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These 10 Books About Love Are Perfect for Reading on Valentine’s Day or Any Day

Love a good read? Don’t save these heartfelt stories for February 14th!

Megan Baldwin and Sarah Burns

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Bedtime stories definitely fall into the "things we heart" column. More than that, children's books can serve as a great way to talk with your kids about the things they hold close to their heart — and all the wonderful different types of love there are in the world.

Ready for a love story or two? With Valentine’s Day in mind, we’ve rounded up ten heartfelt titles that are perfect for reading this holiday, or any day you want to remind your kid how much you love them.

Love is Powerful by Heather Dean Brewer

Believe love is powerful? You'll find plenty of proof in the pages of this uplifting story, inspired by a girl who participated in the January 2017 Women’s March in New York City. Heather Dean Brewer’s simple prose is delightfully illustrated by LeUyen Pham as a reminder to open our eyes and hearts to our power to create change. 

Good for ages: 4-8

The Shape of My Heart by Mark Sperring

When you look for love, you’ll find it’s all around you in this vibrant Valentine for curious little ones. Discover hearts of all shapes and sizes and delight in exploring the world in a whole new way. 

Good for ages: 2-6

Princess Truly in I am Truly by Kelly Greenawalt

She’s smart, fearless, and nothing can stand in her way! Princess Truly knows she can do anything she puts her mind to… did you know you can too? With lyrically bouncy rhymes, and adorable, colorful illustrations, it’s a delightful, upbeat read-aloud book for an empowering storytime!

Good for ages: 3-5

Hair Love by Matthew A. Cherry

Tender and empowering, Hair Love is an ode to loving your natural hair (and yourself) — and a celebration of daddies and daughters everywhere. 

Good for ages: 2-6

Eyes That Kiss in the Corners by Joanna Ho

This lyrical picture book tells the story of learning to love and follows one girl's journey to celebrate the shape of her eyes. Drawing from the strength of powerful women in her life, she recognizes her own beauty and discovers a path to self-love and empowerment.

Good for ages: 4-8

Stella’s Stellar Hair by Yesenia Moises

With hair that defies gravity, Stella travels the universe in search of a hairstyle that’ll tame her mane, and be true to herself. Featuring gorgeous illustrations of various hairstyles of the African diaspora, go on an adventure with Stella and explore the solar system as she visits her intergalactic aunties in this joyful sci-fi story of self-expression, and empowerment. 

Good for ages: 4-8

The Wonderful Things You Will Be by Emily Winfield Martin

Parents will love reading these adoring affirmations and hopes for the future to their forever Valentine. Sweet, rhyming prose by Emily Winfield Martin, and charmingly clever illustrations capture the dreams every parent has for their children.

Good for ages: 3-7

Be Kind by Pat Zietlow Miller

What does it really mean to be kind? Kindness is a concept that even adults struggle with. This tale explores different acts of kindness – some big, some small, but all of them helpful in some way. It’s a sweet reminder to be gentle with one another, because when we’re mindful about being kind, the world becomes a little kinder too. 

Good for ages: 3-6

Workman The Kids’ Book of Sticker Love Book by Irene Smit and Astrid Van Der Hulst

Sharing a book together doesn’t always have to mean reading a story. Team up with your Valentine and try a creative activity book and have a crafternoon filled with finger puppets, glow stars, and hidden treasures to find together!

Tiny T. Rex and the Impossible Hug by Jonathan Stutzman

Sometimes, there are problems only a hug can fix. But for Tiny T-Rex, that solution isn’t as easy as it sounds. Go on an adorable, heartwarming adventure in pursuit of the most noble quest of them all – comforting a friend.

Updated January 2022

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