Valentine’s Day Books for Toddlers: The Search Begins
With Valentine’s Day on the horizon, you might be searching high and low to find the best Valentine’s Day books for toddlers. You can’t go wrong with books that are sturdy, feature eye-catching illustrations, and have just the right about of text per page. Extra bonus points if there are sensory components as well. All the books described below are board books and have held up for at least 3 years.
Valentine’s Day Books for Toddlers: Benefits of reading to your toddler
There is no better time to snuggle up with your little one and read stories about love and affection especially because of all of the benefits reaped by shared reading. You may be aware that reading books with an infant can boost vocabulary and reading skills four years later, before the start of elementary school. But our friends at the American Association of Pediatrics also shared that book-reading quantity and quality during toddler years appeared strongly tied to later emergent literacy skills, such as name-writing at age 4!
With that being said, let’s catch our active toddler, find a comfy spot, and start reading the best Valentine’s Day books for toddlers!
1. I Love You More
This is actually 2 books in 1! The first story is written from a little boy’s perspective and you flip over the book to read the same story from the mom’s perspective! The little boy asks his mom how much she loves him. She replies with statements like, “I love you fuller than the fullest moon you ever knew.” The boy tells his mom emphatically, “I love you MORE!” The mom then asks the little boy how much he loves her. He shares things like, “I love you taller than the tallest giraffe ever grown.”. She then tells him, “I love you MORE!” This is one of the sweetest Valentine’s Day books for toddlers.
2. Pop-up Peekaboo! I Love You
If your toddler favors lift-the-flap books with pop-up pages, they will LOVE this book. It features a sheep named Smiley who is being showered with presents with every turn of the page (lucky sheep!). Your toddler gets to guess what’s inside. When they open the flap to see if they guessed right, Smiley Sheep’s gift pops out! The pages of this are very sturdy but the pop-up components are made of thinner paper, so your overzealous toddler might rip the pop ups if they aren’t careful.
3. Counting Kisses
This sweet book not only teachers toddlers their numbers, it also allows you to sneak in a ton of extra kisses when you follow the actions on each page. For example, give your little one seven kisses on their belly button or nine kisses on their busy, wriggly feet. If your toddler is ticklish, they will be giggling throughout the entire story. Extra kisses and toddler giggles? That’s reason enough to make our Valentine’s Day books for toddlers list.
4. I Love You Night and Day
This is one of the longer books in the list but it only has one sentence per page, and it rhymes. It features a large purple bear and a small blue bunny who make multiple references to unconditional love. They say things like, “I love you huge, I love you vast, for the fun to come and the fun that’s passed”. It’s a great book to add to your bedtime story lineup and one of our favorite Valentine’s Day books for toddlers.
5. Llama Llama I Love You
Llama Llama is at it again – this time walking us through Valentine’s Day from his perspective. If your toddler is in daycare, many of the activities highlighted in the book will seem familiar. They even have UPS (okay, a very similar knockoff) delivering a bouquet of roses to Mama Llama. Adults will appreciate the attention to detail and toddlers will appreciate the short length of this board book.
6. No Matter What
This book features a little fox named Small who is trying to understand the boundaries of love. At one point Small asks, “But does love wear out? Does it break or bend? Can you fix it or patch it? Does it Mend?”
Small feels grumpy and destroys a room (no, really – Small overturns a bucket filled with water and turns a table and a living room chair upside down!), then questions his parent’s love for him (hmm…that seems straight out of the toddler playbook). Instead of receiving an angry response, the parent, named Large says reassuringly, “I’d always love you, no matter what.” This is one of the Valentine’s Day books for toddlers book you should enjoy year-round.