Not Your Average Valentine’s Day Books

Ellen WernerBooks

books that celebrate love

There are plenty of actual Valentine’s Day books out there: some more palatable to adults than others. Here are eight books about love for our partners, friends, families, and communities that kids (and the adults in their lives) can enjoy year-round. Many of these titles come in sturdy “board book” form for the littlest listeners.

Eight books that celebrate love:

Great design and very, very cute: a rare combination. Plus it rhymes.

Plant a Kiss by Amy Krause Rosenthal

A simple, extremely charming book about spreading kindness.

Exuberant illustrations by Vanessa Brantley-Newton turn the song lyrics from “One Love” into a story about community coming together.

A gorgeous, simple book about the everyday moments that fill your heart with happiness. Perfect for toddlers who delight in books depicting familiar scenes. Available in paperback bilingual English/Cree, board book English only.

Todd Parr’s books are modern classics – WITS students love them, and you will, too!

Worm and Worm are undeterred by cries of “that’s how it’s always been done!” as they plan their wedding. A celebration of love with a cast of comical insect friends.

  • Love by Matt de la Peña

Images of love from expected and unexpected places – there are some big, heavy themes touched upon in this ultimately hopeful and beautiful book. Also available in Spanish.

How Do I Love Thee by Jennifer AdamsA reimagining of Elizabeth Barret Browning’s “Sonnet 43” with beautiful illustrations featuring a diverse cast of kids doing everything from climbing a tree (“I love thee in soft sunlight”) to piloting a submarine (“I love thee deep”).

Want to donate books to our WITS Library for students? Send us one of these titles included in our Amazon wish list. If you use Amazon to send a gift to WITS, make sure to include a gift note with your name and email address so we can thank you. Happy Valentine’s Day!