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!