Fantastic Children’s Books About Love

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. It’s a great opportunity to remind the people in your life that you love them. (Yes, we should tell them everyday, but it never hurts to have a reminder!) One of my daughter’s favorite books to read is I Love You Because You’re You by Liza Baker. While reading it again, I was inspired to find other great books to tell her how much I love her.

Reading aloud to children is such a great way to connect with your kids and show them that you care. The books on this list are great to read aloud and to share your feelings with your kids. This list of children’s books about love is full of loving words, comfort and reassurance. Whether you are a parent, grandparent or guardian, there is something to share!

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Tell Them You Love Everything About Them

I Love You Because You’re You was written by Liza Baker and illustrated by David McPhail. This book follows a mother fox as she shares with her child how she loves him through all of his moods, stages and actions. The rhyming text makes this a very fun and easy read aloud, while the colorful and warm illustrations accompanying the text will delight young readers. The scenes in the story will be familiar to both kids and parents, and may give parents a little chuckle. (Who hasn’t had the battle about brushing teeth?). My daughter always insists we read this “one more time”, although she doesn’t understand the one more part yet!

I Love You Through And Through was written by Bernadette Rossetti-Shustak and illustrated by Caroline Jayne Church. This sweet and simple book shows how a parent’s love for a child includes all of the different sides and parts of them. We love their mad sides and their sad sides, and everything about them. The adorable illustrations by Caroline Jayne Church are big and colorful, which will catch the attention of young children.

Tell Them You Will Love Them No Matter What

I Love You, Stinky Face was written by Lisa McCourt and illustrated by Cyd Moore. This book captures an entertaining conversation between a mother and her son. The little boy asks his mother if she would still love him if he turned into all of these different creatures, like a swamp monster or a skunk. The mother explains that she would still love him, no matter what. She also tells him how she would take care of him in each scenario. This is a great story of unconditional love, but this book will also entertain both kids and adults because of the hilarious scenarios the kid comes up with. The author accurately captured what it can be like answering a child’s imaginative questions, and the illustrator portrays these scenarios in vivid and eye catching illustrations which kids will love.

Tell Them How Much You Love Them

I Love You As Big As the World was written by David Van Buren and illustrated by Tim Warnes. This book shows the immense love between a parent and child as Big Bear and Little Bear discuss how far their love goes. This is a great way to show kids that a parent’s love is bigger than they could understand. The sweet illustrations and text are sure to entertain both young children and parents.

Guess How Much I Love You was written by Sam McBratney and illustrated by Anita Jeram. The story follows Little Nutbrown Hare and his father as they talk about how much they love one another. The two come up with creative ways to express their love to each other. This is another book which shows a realistic conversation with a young child, as they one-up each other. The illustrations are sweet and simple, and the story shows how the love between a parent and a child cannot be measured.

Tell Them How Long Your Love Will Last

Love You Forever was written by Robert Munsch and illustrated by Sheila McGraw. Whether you love this story or hate it (I know there are some of you out there!), this story has become a classic and had to be included. This book tells the story of a little boy who ages throughout the book from an infant to an adult. From the very beginning of his life, his mother rocks him and reminds him that she will love him forever and like him for always, and that he will always be her baby. The sweet lullaby shows how a parent’s love is forever, and when the mother gets older, the son shows how a child’s love for their parent is forever as well.

I Will Love You Forever was written and illustrated by Caroline Jayne Church. This is a sweet and simple book about the never ending love between a parent and child. Caroline Jayne Church’s large and colorful illustrations and sweet rhyming text are sure to entertain young kids, while parents will appreciate the loving message. We are big fans of Caroline Jayne Church’s work. Especially, the Giggle book, which I included in my list of great books for babies.

Remind Them That Your Love is With Them Every Day

You Are My I Love You was written by Maryann Cusimano Love and illustrated by Satomi Ichikawa. This book illustrates the relationship between a parent and a child through the scope of their daily activities. The creative rhymes show how parents and children need each other to provide balance. While we are the safe space for our children, they are our wild. The illustrations in this book are adorable as they show a parent teddy bear and baby teddy bear go about their day, sharing their love for each other.

Wherever You Are: My Love Will Find You was written and illustrated by Nancy Tillman. She has stated that she wants her books to help parents explain their feelings to their children. She has once again succeeded with this one. The illustrations show a small child performing a variety of fun and amazing activities, while the words convey how the narrator’s love for the child is always surrounding them.

