cards for classmates, and then the party the next day.
The Biggest Valentine Ever – Steven Kroll
Steven Kroll’s series is another one of my favorites. Clayton and Desmond always find a way to turn their friendly competition into a great example of working together to create something wonderful. That is an example we could all use more of.
Fisher Price Little People Valentine’s Day is Here – Matt Mitter
We have a different Little People book about preschool that my girls love so they literally ran across the library holding this one up when they found it. Just like our other one, this one is full of flaps to lift. The illustrations have so much going on that there is always something for them to look at and talk about.
Everyone’s favorite toy doctor was one we had to check out and bring home to read again and again. Of course, Lambie’s favorite holiday is Valentine’s Day, but it is ruined when Doc brings a new friend to the party who also loves to cuddle. Lambie will soon find out if there are enough hugs to go around.
A Charlie Brown Valentine – Natalie Shaw & Charles M. Schulz
Who hasn’t felt like Charlie Brown on Valentine’s Day from time to time? Poor Chuck knows he wants to send a Valentine to the little red haired girl but will he get any Valentine’s in his mailbox?
Happy Valentine’s Day Mouse – Laura Numerof
Mouse shares a great lesson about making your valentines special for each friend. He creates a special card for each friend showing what he loves most about each of them. Valentine’s Day is another great opportunity to teach our kids the importance of giving, not receiving, and thinking of others first.
Peppa’s Valentine’s Day – Courtney Carbone
Peppa offers a great introduction to Valentine’s Day for your youngest readers. Peppa learns all about the holiday, and she shares some love with her friends with some sweet Valentine cards.
I honestly don’t know how we don’t already own this book. It’ll must likely be a part of the Valentine’s gift box the girls receive. It has everything a little girl loves with Minnie and Daisy at the Bow-tique. Plus the whole thing is covered in sparkly fun. Minnie also shares her Valentine’s Day fun with Mickey in Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Minnie’s Valentine.
Clifford’s Valentine’s– Norman Bridwell
My oldest is starting to want to read on her own now. Even though she can’t read yet, she still loves to pretend she can, so I like to include one or two Readers in each collection we bring home from the library. By reading a few of the other books together first, it gives her a good idea of the words in the Reader. Clifford was a very simple and short book choice for her.
Many of these stories can be paired with the matching or similar cartoon to tie it all together. There’s also many opportunities to add a Valentine’s activity with all of these books. Let your kiddos create their own Valentine’s cards for family members and spread the love around!
Happy Valentine’s Day!! ❤