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Valentine's Day Reading: 14 Love-Themed Books For Kids

Jan 17 2014 - 4:32am

Carry the Valentine's Day celebration into the bedtime routine by reading your kids a book about love. From classic stories of giving to the latest in love-themed kids literature, these 14 heartwarming reads are sure to spread the love on Feb. 14.

Love Monster

Love Monster [1] ($17) is a hairy monster trying to fit in with the cuddly residents of Cutesville and find someone who will love him just the way he is. His journey is not easy, but he soon discovers that love can find you when you least expect it.

Consider Love

Sandra Boynton can do no wrong in our eyes, and Consider Love [2] ($14) is no exception. This delightful board book explores the many modes of love using adorable pictures and pleasing, rhyming phrases.

Never Too Little to Love

Kids will love the whimsical illustrations in Never Too Little to Love [3] ($9), a funny tale of an amorous mouse who aims impossibly high and learns that you're never too little (or too big) to love — or get a kiss.

Love Is You & Me.

Playful and fun, Love Is You & Me. [4] ($15), an adorable book by bestselling author Monica Sheehan, helps us to remember that love — whether between a parent and child, friends, or even a dog and a mouse — is the most wonderful gift of all.

Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch

Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch [5] ($8) is a sweet story that examines how love can improve a lackluster life. When a postman delivers a mysterious package with a big pink bow to a lonely man named Mr. Hatch, he sets out to discover who his secret admirer is and, in doing so, enjoys the biggest surprise of his life!

Everyone Says I Love You

Tour the world with your tot as you read Beegee Tolpa's Everyone Says I Love You [6] pop-up book ($13). Not only does the book teach your child how to say "I love you" in different languages, but it's also a guaranteed attention-grabber, thanks to 3D landmarks like the Eiffel Tower and the Statue of Liberty.

Love You Forever

Robert N. Munsch's Love You Forever [7] ($15) is a popular classic, thanks to beautiful illustrations and a mother's touching refrain: "I'll love you forever/ I'll like you for always/ As long as I'm living/ My baby you'll be."

One Love

Bob Marley's first child, Cedella Marley, has adapted her father's hit song with the children's book One Love [8] ($17). The joyful lyrics play against the backdrop of a young girl who gathers her community to transform their neighborhood — a heartfelt story of coming together.

Olive, My Love

Olive the pup is back, hoping to return a lost object — a heart — in Olive, My Love [8] ($15) by Vivian Walsh and J. Otto Seibold. As Olive follows her heart, she meets a full cast of characters who teach her what it means to give yourself over to love.

Real Love: The Drawings For Sean

The late John Lennon's Real Love: The Drawings For Sean [9] ($17) contains the drawings he made with and for his son. With a moving foreword by Yoko Ono, this book promises to touch kids and Lennon fans alike.

The Velveteen Rabbit

Margery Williams's classic book The Velveteen Rabbit [10] ($7) tells the tale of a stuffed animal who longs to be real. Equal parts heartwarming and heartrending, it's bound to become a story your kids will return to again and again.

Elmo Loves You: The Pop-Up

For those with kids who have a short attention span, in steps Elmo Loves You: The Pop-Up [11] ($20) to save the day. It's as much a toy as it is a book, so your little one should have no problem following along.

I Love You With All My Heart

Noris Kern's I Love You With All My Heart [12] ($7) captures the unconditional love of a parent. Thanks to his arctic friends, Polo the polar bear learns what it means to love someone with all that you are.

The Giving Tree

Beloved by both kids and adults, Shel Silverstein's The Giving Tree [13] ($18) is one of the most popular children's books of all time — and with good reason. This sweet and sometimes sad story of a boy and a tree teaches an important lesson of selfless love.

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