In my house, it was a tradition on Valentine’s Day for my kids to get a special book. I always loved the idea of giving a book because it’s sugar-free and helps with reading readiness. The valentines books for toddlers and babies on this list can help you make this tradition your own!
For my own kids, when choosing from the many available valentines books for toddlers, I gravitate to a beloved character. One year, I went with Llama Llama, another I chose The Very Hungry Caterpillar.
These days Baby Shark and those crazy house-leaving crayons are all the rage, so maybe those are the books you’ll choose for your toddler this Valentine’s Day. Personally, I’m ready for a Dragon’s Love Tacos V-day book. It has to be coming soon, right?
With whichever valentines books for toddlers and babies your choose, we hope your day is filled with love!
If you are looking for Valentine’s Day books for older kiddos, check out this list of Valentine’s Day Picture Books.
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Valentines Books for Toddlers with Beloved Characters
The construction crew from the bestselling Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site series is celebrating Valentine’s day with special love notes for each truck!
We love Anna Dewdney’s Llama Llama picture book stories. I love that the publisher has recently released a board book line as well.
With rhyming texts and easy-to-grip pages, this story is the perfect Valentine’s Day book for babies. You can be like Mama LLama and show your love for your little one with this book.
Love Llama Llama? Check out this list of Anna Dewdney’s best books!
Looking for fun valentines books for toddlers? Try giving them a book with a character they love! And what toddler doesn’t love the mouse from If You Give a Mouse a Cookie.
In this story, you can follow along as Mouse makes valentines for all his little friends. Try having your toddler make their own valentines after reading the story.
The Crayons are back in this Valentine’s Day story equating love to the different colors. Love is brown because it’s sweet chocolate or red because it comes in all shapes and sizes.
Another great addition to any home library from Drew Daywalt. This one teaches the colors and feelings of love.
More Valentines Books for Toddlers with Beloved Characters
The Hungry Caterpillar, beloved by millions, stars in a valentines book for toddlers.
Eric Carle’s famous illustrations from the bestselling classic are repurposed to tell a story of love. You are the apple of my eye, for example, shows the famed image of the caterpillar climbing out of the apple.
Little Blue Truck was just coming onto the scene when my kids were little, but boy as Blue blown up since then!
I love this charming board book that features Little Blue Truck delivering cards to all his friends on the farm. It’s such a sweet valentine’s day book for babies and toddlers.
If you have a girly girl, then Fancy Nancy is one of the must-read valentines books for toddlers.
Nancy gets a valentine from a secret admirer and has to follow the clues to discover who it is. This book also comes with stickers for your little one to enjoy!
Baby Shark, of musical fame, is the star of this charming picture book perfect for Valentine’s Day.
This one features a brand-new song about love that isn’t holiday specific. Sing along with Mama Shark, Daddy Shark, Baby Shark, and their friends in this charming under-the-sea story.
Valentines Books for Toddlers and Babies about Love
Leslie Patricelli’s baby board books are must-owns in our opinion. They are perfect for little hands and developing minds.
This particular story depicts all the ways a family can show love – from kisses to snuggles, it’s a charming easily understood lesson about love.
When it comes to valentines books for toddlers that you can read all year long – Snuggle Puppy tops the list!
It’s Sandra Boyton at her best. She writes a little love song in board book form that you can sing to your child. Make up whatever tune you want and soon your little one will be singing along.
We LOVE interactive books for young minds. That’s why a pop-up lift-the-flap book is a perfect gift for Valentine’s Day.
This story isn’t holiday specific, so you can read it all year long!
You may think of I Spy books as geared toward older kids, but this is one of the board book-style versions specifically geared towards toddlers and preschoolers!
We love these versions for pre-reading skills. And the little hearts edition is a wonderful interactive valentine’s day book!
Valentines Board Books for Babies
We love the entire series of Block books. These chunky flap books are some of our favorite of all time.
In this book, the elephants, pandas, sloths, and eagles all show their love in different ways. Not only can you talk about the different animals and where they live but, this sweet book gives you the chance to show your child how much you love them.
Thing One and Thing Two star in this simple sweat board book about love. If you haven’t introduced your child to Dr. Suess, this is a great place to start.
It talks about the kinds of things that the Twin Things love – think smiling, hugging, sharing, and kisses!
Everyone needs love and everyone should be loved for exactly who they are. Monster goes out on a mission to find just that in this book.
Love Monster is a great book for a 3-year-old monster fan, particularly around Valentine’s Day!
Touch and Feel books are a wonderful way to introduce new things to babies. This book is chock full of tactile pictures for little fingers to explore.
You’ll find furry rabbits, sparkly hearts, and fuzzy teddy bears within the pages of this book.