I’m so excited to share a list of 14 perfect Valentine’s Day picture books with you guys!

Throughout this week, I’ll be sharing Valentine’s Day related book lists! With books for kids, young adults and adults, you’re sure to find the perfect book to curl up with! Today, we’re kicking it all off with a list of Valentine’s Day picture books.

The Valentine’s Day picture books in this list have such lovable characters, sweet messages and wonderful illustrations. If you’re looking for books to read to your kids before bed or read-alouds in the classroom, this list is perfect!

If you’re curious about my Valentine’s Day posts from last year, check out my book lists for young adult readers and adult readers!

A Charlie Brown Valentine by Charles M. Schulz Book CoverCelebrate Valentine’s Day with Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and the rest of the Peanuts gang in this retelling of a beloved Valentine’s Day TV special!

Charlie Brown is excited about Valentine’s Day. It’s the perfect excuse to finally talk to the Little Red-Haired Girl! He’s ready to wear his heart on his sleeve … and so are Lucy, Peppermint Patty, Sally, and Linus. Will the Peanuts gang find love once and for all? With Snoopy’s help, anything is possible!

Dr. Seuss's Lovey Things by Dr. Seuss Book CoverA board book featuring Thing One and Thing Two – from Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat – that’s perfect for Valentine’s Day and every day! 

Written in super-simple rhyme, this sweet, sturdy board book starring Thing One and Thing Two is about the things Things love – among them sharing, caring, smiling, hugging, and blowing kisses!

A perfect gift for Valentine’s Day, baby showers, or any time of year, this is an ideal way to introduce the very youngest children to the magic of Dr. Seuss!

Happy Valentine's Day, Mouse by Laura Numeroff Book CoverJoin Mouse from If You Give a Mouse a Cookie as he celebrates Valentine’s Day with all the friends he loves.

This board book with sturdy pages is perfect for preschoolers, who will enjoy the simple introduction to the fun of Valentine’s Day.

“This title follows Mouse as he makes valentines for all of his friends,” said School Library Journal. “Each valentine is made to represent what he loves most about each of his friends, such as Pig ‘because she’s a good dancer’ and Bunny ‘because she’s the best at hide-and-seek.'”

Budding artists and crafters will love this book, perfect for pairing with Valentine’s Day activities. A surprise at the end adds to the read-aloud fun!

Happy Valentine's Day Little Critter by Mercer Mayer Book CoverFrom decorating the classroom with hearts to eating cupcakes and making Valentine’s Day mailboxes, Little Critter is having the best day ever. He’s even making an extra-special card for an extra-special valentine!

Here Comes Valentine Cat by Deborah Underwood Book CoverCat does NOT like Valentine’s Day. It’s much too mushy, and no way is he making anyone a valentine – especially not his new neighbor, Dog. Dog refuses to respect the fence. He keeps tossing over old bones and hitting Cat in the head! But just as Cat’s about to send Dog an angry “valentine” telling him exactly what he can do with his bones, Dog throws a ball over the fence. What is Dog playing at?

I Love You Like No Otter by Rose Rossner Book Cover

Give hedgehugs and kisses to your little squeakheart with this pun-tastic book! Purrfect for anyone you love beary much.

There’s no better way to say “I love you” than with a sweet and heartfelt animal pun! I Love You Like No Otter combines a warm message of love with beautifully illustrated animals, making it the perfect gift for Valentine’s Day and all year round!

I love you like no otter,
You truly are the best.
My special little squeakheart,
A step above the rest.

We make the purrrfect pair,
Together every day.
Pawsitively amazing,
In every single way.

Love and Grumpiness by Frank Berrios Book CoverA funny full-color picture book with press-out Valentines, stickers, and a poster – all starring Grumpy Cat!

Valentine’s Day is all about love and friendship – things Grumpy Cat hates! But when she notices Pokey enjoying sweet treats and kind wishes, she just might change her grumpy ways. Children ages 3 to 7, as well as Grumpy Cat fans of all ages, will enjoy this funny, full-color book that includes press-out Valentines, stickers, and an awesome poster!

Grumpy Cat is the most famous cat in the world, with over 8 million Facebook followers, her own TV movie, a mobile game, plus loads of book-buying fans!

Minnie's Valentine by Sheila Sweeny Higginson Book CoverLove is in the air at the Clubhouse, but Mickey has no idea what to get Minnie for Valentine’s Day. Minnie goes undercover, using a disguise to teach Mickey how to make a heartfelt Valentine’s Day gift.

Olivia and the Perfect Valentine by Natalie Shaw Book CoverOlivia has lots of love – and even more imagination – to share in this Valentine’s Day story.

It’s almost Valentine’s Day, and Olivia is determined to make the very best possible valentines for all of her friends and family. Each valentine is made with extra special care and is personalized just for its recipient. What could be sweeter?

Ollie's Valentine by Olivier Dunrea Book CoverA new board book in Olivier Dunrea’s Gossie & Friends series!

Ollie is looking. Looking for a valentine. Gossie, Gertie, Peedie, and BooBoo all have valentines, but Ollie wonders who will be his. His search leads him to a special valentine of his very own – a surprise for Ollie and readers! With shiny foil hearts on the cover and every spread, Dunrea’s charming artwork shines in this gift-worthy treat of a book.

Pete the Cat: Valentine's Day is Cool by kimberly and James Dean Book CoverNew York Times bestselling author and artist James Dean takes us on an awesome trip with Pete the Cat as he discovers just how special Valentine’s Day can be!

At first, Pete thinks Valentine’s Day isn’t cool…until he realizes all the special cats there are in his life. Pete the Cat: Valentine’s Day Is Cool comes complete with a poster, stickers, and twelve punch-out Valentine’s Day cards.

Once Pete the Cat realizes how much fun Valentine’s Day can be, he decides to make valentine cards for his family and friends. But what happens when he realizes he’s forgotten to make a card for a very important cat?

The Berenstain Bears' Valentine Party by Jan and Mike Berenstain Book CoverIt’s Valentine’s Day at the Bear Country School, and Teacher Jane’s class is having a party!

In this fun lift-the-flap story, join Sister Bear and her friends as they share lots of special messages. Lift the flap to see what each valentine says.

The Littlest Valentine by Brandi Dougherty Book CoverFrom the New York Times bestselling author that brought us The Littlest Pilgrim comes a sweet new Valentine’s Day companion filled with family, food, and love.

Emma may be the littlest in the Valentine family, but she knows that she has what it takes to help the family business get ready for the holiday. But Emma just can’t seem to do things the right way like the bigger members of her family, no matter how hard she tries. Will Emma find a way to help her family on Valentine’s Day, or is the littlest Valentine just too little?

A sweet Valentine’s Day story to share with the littlest of readers!

Valensteins by Ethan Long Book CoverSomething strange is in the air on this dark, cold night.

The members of Fright Club are always ready to scare, but tonight Fran K. Stein has something else on his mind. He’s busy making something, and the other monsters want to know what it is.

Could it be a mask with fangs? A big pink nose? Or maybe a paper butt? No . . . it’s a Valentine!

That means one thing . . . EEEEK!! Is Fran in love? What could be scarier than falling in love?!?

In this hilariously spooky story by Geisel Award-winning author and illustrator Ethan Long, even the scariest of monsters have true feelings.

I hope you guys absolutely love these Valentine’s Day picture books! They’re perfect for cozy reading nights with your kiddos or classroom activities.

Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone! 💖

Victoria @ The Contented Reader

Victoria @ The Contented Reader

Avid reader and tea drinker. I read and review young adult books on my blog, The Contented Reader!

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