As I’ve mentioned a few times, I just love themed children’s books! I think they’re a great way to celebrate holidays and teach about the meaning behind them. Reading is one of my favorite ways to connect with Sadie and spend time together.
Here’s a list of Valentine’s Day-themed books for babies and toddlers that we enjoy here in the Zottola household!
God is Love by Amy Parker
This sweet board book discusses God’s love and how it impacts our lives. It has adorable animal illustrations and finishes with scripture. There aren’t many children’s Valentine’s Day books that are faith-based, so this one is a winner for us!
Sugar Cookies: Sweet Little Lessons on Love by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
I really like how creative this book is! The author uses different attributes of love and describes them in terms of cookies. So, someone who is selfless lets their friend have the last cookies and considerate means waiting to lick the bowl together. This sweet book brings big words down to a toddler’s level in a fun way they can understand!
What is Love, Biscuit? by Alyssa Satin Capucilli
This is a cute touch-and-feel book for little ones to get them thinking about the different ways we show how we love our friends, family, and even pets!
The Shy Little Kitten’s Valentine’s Day by Andrea Posner-Sanchez
Another touch-and-feel book! This is based off of the classic, The Shy Little Kitten, and is all about Valentine’s Day. The shy little kitten finds her friends and they celebrate the special holiday together.
Babies Love Valentines by Holly Berry-Byrd
This Lift-A-Flap board book is nice and sturdy–key for babies and toddlers! This introduces kids to the typical Valentine’s Day traditions like giving cards, chocolates, flowers, and more.
Valentines are For Saying I Love You by Margaret Sutherland
In this cute little story, a girl makes special Valentines for her family and finds unique ways to say “I love you” that suit each person! This book also comes with Valentine’s Day cards to give to family and friends.
The Night Before Valentine’s Day by Natasha Wing
This is one of my favorites! Based on the poetry scheme of The Night Before Christmas, this book takes readers along as children dream of Valentine’s Day, make cards, and celebrate at school together.
The Story of Valentine’s Day by Nancy J. Skaermas
I actually didn’t know much of the story or background of Valentine’s Day until I read this board book with Sadie! It gives a hypnosis of how Valentine’s Day started and why we celebrate it today in a way that little ones can understand.
Llama Llama I Love You by Anna Dewdney
This is a sweet board book to introduce a baby to Valentine’s Day and the Llama Llama books series! The text is short and simple, with rhymes and illustrations of little llama celebrating Valentine’s Day.
The Littlest Valentine by Brandi Dougherty
An adorable story about Emma, the littlest child in the Valentine family. She wants to help her family business get ready for the holiday but she seems to be too little to help. She finds her own way to pitch in and celebrates with a new little family member.
The Itsy Bitsy Sweetheart by Jeffrey Burton
This board book is a Valentine’s Day-themed twist on the classic nursery rhyme The Itsy Bitsy Spider. Perfect for babies and young toddlers!
Biscuit’s Valentine’s Day by Alyssa Satin Capucilli
Biscuit the puppy and a little girl have lots to do on Valentine’s Day to show their family and friends that they love them in this lift-a-flap book!