Valentine’s Picture Books For Kids And Shelf Decor

Considering Valentine’s Day is just a few weeks away, it’s about time I share our favorite Valentine’s Day books for kids over here. Along with the Valentine’s book display in a certain little girl’s room.

Valentines books for kids on shelves in a child's room featuring picture books, board books, and young reader books

Valentines Shelf Decor

I love curating a selection of holiday or seasonal books for our daughter’s room. The books are seasonal decor on their own, sporting hearts, pinks, and kisses.

I’ll almost always punch up the books with a fun garland or some small decor item. For Valentine’s Day, I used a simple felt heart garland from Target and resurrected my old XO craft project from way back in the day. Any OG readers remember that project?!

XO Valentines craft using kraft letters painted gold and covered in pink glitter

Holiday Shelves Coming To A Close

​It’s sad thinking this may be the last (or likely one of the last) bookshelf posts from our daughter’s room. We’ve been working on a bedroom design for building bunkbeds in here so our two girls can share this space and unfortunately, it’s right where the bookshelves are.

We’ve had so much fun selecting books for the holidays and the seasons and displaying them here along with decorating the shelves. It’s made reading together as a family extra special. It’s also helped us not read the same three books about the Paw Patrol repeatedly. 

So let’s dive into the list of my favorite picture books for Valentine’s Day. Scratch that, OUR favorite picture books because some of these (like the Paw Patrol best friend book or any Peppa Pig story) are not my favorites but our children LOVE them.

Valentines shelf decor with books in a little girl's room

Valentine’s Day Board Books:

Valentines board books for kids

Valentine’s Day Picture Books:

Valentines picture books for kids

Valentine’s Day Young Readers Books:

I’m a big believer that when young children learn to read, lean into their interests and the books they are attracted to. I will forever pick up any beginner reader book our daughter asks for when she’s in the learning-to-read phase. It’s been a great way for us to get her excited about reading. Below is a curated learn-to-read book list for Valentine’s Day from our daughter.

Valentines early reader books for kids

Best Valentine’s Day Books Superlatives

​Because what is a list of children’s books without a superlatives list to close it out? That’s certainly how I roll around here and am carrying on the tradition with the Valentine’s books for kids list.

Most Charming Illustrations

The most charming illustrations award goes to The World Needs Who You Were Made To Be by Joanna Gaines (Author) and Julianna Swaney (Illustrator). I love the illustrations of all the balloons in this book.

The illustrations are so adorable and I often find myself ogling the artwork and not paying attention to the words I’m reading on the page. Does anyone else do that with kids’ books? Your mouth is moving, the words are coming out, but your brain is elsewhere?!

Kids picture book: The World Needs Who You Were Meant To Be

Honorable mention goes to Gaston by Kelly Di Pucchio (Author) and Christian Robinson (Illustrator). I will forever pick up any book illustrated by Christian Robinson. Just beautiful color illustrations!

Kids picture book: Gaston

Most Adorable Board Book

The most adorable board book award goes to Bunny Roo, I Love You by Melissa Marr (Author) and Teagan White (Illustrator). I picked up this book when our youngest was a baby baby and I just can’t quit it. It’s one of our most read all year round, not just around Valentine’s Day.

It’s an adorable story about a mama comparing her sweet baby to the noises of animals. The storyline is very sweet and playful. Such a special book to add to any board book collection and read to your littles.

Kids picture book: Bunny Roo I Love You

Most Classic Story

The most classic story award goes to the sweet board book, Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney (Author) and Anita Jeram (Illustrator). This little book of love between a parent and their child is a sweet story of how big our love for our children really is. There is no limit. It’s beyond measurement.

Full disclosure, I have always had a hard time reading this one to my children. I love it very much but for some reason, I always get choked up. The power of love, folks, it’s the big ol’ power of love taking over.

Kids picture book: Guess How Much I Love You

Most Fun Book

The most fun Valentine’s Day book for kids award goes to A Crankenstein Valentine by Samantha Berger (Author) and Dan Santat (Illustrator). Any book that has illustrations of candy hearts with the word “puke” on it is going to be a FABULOUS Valentine’s Day book and a great read.

This story is basically about a boy who greatly dislikes all things Valentine’s Day. It’s a great example of friendship and finding someone who gets you.

Kids picture book: A Crankenstein Valentine

Kids’ Choice Awards

Our youngest is currently two and hands down her favorite is Hug Machine by Scott Campbell (Author and illustrator). The book follows the main character, who happens to be the hug machine, as he hugs anyone and everything in sight. It’s an adorable book and quite funny.

Kids picture book: Hug Machine

Our eldest daughter turns seven just a few days after Valentine’s Day. Her current favorite of the Valentine’s books for kids is Best Furry Friends (Paw Patrol) by Random House Books (Author, Illustrator). No surprise there as she is hardcore in her Paw Patrol era and has been for the last three years. Hasn’t wavered.

Kids board book: Best Furry Friends (Paw Patrol)

Another very popular read with both of them is The Wonderful Fluffy Little Squishy by Beatrice Alemagna (Author and illustrator). This book has some of our favorite characters in any children’s book. Although, for parents of highly sensitive children, might I suggest skipping the visit to the butcher’s shop.

Kids picture book: The Wonderful Fluffy Little Squishy

Honorable mention goes to In My Heart: A Book of Feelings by Jo Witek (Author) and Christine Roussey (Illustrator). It’s a sweet story about identifying feelings and that feeling your feelings is okay. Both girls also love sticking their hands through the heart-shaped cutouts in the book.

Kids picture book: In My Heart

Dad’s Choice

The Dad’s Choice award goes to…drumroll please…I’ll Love You Till The Cows Come Home by Kathryn Cristaldi (Author) and Kristyna Litten (Illustrator). I’m not surprised Colby picked this one because he’s a Vermonter hailing from the land of many cows. His favorite smell is cow poop. I kid you not. Let me pause while you meditate on that for a moment.

But seriously, this book checks all the boxes for Dad’s favorite books, beautiful illustrations, a quirky story, and no blatant mushiness. This book is very similar to Guess How Much I Love You except with cows, trips to outer space, and frogs on bikes.

Kids picture book: I'll Love You Till The Cows Come Home

Mom’s Choice

The Mom’s Choice award, one of the most coveted awards of this blog post, goes to I Am Love: A Book of Compassion by Susan Verde (Author) and Peter H. Reynolds (Illustrator). This is a very sweet book about love, compassion, and kindness. The theme of the story is just as beautiful as the illustrations.

Kids picture book: I Am Love

There are two things I desire for my children. One is to be kind and loving humans. And two, to be readers. Hence, books about compassion just might be my weakness.

The other books in this series I Am Peace, I Am Human, and I Am Courage are all phenomenal as well. There are a few others too, but we haven’t read those ones yet.

Valentines picture books for kids displayed on open shelves in a kids room with a felt heart garland

Pssst…Alright, you know what time it is. Hit me with your favorite Valentine’s books for kids. Send me all your recommendations. And not just the ones are blatantly stories about Valentine’s Day but also ones with themes of love, kindness, and friendship.

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