Celebrating Valentine’s Day when you have children can seem null and void, but it doesn’t have to be. In fact, including our children in holiday activities can actually be fun. When I was younger, my elementary school teachers used to help me and my classmates make Valentine’s Day crafts. Sometimes, our vice principal would even stop by various classrooms to read Valentine’s Day books. As simple as that sounds, I remember the excitement from me and my classmates when we heard different tales of love from books.
To help you celebrate this Valentine’s Day with your little ones, we’ve rounded up a list of books that will create fun and love-filled memories.
P.S. If you want to keep the Valentine’s Day theme going, have your little ones wear their cute Valentine’s Day pajamas while you read together!
Valentine’s Day Board Books
This book is all about a tiny dinosaur in a big world who discovers what Valentine’s Day means for him. Featuring 18 pages of illustrations of Tiny the small T. Rex and his friend Pointy, this book shows little ones how to get through a difficult moment.
This was actually one of the first books I bought when I found out I was pregnant with my son. It features 16 pages of illustrations that talk about how a mother’s love knows no bounds. The great thing about the illustrations is the fact that different species of animals are featured, so it'll begin introducing them to your infant or toddler.
This book is all about cuddling with your little one and counting with them. It’s a cute take on the usual counting games played with infants and toddlers. The other great thing about this book is that it's part of a series that celebrates Black and brown families.
If you or your children are a fan of the If You Give a Mouse a Cookie series, you’ll love this cute tale about Mouse spending Valentine’s Day with those he loves. It has 24 pages of cute illustrations that will create fun-filled memories for your children.
Valentine’s Day Picture Books
This uplifting book encourages children to look inward and love themselves for who they are. Centered on the themes of mindfulness and wellness, I Am Love reminds children that love is stronger than fear and hate because love has transformative powers. Self-love is equally powerful.