What’s better than chocolate on Valentine’s Day? GOOD BOOKS! They last longer and taste better hehe! These are 20 of Dolly’s favorite Valentine’s Day themed books! Give one of these (and a smooch) to your little ones this Valentine’s Day!
“Amelia Bedelia’s First Valentine” by Herman Parish (Greenwillow Books) This is Dolly’s favorite Valentine’s Day book (and her favorite of the new Amelia Bedelia series as well)! The story is pretty darn cute. A young, innocent and silly Amelia Bedelia leaves her Valentines on the bus and has to come up with something else to hand out to her classmates. Meanwhile, her dad warned her about Cupid! Will she be shot by an arrow and fall in love (or like) this Valentine’s Day? Filled with great, bright, colorful pictures and cute puns. Your child will love this!
“Happy Valentine’s Day Mouse!” by Laura Numeroff (Balzer + Bray)
Dolly loves the If You Give a Mouse a Cookie books. In this Valentine’s Day edition, Mouse is creating special Valentine’s for all his friends, and he tells us what he loves most about them! Will they join Mouse for a cookie to celebrate the day?he loves.
“Llama Llama, I Love You” by Anna Dewdney (Viking Books for Young Readers) This is a very quick read, condensed story-line board book, but it is sweet and fun. Llama is giving his loved ones heart-shaped cards and lots of hugs. Mama Llama loves her Little Llama and Llama Llama loves his Mama (Say that 10 times fast!), even more on Valentine’s Day!
“Happy Valentine’s Day, Curious George!” by N. Di Angelo (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) Curious George has all his friends over for a Valentine’s Day Party…but when The Man in the Yellow Hat leaves an empty box around, George is very curious about what he can make with it! Just how much mischief can a curious little monkey get into when balloons, frosting, and glitter are involved? The always loveable monkey is at in again in this adorable Valentines story, complete with a fold out hidden picture on every page.
“LOVE from The Very Hungry Caterpillar” by Eric Carle (Grosset & Dunlap) This is a brand new title from the World of Eric Carle. “You are the cherry on my cake; you make the sun shine brighter; you make my heart flutter.” This cute new book is featuring the Very Hungry Caterpillar, who gives all the reasons why someone special makes the world a better and brighter place.
“Pete the Cat: Valentine’s Day Is Cool” by James Dean (HarperFestival) Pete has a Valentine’s Day adventure—complete with poster, punch-out valentine cards, and stickers! Pete the Cat thinks Valentine’s Day isn’t cool, until he realizes how many special cats there are in his life! Pete works hard to make valentines for everyone, and it turns out to be the grooviest! Dolly’s class loves Pete the Cat, your little one will too!
“Happy Valentine’s Day, Charlie Brown!”by Maggie Testa, Charles Schultz (Simon Spotlight) Dolly loves the Peanuts gang, especially Charlie Brown and Snoopy! It’s Valentine’s Day and Charlie Brown is trying to find the courage to give the Little Red-Haired Girl a valentine! With a little encouragement from Lucy, he finally goes for it. Is this the year everything finally works out for Charlie Brown?
“Star Wars: A Very Vader Valentine’s Day” by Trey King (Scholastic Inc.) For your little Star Wars fan, particularly Darth Vader fans of the Dark Side…A funny and quirky take on Valentine’s Day . . . Star Wars style! This paperback includes sixteen pages of jokes, comics, activities, and mini-bios about famous Star Wars friendships. Also, thirty-two perforated Valentine’s Day cards to share with friends!
“I Ruff You” (Earesistables) by Sandra Magsamen (LB Kids) Mommies and babies will RUFF this delightful new format, featuring plush puppy ears that make each page even more fun. A new novelty board book from beloved author/artist Sandra Magsamen.
“Snowy Valentine” by David Petersen (HarperCollins) Step out into a snowy Valentine’s Day with Jasper the bunny as he searches the forest valley for a special gift for his loved one.
“The Day It Rained Hearts” by Felicia Bond (HarperCollins) One day it rains hearts, and Cornelia Augusta catches them. Each heart is special in its own way, and Cornelia Augusta knows exactly who to send them to.
“Fancy Nancy: Heart to Heart” by Jane O’Connor (HarperFestival) Mystery is in the air when Nancy receives a valentine from a secret someone. Join Nancy as she follows the clues to find out who it is—all in her trademark fabulous style, of course. Gorgeous stickers included!
“Valentines Are For Saying I Love You” by Margaret Sutherland (Grosset & Dunlap) As a follow up to “Thanksgiving is for Giving Thanks”, this Valentine’s themed book follows a little girl as she makes Valentines for everyone. Sure, the day is about candy hearts, flowers, chocolate, but most of all, it’s for saying “I Love You”
“Elmo Loves You” by Sarah Albee (Golden Books) In this Sesame Street Little Golden Book, Elmo tells us all about how everyone on Sesame Street has something important to love, and reminds us that Elmo loves US! It’s a perfect book for Valentine’s Day but Dolly will keep it in her bookshelf year round!
“The Biggest Valentine Ever” by Steven Kroll (Cartwheel Books) After an argument about disagreements over making Valentines, Desmond and Clayton realize that by working together they can make the biggest, best valentine ever! Great book to teach kindergarten and above aged children about working together.
“My Fuzzy Valentine” by Naomi Kleinberg (Random House Books for Young Readers) The second of my Elmo books in this list, but this one is a touch-and-feel board book. Elmo has received a Valentine in the mail from a secret admirer and he goes all over Sesame Street to try and find out who it is fun. This book is perfect for smaller children because of the touch-and-feel, fuzzy parts of every page. They will be engaged by the friendly faces of everyone’s favorite monsters and the fuzzy pages.
“Minnie, Be My Sparkly Valentine!” by Bill Scollon (Disney Book Group)
The review for this book is already up on our site! Check it out here: Minnie, Be My Sparkly Valentine
“There’s This Thing” by Connah Brecon (Philomel Books)
You can check out Dolly’s review of “There’s This Thing” here: There’s This Thing
“A Crankenstein Valentine” by Samantha Berger (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers) Cheesy cards, allergy-inducing bouquets, and heart-shaped everything? It’s enough to turn anyone into a monster!YECHHHH! But Crankenstein might just find a way to turn his sour day sweet… because even the crankiest monsters have hearts!
“Roses Are Pink, Your Feet Really Stink” by Diane deGroat (HarperCollins) When Gilbert writes two not-so-nice valentines to his classmates, his prank quickly turns into pandemonium. But there’s always time for a change of heart on Valentine’s Day.
There’s still time to 2-day ship these books straight to your home so you can give them to your special Valentine!!! You can actually get about 10-12 of these books for around $50 which is a great deal!