Looking for the best Valentines read alouds to add to your reading nook this February? Then look no further than this compilation of the best Valentines read alouds. These books will help your kids foster kindness and open their hearts to loving and caring for others while nurturing their friendships.
Without further ado, let’s dive in!
Best Valentines Read Alouds
1. The Biggest Valentine Ever
Written by Steven Kroll
This is an excellent book with bright and colorful illustrations. This book is all about teamwork and can be used not only for Valentine’s but year-round. It tells a story about two friends who decide to work together to create a Valentine’s card but have different ideas on the details of the card, and a fight breaks out. So they decided to work solely to make their Valentine’s card but weren’t happy with the outcome.
Eventually, they realize embracing teamwork can result in a better outcome than working solely.
2. The Day It Rained Hearts
Written and illustrated by Felicia Bond
My kids love this book! This is our third year reading it, and I’m sure we will reread it next year.
It’s about a little girl named Cornelia Augusta who caught a bunch of hearts and decided to use them to create Valentine’s notes for every special person in her life.
3. Love Is My Favorite Thing
Written and illustrated by
I really love reading this book to my kids because it reminds them that they are truly loved even when they make mistakes.
In this story, Plum (the pup) loves doing many activities, but she truly loves her family and the time they spend doing things together. Sometimes Plum can get a bit too excited, which leads her to being naughty, which gets her in trouble. Nevertheless, her family still loves and accepts her for who she is when she makes mistakes.
4. The Night Before Valentine’s Day
Written by Natasha Wing
This is by far one of the best Valentines read-alouds for younger kids who are filled with excitement and anticipation for the big event occurring the next day. The night before Valentine’s Day captures the spirit of love, friendship, and the joy of sharing heartfelt sentiments with those we care about.
5. Harvey The Heart Had Too Many Farts
Written by Jane Bexley
This book was/is a hit for my kids. If I’m being honest, my kids love any book that talks about farts…🙂 And…. if your kids are the same, then you should consider grabbing this from your local library or bookstore.
Harvey is a sweetheart who loves hanging with his friends; the problem is when he is around his friends, he always farts and, in so doing, drives his friends away. This beautiful book showcases friendships and accepting everyone for who they are.
6. Llama Llama I Love You
Written by Anna Dewdney
This is an excellent book for Pre-K students who love all things llamas. Llama Llama shows his friends and families how much he loves them.
7. The Berenstain Bears’ Valentine Love Bug
Written and illustrated by Mike Berenstain
The Berenstain Bears books are classics in our home. My kids love the book collections as well as the TV. series.
In this story, Sister Bear is asked to be a flower girl, and you can only imagine how excited Sister Bear is about the notion of being a flower girl. Full of enthusiasm, she eventually got carried away with the dress, flowers, and cakes, leading to things going off-kilter.
8. Love You By Heart
Written and illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds.
I love reading this book to my kids because it helps them foster a love for poems and the many different styles of writing while embracing their feelings for the ones they love and care deeply for. This is a phenomenal read for kids in PreK – first grade.
9. I Am Love: A Book of Compassion
Written by Susan Verde
I am love is one of the most powerful affirmations we can encourage our kids to say to themselves when feeling alone or fearful. I added this book to our compilation of best Valentines read alouds because I believe it’s essential for us as parents to teach our kids to love themselves before loving anyone else. Self-love is not selfish but rather necessary to build confidence.
10. Turkey’s Valentine Surprise
Written by Wendi Silvano
This book is fun and silly to read to your little ones on Valentine’s Day. Turkey loves playing pranks on his friends. On Valentine’s Day, he decided to dress up as a cat to deliver Valentines to his friends but couldn’t trick them. Nevertheless, Turkey quickly came up with other tricky ideas.
11. Pete the Cat: Valentine’s Day Is Cool
Written by James Dean
Similarly to The Berenstain Bears, the Pete the Cat series has been a hit for my kids. Our home library has so many Pete the Cat books. This Valentine’s Day series sure didn’t underdeliver at all!
This is an excellent read-aloud for kids who don’t think Valentine’s Day is special because after listening to this story, they will quickly realize (just as Pete did) how many wonderful people they have in their lives who love them and who they love.
12. Valentine’s Day Jitters
Written by Julie Danneberg
Miss Sarah Jane Hartwell wants to host a spectacular Valentine’s Day class party to show her students how much she loves and values them. However, the harder she tries, the more everything seems to go wrong.
13. Happy Valentine’s Day, Charlie Brown
Written by Maggie Testa
This is a super cute book that encourages kids to be confident. Lucy helps Charlie build his confidence to give his friend a Valentine.
14. Here Comes Valentine Cat
Written by Deborah Underwood
A cute, funny, yet meaningful story to read to your kids that will encourage them to have an open mind when making friends.
So, Cat realizes his new neighbor is a dog. Of course, the cat thinks the dog is annoying, so he plans to send the dog to the moon for Valentine’s. However, the dog gave the cat a surprise, which made the cat realize that the dog was not as annoying as he initially thought.
15. A Unicorn Named Sparkle and the Perfect Valentine
Written and illustrated by Amy Young
Sparkle the unicorn wants to give Lucy a Valentine’s because there is no one he loves more than Lucy. However, Sparkle runs into a dilemma – he has hooves and horns and no hands. Despite what the result of the card looked like, Lucy loved and appreciated it.
This is a phenomenal story to show kids that things don’t have to look perfect or be perfect for others to appreciate.
So, there you have it! These are my top picks for Valentine’s Read Alouds in 2023! I hope these books spark some joy in your child’s life this Valentine’s as they did for my kids.
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