Valentine’s Day Short Stories & Books For Kids
Best Valentine’s Day Books and Valentine’s Short Stories for Children
It’s almost time for hearts and flowers! Valentine’s Day is just around the corner so lets celebrate love with a collection of the best Valentine’s Day themed books and short stories made just for kids. I’m not super into the commercialization of this holiday and the need to spend exuberant amounts of money on over-priced flowers and candy. Hard pass! What I do love, sharing this holiday with kids. I thought Valentine’s Day was way more fun when I was in school. Who doesn’t love making Valentine’s Day cards and surprises to hand out to all your friends and classmates. I’ve rounded up my favorite Valentines books but also included some that aren’t specific to Valentine’s Day but focus on children’s books about loving others, family and friendship which are also great themes to talk about during, February 14th,the love month or any month really.
One way I love starting our Valentine’s Day fun in the classroom is with a great Valentine’s Day themed book. It gets the students primed for a follow up activity and gives them some background. I want my students to understand why we celebrate Valentine’s Day and where the holiday came from. So I love including some reading about Saint Valentine, along with some fun and sweet Valentine’s Day read alouds. If you’d like to shop any of the books below just click the title.
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Valentine’s Books For Toddlers, Preschool and Kindergarten
Here are my very favorite Valentine’s Day themed books for tiny tots and young learners. These picture books are colorful, vibrant and fun. Many of them use rhymes and songs or simple text to engage little learners.
HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY MOUSE BY LAURA NUMEROFF
This is one of the many books that are part of the Mouse series. In this book, Mouse explains why he loves each one of his friends for their special qualities. Such a great book to get our little learners talking about what they love most about their families and each other. After all, Valentine’s Day should be about more than presents.
The Day It Rained Hearts by Felicia Bond
This is a great pre-activity reading for making Valentines as a class. In this story, little Cornelia goes outside and sees that it’s raining hearts! She catches a bunch to give out to her animal friends on Valentine’s Day.
LOVE from The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
If you’re a fan of the original Very Hungry Caterpillar series, you’ll love this Valentine’s themed edition. In his kid friendly style, Eric Carle explains all the ways that someone is so special and why we love them (using food similes just like the original). Perfect read for little ones. You could make a list together afterwards of all the things you love about someone.
If You’ll Be My Valentine by Cynthia Rylant
This adorable book celebrates Valentine’s Day by following this little boy he delivers homemade Valentines for everyone in his family. The book uses rhyming and cute pictures which the toddlers and preschoolers love! Perfect Valentine’s book for creating Valentine’s cards or making a list of all the reasons someone is so special and why we love them. Why not make one for each of the grandparents and hand deliver them?
Llama Llama I Love You by Anna Dewdney
I first discovered the Llama Llama series when I was pregnant and received a gift set at my baby shower. I’ve been in love with these sweet stories every since. This board book uses simple rhymes and beautiful colorful pictures that engage little readers. Little Llama delivers Valentines to all his favorite people- “Fancy glitter heart for mama. Yummy chocolate heart for Llama.”
Plant a Kiss by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
This is a super simple book text wise but has such an impactful message. Only a few words on each page so it’s great for open ended talk. In this book, little Miss plants a kiss and this one act of love begins to bloom and grow and she learns about life, kindness and giving. It’s such a sweet read and I found the little ones absolutely loved it.
I’ll Love You Till The Cows Come Home by Kathryn Cristaldi
I absolutely love this sweet book about family and the love that we share. They use the old saying “till the cows come home” to show just how much your little one is loved:
– I will love you till the cows come home from a trip to Mars through skies unknown, in a rocket ship made of glass and stone… I will love you till the cows come home.
Valentine’s Day Books For Elementary Students
Here’s a few of my favorite Valentines themed books for elementary students. Many of these also have beautiful illustrations but also fun and sweet stories, or poems. You could use them as a pre-reading before activities for creating cards together or even for poetry or writing units that look at parts of speech.
