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Valentine's Day Books for Kids

Cuddle up with these "love"-ly favorites

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The days leading up to and including Valentine's Day are filled with lots of love and cuddles. Add in the cold weather that February generally brings, if there was ever a time to snuggle with your little one under the covers with a good book, this is the time. But which ones to read? There are a host of great Valentine's Day books all geared at little ones, all that celebrate the fun, loving tone of the day. Check out this list of our favorite Valentine's Day book for kids and spend some wonderful family time reading together.

Pinkalicious: Pink of Hearts by Victoria Kann

Pinkalicious: Pink of Hearts
HarperFestival/PriceGrabber

Is it really of any surprise to anyone that Pinkalicious loves Valentine's Day? Of course she does! This year, everyone in her class is told to make a special Valentine's Day card for one person. Pinkalicious spends a lot of time crafting an especially great "pinkeriffic" card. But she's worried. Will she get a wonderful card in return?

The book comes with stickers and eight Valentine's Day cards for sending. For more, visit the Pinkalicious website for games, free ecards and more.

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Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney

Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney
Candlewick Press/PriceGrabber
While not a book especially specific Valentine's Day, Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney is a wonderful tale about families and the love parents and children have for one another. It follows Little Nutbrown Hare who is trying to tell Big Nutbrown Hare just how much he loves him. But no matter how he expresses his feeling, it seems like Big Nutbrown Hare's love is bigger. A wonderful, wonderful story about love having no limits.

(This one is also pretty popular around the time when kids go back to school or start preschool for the first time.)

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Valentines Are For Saying I Love You by Margaret Sutherland

Valentines Are For Saying I Love You by Margaret Sutherland
Penguin Group (USA)/PriceGrabber
What is Valentine's Day about exactly? Chocolates? Toys? Flowers? Maybe, but the sweet little girl in this story knows there has to be more to it than that. So in the spirit of what Valentine's Day is really about, she goes about making a special card for everyone in her life that she loves. An adorable story with cute illustrations that does a good job of explaining the holiday to young children.
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Biggest Valentine Ever by Steven Kroll

Biggest Valentine Ever by Steven Kroll
Scholastic/PriceGrabber

Clayton and Desmond decide to team up to make a wonderful Valentine for their teacher, Mrs. Mousely. But when both do things that the other doesn't like (Clayton puts on too much glitter and Desmond is a big fan of hearts) they destroy their effort and go about making their own. But that's not really the spirit of Valentine's Day is it? Nope, and when the two mice decide to work together again, they wind up with the biggest Valentine ever.

Stickers are included with the book so kids can make their own Valentine's or decorate a special coloring page.

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Ant Hill: Big Heart! A Valentine's Day Tale by Joan Holub

Ant Hill: Big Heart! A Valentine's Day Tale by Joan Holub
Simon Spotlight/PriceGrabber
For me, there would be no greater Valentine's Day gift, than having my preschooler read to me. And while this book may be one that I start off reading to my little one, in time, it's definitely one he'll be able to share with me. The tale is simple enough -- a classroom full of ants spend a lot of time creating the perfect Valentine. The trouble arises when they can't decide who to give it to! Each page only features two or three very simple words -- perfect for a beginning reader who will be eager to follow along.
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Guess Who?: A Foldout Valentine's Adventure by Lola Schaefer

Guess Who?: A Foldout Valentine's Adventure by Lola Schaefer
Little Simon/PriceGrabber
Kids will want to see this book all the way to the end because the payoff -- a a giant 14 x 14 inch surprise Valentine is worth it. Along the way they are given clues to which of their animal friends wants to give them a special Valentine. Even after the first reading the book is fun -- the photographs of all the animals are adorable and the clues given are very funny.
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Dragon Happy Valentine's Day!

Dragon Happy Valentine's Day!
Scholastic/PriceGrabber
Another entry in the easy-to-read category, this laugh-out-loud book features short sentences and recognizable sight words. Based on an episode from the popular tv show, Dragon decides to make cookies for his friends for Valentine's Day, only to have the plan thwarted when he can't resist eating the sweets.
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One Heart by Maryann Cocca-Leffler

One Heart by Maryann Cocca-Leffler
Scholastic/PriceGrabber

Make learning to count a little bit sweeter with this offering that ticks off all things Valentine's Day from one to ten. Little ones will enjoy counting along as the little girl in the story counts off all the valentines she hands out to her family and friends and even her three sweet kittens.

The book includes six cards for your preschooler to punch out and count along with. When she's done, she can hand them out to her own friends and family.

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