Valentine’s Day was one of my favorite holidays as a child. I loved making cards for all my friends and classmates and seeing how many I got in return, not to mention eating candy and treats in school!
These out-of-the-box picture books represent themes like love, kindness, generosity, and friendship. I guarantee that they will bring more smiles than a box of candy hearts!
Love Monster by Rachel Bright
It’s hard being a monster in world of cute, fluffy things. But our hairy, googly-eyed protagonist doesn’t want to sit around feeling sorry for himself, so he decides to leave Cutesville and find someone who will love him just the way he is. This story is delightfully funny and full of heart. Also available as a board book.
Plant a Kiss by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Peter H. Reynolds
A little girl decides to do something a bit unusual – plant a kiss! She lovingly tends it until one day it finally sprouts. Ignoring naysayers, the little girl decides to share her bountiful harvest with the world. Kids will delight in this one-of-a-kind story about kindness and sharing. Also available as a board book.
Hedgehugs by Steve Wilson and Lucy Tapper
Horace and Hattie are hedgehogs and best friends. They do absolutely everything together, but the one thing they can’t do is hug! They are just too prickly. Horace and Hattie try many ways of covering their spikes but nothing works, until they happen upon a clothesline full of socks! This endearing story of friendship is fun to read all year long! Also available as a board book.
Hug Machine by Scott Campbell
“No one can resist my unbelievable hugging. I am the Hug Machine!” This adorably affectionate little boy hugs everyone and everything in his path. His hugs have the power to calm or to cheer. Then, just when Hug Machine is running on empty, his mother swoops him into her arms. A Hug Machine’s work is never done! This book is more silly than sappy, and it’s hard not to love.
A Crankenstein Valentine by Samantha Berger and Dan Santat
Hearts, flowers, and candy aren’t for everyone. Enter the monstrously cantankerous Crankenstein. This lovey-dovey holiday makes Crankenstein even crankier than ever – until he finds a friend who hates Valentine’s Day as much as he does! Whether you hate Valentine’s Day or love it, this book will give you a chuckle!