Celebrate Valentine’s Day with Valentines Books for Toddlers & Babies

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In my house, it was a tradition on Valentine’s Day for my kids to get a special book. I always loved the idea of giving a book because it’s sugar-free and helps with reading readiness. The valentines books for toddlers and babies on this list can help you make this tradition your own!

For my own kids, when choosing from the many available Valentines books for toddlers, I gravitate to a beloved character. One year, I went with Llama Llama, another I chose The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

These days Baby Shark and those crazy house-leaving crayons are all the rage, so maybe those are the books you’ll choose for your toddler this Valentine’s Day. Personally, I’m ready for a Dragon’s Love Tacos V-day book.

It has to be coming soon, right? Whatever your choice, we hope your day with your little one is filled with love!

If you are looking for Valentine’s Day books for older kiddos, check out this list of Valentine’s Day Picture Books.

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Valentines Books for Toddlers with Beloved Characters

Llama Llama I Love You by Anna Dewdney

Beloved storyteller Anna Dewdney shows young children sweet ways to express their love on Valentine’s Day and all year round in Llama Llama I Love You!

With short and simple rhyming text, the Llama Llama board books introduce Llama Llama to babies and toddlers before they’re ready for longer full-length stories. And their small size and durable pages are perfect for little hands.

Love Llama Llama? Check out this list of Anna Dewdney’s best books!

Happy Valentine’s Day Mouse by Laura Numeroff

Join Mouse from If You Give a Mouse a Cookie as he celebrates Valentine’s Day with all the friends he loves.

This board book with sturdy pages is perfect for preschoolers, who will enjoy the simple introduction to the fun of Valentine’s Day.

“This title follows Mouse as he makes valentines for all of his friends,” said School Library Journal. “Each valentine is made to represent what he loves most about each of his friends, such as Pig ‘because she’s a good dancer’ and Bunny ‘because she’s the best at hide-and-seek.’”

Love From the Crayons by Drew Dewalt

Ring in Valentine’s Day—and love—with the New York Times Best-Selling Crayons! This charming title featuring everyone’s favorite coloring crew is the perfect gift for that special someone on Valentine’s Day—or any day of the year.

Love is yellow and orange. Because love is sunny and warm.
Love is purple. Because it’s okay to love outside the lines.

This special gift book, featuring all the The Crayons from The Day the Crayons Quit, explores the bright colors and subtle shades of love. This is a must-have for fans of The Crayons, and the perfect gift for that special someone.

More Valentines Books for Toddlers with Beloved Characters

Love From the Caterpillar by Eric Carle

Celebrate love with the #1 New York Times Best-Selling title! Ring in Valentine’s Day—and love—with The Very Hungry Caterpillar! This charming, sweet title is the perfect gift for that special someone on Valentine’s Day—or any day of the year.

You are the cherry on my cake; you make the sun shine brighter; you make my heart flutter.

Using a range of images from the World of Eric Carle, and featuring the Very Hungry Caterpillar, this special gift book gives all the reasons why someone special makes the world a better and brighter place.

Little Blue Truck’s Valentine by Alice Shertle

“Beep!” said Blue. “Happy Valentine’s Day!”

Join Little Blue Truck as he delivers Valentine’s Day cards to all his farm animal friends. But as Blue beeps along, he starts to wonder: will he get any cards of his own?

With brightly colored foil accents throughout and a large gatefold at the end, this book is the perfect Valentine’s Day gift.

Fancy Nancy: Heart to Heart by Jane O’Connor

An extra-fancy Valentine’s story that comes with a sheet of stickers to keep kids engaged and entertained! 

Almost everything about Valentine’s Day is fancy . . . especially with Fancy Nancy!

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!

I Love You Baby Shark by John John Bajet

Sing and dance along with Baby Shark in this story full of kisses, snuggles, and hugs — the follow-up to the bestselling picture book!

How does Baby Shark say “I love you”?

No matter where you swim, near or far,
My heart will be with you, wherever you are.
In the light of day, to the night so dark,
I will always love you, Baby Shark!

