When February 14th rolls around, your classroom should be filled with hearts and love (and maybe a little candy!). These Valentine’s Day books are the perfect choice to teach your students about love of all kinds.
This is like a bunch of Valentine’s Day books all in one! Kids learn history, traditions, folklore, and more. Plus, they’ll get ideas for ways to celebrate the holiday themselves.
There are so many kinds of love, and you’ll find a wide variety of them in this book about a farmer’s daughter and the new boy in town, who really needs a friend.
Mrs. Hartwell planned the perfect Valentine’s Day party for her class, but somehow, everything goes wrong! She’s full of jitters, but her students soon let her know how much fun they’re having—and how much they care about her.
Full of diverse characters and charming rhyming text, this is one of those Valentine’s Day books you can read year-round. It teaches kids that a kiss can represent the love that connects us all.
This colorful board book has loving words for every letter of the alphabet. Toddlers will adore it, but you can also use it with older kids. Have them brainstorm their own loving words for each letter!
When a little boy asks his grandmother, “What Is Love?” she sends him out in the world to find out. He discovers that love is something different to every person, but it’s important to all of us.
Bring a sense of mindfulness to your classroom with books in the I Am series. In this one, kids learn how love can help you overcome difficult times. It includes yoga poses for kids to try, too.
8. One Love by Cedella Marley
Bob Marley’s beloved song comes to life in this picture book adapted by his oldest daughter. You can read this aloud or have kids learn to sing along instead.
Love is universal, but we all show it differently. Travel around the world and learn about henna patterns on Indian brides, Welsh love spoons, and more.
Curious George has lots of fun adventures as he learns about Valentine’s Day. With interactive fold-out flaps, this book is sure to become a favorite in your classroom.
Our favorite guys from The Day the Crayons Quit are back. And this time, they’re learning all about love.
Logan, the dinosaur, creates from his heart as he crafts a custom Valentine’s card for each of his friends, capturing what he loves best about each one.
An updated version of the beloved classic, with an afterword by the author. It’s one of those Valentine’s Day books that showcase the invisible bonds we all hold with the ones we love.
Cornelia Augusta can hardly believe it when it rains hearts one day! She decides to scoop some of them up to give to her friends for Valentine’s day.
How do you show the people in your life how much you love them? Spot shows the many ways—from listening and being kind to hugs and high fives.
When Hedgehog, Bunny, and Squirrel find an anonymous love letter, it causes a chain reaction of warm fuzzies.
A reimagining of Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s iconic love poem charmingly illustrated and told in kid-friendly language. It’s one of our favorite Valentine’s Day books!
Seal is new to the National Zoo, and she is eager to make new friends, but she doesn’t exactly get a rousing reception until a wise sparrow convinces the other animals to surprise Seal with a special treat.
Even the grouchiest of ladybugs deserves love! This sweet story is all about making the world kinder, one friend at a time.
Will Groggle ever finish making the perfect valentine for ‘beast’ friend Snarlina? Not if he can’t control his impulsive appetite!
A beautiful rhyming winter’s tale about a mother polar bear and her search for her lost little cub.
Q: What did the stamp say to the envelope? A: I’m stuck on you! Your students will love this joke and more in this collection of good, clean Valentine-themed humor.
Will Mr. Peanuts ever find that special someone to spend his life with? Find out in this love story featuring Nancy Rose’s hilariously staged photos.
A pint-sized Taming of the Shrew tale featuring Little Ant (who hates Valentine’s Day) and the pretty but snooty girl ant he hopes to win over.
When a box of chocolates is left on Love Monster’s door, he struggles between keeping them all for himself and sharing them with the ones he loves.
Silly, humorous, and sweet all at the same time, this adorably illustrated book will be sure to give your little people the warm fuzzies.
This palm-size treasure features the author’s signature cut-paper collage illustrations and clever messages using letters, numbers, and pictures of fruits and vegetables—perfect classroom Valentine inspiration.
These classic song lyrics now have beautiful illustrations to accompany them because the world needs love on Valentine’s Day—and every other day, too.
29. Love by Matt de la Peña
There’s no shortage of rave reviews for this title—and rightfully so, as it manages to sum up the most complex emotion of all for readers young and old.
Duck’s vision for his Valentine’s Day celebration includes streamers, hearts, glitter, and a good time for all. An unexpected guest helps it come together.
From the author of the beloved favorite The Very Hungry Caterpillar, follow along as the caterpillar munches his way through all the ways to tell the special people in your life how much you love them.
Ollie goes on a search for his perfect valentine in this love-themed installment of the Gossie & Friends series.
One of the most delightful Valentine’s Day books, this is one that is a celebration of love, with a message about equality, in all its splendid forms.
This clever story about friendship shows that there is always enough love to go around.
Another heartwarming tale from one of our favorite authors. How will Mr. Goat find the perfect present to give his first love?
Can a valentine be a valentine if it isn’t flowery and pink? Let this ode to friendship help you and your students decide.
Sweet with just the right amount of silliness, students and teachers will both be rooting for Elephant as he navigates his first real crush.
38. Love Is by Diane Adams
I’m not crying; you’re crying. This tender story of a girl’s year taking care of a baby duckling is perfect for Valentine’s Day or anytime your heart needs a little warming.
Caring animal friends scheme to make sure Groundhog can make it to Moose’s Valentine’s Day party. Hit two February holidays at once with this title!
What’s a bagel to do when he can’t find a partner to enter the Cherry Jubilee dance competition? This title may be full of sentimental lines, but it has important messages about self-confidence and encouragement.
The Fright Club doesn’t have much experience with love. They wonder: What is Fran K. Stein making out of pink paper, and what will he do with it?
A silly collection of famous quotes about love from our favorite cool cat.
Follow along as the valentine Leon makes for his secret love comes to life and hits the road saying, “Love is yucky. Stinky too. It will turn your brain to goo!” leaving Leon to chase behind in crazy pursuit.
The main character of this heartwarming tale is a sweet snuggle bug who can’t get enough hugs.
Cat is a grouchy feline who is not interested in mushy old Valentine’s Day. A charming story with a sweet lesson.
Peppa loves many things, but when she and her family play the I Love You Game, she learns what she loves most of all.
One of our favorite Valentine’s Day books, this one is a celebration of love and friendship by favorite author Julie Andrews and her daughter.
Mama penguin spends her days caring lovingly for her little ones. Do they know how much she cares? Delightfully illustrated in gorgeous watercolor.
49. Here Comes a Kiss by Stacy McCleary and David Cornish
A sweet rhyming story of a day filled with loving smooches.
A visually beautiful book filled with stunning photography and sweet messages of unconditional love.