Of all the things that you’re responsible for doing as a parent, reading a book before bedtime is by far a fan favorite. But instead of reading that same book for the umpteenth time, why not infuse some love into your bath/book/bedtime routine? Since February 14th is right around the corner, you should check out these 10 Valentine’s Day board books for your little love. After all, love is in the air!
The Valentine’s Day board books you’ll find range from friendship to parenting, and even characters that your kiddo loves, like PJ Masks and Angelina Ballerina. There’s even some nostalgia with a book that features lyrics from The Beatles to the inimitable Fred Rogers. So despite the chaos that comes after a long day, settle down in bed, snuggle under the covers with your child, and read some of these books that will put you all in the loveliest of moods.
By Hannah Eliot, Illustrated by Susie Hammer
Each page of this adorable board book is die-cut in a different shape. With sweet, loving text, bright, happy illustrations from Susie Hammer, and glitter on every page, Happy Heart is perfect to share with someone you love! It’s a perfect size to teach your child how to turn pages, and sturdy enough to handle little hands.
By Katherine Holabird, Illustrated by Helen Craig
Angelina Ballerina loves lots of things! There’s her family and dancing of course—with her ballet class at Miss Lilly’s ballet school. And cartwheeling around the playground with her BFF, Alice. Fans of Angelina will love reading about everything Angelina loves (and probably things they love, too!) The super chubby board book is great for super chubby little hands to hold, too!
By Ximena Hastings
Catboy, Owlette, and Gekko celebrate Valentine’s Day in this heart-shaped board book based on PJ Masks, the hit preschool series airing on Disney Junior!
By Meg Fleming, Illustrated by Sarah Jane Wright
This tender, rhyming picture book is a lively celebration of love. Little ones adore being independent and trying new things. But they also need Mom and Dad’s reassurance and snuggles. With her spare, lyrical text, debut author Meg Fleming captures the exuberance, the affection, and the tender push-and-pull of life with a child.
By Genevieve Santos
I love you in the morning when we salute the sun.
Wiggle and stretch out of bed, our day has now begun.
Parents and children learn how to say “I love you” through yoga as they move through their day together in a perfectly mindful way. Your child will learn about sun salutations and mountain poses, all the while remembering to embrace the day with calm and ease.
By John Lennon and Paul McCartney, Illustrated by Henry Cole
Celebrate friendship with this lyrical picture book that beautifully illustrates John Lennon and Paul McCartney’s world-renowned words from “With a Little Help from My Friends.” Bonus points if you play the song for your child so that the book takes on an even greater meaning.
By Megan Alexander, Illustrated by Hiroe Nakata
From Inside Edition’s national correspondent Megan Alexander comes a heartwarming picture book in the tradition of The Wonderful Things You Will Be that shows us there’s always time for one more hug as a young boy starts his day and his journey through life. And sometimes, parents need the hug just as much (or even more) than their child does.
By Laura Renauld, Illustrated by Brigette Barrager
Fred Rogers was a quiet boy with big feelings. Sometimes, he felt scared or lonely; at other times, he was playful and joyous. But when Fred’s feelings felt too big, his Grandfather McFeely knew exactly what to say to make him feel better: I like you just the way you are. An inspiring picture book biography about the amazing Fred Rogers, beloved creator and star of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. Parents can watch Daniel Tiger afterwards to explain to kids how much of an inspiration Mr. Rogers really was.
By Blake Liliane Hellman, Illustrated by Chad Otis
A little monkey looks for the perfect cuddle while his parents are busy with his new baby brother in this insanely adorable picture book about learning to be an older sibling. Score some cuddles of your own with your kiddo while reading the book at bedtime.
By Mick Inkpen, Illustrated by Chloe Inkpen
From the father-daughter team behind I Will Love You Anyway comes another heartwarming tale about a sweatband-wearing pug. Little ones will laugh out loud in this delightful second story all about a troublesome little dog who finally discovers his own name. It’s a cute, heartwarming tale because….pugs.