Sing, dance, and read along to this brand-new love-filled song, featuring Baby Shark, Mama Shark, Daddy Shark, and more underwater friends

Valentines Books for Toddlers and Babies about Love

Huggy Kiss by Leslie Patricelli

Oh, baby! Leslie Patricelli’s one-haired wonder returns to share the love.

When you’re an adorable bald baby, your family finds lots of ways to show you how much they love you: Mommy lifts you uppy, Daddy kisses you on the tummy, and everyone wants to snuggle. What’s not to love? With comedy and warmth, Leslie Patricelli offers a universal tribute to love and affection in a board book full of instant appeal for little valentines everywhere.

Snuggle Puppy by Sandra Boynton

A great big hug in book form, Snuggle Puppy is a year-round valentine from parent to child. It is bright, chunky, a pleasure to hold, and has a die-cut cover that reveals a glimpse of the joy inside before it’s even opened. Best of all, it’s packed, of course, with pure Boynton: her inimitable language, her inimitable illustrations, her inimitable sense of fun.

OOO, Snuggle Puppy of mine! Everything about you is especially fine. I love what you are. I love what you do. Fuzzy little Snuggle Puppy, I love you. Featuring a sweet and cuddly doggie cast and rhyming verse, Snuggle Puppy is the perfect bedtime book to read last, because of an ending that kids will want again and again: I started with OOO. . . . Now we’ll end like this: [BIG SMOOCH!]

Pop-up Peekaboo I Love You by DK

This read-aloud children’s book encourages first learning by introducing little ones to colorful scenes and adorable cuddly characters.

With the help of parents and caregivers, toddlers will have fun turning the pages, lifting the flaps to play peekaboo, and guessing who’s sending the surprises. This book is the perfect gift for Valentine’s day, birthdays, and other special occasions, and is certain to make toddlers smile! Ideal for preschool play, this sturdy baby book will appeal to both parents and children and will keep little ones entertained time and time again!

I Spy Little Hearts by Jean Marzollo

Search-and-find riddles paired with amazing photographs will captivate kids of all ages in the bestselling I Spy series.

Filled with fun photos from the original I Spy series, the I Spy little board books build reading and recognition skills.

Preschoolers can search for hearts galore, as well as other intriguing toys and trinkets! Picture clues and rhyming riddles guide the youngest readers through the delightful puzzles.

Valentines Board Books for Babies

Love Block by Christopher Franceschelli

Learn how animals around the world show their love in this interactive board book
  
Love is strong.
You have my back and I’ll always have yours.
  
Animals show their love in so many ways! This interactive board book, with its chunky, die-cut pages and surprise-filled gatefolds, is the perfect gift for anyone you love. Featured animals include elephants, sea otters, swans, giraffes, sloths, penguins, kangaroos, pandas, hippos, foxes, and golden eagles.

Lovey Things by Dr. Seuss

A board book featuring Thing One and Thing Two–from Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat–that’s perfect for Valentine’s Day and every day!

Written in super-simple rhyme, this sweet, sturdy board book starring Thing One and Thing Two is about the things Things love–among them sharing, caring, smiling, hugging, and blowing kisses!

A perfect book for Valentine’s Day to introduce your toddler or baby to Dr. Suess.

Love Monster by Rachel Bright

A board book version of Rachel Bright’s #1 Publishers Weekly bestseller Love Monster―perfect for little hands

Love Monster is a slightly hairy monster trying to fit in with the cuddly residents of Cutesville. But as it turns out, it’s hard to fit in with the cute and the fluffy when you’re a googly-eyed monster. And so, Love Monster sets out to find someone who will love him just the way he is. His journey is not easy―he looks high, low, and even middle-ish. But as he soon finds out, in the blink of a googly eye, love can find you when you least expect it.

Baby Touch and Feel I Love You by DK

Let baby feel the love with this USA Today bestseller that celebrates the love you and your little one share.

Babies can explore different textures and expand their senses as they discover this padded board book’s tactile elements. They can touch soft bunnies, fuzzy teddy bears, sparkly hearts, and more, and feel all the love you have for them. Baby Touch and Feel: I Love You promotes sensory development and early language skills, and is the perfect size for small hands to hold.

Which valentines books for toddlers and babies will help you celebrate Valentine’s Day this year?

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