There are many ways to show your love, and all of them should be celebrated! So, we’ve put together a list of some of our favorite love-themed books that you can give as a gift on Valentine’s Day, or read all year long.
The Wonderful Things You Will Be by Emily Winfield Martin (2015)
The first love that most kids have will be from their parents, and this heartfelt picture book by Emily Winfield Martin shows how important that is to them. “This is the first time there’s been you, so I wonder what wonderful things you will do.” And Winfield Martin’s beautiful illustrations make the book feel new every time you read it, making it feel like a new book each time. Share it with your friends.
All You Need Is Love by Emma Chichester Clark (2019)
A lot of people love Plum the dog. When she goes to the park, she always plays with her best friends, Rocket, Esther, Bean, and Jakey. She has a devoted mother and father, and they are always there to help her. But one day, some of her friends invite some new dogs to join in. Plum doesn’t know if she likes them. Otto is very big; Bounder is old, and Milly is very small. Plum, on the other hand, soon learns that new and old friendships should be celebrated, and that there’s always room for more love.
Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White (1952)
It shows how powerful the love between friends can be in E. B. White’s classic story about Wilbur the pig. To be fair, Wilbur was born last in his litter. The farmer’s daughter Fern fell for him even though he wasn’t the most beautiful. Fern is very fond of Wilbur. She helps care for him so that he grows up healthy and happy. The two are heartbroken when Wilbur is sent to Fern’s uncle’s farm, and they are very sad about it. When Wilbur goes to meet a kind and wise spider named Charlotte in that place, he learns a lot. They become best friends. When Charlotte sees that Wilbur is in danger, she comes up with a plan to save him.
Hair Love by Matthew CherryandVashti Harrison (2019)
Hair Love is a way to show how much fathers and daughters love each other. Zuri’s hair has its own thoughts. Zuri can be herself even though it twists and turns in every direction. For the most part, Zuri’s mom takes care of her hair. This time, Zuri’s dad will do it for a special event. He isn’t very good at what he does, but he will do anything to make Zuri happy.
Love From Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter (2018)
For young readers who are learning about love and how to show it, this heartwarming story from the world of Peter Rabbit is just right. Older fans of Beatrix Potter will like the old-fashioned illustrations and colors used, and the sweet poem shows what love is in a sweet way. At bedtime, you can read this book to your kids to help them sleep.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Third Wheel (Book 7) by Jeff Kinney (2012)
Heffley is our favorite wimpy kid. He doesn’t have a date to the dance at his school. Rowley, his best friend, is also single. Abigail Brown, a girl on the student council, also has no date because her boyfriend has to go to a family event. Now is Greg’s chance to get in. At the dance, things don’t go as planned. This is a different kind of “love story,” and it will make people laugh all the way through.
Shrek! by William Steig (1990)
To see the world, Shrek left his childhood home. During his journey, he meets a witch who says he’s going to marry a princess. He also fights off a dragon and makes friends with a donkey. This one, on the other hand, has been made to be as disgusting and disgusting as Shrek himself. They’re a great match. William Steig’s best-selling book shows that if you stay true to yourself, like Shrek did, you’ll find true love.
Love from the Moomins (2018)
Moomin fans will love this book. Moomintroll, Snorkmaiden, and Snufkin are some of the characters you know and love. They show that love can be comforting, beautiful, and even loud. These are great Valentine’s Day gifts, or any time you want to show someone how much you care.
Fidget the Wonder Dog by Patricia FordeandRachael Saunders (2021)
If Fidget were a person, she would be a bit of a show-off. He likes to jump on beds, bark, and run around the kitchen. But he is a very important dog. There are times when Fidget also goes off on long walks. One day, though, he can’t get home. This is the start of an epic journey that will take Fidget across the oceans as he tries to find his owner. Young dog lovers who like this story will enjoy it. It’s about a girl and her dog’s all-powerful love.
The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams (1922)
One time, there was a toy rabbit who wished to be real. The rabbit is made of soft velveteen and is owned by a young boy. Over time, his coat gets worn and shabby. But the boy still loves him more and more. A toy can become real when it’s truly loved. Even though love can be hard work, it is worth it in the end, says Margery Williams’ classic story.
The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein (1964)
A tree once had a crush on a little boy. It happened every time he came to see her. She would give him her apples, let him swing from her branches, and climb up her trunk, as well. As time went on, the boy kept taking from the tree, but the tree kept giving back. Her love and generosity have no limits, so she kept giving. The Giving Tree is a story about love that can’t be broken, and it’s a favorite for both young and old readers. Shel Silverstein’s book is a great way to learn about what it truly means to love someone.
Charlie and Lola: I’m Really Ever So Not Well by Lauren Child (2008)
People say that Lola has a cold and isn’t feeling well. She can only lay in bed and rest. The good news for Lola is that her big brother Charlie is around. He’s going to do his best to make her feel better. This is what he does for Lola: he brings her pink milk and cookies (Lola’s favorite), sings to her, does the jigsaw with her, and more. Charlie and Lola fans will love this book, which is about the love between siblings.
Love Frankie by Jacqueline WilsonandNick Sharratt (2020)
Almost 14-year-old Frankie sometimes finds life too much. A mean girl called Sally rules the school with a group of bullies, and her mom has MS. She’s never going to fall in love. But then, a friendship between Frankie and Sally is formed that was not expected. The two soon spend all their time together, and Frankie starts to fall in love with Sally. Are they in love? Do Sally and I feel the same way? It’s a must-read for anyone who likes stories about first love. This story is LGBTQ+ themed.
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott (1868)
Little Women is about the four March sisters, Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy. They grow up and try to figure out how to live in the world. The girl’s father goes to war. Time is hard for them and their mother, but the sisters never lose their spirit or fun. They also learn a lot about love, both from their families and from their lovers, as they go. This book is so old that it will stay with anyone who reads it.