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The Invisible String by Patrice Karst
I adore this book so much! It isn’t a typical Valentines book so it can really be used any time of year. It follows a mother and her children as she teaches them about the power of love and the invisible bond that we share. Its “ an Invisible String made of love. Even though you can’t see it with your eyes, you can feel it deep in your heart, and know that you are always connected to the ones you love.” This book would be wonderful for Valentines day but also great for talking to children about loss and grieving.
Dinosaur Valentine By Liza Donnelly
This was a book my own teacher read to us when I was in the first grade. I wanted to include it because it’s always nice to add some Valentine’s books that the boys will enjoy too (I actually loved it so maybe your girls will too)! This cute story follows Rex and his dog as they deliver Valentines and come across a dinosaur that needs rescuing from a dog catcher.
A Crankenstein Valentine by Samantha Berger
How cute is this book? The kids will absolutely LOVE this one because it will make them laugh out loud. It’s oh so relatable which is why it’s a fan favorite in our classroom (especially among the boys). Who can’t relate to feeling like a Crankenstein sometimes? In this book, an ordinary boy turns full-fleged Crankenstein because he can’t take any more mooshy gooshy lovey dovey Valentines PDA! It would be great for discussing kids opinions about the holiday or doing comparisons of what you like or don’t like about it.
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Arthur’s Valentine by Marc Brown
If you’ve been here before, you’ll already know I’m slightly obsessed with Arthur books. You’ll see an Arthur book on EVERY SINGLE BOOK List I have- like my Christmas book list or fall book list. I grew up with these books and then the TV series and they’re still so near and dear to my heart, plus they’re just overall great books for kids. This time, Arthur is trying to figure out who his secret admirer is.
Amelia Bedelia’s First Valentine by Herman Parish
If you haven’t read the Amelia Bedelia series yet, you are seriously missing out. I’ve been following her hilarious adventures since I was a kid. Amelia is a fun and sweet little girl who takes words VERY LITERALLY and this often ends in a big mess. In this adventure, Amelia has her first Valentines Day and makes cards to hands out but forgets them on the bus. She comes up with some crafty ideas to fix the problem in true Amelia Bedelia fashion.
Junie B. Jones And The Mushy Gushy Valentine by Barbara Park
If you like Amelia Bedelia books, then you’ll definitely love the Junie B. Jones series. Junie B is such a spunky, funny and tell-it-like-it-is kindergartener who will make the reader LOL! These were also a favorite of mine growing up and I loved sharing them with my class because they are pretty much guaranteed to spark reading joy. This time Junie B. gets a “mushy gushy valemtine” from a secret admirer and has to figure out who.
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This is NOT a Valentine by Carter Higgins
This is such a cute little book and also very relatable to young learners. It shows them real love and friendship is about more than glitter, heart shaped cards or sweet treats- it’s about the memories and moments that we share. It shares the importance of friendship every day. A great segway into the true meaning of friendship and what it means to be a friend.
The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch
Yes, I know, this isn’t your typical Valentine’s Day book. But seriously, any excuse to include Robert Munsch in my reading lists. Why not introduce this classic Munsch book with a not so classic message! The paper bag princess is one my favorite Robert Munsch charcters because she’s such a kick-butt strong female lead who takes care of business on her own- no waiting for a prince to save her. That’s a great message any time of year. The kids just love this book so much because it’s hilarious. It’s one they go back to time and time again after our read aloud.
Why Do We Celebrate Valentine’s Day?
The Story of St. Valentine by The Voice of the Martyrs
If you want to teach your child or class the reason why we celebrate Valentine’s day in the first place, this is a great book that lays out the story in a kid friendly format. It tells the story of a Roman priest, Saint Valentine, who secretly helped soldiers get married because the Roman emperor didn’t allow the soldiers to marry since married men didn’t make great soldiers (they were too worried about their wives and families). This is why St. Valentine was considered the saint of love: because he risked his own life so that he could connect lovers forever.
Here’s a super cute video that explains the story in a way that kids can understand and find engaging by Christian Kids TV on Youtube.
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Happy Valentine’s Day
I hope you found some wonderful new books to add to your collection for Valentine’s Day. A book is one of my favorite things to share with kids because it really does spark the imagination. What’s your favorite Valentine’s or love themed book for kids? Did it make the list? Leave me a comment below. I’m always adding and updating to these book lists.