Celebrating Valentine’s Day with Your Favorite Characters!

Valentine’s Day is a time to share with the ones you love. What better way to help kids share the love than with a great book from one of their most beloved characters? I gathered a list of some of great Valentine’s Day books from some of the most popular characters out there. I hope it helps you to find the right book to celebrate the day with your kids! (If you would like recommendations on great books about love for kids, check out this post!).

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Board Books

What is Love, Biscuit? was written by Alyssa Satin Capucilli and illustrated by Pat Schories. This sweet board book follows the little puppy as he learns about different ways that love appears in his life. This is a great book for showing kids how they can show love by sharing, helping and more.

My Fuzzy Valentine was written by Naomi Kleinberg and illustrated by Louis Womble. When Elmo receives an anonymous Valentine, he decides to visit his loved ones and find out who it is from. The fuzzy textures in the book make this a fun one for young kids to interact with.

I Love You, Spot by Eric Hill is a heart shaped board book that follows the little puppy as he prepares a special surprise for his mother. This simple story is a great way to teach kids about showing your loved ones that you care.

Corduroy’s Valentine’s Day by Lisa McCue is a shaped board book that follows the adorable little bear as he celebrates Valentine’s Day. As the holiday approaches, he and his friends make cards together, and he gets a wonderful surprise when he returns home.

Happy Love Day, Daniel Tiger! by Becky Friedman and Jason Fruchter is a sweet lift-the-flap board book that shows how Daniel Tiger and his friends show love. Each character expresses their love in their own way. This book is a great way to show kids that everyone can show love differently.

Where is Baby’s Valentine? by Karen Katz is a sweet lift the flap board book that introduces signs and symbols of the holiday to young readers. Little ones will enjoy helping Baby search for her Valentine by lifting the flaps and finding holiday surprises.

Llama Llama I Love You was written and illustrated by Anna Dewdney. Join the little Llama as he makes cards for his loved ones to show them how much he cares. The simple rhyming text and colorful illustrations are sure to entertain young readers.

Happy Valentine’s Day, Mouse! was written by Laura Numeroff and illustrated by Felicia Bond. Mouse wants to show his friends how much he cares about them, so he decides to make them beautiful cards that are as unique as they are.

Huggy Kissy was written and illustrated by Leslie Patricelli. Follow along as the adorable bald baby from her popular board book series learns all the different ways to show love.

Picture Books

Olivia and the Perfect Valentine was written by Natalie Shaw and illustrated by Shane L. Johnson. Join Olivia the popular little pig as she decides to create special Valentine’s for all of the special people in her life. It may just inspire kids to create their own personalized cards!pic

Pinkalicious: Pink of Hearts by Victoria Kann follows Pinkalicious as she sets out to create the most spectacular card for her Valentine. When the card she receives in return isn’t what she was expecting, she learns a valuable lesson about not making judgments. The book also teaches a great lesson about how people may show their feelings in different ways.

Doc McStuffins: My Huggy Valentine by Sheila Sweeny Higginson follows Doc and her toys as they celebrate Valentine’s Day. Lambie decorates the clinic in preparation for her favorite holiday, but when Doc gets a new toy for Valentine’s Day, she learns an important lesson about not being the center of attention.

Minnie: Be My Sparkly Valentine by Bill Scollon tells the story of Valentine’s Day at Minnie’s Bow-tique. When Millie and Melody stop by and decide to throw a party, things quickly get out of hand. What happens when their sparkly fun creates a huge mess?

Amelia Bedelia’s First Valentine was written by Herman Parish and illustrated by Lynne Avril. This story follows the young Amelia Bedelia as she prepares for Valentine’s Day. When she forgets her cards on the bus, she must find a creative way to replace them. Kids will enjoy the unconventional way that Amelia sees the world and problem solves.

Franklin’s Valentines was written by Paulette Bourgeois and illustrated by Brenda Clark. In this sweet tale of friendship, Franklin the turtle makes special Valentines for all of his friends. When he rushes to school and loses them,  he worries that he doesn’t deserve the cards that his friends are giving him. His friends help him learn that friendship doesn’t require material gifts, and any day is a good day to celebrate friendship.

Splat the Cat: Funny Valentine by Rob Scotton is a lift the flap book that follows Splat the Cat as he and his classmates work together to create a very special Valentine for their teacher. Kids will enjoy lifting the flaps and guessing what the characters are doing.

Happy Valentine’s Day, Curious George! was written by N. Di Angelo and illustrated by Mary O’Keefe Young. Join everyone’s favorite mischievous monkey as he decorates, bakes and prepares cards for his loved ones. In true Curious George style, hilarity ensues!

Happy Valentine’s Day, Little Critter! by Mercer Mayer is a lift the flap book that follows Little Critter as he celebrates Valentine’s Day with his classmates. Readers can follow along as they decorate their classroom, enjoy tasty treats and share cards with each other.

Fancy Nancy: Heart to Heart was written by Jane O’Connor and illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser. Nancy loves all the fanciness that accompanies Valentine’s Day. Follow along as she tries to find out who sent her a secret Valentine!

Pete the Cat: Valentine’s Day is Cool was written and illustrated by James and Kimberly Dean. Join the cool cat as he learns why Valentine’s Day is a cool holiday, and decides to create special Valentine’s for all of his loved ones.

Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown! by Charles M. Schulz follows the whole Peanuts gang as they prepare for Valentine’s Day. Charlie Brown worries about whether he will get a Valentine from anyone, Fans of the Peanuts cartoons will enjoy this classic tale from the popular group.

Dora Loves Boots was written by Alison Inches and illustrated by MJ Illustrations. Dora and Boots decide to meet at Rainbow Rock to have a Valentine’s Day picnic. They both choose a gift for the other one and go on an adventure to get to their picnic destination.

Alvin and the Chipmunks: A Chipmunk Valentine by Kirsten Mayer follows the famous chipmunks as they worry about the Valentine’s Day dance. Will they be able to come up with a great gift for the Chipettes?

Paw Patrol: We Love Friendship Day! by Mike Jackson follows the group of popular puppies as they create cards for Friendship Day. When Mr. Postman gets injured, it’s up to the pups to deliver all of the cards.

Spongebob’s Secret Valentine by Heather Martinez follows Spongebob as he decides to make a special Valentine for Sandy. Patrick tells him that giving her a card will change their relationship. Fans of the television series will enjoy the antics of the underwater friends.

Clifford’s Valentine’s Day was written and illustrated by Norman Bridwell. Join the lovable big red dog in two fun Valentine’s Day stories. See what mischief Clifford got into as a puppy celebrating Valentine’s Day with Emily Elizabeth in Clifford’s First Valentine’s Day. Then find out why all of Clifford’s friends love him so much in Clifford, We Love You!

Peppa Pig and the I Love You Game is a sweet book from Candlewick Press. Join Peppa Pig and her family as they play the I Love You game and list all of the things that they love. You may be inspired to play the game with your family as well!

Star Wars: A Very Vader Valentine’s Day is an fun activity book by Trey King and Katie Cook. Young Star Wars fans will love the jokes, comics and special cards inside, as well as a rundown of the best friendships from the series.

Arthur’s Valentine by Marc Brown follows Arthur as he tries to find out who is sending him anonymous Valentines. Will he be happy when he finds out who his secret admirer is?

Valentine’s Day Mix-Up was written by Amy Ackelsberg and illustrated by MJ Illustrations. Strawberry Shortcake and all of her friends are excited for Valentine’s Day. But when the cards are delivered, Strawberry Shortcake doesn’t receive any. This festive tale puts the focus on friendship, which kids will appreciate.

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