This book brought me to tears, as most of Tillman’s books do. The beauty of this book is that this love could be from a parent, a grandparent or another loved one. It is a book that can fit a variety of scenarios and situations, ensuring the child you are reading it to knows how much he or she is loved. The illustrations in the book are beautiful and colorful, which children are sure to be enchanted by.

What are your favorite children’s books about love?

There are so many amazing books out there to help you show your children how much you love them. Reading aloud to your kids and spending time with them is already a great way to show them you care. I hope these books provide you with some new favorites!

Do you have any favorite children’s books about love in your family? Please share them in the comments so I can add to our library!

168 comments on “Fantastic Children’s Books About Love

  1. i love reading books! and telling stories to my daughter is my hobby though she is just 7 month old. i know she is enjoying 🙂

  2. Not surprisingly, The Runaway Bunny is a favorite at our house. (I even have a tattoo of it!) Love You Forever is a bittersweet favorite for us, based on the background story the author has shared.

    • I hope you find some new favorites on here! I love being able to pass books on to my daughter that I remember my parents reading to me.

    • I received a few of these as gifts when my daughter was born and they became new favorites! I hope you find some new favorites too!

  3. I love your book recommendations. You always post about books I haven’t read yet and I can easily pick them up from the library. We love reading and I enjoy reading to the kids.

  4. “Guess How much I Love you” is part of our rotating bedtime stories. When my little guy is bigger “I Love You Forever” will definitely be party of it….Providing i can make it through without crying.

  5. Bookmarking this! I’m currently in the process of building baby’s library and I am overwhelmed with all the books out there. I don;t want to fall into the trap of buying a ton that aren’t great so posts like this are a great help. I definitely want ‘Guess How Much I Love You’ and I found ‘I Love You Stinky Face’ brand new at Goodwill!

    • That is awesome! It is definitely overwhelming sorting through all the great books out there! I hope this helps! I have a post on great books for babies as well that may be helpful! I say, trust your gut and you will find some great ones that will become favorites!

  6. We’re a ‘Guess How Much I Love You’ family. Although, TRex is really into this one digital book – Morris Lessmore – which is about a person who loves books. If you allow for your child to have iPad time, you should definitely check it out! It’s a standalone app.

  7. How perfect for right before Valentine’s Day!! We love “guess how much I love you”, the “wherever you are” sounds really perfect for us right now. Thanks for such a fun post, many good recommendations!

  8. II love you stinky face sounds right up my kids alley! I am going to see about checking that one out for them because I think it would be a cute book for us to read together. I always love your suggestions!

    • Thank you! I hope you enjoy it! It is the right amount of sweet for parents while being the right amount of ridiculous for kids!

  9. This is a beautiful collection of books. I also love the “I love you…” collection of bear books from Donna Keith. Thank you for these suggestions. Wonderful books to add to our library list, and maybe our collection!

  10. We’ve read and loved several of these (I love you Through and Through is always good to read after a hard day with toddlers), but there are several new-to-me books on your list. I’m excited to get Wherever You Are and I Will Love you Forever. Thanks!

  11. My son insists on reading Love You Forever almost nightly and I always try to pick another book because I get choked up at the end every single time! Plus I think about the author and that makes me sad.

  12. We have at least three of these books and I agree about telling them how much we love our children. I bought, “I love you because you’re you” because my little one at just the age of 4 would ask me all the time if I loved her. Even though I told her all the time she still needed the confirmation. This book was great for reinforcing that to her.

  13. A favourite in our house is Guess How Much I love you. I loved it and the kids now love it too. I love reading books about the love between parents and children. This is what makes our children secure and confident. These are great and such beautiful books. I will look at some of these for my kids but also they make great presents as well! You can never have too many books!

  14. Love you forever is my favorite all time book. My dad used to read it to me all the time. He passed away when I was in high school, so the book holds a special place in my heart. My husband read it to each of our babies their first night home from the hospital as an homage to him and I sobbed each time. I can barely get through the book without crying.
    But GREAT post. My kids love reading and love being read to. I’ll have to check some of these others ones out.
    Thanks for linking up @ from north 2 south this week!

    • Aw, that is such an amazing connection you have with this book. I hope you enjoy reading some of the others to your kids as well.

  15. “I Love You, Stinky Face” I’ve never seen that one yet. Mine are monsters most of the time, lol, I’ll be adding that to our book collection!

  16. Love this list of books. Love You Forever is my all time favorite book and has been since I was a little girl. I have heard great things about Love You Stinky Face so I am definitely going to purchase that! Thank you for these great recommendations!

  17. “I Love You Because You’re You” really stands out. That’s the unconditional love of a parent. We love our kids for who they are. 🙂

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