I’ve always loved Valentine’s Day, not in a romantic roses and chocolates sort of way, though I do love chocolate and a good romance. But I love Valentine’s Day from a kid’s perspective. From the tiny notes for classmates to cutesy heart crafts, the holiday just screams kid fun and childhood memories. It’s a great opportunity, to not only make family fun memories, but also to sneak in a few extra read-alouds or Valentine picture books to change up the bedtime reading routine.
That’s why I’m sharing some of the best Valentine picture books out there. Just click through the list to find your new favorite Valentine read-aloud, too.
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Best Valentine Picture Books
This is a fun Valentine picture book one from the author of the Kipper series. It’s a fun-loving story about a pug who behaves rather badly. However, when he gets lost, he knows exactly who can count on. It’s a sweet one that’s perfect for Valentine’s Day or any other day of the year, too.
Here’s a great one from the Click Clack Book series. It’s Valentine’s Day on the farm, so they’re having a Valentine’s Day party.
I’ve always loved the Mouse books by Laura Numeroff and this one is a great one, too. In this version, our beloved mouse attempts to make Valentines for all of his friends.
Eve Bunting has written some of my all-time favorite picture books, like A Turkey for Thanksgiving and The Memory String. This Valentine picture book is, of course, a great one, too. After reading the newspaper, Mr. Goat decides to begin his search for the perfect Valentine gifts for his first love. However, his gift selections aren’t typical and you’ll find these Valentine ideas quite silly and lots of fun.
If you want a resource to share the history of the holiday, this is a great one that kids will enjoy. Just like her other books, the author shares fun facts in a kid-friendly way with great illustrations that are perfect for read-alouds, too.
So this one is a favorite because it’s so relatable. As a former third grade teacher and a mom of two boys who didn’t want anything to do with girls in third grade, this one is certainly one the young boys will enjoy reading. It’s about Gilbert who sets out to write Valentines for his classmates only to stir up trouble with hurt feelings over his Valentine prank.
This one was a super popular one when I taught third grade. For some reason, I had kids read this one over and over again. It’s a story about a lonely old man who receives a mysterious package. Even though the package isn’t even intended for him, he is forever changed. It’s a beautiful story for teaching empathy and how little acts of kindness can go a long way.