Celebrating Valentine’s Day with your kids is the perfect excuse to focus on love, kindness and friendship. Values that are such foundations to life but can be easy to overlook. To help, I’ve put together a list of our favorite Valentines Day books.
A few years ago, we sort of gave up the idea of Valentine’s Day as a romantic date night and changed our focus to celebrate love as a family. For us, that means an early dinner and then chocolate fondue for dessert with the kids. My husband and I will still exchange cards but honestly, I don’t miss the pressure of getting a gift and going out to an overpriced dinner. I love the new traditions we’re making that hopefully the kids will cherish as much as we do.
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In no particular order, here are some of our favorites…
Valentine’s Day by Anne Rockwelll
This is a heartwarming story of a group of children who each make Valentine’s Day cards to send to their friend, Michiki, who has moved away to Japan.
Cranberry Valentine by Wende and Harry Devlin
*This is a cute continuation of the character we met in Cranberry Thanksgiving. Mr. Whiskers, who is usually anti-Valentine’s Day becomes the recipient of multiple Valentines and doesn’t know what to do! Like Cranberry Thanksgiving, this one also ends with a delicious (and very easy to follow) recipe to add to the fun!
Freckles & Willie by Margery Cuyler
Willie and Freckles (his dog) are the best of friends and inseparable until Willie decides to ask Jane to be his Valentine and she declares she cannot be around dogs. But after realizing giving up his best friend for someone else is not worth it, he returns home to find his loyal furry friend happily waiting to welcome him home.
Fancy Nancy: Heart to Heart by Jane O’Connor
Fancy Nancy is a very popular character is our house and this book is an adorable addition to a stack of Valentine’s Day books. As she gets ready to celebrate Valentine’s Day, Nancy receives a Valentine from a secret admirer but who can it be?
Silly Tilly’s Valentine by Lillian Hoban
Tilly Mole cannot remember what makes today so special – but in this charming tale, she’ll get some help from a special red delivery in her mailbox to remember why everyone keeps saying it is such a special day!
Rose and the Wish Thing by Caroline Magerl
This is not a Valentine’s Day book but I think it still fits as a reminder of the importance of friendship. New to town, Rose unpacks but still feels like something is missing. She isn’t sure what it is but she keeps wishing that she’ll find it. Beautiful illustrations follow Rose as she keeps wishing until she find what she is looking for, a new friend.
Have You Filled a Bucket Today? by Carol McCloud
This one isn’t technically a Valentine’s Day book either but it’s one of my favorites and can be the perfect reminder for kids to reach out and spread kindness. I love the concept of filling your bucket but spreading kindness filling others’ buckets. It’s a concept that the littlest kids can understand and implement.
Pick up a few of these from your library and throw some cut up strawberries on top of heart shaped pancakes – your kids will be thrilled and you and your family can enjoy the day surrounded by love.