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Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! My girly-girls love Valentine’s Day! One of our favorite ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day is by reading Valentine’s Day picture books. We read a couple of books each night leading up to Valentine’s Day.
The list of 30+ Valentine’s Day Picture Books are perfect for read-alouds. They are also great for budding readers who are just beginning to practice reading on their own or with someone. The books are about Valentine’s Day themes. Some of the books have the added bonus of including the a brief history of Valentine’s Day.
30+ Valentine’s Day Picture Books
This Is Not a Valentine by Carter Higgins – A valentine is all about sweetness and gooey love, but this book is about all the things you might give someone that are not exactly gifts, but that show that you care for them and for what they think–but is not that a kind of love? Kindergarten – 3rd Grade
Here Comes Valentine Cat by Deborah Underwood – Cat does not want to send a valentine to anyone, until some unexpected gifts from the dog next door make him change his mind. Preschool – Kindergarten
Valentine Be Mine by Jacqueline Farmer – Presents the history of Valentine’s Day as well as its past and present traditions. Kindergarten – 3rd Grade
Love, Ruby Valentine by Laurie B. Friedman – After Ruby Valentine misses her favorite holiday of the year, her parrot, Lovebird, convinces her that every day is the perfect day to say “I love you.” Kindergarten – 2nd Grade
Clifford’s Valentines by Norman Bridwell – Clifford, the big red dog, makes a snowy valentine for his friends. Preschool – 3rd Grade
Mr. Goat’s Valentine by Eve Bunting – When Mr. Goat learns that it’s Valentine’s Day, he sets out in search of gifts for his first love, but his choices are a little unconventional. Kindergarten – 2nd Grade
Petal and Poppy and the Mystery Valentine by Lisa Clough and Ed Briant – On Valentine’s Day morning, Petal the elephant wakes up to find chocolates and Poppy the rhinoceros finds flowers, but they forgot to get gifts for each other, so who is their mystery Valentine? 1st – 3rd Grade
Mouse and Mole Secret Valentine by Wong Herbert Yee – After getting a fluttery feeling while helping Mouse make valentines for each of their friends, Mole sends her a series of notes and gifts, signing them “your secret valentine.” 1st – 3rd Grade
Ruby Valentine Save the Day by Laurie B. Friedman – Ruby invites everyone to a grand Valentine’s Day party at her mountaintop home, but when a blizzard keeps her guests away, she decides to take the carefully planned party into town. Kindergarten – 2nd Grade
Ollie’s Valentine by Olivier Dunrea – Ollie searches for the perfect valentine. Preschool
Katy Duck and the Secret Valentine by Alyssa Satin – When Katy Duck receives a secret valentine filled with sparkly stars, she wonders who it could be from! With a little help from her friend Ralph, Katy makes the perfect card for her secret valentine…and discovers who it is! Preschool – 1st Grade
Ruby Valentine and the Sweet Surprise by Laurie Friedman – Ruby’s pets compete for her affection on Valentine’s Day. Kindergarten – 2nd Grade
Valentine Mice! by Bethany Roberts – An energetic group of mice deliver valentines to the other animals. Preschool – 3rd Grade
Franklin’s Valentines by Paulette Bourgeois – Franklin the turtle is in a hurry to get to school for the Valentine’s Day party with his friends. Preschool – 3rd Grade
The Yuckiest, Stinkiest, Best Valentine Ever by Brenda A. Ferber – A young boy named Leon pursues a runaway Valentine meant for his true love, Zoey Maloney. Preschool – 2nd Grade
Snowy Valentine by David Petersen – Jasper Bunny spends a snowy Valentine’s Day visiting his forest friends in hopes of finding the perfect gift for his beloved Lilly. Preschool – 3rd Grade
Amelia Bedelia’s First Valentine by Herman Parish – Literal-minded even as a child, Amelia Bedelia muddles through Valentine’s Day with her heart on her sleeve, trying to make sense of strange greetings at school and home, and ever on the look-out for the arrows of Cupid. Preschool – 3rd Grade
If You’ll Be My Valentine by Cynthia Rylant – A little boy gives Valentines out to friends and family. Preschool – 3rd Grade
The Valentine Express by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace – Minna and Pip make Valentine’s Day gifts for their neighbors after learning about the history of the holiday at school. Preschool – 2nd Grade
Mouse’s First Valentine by Lauren Thompson – Mouse watches his sister making a valentine and wonders what it is. Preschool – 1st Grade
Cranberry Valentine by Wende and Harry Devlin – Maggie, her grandmother, and the sewing circle make Cranberryport a brighter place for Mr. Whiskers when they send him secret valentines. Preschool – 3rd Grade
The Valentine Bears by Eve Bunting – Mrs. Bear plans a surprise Valentine’s Day celebration for Mr. Bear despite their usual hibernating habits at that time of year. Preschool – Kindergarten
Arthur’s Valentine by Marc Brown – Arthur’s wrong guess about the identity of the secret admirer sending him valentine messages leads to teasing by the other children, but clues in additional messages allow him to get his due. Preschool – 3rd Grade
Valensteins by Ethan Long – On a cold, dark night perfect for scaring, Fran is making a valentine, causing other members of Fright Club to howl and hiss over the idea of being in love. Preschool – 1st Grade
Love, Splat by Rob Scotton – Splat the cat has a special valentine for a certain someone in his class. Preschool – 2nd Grade
I Love You, Dear Dragon by Margaret Hillert – A boy and his pet dragon celebrate Valentine’s Day by noticing all the red things they see, making Valentines, and eating a Valentine cake. 1st – 2nd Grade
Valentine’s Day Is by Gail Gibbons – The history of the holiday and all its fun festivities are presented in this easy-to-read tale filled with Valentine cards, candy hearts, flowers, and full-color illustrations. Kindergarten – 2nd Grade
Pete the Cat: Valentine’s Day Is Cool by Kimberly and James Dean – Pete the Cat thinks Valentine’s Day isn’t cool– until he realizes how many special cats there are in his life! Preschool – 3rd Grade
Click, Clack, Moo: I Love You! by Doreen Cronin – Little Duck is working hard making valentines for everyone and decorating for the Valentine’s Day dance, but what happens when an unexpected guest arrives? Preschool – 3rd Grade
Happy Valentine’s Day, Mouse! by Laura Numeroff – Follow Mouse as he makes valentines for all of his friends. Preschool
Love from The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle – The very hungry caterpillar displays its love for the reader as the cherry on a cake, the apple of an eye, and the bee’s knees. Preschool – Kindergarten
Be sure to stop by my Homeschool Book List page where I will be linking all our books lists and other resources. And if you are looking for kid-friendly Valentine’s Day crafts, make sure you check out my Kids Crafts page where I link all our crafts.
Do you have any fun Valentine’s Day picture books to recommend to us for next time? Share them in the comments below!
Have a great day!
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