With Valentine’s Day coming up, here are six great picture books to read with your favorite kiddos!

The Day It Rained Hearts by Felicia Bond

The Day It Rained Hearts

“One day it rains hearts, and Cornelia Augusta catches them. Each heart is special in its own way, and Cornelia Augusta knows exactly who to send them to.”

This is a really sweet story – I love how thoughtful Cornelia is about making just the right valentine for each of her friends.

Somebody Loves You Mr. Hatch by Eileen Spinelli

Somebody Loves You Mr Hatch

“An anonymous valentine changes the life of the unsociable Mr. Hatch, turning him into a laughing friend who helps and appreciates all his neighbours.”

This one is great for school age kids – 2nd to 3rd grade, or as a family read aloud. I have to admit, I got a bit choked up while reading this one. I almost cried while sitting at the children’s reference desk! I saw it coming from a mile away and it STILL hit me like a ton of bricks!

The Ballad of Valentine by Alison Jackson

The Ballad of Valentine

“Oh my darling, oh my darling, oh my darling Valentine. I have written forty letters, but you’ve never read a line. Set to the tune of the song “Clementine,” Alison Jackson tells the sweet tale of Valentine and her beau.”

This is such a fun book to read aloud! You’ll be hard pressed NOT to sing the words as you read! (Go on, sing it out loud – with feeling! It’s fun!)

 

If You’ll Be My Valentine by Cynthia Rylant

If You'll Be My Valentine

This is an incredibly cute lift the flap book in which a little boy gives valentines for his family. Each page is a short rhyme about a sweet thing he does for each of them to show his love.

Love, Splat by Rob Scotton

Love Splat

“It’s Valentine’s Day and Splat has a special valentine for a certain someone in his class. Her name is Kitten, and Splat likes her even more than fish sticks and ice cream.”

Poor Splat! He has a huge crush on Kitten and she doesn’t seem to like him at all!

I love Splat, though, and I hope you will, too.

Snowy Valentine by David Peterson

Snowy Valentine

“Step out into a snowy Valentine’s Day with Jasper the bunny as he searches the forest valley for a special gift for his loved one.”

Jasper searches all over the valley for a gift that will show Lilly how much he loves her. The illustrations in this are absolutely beautiful and the message that it’s the thought that counts really comes through.