Favorite Valentine’s Day Books for Kids
Did you know that about 85% of brain development happens in the first five years of life? Reading in these critical years significantly influences a child’s lifelong capacity to learn. So this Valentine’s Day snuggle up with some books and spend time reading to your children.
As a mom of two little boys I am a little biased and tend to enjoy books that are specifically about the love between a little boy and his mommy. However the first four books on this list could be for a little boy or little girl.
1. Animally by Lynn Parrish
This is my new favorite I love you book and I think it should be in every child’s home library. It’s an adorable adverb adventure through the animal kingdom. For example: “I love you gently like a lamb, I love you boldly like a ram.” This book creatively expresses to your children how much you love them and at the same time teaches them about different animals. The ending is just adorable…”I love you birdily, bugily, animally. I love you so, for you’re my family.” It’s available through Usborne Books & More.
2. Snuggle Puppy – a little love song by Sandra Boynton
This book has been a favorite of my sons since he was a newborn. It’s one of the first books I ever read to him. Between the bright colors and the cute love song, it was an instant hit. We love ALL of Sandra Boynton’s books but this one especially. My sister recently had a baby and while visiting her I noticed she had the Snuggle Puppy book too. We each took turns reading the book and singing our own versions of the song. I am sure that every family has a different tune to which they sing the Snuggle Puppy song and I think that is awesome.
3. You Are My I Love You by Maryann K. Cusimano
This book is a sweet contrast of the differences between a parent and child, but how they compliment each other perfectly! The opening line is “I am your parent; you are my child. I am your quiet place; you are my wild.” If you have a little one, you know how crazy and wild they can be! Our friend who gave us this book said that when you have a child, it’s like watching your heart walk around outside your body and this book couldn’t be a more accurate depiction of that.
4. Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney
My mom got this book for Parker’s first Valentine’s Day and we love it because it demonstrates that the love a parent has for their child has no limits. Love is hard to measure but in this sweet book, the parent and child try their best to express their love for one another by playing a little game of “Guess How Much I Love You.” Little Nutbrown Hare (the child) loves the Big Nutbrown Hare (the parent) and vise versa. At the end of the book when Little Nutbrown Hare thinks he has expressed his love as big as it could possibly be, Big Nutbrown Hare adds to it and says he loves him to the moon AND BACK!
5. Love You Forever by Robert Munsch
I have a hard time reading this book without crying, although that is not the case for everyone because this book gets mixed reviews from parents. To some it’s a sweet story about a mother’s never ending love and to others it’s a creepy story about a helicopter parent who cannot let go of her child. I personally love the book and after I found out the backstory, it made me love it even more. The author Robert Munsch originally wrote Love You Forever as a song for his two stillborn babies. I personally have never experienced a miscarriage or stillborn birth, but I know other women who have and the grief they have experienced is difficult to put into words. Writing this book helped Robert Munsch deal with the grief him and his wife experienced after losing their two children. Be sure to grab your tissues before you read this book in a new light with your little ones.
6. I Love You More by Laura Duksta
This is “A flip-sided book…like love it never ends.” My mother-in-law got this book for my son’s first birthday and I balled reading it because it was so sweet. One side is a mother telling her son how much she loves him and then when you flip the book over, the other side is a son telling his mom how much he loves her. A mother and a son share such a special bond and this book does an amazing job of expressing that love. The author’s mission in writing the book was to “generate the conversation of love around the world.”